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Liverpool FC Legends

Legend Bio
John Aldridge John Aldridge got his Liverpool career off to a dream start by scoring the only goal of the game on his full debut against Southampton in February 1987. It was the following season that the Republic of Ireland international truly left his mark as he scored nine goals in the first nine games of the season. He was an integral part of Liverpool's 1987-88 Championship winning side - scoring 26 league goals as the team went 29 games without defeat.
Xabi Alonso Midfielder Xabi Alonso was a true Kop favorite with a reputation as one of the best passers in the game. Alonso made his debut at Bolton's Reebok Stadium on August 29, 2004. Two months later he put in a dazzling performance against Fulham at Craven Cottage which had Kopites purring. With the Reds 2-0 down at half-time, Benitez threw on his new boy. The midfielder duly inspired a miraculous comeback, with the game ending 2-4.
John Barnes Without doubt one of the best players in the world when he arrived at Liverpool. He was player of the year in England in championship seasons 1987-88 and 1989-90 and dominated the English game at least for four years. His hamstring problems forced him to change his position from a flying winger to a central midfielder. His understanding of the game was immaculate and his team mates were inspired by his presence on the field.
Peter Beardsley Forward Peter Beardsley dribbled and shimmied his way to 175 games and 59 goals in a red shirt, winning two leagues and claiming an FA Cup along the way. Beardsley had an impressive debut season with 18 goals in 48 games and the Reds finished as First Division champions.
Ian Callaghan During the first half of his career Callaghan played on the right wing before being moved into the middle where his vision and experience was used to its fullest. Ian Callaghan boasts without a doubt one of the most remarkable careers of any player in Europe past or present. He is LFC's appearance record holder with 857 games and was the first Liverpool player to be chosen Footballer of the year in 1974, and was part of the England world cup winning team in 1966.
Jamie Carragher A scouser whose sense of humor has endeared him to supporters and teammates alike. Originally deployed as a full back, now as a central defender he has established himself as the most consistent performer in a red shirt and is considered the true rock in the heart of the Liverpool defence. He continues to move up Liverpool's all-time appearance, as well as holding the record for most European appearances.
Jimmy Case A tough tackling midfielder who took no prisoners Kop idol Jimmy Case was also renowned for his ferocious shooting ability, scoring more than a fair amount of goals in his career. Jimmy appeared in 269 matches for LFC, scoring 46 goals, many from long range, which became a feature of his game.
Harry Chambers Harry 'Smiler' Chambers sent fear into the opposition with his ferocious left foot shot, and averaged a goal every two games. Chambers topped the Liverpool goal charts in the first five post-World War One seasons, and played a pivotal role in the Reds winning two consecutive championships in 1922 and 1923. Harry joined Liverpool at the end of the First World War and was a key member of the team that won the First Division championship in successive seasons during the early 20's, scoring 41 times from 72 matches during those two successful years, 1921-22 & 1922-23. Harry continued to score with regularity and was the club's only ever-present during the 1925-26 & 1926-27 league seasons.
Ray Clemence Arguably the best goalkeeper in Liverpool's history. In his distinguished career at LFC he kept 335 clean sheets in 665 appearances. He played 337 games without missing a single match from September 1972 until March 1978 and during the 1978-79 season he kept 28 clean sheets and only conceded 4 goals at Anfield in 21 games.
Kenny Dalglish Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley both consider "King Kenny" to be the best player that has ever worn the Liverpool shirt... few would argue as Dalglish was a magical player. Dalglish also brought three more championships to Anfield as manager and was voted manager of the year as many times.
Robbie Fowler Considered a true goal-scoring phenomenon, Robbie Fowler was idolized throughout his time at the club. Prior to his first departure from the club he was well on his way to becoming a true superstar that could have smashed Ian Rush's goal-scoring record. He did finish up with an amazing 183 goals from his Liverpool career.
Steven Gerrard Another local Liverpool boy and current team captain, has seen the club through many of their recent successes. Having been a part of the club since the age of 9, his success is also that of the Liverpool academy system that has produced so many home-grown talents. He is also the clubs leading scorer in European competitions.
