Liverpool: The Club's Top 10 Goal Scorers of All Time

Neri Stein@neristeinFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2011

Liverpool: The Club's Top 10 Goal Scorers of All Time

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND -DECEMBER 8: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool shoots, only to see his goal dissalowed during the Champions League Group A match between Liverpool and Olympiakos at Anfield on December 8, 2004 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill
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    In Liverpool FC's illustrious history, Steven Gerrard's phenomenal goal against Olympiacos in 2004 has to go down as one of the best ever scored by a Red. But where does Stevie G land on the list of Liverpool's greatest ever goal scorers?

    Some of the best forwards football has seen have worn the Red No. 9, and plenty more Liverpool players have chipped in the goals along the way. But who are the best?

    The following is a list of the top 10 Liverpool goal scorers of all time. Chip in with who you think was left off or put in the wrong spot!

David Fairclough: The Supersub

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    Apr 1977:  David Fairclough of Liverpool in action during the Football League Division One match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield, Liverpool, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy /Allsport
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    Since David Fairclough was so affectionately known as a supersub by Liverpool fans, that's what he his on the list.

    Fairclough could've walked into any English side during his nine years at Liverpool (1974-83), but on Merseyside, he was just behind the likes of Kevin Keegan and John Toshack, so manager Bob Paisely often used him as a substitute when he needed someone to change the game.

    And boy did he change games. His most famous game-changing moment came in March 1977 in the second-leg European Cup quarterfinal match at Anfield when he scored the late winner over French side St. Etienne.

    In 154 appearances for the Reds, he scored 55 total goals. He actually made more starts than he did substitute appearances, but his biggest impact came from off the bench. He's the Reds' highest scoring substitute with 18 goals off the bench. 

    Note: I'm not saying Fairclough is No. 11 on the list. He's the supersub.   

10. Fernando Torres

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 15:  Fernando Torres of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Portsmouth at Anfield on March 15, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Ge
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    OK, I know his departure from Liverpool has not gone down well (there's a understatement for you), and Liverpool fans will likely not take too kindly to seeing his name on this list. But you can't ignore the goals he scored in Red.

    Recent events are why he's all the way down at No. 10.

    But in his limited time on Merseyside, he did almost nothing but score goals. He scored 33 total goals, 24 in the Premier League, in 2007-08, his first season in England, breaking Ruud van Nistlerooy's record, and the quality of the goals was something to marvel at.

    Against Marseille in the Champions League, his back-to-back Anfield hat tricks against Middlesbrough and West Ham and his eight straight games at Anfield in which he got on the scoresheet are just some of the accolades.  

    His next season was plagued with injuries, but he still managed to score 17 goals in all, including a great finish past Edwin van der Sar after taking complete advantage of Nemanja Vidic at Old Trafford. His sublime shot against Blackburn speaks for itself.

    If he'd been able to play a few more games that season, who knows how it would've ended. He finished the season with a goal against Tottenham that marked his 50th for the club, in just his 84th appearance. 

    In 2009-10, he was again injury-prone but still managed 22 goals—18 in the League.

    He's the fastest Liverpool player ever to score 50 Premier League goals and scored a total of 65 League goals in 102 appearances, and 81 in 142 total appearances.

    He's likely ruined his chance to go down as a Liverpool legend like many thought he would, but you just can't argue the guy's scoring record. You can, however, smile at the fact he hasn't been the same player for Chelsea.    

9. Peter Beardsley and John Barnes

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    1 May 1990:  John Barnes and Peter Beardsley of Liverpool celebrate with the trophy after the Barclays League Division One match against Derby County at Anfield in Liverpool, England. Liverpool won the match 1-0 and became league champions. \ Mandatory Cr
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    I had to figure out a way to get them both on the list, so here you go. They often worked together anyway to score goals themselves or set up others.  

    Peter Beardsley and John Barnes both came to Liverpool in 1987 to play alongside John Aldridge. In their first season, they were joint on the scoring chart with 15 apiece behind Aldridge himself.

    The next year, Ian Rush returned from his tryst in a foreign country, and Beardsley often played with both Rush and Aldridge up front. Aldridge then left the next season to leave Rush and Beardsley up front.

    It was Beardsley's vision that set him apart and in four years and 175 appearances, he scored 59 goals (131 and 46 in the League).

    Meanwhile, Barnes and his sweet left foot flew down the wing for the Reds, and boy what Liverpool fans would give to have him back in the side now. He could score sublime goes all on his own, from free kicks or by linking up with the likes of Beardsley and Aldridge.

    His most prolific season out of nine in Red was 1989-90, when he scored 22 league goals—28 total, which was four more than Rush.

    Barnes also broke racial barriers in English football and fought past racist taunts during his early Liverpool days. He left Liverpool after 407 appearances and 108 goals (314 and 84 in the League).     

