Mesmerising ball control was combined with a directness rare in wingers. Souness made 349 appearances for Liverpool from 1978-84, scoring 38 league goals. As The Times wrote in its ranking of the 50 greatest Liverpool players, Dalglish is one of the "towering figures" in Liverpool's history along with legendary manager Bill Shankly. By 1990, Barnes was unplayable. He wound down his career with Charlton, making a dozen appearances. A sixteen-month battle with the illness followed before he died in January 2012 at the age of 46. Alex Ferguson desperately wanted him at Manchester United and a deal had allegedly been agreed in principle (Ferguson would later get his own back by signing Roy Keane from under the nose of Dalglish). Like Carragher, the essence of Scouse distilled and poured into a Liverpool shirt. Comfortable as a centre-back though best-known for playing on the left of the defence, he was, like many of his team-mates, already a title-winner having tasted success in 1988. Where Carroll stuttered and stumbled his way through a season and a half with the Reds, Suarez hit the ground running. Keegan excited the Kop with his endless energy before leaving for Hamburg SV in 1977. In March 1995, he made his second and final appearance for his country in a draw with Uruguay. In 34 league starts, he scored 22 goals. More than any other player, he is the face of the modern club. He picked up some various coaching work at Coventry and Stockport but he’s perhaps best-known for his media work these days, most-notably as an analyst with LFC TV. A few weeks later, Liverpool beat Derby at Anfield and were presented with the trophy after the game. Barnes would stay at the club until 1997, heavily involved in mentoring a conveyor belt of impressive youngsters. That's just the nature of popularity at Anfield. Wire service provided by Associated Press. The Swede was already an established European player when he moved to Liverpool in 1989. He dabbled in coaching with Torslanda and, in 2010, he became joint-coach of Utsiktens BK, a lower-league Swedish club. Help us to tell the stories behind the scoreboard. There was no selfish streak in the man, unlike some lesser, self-centred, so-called greats. He is that rare entity, a man with no peers among Liverpool players. He already had two league titles and two FA Cups to his name prior to the 1989/90 season though he would remain at the club for only one more season. But as the saying goes, time heals all wounds. Much like Jamie Carragher, Tommy Smith embodied what it means to play for Liverpool. Kuyt was not always deployed as a striker for Liverpool, owing to the devastating presence of Fernando Torres, but his role as a goalscoring wide-forward earns him a place in our ranking. He was voted PFA Player of the Year for the 1982-83 season, when he scored 18 goals and Liverpool successfully defended its league title. A return to Kidderminster couldn’t rekindle his former glory. Yes, yes, yes. TWENTY-FOUR YEARS ago, Liverpool clinched the First Division title with two games to spare. Be Part of The Team – Access exclusive podcasts, interviews, discussion and analysis with a monthly or annual membership. Born in Durban, he moved to Rhodesia when he was two. Bruno Conti missed the ensuing kick. In 1997, Grobbelaar was in court, pleading his innocence. It's a guide to how they treat their players. BA1 1UA. Initially making his mark with IFK Goteborg, winning the UEFA Cup with them in 1982, he then went to Italy and played with Fiorentina before returning to Sweden. His early years on Merseyside were hampered by injuries though he featured prominently in 1989/1990, making twenty-five league starts. Before he was famous for melting down in front of a live television audience, Kevin Keegan had another life as a damned fine football player. Keegan scored 12 minutes into his Liverpool debut in 1971. Souness then moved him on to Aston Villa where he stayed for three seasons before brief playing time at Crystal Palace, Reading and Stevenage. Best Liverpool players ever, the top 50. Sadio Mane, world class, but not every day. At the age of thirty-two, he left Anfield and moved to Swansea to become player-manager but lasted just two seasons. His balance almost defied belief, with hulking defenders bouncing off those monumental thighs. Others more than played their part. Peter Beardsley chipped in with ten. His most famous performance came in a 5-0 victory against Everton in 1982, when he scored four times at Goodison Park. An archetypal target man, Heskey was the ideal foil for Michael Owen, and it was his selfless work that provided the backbone to his strike partner’s surge to the Ballon d’Or in 2001. Able to finish from all angles, he racked up 81 goals in just 142 games - before his ambitions outgrew the club and he pushed for a move to Chelsea. Suarez was a mesmeric forward, unable to pigeonhole. Regardless, Staunton would play his best football in the Midlands and won the one domestic medal that had been missing from his collection – the League Cup – on two occasions. He became manager of non-league Kidderminster Harriers in 1999 and won promotion to the Football League in his first season. We know. Here are the 10 best strikers to grace the red half of Merseyside in the Premier League era, including two goalscorers currently firing for Klopp. Anfield’s God. There was a problem. , 300px wide HOW CAN YOU RANK HIM THIS HIGH?!?!?!?! , TheJournal.ie supports the work of the Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman, and our staff operate within the Code of Practice. He did not disappoint, settling in quickly under Rafa Benitez and forming a devastating partnership with Steven Gerrard. Staunton was brought to Liverpool by Dalglish in 1986 as a callow seventeen year-old. They might not realize he had a brilliant career with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City. Domestically, he has been named player of the year in some form four times, and he has made the PFA Team of the Year seven times. Klopp voices fears over internationals as virus spikes. 4 on its list of Liverpool's all-time greats, had this to say. He left the club in 1996 and spent a season with Leeds though he could only manage a miserable three goals from thirty-six games. His departure to Real Madrid in 2004 and eventual move to Man United in 2009 have ensured villain status in some sections of Anfield. Some of the names on this list are current players, but most are long retired. It wasn't just his own individual ability, but he had that knack of improving the performance of all his team-mates. The club's admiration of its best players goes even deeper. Heskey scored 60 goals in 223 appearances overall, making him the 40th highest goalscorer in the club’s history, but it was the hulking centre-forward’s all-round play that ensures his place in our top 10. Upon retiring in 1994, Hysen became a media darling in Sweden – working as an analyst for TV6 and TV3 while he now does football analysis for Norwegian television too.
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