Dietmar Hamann Hamann arrived at Anfield from Newcastle in 1999 and instantly fell in love with Liverpool the club, the city and its people. Over the six years that followed, the talented holding midfielder became as famed for his style and composure on the pitch as for his wit and character off it.
Alan Hansen Considered by the great Bob Paisley as the most skilful centre-half ever he had ever seen in the British game. He was a rock in the heart of the Liverpool defence throughout their great years in the 1970s and 80s, and part of the defence that conceded only 16 goals in the 1978-79 season.
Steve Heighway Steve often took the "highway" up the left wing, riding tackles, showing perfect ball-control at breakneck speed and delivering great passes. Steve created numerous opening for players like Keegan, Toshack, and later on for the likes of Dalglish, Johnson and Fairclough.
Emlyn Hughes Nicknamed "Crazy Horse", Hughes started out as a midfielder until being moved to centre-half, where he became part of the innovative pass & move system of Liverpool. His will to win was incredible and he was a great leader on the field, which was rewarded with him being named captain for both club and country.
Roger Hunt Hunt's league tally of 245 goals is still a Liverpool record, he also scored 41 goals in 41 games in one season, as well as winning the World Cup with England in 1966. He was quick, strong and skilful, and possessed a rocket of a shot. When finally knighted in 2000, though he observed it was just being made official as he had been called "Sir Roger", by the Kop for a quarter of a century.
Sami Hyypia Sami Hyypia is one of the finest centre-backs ever to wear a red shirt. The towering finn’s consistent performances through the Houllier and Benitez eras earned him a place among Europe’s top defenders. Sami and Jamie Carragher were one of the most formidable pairing on the continent following Liverpool’s Champions League triumph in the Ataturk. Incredibly, he played every minute of 57 consecutive European games for the Reds from November 2001 to February 2006.
Kevin Keegan Keegan was an incredible player, tireless in showing off his talents and his enthusiasm invariably made his team mates more determined to succeed. Dangerous in the air despite a comparative lack of height, and his speed of thought created numerous goals for his colleagues with his intelligent runs and passing. Kevin Keegan should rightly be remembered as one of the finest players ever to wear a Liverpool shirt.
Ray Kennedy Ray was a revelation on the left, winning England recognition at last. The move was so successful that it immediately saw off Peter Cormack, who had played in that position for the previous two seasons. By the end of the year, Ray had made the No.5 shirt his own and added Championship and UEFA Cup winners' medals to the haul he already had from his Arsenal days.
Chris Lawler Nicknamed "The Silent Knight" because of the quiet, uncomplicated way he just got on with his job on the field, he was an extremely reliable member of Liverpool's team for many years. A great right-back who held down a regular place in the team from 1965-73 and played a total of 549 games for the club.
Mark Lawrenson Lawrenson was a great tackler, strong and possessed considerable skill and speed. He could play any position in defence, but his partnership with Alan Hansen in the centre of defence was the one he was admired for. His £1m transfer to Liverpool mad him the most expensive defender on the market.
Sammy Lee An energetic little midfielder that gained England recognition and was a great servant to the club. Part of the successful European Cup team in the 1980s, he recently returned to Liverpool as the assistant manager of the current squad.
Billy Liddell Billy was as strong as an ox, quick and packed a powerful shot. He was fearless and it was no coincidence that Liverpool became to be known as "Liddellpool". He was one of Liverpool's finest, appearing 534 times and scoring 228 goals.
Terry McDermott Terry Mac was a spectacular midfield player. He needed two years to settle into the side, but he blossomed when he did. He scored some truly memorable goals and his wizardry in midfield was justly rewarded in 1980 when he became the first player to win the Football Writers' and PFA's Player of the year awards in the same season.
Steve McMahon Macca was ruthless in the middle, could score goals when needed and displayed sorely missed leadership qualities in the engine room. He was the perfect workhorse in the devastating Liverpool midfield of the 1980s. Paisley quotes: "When McMahon plays well, Liverpool play well."