8. John Aldridge

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    1989:  John Aldridge of Liverpool in action during a Barclays Division One match played at Anfield in Liverpool, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
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    John Aldridge did some pretty amazing things for Liverpool in just two and a half seasons. 

    Aldo was brought in to replace the departing Ian Rush in January of 1987, and he showed no problems stepping into those very large shoes.

    In 1987-88, the Reds first season without Rushie, Aldridge scored 26 goals including at least one in each of the first nine games of the season as Liverpool cantered to the League title. That season, Aldo also earned the unfortunate title of the first person to have a penalty saved in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

    Next season, when Rush returned from Italy, many thought Aldridge would be deemed surplus, but Kenny Dalglish often played the two together with Aldridge enjoying better form. He also made up for the previous year's penalty mishap by opening the scoring in FA Cup final victory over neighbors, Everton. 

    In a total of 104 appearance for the Reds, Aldo scored 63 goals, 50 of them coming in the League. 

7. Kevin Keegan and John Toshack

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    Kevin Keegan and John Toshack were the first striking partnership to really shake the Kop. 

    Legendary manager Bill Shankly brought Toshack to Liverpool in 1970, and he made an immediate impression on the Kop by scoring his first goal in a comeback victory over rivals, Everton. 

    Keegan was brought in a year later, and Shankly immediately put the two up front together. 

    The pair seemed to have a telepathic understanding of each other (much better than Batman and Robin if you ask me) as Toshack won just about every header and knocked it down for the waiting Keegan to hit into the back of the net. 

    Keegan scored in double figures in each of his six seasons with the Reds and ended his career with 100 Liverpool goals—68 in the league, and many were in large part thanks to Toshack.

    Toshack finished his Liverpool career with 96 goals to his name, though in fewer appearances than Keegan, and the two won countless trophies during the Reds' domination of English football throughout the 1970s. 

    A partnership with one smaller, quick-footed striker and another big, dominating center forward is a precious commodity. Could one club be lucky enough to get two? 

    Photo courtesy of Getty images. 

6. Kenny Dalglish

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    1986:  Kenny Dalglish of Liverpool celebrates during the FA Cup final against Everton at Wembley Stadium in London. Liverpool won the match 3-1.  \ Mandatory Credit: David  Cannon/Allsport
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    Kenny Dalglish was initially brought in to replace Kevin Keegan in 1977, and the fans weren't totally sure. Dalglish took on Keegan's No. 7 shirt, and now he's the one who's made it famous.  

    Kenny was already well known in the football world thanks to his time at Celtic and became an ever present under Bob Paisley in his early years in Red, scoring 31 goals in his first season in only 62 appearances. 

    He scored the winning goal in the 1978 European Cup final against FC Bruges as just a teaser of what he would come to mean to Liverpool.

    When Ian Rush came to Anfield in 1980, the two struck up an instant connection and scored numerous goals on the way to winning numerous titles with the Reds.

    King Kenny was never the chief goal scorer for the club, but he was the one who saw everything before it happened, and many of Liverpool's goals came from him in some way or another.  

    Dalglish's goals and appearances decreased when he took over the manager's job for Joe Fagan in 1985. At the end of his playing days, King Kenny had scored a total of 172 goals for the Reds in 515 appearances, with 118 goals coming in the League.  

5. Ohhhhh Ya Beauty!!!!

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04:  Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's third goal and his hat trick during the UEFA Europa League Group K match beteween Liverpool and SSC Napoli at Anfield on November 4, 2010 in Liverpool, England.
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    Steven Gerrard is one of those players who knows anything is possible when the ball is at his feet. And he's shown it countless times for Liverpool.

    Many of his goals have not only been mouthwatering, but he's scored some of the most meaningful goals in Liverpool's recent history.

    The aforementioned goal vs. Olympiacos, the goal in Istanbul, the Gerrard final and his unmatched cool at the penalty spot. He has been the Liverpool captain since he was 23, and he is widely known as one of the best, most complete footballers in the world. 

    His most prolific season in Red was the 2008-09 campaign when Liverpool came agonizingly close to winning the Premier League. Gerrard scored 24 goals and was the Football Writer's Association Player of the Year. 

    He is also the highest-scoring Englishman in European competition with 38. 

    So far, he's scored 140 goals in 557 appearances for Liverpool, with 84 coming in the Premier League. 

4. Michael Owen

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 17:  Michael Owen of Liverpool celebrates scoring his second goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Liverpool and Portsmouth at Anfield on March 17, 2004 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Imag
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    Michael Owen is one the best players to come out of the Liverpool Academy. He did nothing but bang the ball into the back of the net during his time with the Reds. He is also the youngest player to ever score a goal for the Reds. 

    He was one the best young players Liverpool had seen as he took some of the scoring burden off Robbie Fowler. He was also a leading player in the club's historic treble in the 2001 season when the Reds won the UEFA, FA and League Cups.

