10 Great Liverpool Strike Partnerships

John RichardsonCorrespondent INovember 13, 2013

10 Great Liverpool Strike Partnerships

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    They say two heads are better than one, and that certainly has been the case when it comes to Liverpool's strike partnerships. The Reds have historically nurtured some of the world's most distinguished attacking talent and continue to do so with overwhelming success.

    The current tandem of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez has produced a total 16 goals this term, and despite their unstoppable form, they will not make an appearance in our countdown.

    With that in mind, let's break down 10 of the most prolific partnerships ever to have graced Anfield's hallowed turf.

No. 10: Owen and Heskey

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    We begin the countdown with Michael Owen and Emile Heskey, two players with vastly different playing styles but a chemistry that defined much of the early 2000s for Liverpool.

    They were integral parts of the side that completed the treble in 2001 and scored 171 goals in five years together on Merseyside.

    Owen left the club in 2004 to pursue his dream of playing for Real Madrid but never quite recaptured the form that made him such a sought-after prospect.

    Heskey made a less glamorous move to Birmingham City that same year and currently plays in the Australia for the Newcastle Jets.

No. 9: Fowler and Collymore

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    Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore struck up an instant on-field understanding following the latter's move from Nottingham Forest in 1995.

    The pair netted 53 goals in their first campaign together and 47 the following year. A mix of Fowler's footballing brain and Collymore's exceptional athletic ability allowed them to pick apart opposing defenses with relative ease.

    Collymore's time on Merseyside was marred by off-field issues and came to an abrupt end in 1997. He moved on to Aston Villa and various other clubs, but Liverpool is where he will be remembered most.

No. 8: Kenny Dalglish and David Johnson

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    Kenny Dalglish (pictured) is a household name for Liverpool supporters, but David Johnson doesn't ring any immediate bells.

    Johnson was a local lad who twice played for crosstown rivals Everton, once from 1972-1976 and the other from 1982-1984. The years in between, however, will be remembered for his 55 goals in 148 appearances on the red side of the city.

    In five seasons together (1977-1982), Dalglish and Johnson racked up 189 goals and won three First Division titles, in what proved to be one of the most successful periods in Liverpool's history.

No. 7: Gerrard and Torres

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    Before anyone blasts me for having Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres in a countdown for "great strike partners," please hear me out.

    These two were phenomenal for the Reds before Torres decided he could replicate his good form at Chelsea in 2011 (look what happened to that).

    Torres made goalscoring look simple, and Gerrard bossed things in the midfield. Their outstanding link-up play left teams looking for answers, but to be perfectly honest, there were none.

    65 goals in 102 appearances for Torres was matched by arguably some of Gerrard's best form in his 16-year career.

No. 6: Fowler and Owen

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    No. 6 on our list, and my personal favorites, are Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.

    The pair accounted for 197 goals during their time together on Merseyside and also won the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup during the treble season in 2001.

    Their deadly finishing and unmatched explosiveness in the final third of the pitch made them one of the most feared tandems in Europe at the turn of the 21st century.

No. 5: Aldridge and Beardsley

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    John Aldridge and Peter Beardsley are arguably two of the most iconic players to don the red and white of Liverpool FC.

    During their three-year stint together in the late 1980s, the two combined for a remarkable 107 goals, two league titles, one FA Cup and two Community Shields.

    Aldridge was best known for his ruthlessness in front of goal while Beardsley gained praise for his neat link-up play. The two different styles complemented each other brilliantly and produced some of the best football the English game has ever seen.

No. 4: Beardsley and Rush

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    Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley were the last Liverpool strike partnership to win a league title in the 1990 season.

    When you think of Liverpool, you inevitably think of Rush. The man is a living symbol of what the club stands for and won about every honor he could in a Red shirt (multiple times).

    Although their time was intermingled with John Aldridge in the late '80s, Beardsley and Rush stole the spotlight and formed one of the most dynamic and well-rounded partnerships of their time.

No. 3: Keegan and Toshak

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    The dominant Liverpool side of the 1970s was best defined by the duo of Kevin Keegan and John Toshack.

    Toshack signed from Cardiff City in 1970 with Keegan following a year later from Scunthorpe United. The pair won three league titles, one European Cup, two UEFA Cups, one FA Cup and three Community Shields; virtually every honor in the professional game and it only took them six years to do it.

    Keegan ended up moving to Hamburg for a then-record transfer fee for a Brit of £500,000 while Toshack returned to Wales to pursue a career in management at Swansea City.

No. 2: Hunt and St. John

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    Coming in at No. 2 are Roger Hunt and Ian St. John. Their record speaks for itself: 341 goals in 386 appearances is a monumental accomplishment likely never to be repeated in the modern game.

    These two set the foundations for the future of the Liverpool Football Club by helping attain the side's promotion to the first division in the 1961-62 season.

    Hunt was the Reds' top goalscorer for eight consecutive years from 1962-69, and St. John scored a diving header in extra-time to see off Leeds United for Liverpool's first ever FA Cup crown.

No. 1: Rush and Dalglish

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    Kenny Dalglish (left) and Ian Rush (right) lift the FA Cup at Wembley
    Kenny Dalglish (left) and Ian Rush (right) lift the FA Cup at WembleyDavid Cannon/Getty Images

    The greatest strike partnership in Liverpool's fabled history has to be Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish. I would go so far as to say there has never been a better tandem at any club or any level in world football.

    They are truly living legends and will never to be forgotten so long as the club remains.

    Many unforgettable moments come to mind:

    This cheeky finish (at 0:34) by Rush capped off a hat-trick against Aston Villa.

    And who can forget Dalglish's goal that won us the European Cup against FC Bruges in 1978?