Steve McManaman Ian Rush was once asked to name the most promising player in Liverpool's ranks and he replied Steve McManaman. Macca, arrived at Liverpool at 14 years of age. Ten days after his first England Under-21 international, Steve got his first taste of first team action when he came on as a substitute against Sheffield United at Anfield.
Jimmy Melia Liverpool FC America's very own legend possessed the qualities to be part of Bill Shankly's charge that took the club back to its position amongst the country's elite. With a long and distinguished career consisting of over 500 Football League games including 286 appearances and 79 goals he is forever appreciated as a Liverpool legend.
Jan Molby Jan Molby, more commonly known to Liverpool fans as Big Jan or the Great Dane, is widely regarded as the finest passer of a football to ever pull on the red shirt. In his 12 years with Liverpool he split defences for fun on his way to making 292 appearances and notching 60 goals. Molby was so often the star of the show during the double-winning season of 1985-86, with 21 goals in 58 matches.
Ronnie Moran A legend at both the playing and coaching level, Ronnie was a strong left back that never caved in and his enthusiasm for the game spread around his team. He was totally committed in every game and it was this commitment that prompted Bill Shankly to offer him the chance to join the coaching staff.
Phil Neal One of the most-decorated players in English football history, with a quite astonishing run of consecutive appearances for Liverpool... 417 games in a row, a Liverpool record. He became an all-time great and was very much a TEAM player but having said that his own performances throughout his long career were always of a very high standard.
Steve Nicol Nicol is one of the most versatile players that football has ever seen. He was a great defender as well as superb in attack. He scored some brilliant goals, showing off masterful finishes that would put most strikers to shame. He was simply unbelievable, and was rewarded with the Player of the Year award for the 1988-99 season.
Michael Owen "Form is temporary, class is permanent" is a phrase that has often been repeated in Owen's career. He is the only Liverpool player who has been voted the best player in Europe. He is one of 11 players who have scored over 100 league goals for the club, a feat he achieved in 185 games.
Bob Paisley By the time he retired in 1983, Bob Paisley had been associated with Liverpool Football club for 44 years. There were as many great games during Paisley's time in charge as there were great players. This can only be a general summary of an astonishing period in the club's history. Never again will there be one man who serves a single club for so long and with such devotion and such success.
Alex Raisbeck Alex Raisbeck is regarded as the club's first star player. Instead, Raisbeck plied his trade at the turn of the twentieth century and played a prominent part in Liverpool's early success. His Anfield career spanned eleven seasons, during which he evolved into one of the best defenders of his generation. The Scot first came to the attention of scouts on Merseyside while playing for Stoke. In the kind of transfer swoop that would later become a Liverpool trademark, secretary-manager Tom Watson was sent to the Potteries and instructed not to return without sealing a deal.
Jamie Redknapp Redknapp's game revolved around being a central midfielder with a high level of ability to create space in tight situations and accurately pass his way out of them, a player who distributed the ball around the pitch with a dazzling range of passing skills, as well as having a keen eye for set pieces and long-range shooting abilities. Redknapp scored several spectacular goals in his time at Anfield and his contributions peaked during the 1998-99 season as he created numerous chances and scored 10 goals under new boss Gerard Houllier. Redknapp became vice and then full club captain by 1999-2000.
Pepe Reina José Manuel Reina made his debut for Liverpool in 2005. He instantly became first-choice goalkeeper and won his first major honor in 2006, the FA Cup. He saved three out of four West Ham United penalties in the final to help win the trophy. In 2007, Liverpool reached the Champions League Final, matching the feat achieved by his father in 1974, but they lost to A.C. Milan. Reina has set a number of goalkeeping records for Liverpool and he won the Premier League Golden Glove award for clean sheets in three of his first five seasons at the club
John Arne Riise Left-back John Arne Riise notched up well over 300 appearances during a seven-year association with the club through the Houllier and Benitez eras. The Norwegian, who was famed for a fierce shot, joined Liverpool in June 2001 having previously played for Aalesunds FK and Monaco. His debut came in the Charity Shield against Manchester United on August 12, and it was in a fixture against the same opponents three months later that the flame-haired defender won a place in the heart of every Liverpool fan. From then until the end of his Anfield career, the Kop sang: "John Arne Riise, ooh, ah, I want to know how you scored that goal."