    In the FA Cup final that year against Arsenal, Owen scored two goals to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory for the Reds.

    That season, he also became the only Liverpool player to win the Ballon d'Or. 

    It took him just 185 games to score 100 goals for Liverpool, and he finished his Liverpool career with 158 goals in 297 appearances—118 goals in the Premier League. 

    He left Liverpool in 2004, a few months too early, but he has yet to recapture the form he had with the Reds even looking so confused on the pitch that he wears the wrong red. 

3. "Sir" Roger Hunt

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    Roger Hunt was the player equivalent of Liverpool's legendary manager Bill Shankly as they brought the club back to top in the 1960s. 

    Hunt began at Liverpool when the club was in the Second Division, but he and Shankly soon made sure the club was back where it belonged. In the 1961-62 season, Hunt scored 41 goals in 41 games to win promotion, including five hat tricks, both of which are still Liverpool records.

    He was the instrumental in the Reds' first FA Cup victory scoring four goals in the campaign and the opener in the final. 

    In 492 appearances for the Reds, he scored 286 goals, second all-time to Ian Rush, but his 245 league goals is still the club record, which will take some work to break. He was also the club's leading scorer for eight straight seasons. 

    He is the only Red to have an honorary Knighthood bestowed upon him, but to Liverpool fans, it's certainly real. 

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2. God

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    LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 09:  Robbie Fowler of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premiership match between Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers at Anfield on April 9, 2006 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griff
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    Robbie Fowler singed with Liverpool in 1992, and he was a star from the very beginning.

    He scored 12 goals in his first 13 games as a partner/replacement to Ian Rush, and he finished the season as the club's top scorer with 18. 

    More than almost anyone else who has worn the Red No. 9, Fowler was a natural goalscorer. After scoring in his debut, he went on to become the fourth Liverpool player to score five goals in a game on his Anfield debut in a second leg League Cup tie.

    His first league hat trick came in just his fifth league game, and his hat trick against Arsenal holds the record for the fastest Premier League hat trick at four minutes and 33 seconds.

    He scored more than 30 goals in three of his seasons at Liverpool and was named the PFA Young Player of the Year back to back in 1995 and 1996.

    Fowler was also the leader of Liverpool's Spice Boys, so called for their love of good times off the pitch. There's nothing wrong with that.

    Much to the dismay of Reds fans, Fowler was sold to Leeds United in 2001 to make room for the younger Michael Owen and Emile Heskey.

    Fowler's excellent goal-scoring prowess did not follow him to Elland road and then Manchester City, but God was reunited with his people thanks to Rafa Benitez in January 2006. He was older and not the same player, but the adoration from the fans was even greater.

    He scored a total of 183 goals in 369 Liverpool appearances, with 128 goals in the League. He and Michael Owen are the only two Liverpool players with at least 100 Premier League goals.  

1. Ian Rush

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    Who else could it have been? Ian Rush was the quintessential No. 9 for Liverpool and would be one of the top 10 goal scorers of all time, let alone at Liverpool.

    Rush holds the record with 346 goals for Liverpool and Steven Gerrard is the closest current player, with 140. Roger Hunt is second with 286.

    It was Rush's predatory instincts when around the opposition's goal that led to Liverpool dominating English football in the 1980s.

    He came to Merseyside in 1980, and Rushie's Liverpool career started slow as it took him nine games to open his account, but after that, the floodgates were open.

    He announced himself in the 1981-82 season by scoring 30 goals in 49 games under Bob Paisley's tutelage. The Reds began 1982 in 10th place, but Rush started scoring at will to help the Reds reclaim the title and also scored in the League Cup Final victory over Tottenham.

    He scored 47 goals in all in 1984, which meant he became the first British player to win Europe's Golden Boot.

    In 1986, he scored a double over rivals Everton to secure Liverpool's first domestic double, FA Cup and League title, and he broke the 40-goal barrier again the next season before he departed for Juventus in 1987.

    However, playing in a foreign country did not suit Rush well, and he decided to return to Liverpool in 1988. He took a little time to reacquaint himself into the side as John Aldridge's goal scoring plaudits kept Rush on the bench.

    Soon enough, he found his scoring boots and got down to breaking Liverpool records, including becoming the highest scorer in the Merseyside Derby, taking over from Everton's Dixie Dean.

    Rushie holds the Liverpool records for most FA Cup goals (39), League Cup goals (48), goals in a season (47) and is one of four Reds to score five goals in game (the most in the club's history). 

    He scored his 287th goal, breaking Hunt's record, in October of 1992, and for good measure, he added 59 more to put some distance between himself and his protege, Robbie Fowler.

    His Liverpool playing days ended in 1996, but his name is still all over Liverpool's record books as he is without doubt the Reds' greatest ever goal scorer.   


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