Although Liverpool aren’t quite the force they used to be reckoned with, over the past few decades Liverpool used to be England’s number 1 club and they’re still the most successful English side in Europe with 5 Champions League triumphs. Manchester United have recently overtaken them as the most successful side in England but Liverpool will always be an iconic club that has been represented by some of the best players in the world.
Not many players would’ve fancied playing against Tommy Smith who was one of the hardest players in football. An ex-Liverpool captain played in central defence and made 467 league appearances for Liverpool which included 4 league titles, 2 FA Cups and 1 European Cup. Bill Shankly was quoted saying, ‘Tommy Smith wasn’t born, he was quarried’.
Another of Liverpool’s hard men was Graeme Souness. The central midfielder spent 7 seasons at Liverpool and was captain of the formidable early 80’s Liverpool side. In 7 seasons he won 5 league titles, 3 European Cups and 4 League Cups. His aggression in midfield dominated games and contributed with goals from midfield as well as his robust style of play.
The former Liverpool forward had two spells at Liverpool, 1980-1987 and 1988-1996. Both spells were equally as successful as each other as the centre forward cemented his place as Liverpool’s all-time leading goal scorer with 346 goals in all competitions. He won 5 League titles, 3 FA Cups and 2 European Cups.
He was a 5’8 forward who moved to Liverpool in 1971 and won 3 League titles, 2 UEFA Cups, 1 FA Cup and 1 European Cup. It was his partnership with John Tashack, (another Liverpool great) that made Liverpool so successful in the 70’s. He was originally signed as a midfielder from Scunthorpe but Shankly saw the potential in him further forward and reaped the rewards with 68 goals in 230 games.
After spending 13 hugely enjoyable years at Liverpool, Kenny Dalglish is arguably the greatest ever player to come out of Scotland. He was signed for a British transfer record of £440,000 from Celtic and won 6 league titles, 2 FA Cups, 3 European Cups and 4 League Cups. Known as ‘King Kenny’ by the Kop faithful, Dalglish was a magnificent goal scorer and scored 118 goals in 355 games for Liverpool.
A fellow Scottish colleague of Dalglish was central defender, Alan Hansen. He won a massive 8 league titles at Liverpool, 2 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and 3 European Cups. He only scored 8 goals for the club dating over 14 years but his presence and dominance at the back proved to be one of the best defensive partnerships with Mark Lawrenson.
The Irish defender wasn’t at Liverpool as long as Hansen but was signed from Brighton in 1981 and left in 1988. In those 7 years he won 5 League titles, 3 League Cups, 1 FA Cup and 1 European Cup. ‘Lawro’ had a betting scoring ratio than Hansen but only just with 11 goals from 241 games!
Hughes is a Liverpool defender/midfielder that captained both his club and country. In 1977 he won the FWA Footballer of the Year whilst at Liverpool which also included 4 trophies in that calendar year. The defensive minded midfielder had great energy and was a very intelligent player that had a massive influence in matches.
Of the more modern era, Luis Suarez is the most talented individual to play at Anfield. Having recently left for Barcelona, Suarez had three seasons at Liverpool but had a sensational scoring ratio. He scored 69 times in just 110 Premier League matches and helped Liverpool return to the Champions League in the 2013/2014 season. He only won 1 piece of silverware which was the 2014 League Cup.
One of Liverpool’s most iconic players is Steven Gerrard. He has been at the club since he was 7 years old and has devoted his whole career to the club. Gerrard made his senior debut in 1998 and has never looked back. Captain since 2003, the midfielder has 2 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup and 2 UEFA Super Cup titles to his name. His long range shot has brought many memorable goals for the Liverpool fans, none more so than against West Ham in a dramatic FA Cup final.
A graduate from the youth academy and started at just a year older than Gerrard in the ranks. Went on to make over 500 appearances for Liverpool from 1996-2013 and scored a measly 4 goals! His passion and heart-on-his-sleeve personality was a joy to behold and his attitude could never be questioned. He started off as a full back but developed into a dominant centre half to become a true great of Liverpool.
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