Ian Rush The greatest goal scorer in Liverpool's history, with 346 in 660 appearances, and it is hard to see anyone catching up with him in the future. He was voted the most promising player of the year in 1982/83 and followed that by being voted FWA's and PFA's player of the year and won Europe's Golden Shoe for scoring 47 goals, more than anybody else on the continent.
Elisha Scott The legend of Elisha Scott will live forever in Liverpool folklore. The Northern Ireland international is regarded by some as the greatest goalkeeper ever to guard the Anfield net after 21 years on Merseyside which saw him tot up nearly 500 appearances. Born in Belfast, he followed in the footsteps of his older brother Billy, who was a stopper for Everton and Ireland. Scott Jr signed for Linfield aged just 14 but was soon moved on to Broadway United where he learnt his trade until Billy recommended him to his peers at Goodison. Fortunately for Liverpool, Everton deemed him too young, and when Billy then tipped off Anfield chairman John McKenna, the Reds did not hesitate in swooping for the 17-year old.
Bill Shankly His legacy can be seen at Anfield today, but not just in the gates that bear his name or the statue at the back of the Kop. Shankly was the catalyst that Liverpool Football club needed. Other men carried on the job that he started but he was the father of the modern-day Liverpool and did as much as anyone and more than most to turn them into one of the great powers of first English and then European football.
Tommy Smith Smith became one of the toughest customers to ever wear the Liverpool shirt. But there was more to his game than tackling, he had an excellent technique and scored quite a few goals in his time. Smith is Liverpool through and through, he worked as a grounds man at Anfield, a player, captain, and coach and only a handful of players have played more games than him for Liverpool.
Graeme Souness Souness's playing career is best remembered for his seven seasons at Liverpool, where he won five League Championships, three European Cups and four League Cups. Souness's Liverpool career ended in 1984 after 358 appearances and 56 goals.
Ian St. John Shankly paid a record fee for the "The Saint" and didn't regret a single penny. He scored 20+ goals in his first 3 seasons but played deeper the rest of his career, orchestrating Liverpool's attacks. Ian's golden moment is without a doubt scoring the winner in the 1965 FA cup final.
Peter Thompson Thompson was a brilliant right-footed left winger, who tormented full-backs. He was a great player with skill in abundance. He was a brilliant and important member of the side which dominated domestic football in the mid-60's, and was part of the first Liverpool team to win the FA Cup.
Phil Thompson Tommo is one of the greatest characters who has graced Liverpool's shirt. He captained Liverpool from 1979 to 1982 and was England's captain for a spell. Thompson started out as a midfielder in the team, before settling in at centre of defense, and continued to work as a coach for the club after his retirement... a true Liverpool legend if ever there was one.
John Toshack During his time with Liverpool Toshack scored 96 goals; he was part of the team that won the Football League Championship in 1973, 1976 and 1977, the FA Cup in 1974, and the UEFA Cup in 1973 and 1976. Toshack is still held in high regard by the supporters of Liverpool and was voted in at No.34 on the Liverpool Football Club web-site poll 100 Players Who Shook The Kop, in which thousands of fans worldwide voted for their top 100 Liverpool players.
Ronnie Whelan When Whelan started his career, he was said set to become one of the game's greats. He became a firm fixture on the left wing, and his intelligent play profited those around him and he was capable of the extraordinary when the team needed it the most. Whelan moved into a central midfield role and prospered with greater responsibility when he was mad captain.
Ron Yeats Rowdy Yeats was Liverpool's captain for 10 years, the longest serving captain in the history of the club. His father was a butcher and it was fitting the boy would grow up strong as an ox. In 1986 he was brought back to Liverpool in the role of chief scout and stayed 20 more years at Liverpool.