Liverpool's Top-5 Greatest Goalscorers

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Author: Paul Reece

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Published: 16:10 15/11/2014

Liverpool have had some great goalscorers over the years, from Kenny Dalglish to Michael Owen and Fernando Torres to Luis Suarez. The Kop love a great goalscorer and have been treated to some prolific centre-forwards at Anfield.

The Reds have been struggling in front of goal this season, however, with Mario Balotelli failing to live up to his £16 million price tag while Daniel Sturridge has endured an injury plagued campaign. And Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have been similarly disappointing, with the pair both struggling in front of goal.

Brendan Rodgers would love a proven goalscorer to lead his attack this season with the bookies already writing off their Premier League title ambitions this season. But which of the Reds five all-time top goalscorers would you most like to see in the current side?

5. Robbie Fowler

Nicknamed ‘God’ by the Liverpool faithful, the Toxteth-born striker enjoyed two spells at Anfield, netting 183 goals in 369 appearances in all competitions. The 39-year-old also netted the fastest-ever Premier League hat-trick during his first spell at the club, taking just four minutes and 33 seconds to net a treble against Arsenal.

He reached 100 Liverpool goals in 165 games, faster than the great Ian Rush. He was also part of the side who won a famous treble in 2001, winning the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup with the England international netting 17 goals. The striker returned to Anfield in 2006 following spells with Leeds United and Manchester City and climbed above the legendary Dalglish in the all-time goalscorer charts.

4. Billy Liddle

Scottish striker Billy Liddell spent his entire career at Anfield, scoring 228 goals in 534 appearances between 1938 and 1961. The attacker was the Reds leading goalscorer in eight of the nine seasons between 1949-50 to 1957-58 and was voted sixth by Liverpool’s fans in 2006 in a poll of ‘100 Players Who Shook the Kop’. The Scottish star began his career on the left-wing and helped to their first league title since 1923 during the 1946-47 season.  

3. Gordon Hodgson

The South African-born forward netted 241 goals in 377 appearances for Liverpool between 1925 and 1936, putting him third on the list of Liverpool’s all-time greatest goalscorers. The striker scored a club record 17 hat-tricks during his 11-year spell at Anfield, including three during the 1930-31 season. During that campaign the Liverpool legend netted 36 goals, including four against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. He was the top goalscorer at the club in seven of his 10 full seasons on Merseyside and earned a place in the Liverpool Hall of Fame.

He departed in 1936, joining Aston Villa for £4,000 and went on to play for Leeds United before taking charge of Port Vale in 1946 and he was manager of the club until his untimely death in 1951 at the age of just 47.

2. Roger Hunt

A member of England’s 1966 World Cup squad, Roger Hunt made over 400 appearances for Liverpool between 1958 and 1969, scoring 286 goals. The Golborne-born striker netted 18 goals in 34 England appearances between 1962 and 1969. He was big part of Bill Shankly's highly successful Liverpool side of the 1960’s and his return of 245 league goals remains a club record to this day.

The forward topped the goalscoring charts at Anfield for eight straight seasons as Liverpool impressed, with Hunt scoring the opening goal against Leeds United in the 1965 FA Cup final at Wembley.

1. Ian Rush

A true Liverpool legend, Rush netted over 340 goals in over 600 appearances for The Reds between two spells at the club. Bob Paisley paid a then record fee for a teenager of £300,000 to land Rush from Chester City. He ended the 1981-82 season with 30 goals as Liverpool reclaimed the title from Aston Villa and he famously netted four goals against Everton in the Merseyside derby in 1982.

He joined Juventus for a British record fee of £3.2 million in 1987, however, but he returned one-year later for a fee £2.7million and he remained at Anfield until 1996, going onto to play for Leeds United, Newcastle United and Wrexham.

The striker enjoyed two trophy laden spells with Liverpool, winning five league titles, three FA Cup’s, five League Cup’s and two European Cup’s and finishing at the Reds top goalscorer nine times between 1982 and 1994.


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