The 42-year-old former winger spent 11 years at Liverpool before signing for Real Madrid in 1999. McManaman made 364 appearances for the Reds and scored 66 goals for his boyhood club in his hometown.
The former England international turned TV commentator believes current Premier League top scorer Luis Suarez is well on his way to becoming a Kop legend and reckons the Uruguayan could exceed the likes of heroes Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish to go down in Anfield folklore as the greatest ever Liverpool centre-forward.
However, McManaman believes Suarez could achieve such status this season if he achieves just one thing – the Premier League title this term.
The Reds currently sit in third place in the Premier League table just four points behind leaders Chelsea with a game in hand. Brendan Rodgers’s side have yet to play Manchester City and Chelsea for the final time this season in a final two months that look set to be packed full of surprises.
What likely won’t come as a surprise in May is Suarez being awarded the Golden Boot – so far the 27-year-old has a tally of 28 goals and 20 assists in just 25 appearances in the Premier League, a clear 9 goals ahead of his teammate Daniel Sturridge in second place at present.
"Is Suarez better than the Growler?" said McManaman.
"He's going to break his record. He missed the first five games of the season and that suggests he will go down in Liverpool history.”
"If he takes them to the league title everybody will say he is the greatest centre forward ever. Liverpool have been blessed with some centre forwards,” he added.
McManaman himself was a member of the infamous ‘Spice Boys’ team in the 1990s under Roy Evans but never won the English title with Liverpool. He won honours for the 1991/92 FA Cup and the 1994/95 League Cup and went on to win the Champions League Final Man of the Match award in 2000 with Real Madrid.
Suarez already has a League Cup title with Liverpool from 2011/12 but should he take the Reds to the top of the table come May and help the club to win its first league title in 14 years since the 1989/90 side that won the First Division title under Kenny Dalglish, his name will surely go alongside the great former player and manager as a Liverpool legend, maybe even the greatest in the club’s history.