Nigel Clough and Vladimir Smicer.
First of all let me say that I don't rate either of these as having been great players for Liverpool, neither was worthy of the sacred jersey but during their time at Liverpool both played huge roles in games that will go down in club history. I should also point out that Smicer wasn't actually wearing the No. 7 shirt when he had his greatest moment (having given it up for Harry Kewell), but I've chosen to overlook that fact as his greatest Liverpool moment also happens to be one of the greatest moments in club history.
So first of all Clough. His greatest match in a Liverpool jersey was, without question, in the legendary 3-3 draw against Manchester when Liverpool came back from being dead and buried at 3-0 down to somehow snatch a draw. Without Clough, that simply wouldn't have happened. When those around him seemed to have given up hope and were starting damage control, Clough took the game by the scruff of the neck and smashed two goals past the great Peter Schmeiceal to haul his team back into the game and set the stage for the second half onslaught which saw Neil Ruddock crash a late equalizer into the United net giving Liverpool the improbable of draws.
While no trophies were handed out for that match, it is regarded as one of the greatest ever seen in English football and served notice to Liverpool players and fans alike that when it comes to games against United, you never say game over.
Now on to Vladi and I don't think there are many Liverpool fans that will not know of the game I'm talking about. The funny thing about both Clough's greatest ever game, and Vladi's, is that both were games in which Liverpool came back from 3-0 down to get a draw. Vladi's was of course the 2005 Champions League final.
In his last ever game for the club, Vladi played a huge role in the greatest comeback in Champions League history as he scored the second goal in those six crazy minutes. I don't think I'm the only one that screamed at him for being stupid enough to think he could beat the giant Dida from that kind of range, but when Milan Baros ran across the goal and blocked Dida's line of vision, allowing Smicer's low shot to creep under the keeper's desperate dive and nestle beautifully in the bottom corner, he went from villain to instant hero for me and everyone else that ever doubted him.
Of course, his contribution didn't end there. With his last ever kick of a football as a Liverpool player, Vladi stepped forward and calmly slotted in the penalty to give Liverpool a 3-2 lead in the shootout. We all know what happened next, Jerzy Dudek saved a shot from Andrey Shevchenko to seal a famous victory and bring Big Ears home for the fifth time.
While I know many people will disagree with both of these and suggest other possibilities, I felt it was important to remind people that not every great moment in Liverpool history has been delivered to us by a great player, sometimes it's the unlikely ones that become heroes.