Liverpool have a fine history of goal scoring centre-forwards, from Albert Stubbins and Ian Rush, to Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, but how do the more recent crop measure up next to those Anfield legends?
Here are Liverpool’s last 7 top scorers: Where are they now?
7. Mohamed Salah - Liverpool
Well, there’s not a lot to say about Liverpool’s top scorer last season. Mohamed Salah had an incredible debut season at Anfield, bagging 44 goals in 52 games as part of a prolific front three which helped the club reach a Champions League final. The 26-year-old Egyptians combination of pace, technique and ruthless finishing is a frightening proposition for any defence. Still at Liverpool of course, Salah has begun this season with two goals in four games.
6. Philippe Coutinho - Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho #11 of the Brazil National Soccer Team warms up during the training session before facing the U.S. Men's Soccer Team in a friendly match. The training session took place...
A man Liverpool fans have been able to quickly forget about thanks to what Jurgen Klopp is doing on Merseyside, Philippe Coutinho was the club’s top scorer in the 2016-17 season with 14 goals. A classic diminutive Brazilian flair player who can operate on the flank or through the middle, Coutinho left Liverpool in January of this year for £105 million, a fee which could reportedly rise to £142 million depending on add-ons. Coutinho is an exceptional footballer who has scored 11 goals in 24 games at Barca, but Liverpool coped with his departure pretty smoothly.
5. Daniel Sturridge - Liverpool
A possible renaissance man at Liverpool this season, there have never really been too many question marks about Daniel Sturridge’s ability, just the fact that he is seemingly made out of glass. Sturridge scored 24 goals in his best season at Anfield, but it was his 13 strikes in the 2015-16 campaign that made him the club’s seasonal top scorer. The former Bolton Wanderers loanee isn’t necessarily an ideal fit in Jurgen Klopp’s system, but if he can stay fit, he’s an excellent deputy for Roberto Firmino and a real option from the bench.
4. Steven Gerrard - Rangers Manager
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.
The fifth highest scorer in Liverpool history, Steven Gerrard was the Reds seasonal top scorer three times and joint top scorer once. Those seasons were the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09 and 2014-15 campaigns. A Liverpool legend who often helped ensure that the club remained among England’s and Europe’s elite despite not always having the finest players at their disposal, Gerrard left Liverpool in 2015, and he is now managing Scottish outfit Glasgow Rangers.
3. Luis Suarez - Barcelona
Arguably one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players in terms of pure ability, Luis Suarez spent just three and a half seasons at Anfield, but he was absolutely incredible for at least two and a half of them. With tallies reading 17, 30 and 31, Suarez was Liverpool’s top scorer in every one of his three full seasons with the club. By 2014, Brendan Rodgers had become pretty reliant on the world class Uruguayan, and his £75 million move to Barcelona came as a hefty blow. Suarez has since ended Messi and Ronaldo’s dominance over La Liga’s Golden Boot with a 59 goal season, bagging 154 goals in 202 games in total.
2. Dirk Kuyt - Feyenoord Coach
Coach Dirk Kuyt of Feyenoord U19 during the match between PSV U19 v Feyenoord U19 at the De Herdgang on August 25, 2018 in Eindhoven Netherlands
A hard working and talented forward who was pretty much an instant fan favourite with every team he ever played for, Dirk Kuyt won 104 caps for the Netherlands. He also spent six seasons at Liverpool, where he earnt many plaudits despite rarely being that prolific. He was Liverpool’s top scorer once, in the 2010-11 season, when the club finished 6th in a campaign which began under Roy Hodgson and ended under Kenny Dalglish. Kuyt left Liverpool in 2012 for Fenerbahce, before returning to Feyenoord where he retired in 2017. The 38-year-old briefly came out of retirement to play three games for Quick Boys this year, but is now back at Feyenoord working as a first team coach.
1. Fernando Torres - Sagan Tosu
Top spot is the not-so-surprising inclusion of Fernando Torres. An absolute sensation during his time at Anfield, Torres was Liverpool’s top scorer twice, bagging 33 goals in his first and most impressive campaign. So quick, purposeful and confident at his best, the Spaniard had a real aura about him. He departed in a £50 million move to Chelsea in 2011, and now aged 34, he recently joined Sagan Tosu in Japan.
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