Ranking Liverpool's 20 Most Beloved Players of All Time
Liverpool have had some fantastic footballers since their inception in 1892, but who qualifies as the most beloved?
A combination of ability, passion, commitment and effort all go a long way in becoming a fan favourite, but it's easy to forget about players who finished their careers a long time ago.
With that in mind, here are the 20 most beloved Liverpool players of all time.
20. Gary McAllister
As the saying goes, the best things in life are free—and Gary McAllister was just that.
In his debut season at Anfield, McAllister helped the club to win five trophies—not bad for a 35-year-old.
Macca won the League Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Cup, Charity Shield and UEFA Super Cup all in 2001.
19. Ian Callaghan
Ian Callaghan was born in Toxteth, Liverpool, which means he's assured of hero status forever at Anfield. Plus, he holds the record for most appearances for the club with 857.
18. Pepe Reina
Pepe Reina has become one of the best goalkeepers Liverpool have ever signed, and he's also a little bit crazy.
Reina received a cult following after his antics with a crowd after Spain won the 2008 European Championships.
17. Peter Beardsley
How can you not love Peter Beardsley?
The skilled little footballer is known for his model looks and full grasp of the English language.
It's just impossible not to look at the guy and smile.
16. Jan Molby
The last time Liverpool won a league title, Jan Molby was wearing the red of Liverpool. Coincidence or not?
The portly Dane used to wow the Kop with his pinpoint passes and is still often seen at the club.
15. Bruce Grobbelaar
Freddie Mercury lookalike Bruce Grobbelaar made history when his jelly-legged routine won Liverpool the 1984 European Cup final against Roma.
He was never the most consistent goalkeeper at Anfield, but fans loved him and he won plenty of silverware.
14. Alan Hanson
A defensive stalwart is a phrase best describing Alan Hanson.
The former footballer-turned-tv pundit can often be seen on England's Match of the Day on Saturday night, picking fault with all things defensive.
13. Emlyn Hughes
Emlyn Hughes captained Liverpool throughout much of the 1970's and won plenty of honours during his time at the club.
Hughes was a character both on and off the field and always enjoyed a good laugh.
Despite an allegation of bribery in his past, Hughes is still a Liverpool favourite—or was before he passed away in 2003.
12. Roger Hunt
Roger Hunt was a member of the England side that won the World Cup in 1966 and is still to this day Liverpool's record goalscorer in the league.
With 286 strikes for the club, Hunt is an honorary knight in Kopite eyes.
11. Steve Heighway
Steve Heighway. A man so popular that the Kop still sings about him to this day.
If you're not already aware, it goes a little something like this:
Outside the Shankly Gates
I heard a Kopite calling
Shankly, they have taken you away
But you left the great eleven
Just before you went to heaven
The Redmen are still playing the same way
All round the fields of Anfield Road
Where once we watched the King Kenny play
Stevie Heighway on the wing
We had dreams and songs to sing
Of the glory, round the Fields of Anfield Road
Outside the Paisley Gates
I heard a Kopite calling
Paisley, they have taken you away
But you left the great eleven
Back in Rome in 77
And the Redmen are still playing the same way.
10. Xabi Alonso
Liverpool still haven't fully recovered from the sale of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid.
The Spaniard was a huge hit on Merseyside and would be welcomed back to Anfield with open arms should Jose Mourinho ever decide to sell him.
Alonso gained recognition for his array of passing and knack of scoring from within his own half.
9. Ray Clemence
Ray Clemence is arguably the best goalkeeper that has ever graced Liverpool football club and is frequently used as the barometer to which all other goalkeepers are measured.
Clemence is as popular on Merseyside now as he ever was when he played.
8. Sami Hyypia
Big Sami Hyypia arrived at Liverpool as a relative unknown, but his performances for the club have forever endeared him to the club.
Devoid of pace, Hyypia read the game so well that it didn't matter.
Tears were shed when he announced his decision to leave the club in 2009.
7. Kevin Keegan
When Kevin Keegan arrived at the club, few would have predicted the impact that the enigmatic forward would have with John Toshack.
In one of the finest forward partnerships of its generation, Keegan declared upon leaving that, "You'll Never Walk Alone" used to bring a tear to his eye.
Money can't buy passion.
6. John Barnes
Winning the PFA Player of the Year in your first season at Liverpool will always endear you to the Kop faithful.
Barnes used to mesmerize defenders with his trickery and skill.
5. Jamie Carragher
Kopites can often be heard singing, "We all dream of a team of Carraghers" to the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine."
The reason is simple. Carragher is from Bootle, he has Liverpool in his blood, and he is consistent and committed to the club he loves.
Carragher is second on the all-time list of appearance makers for the club.
4. Ian Rush
As it states on the Liverpool website, there's only one word to describe Ian Rush's career—goals.
Rush has notched 346 goals in 360 appearances for Liverpool, a scoring record which has permanently made him a Kop idol.
3. Robbie Fowler
You don't get the nickname God unless you're pretty special, and Fowler was just that.
Whilst Fowler's goalscoring record was magnificent, it wasn't a patch on Ian Rush's. Despite this, there was always something about Robbie Fowler that Liverpool supporters loved—aside from the fact he was born in Toxteth.
A little bit of cheek is always endearing and memorable.
Rafa Benitez probably bought himself a few more months in his job as Liverpool manager when he re-signed Fowler in 2006.
2. Kenny Dalglish
When Kevin Keegan left the club, no one expected that Kenny Dalglish would be able to better his achievements.
King Kenny is the current manager of Liverpool and always puts the club first.
Dalglish would probably sell his liver if it meant Liverpool could win the title again, and that's part of the reason he is loved so much.
When Dalglish declared that nobody was bigger than the club, the Kop knew he understood what it meant to be a Red.
1. Steven Gerrard
These articles are always tough to call, but Steven Gerrard is probably the most popular player to ever don a red jersey.
He is also probably the best player who has ever worn red, a statement even endorsed by Kenny Dalglish.
Gerrard tried to leave the club once, but stayed because of his love for the Kop. The Liverpool skipper won't stop running until he has a Premier League title in his possession.
Gerrard is in all ways Liverpool, and that is why he is the most beloved player of them all.
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