Liverpool's 10 Best Players of All Time

John RichardsonCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2012

Liverpool's 10 Best Players of All Time

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    Over the years, Liverpool has cemented its position as one of the elite clubs in European football. Throughout its rich history, it has managed to collect 18 league titles, five European Cups and seven FA Cups.

    Many of the world's most talented footballers have been lucky enough to grace the Anfield turf, but only a select few will forever be considered great.

    The men who made the Kop roar on European nights, the men who stayed loyal to the club through thick and thin and the men who brought joy to an entire city.

    These are the men who have stamped their name into Liverpool folklore.

    Here's my list of the top 10 Liverpool players of all time.

10. Fernando Torres

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    While this may not be a popular pick amongst Liverpool fans, Torres certainly had a profound impact during his stay on Merseyside.

    Despite sporadic injuries, the Spaniard was able to rack up 81 goals in 142 appearances for the club.

    He became the first Red since Robbie Fowler (1996-97) to score 30+ goals in a season.

9. Steve McMahon

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    Steve McMahon was Kenny Dalglish's first signing as Liverpool manager, back in 1985.

    The tough-tackling central midfielder went on to capture glory in the league three times, and twice in the FA Cup.

    His unquestionable desire to win led previous manager Bob Paisley to say:

    When Steve McMahon plays well, I always think that Liverpool will play well (via Liverpool FC).

    He made 277 appearances for the Reds, netting 50 times.

8. Michael Owen

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    The "Boy Wonder", as he used to be so fondly known by Liverpool fans, remains the club's youngest-ever goalscorer.

    At the tender age of 17 years, 143 days old, Owen was able to get in behind the Wimbledon defense and stroke his shot low to the keeper's left.

    From there, the poacher never looked back. He went on to net 158 times in a mere 297 appearances (more than a goal every other game), before Real Madrid came knocking on the door in 2004.

7. Steve Heighway

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    The speedy Irishman signed for Liverpool in 1970, as a relatively unknown 22-year-old.

    While Heighway did manage to score 75 goals in his time with the Reds, it was his pinpoint crossing accuracy that gained him the most recognition.

    He appeared 475 times in total for the first team, and won practically every honor in the professional game.

6. Ian Callaghan

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    No one even comes close to the tally of 857 total appearances that Ian Callaghan recorded during his lengthy career with the Reds.

    The midfielder was the only member of Liverpool's Second Division squad to survive the leap to the First Division in 1962.

    He went on to win the First Division five times, and both the European Cup and FA Cup twice.

5. Alan Hansen

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    The name Alan Hansen brings only one word to mind: dominance.

    During his nearly 15-year career with the Reds, Hansen won it all.

    The league (eight times), the FA Cup (twice), the League Cup (four times), and the European Cup (three times).

    Needless to say, Hansen was an integral part of what many consider to be Liverpool's greatest-ever defensive unit.

    Ex-manager Bob Paisley sums up Hansen's brilliance quite elegantly:

    Alan Hansen is the defender with the pedigree of an international striker. He is quite simply the most skilful centre-half I have ever seen in the British game. He is a joy to watch. Alan has always been an excellent footballer, a beautifully balanced player who carries the ball with control and grace (via LFC).

     

4. John Barnes

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    John Barnes made a momentous impression on the pitch and also off it, by becoming the first black Liverpool player during a time of deep racial inequality.

    He will forever be remembered for the unstoppable mixture of power, pace and skill that left opposing defenders shaking in their boots

    Barnes netted on 108 occasions in his 10-year stint with the Reds, a truly remarkable feat that has cemented his place as one of Liverpool's finest.

3. Ian Rush

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    Ian Rush has to be the most self-explanatory player on this list.

    Rush encapsulates everything that the club stands for. A tireless worker, a flawless attitude and a top man.

    He was a true inspiration during his time as a Red, and maintains Liverpool's all-time goalscoring record with 346 goals in 660 appearances.

2. Kenny Dalglish

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    With 172 goals scored for Liverpool, King Kenny is probably most remembered for his European Cup clinching goal in the 1978 final.

    The deadly striking duo of Dalglish and Rush wreaked havoc across the continent and sprang fear into opponents' eyes throughout the late 1970s.

    When his playing days ended, Dalglish remained a highly loyal servant to the club. He managed the Reds to three First Division titles and one FA Cup from 1985-91.

1. Steven Gerrard

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    The skipper, the role model and the hero of an entire city.

    Steven Gerrard is the man everyone wishes they could be.

    A local lad who has risen through the ranks to lead his beloved club to a Champions League crown, two FA Cups and three League Cups.

    Gerrard has scored over 150 goals during his 14 years with the first team. No. 8 is surely the greatest player to ever don the Reds jersey.