Liverpool F.C. appears poised to have bounceback campaign in 2023-24 after a nightmarish 2022-23 season plagued by injuries and underperformance. The Liverpool squad was refreshed over the summer with crucial new signings in its midfield, including Argentine CM Alexis Mac Allister and Dutch CM Ryan Gravenberch.

Do any current Liverpool players crack the club’s all-time top 10 list? Keep reading to find out.

Are there any U.S. players on the Liverpool soccer team?

There are no current U.S. players on the 2023-24 Liverpool squad. Notable Americans who played for Liverpool in the past include GK Brad Friedel and CB Zak Whitbread.

Famous Liverpool Players

Here are two of the most famous players in Liverpool history: CM Steven Gerrard and FW Kenny Dalglish. It’s impossible to have a conversation with a longtime Liverpool fan without these Liverpool legends being part of the discussion.

Ranking the Top 10 Greatest Liverpool Players of all time

  1. Michael Owen

Position: Striker
Nationality: England
Years with Liverpool: 1996 to 2004
Awards and Honors: Ballon d’Or (2001), Premier League Golden Boot (1997-98, 1998-99), Premier League Player of the Season (1997-98), FA Cup Champion (2000-01), UEFA Cup Champion (2000-01)

Who is the only Liverpool player in club history to win the Ballon d’Or? Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen did it after the “treble winning” 2000-01 Liverpool campaign in which the team won the FA Cup, League Cup, and the UEFA Cup with Owen scoring 24 goals across all competitions.

Despite leaving the club for Real Madrid at the age of 24, Owen still ranks ninth all-time in Liverpool goals. How many more would he have finished with had he stayed healthy and remained at Liverpool throughout his prime?

  1. Jamie Carragher

Position: Center back
Nationality: England
Years with Liverpool: 1996 to 2013
Awards and Honors: Champions League Champion (2004-05), FA Cup Champion (2000-01), UEFA Cup Champion (2000-01)

Who appeared in the most Premier League games for Liverpool? That would be former CB Jamie Carragher, who manned the center back position from the days of Robbie Fowler all the way to Andy Carroll. Yes, all that from a man who grew up an Evertonian.

He might not have been blessed with the most fantastic physical gifts, but Carragher left his heart and soul on the field. An atrocious first half of the 2005 UEFA Champions League final saw Liverpool allow three goals to a fearsome AC Milan team. The defense tightened up in the second half and overtime, and Liverpool remarkably won the match on penalties.

  1. Roger Hunt

Position: Striker
Nationality: England
Years with Liverpool: 1958 to 1969
Awards and Honors: First Division Champion (1963-64, 1965-66), FA Cup Champion (1964-65), Golden Boot (1965-66), FIFA World Cup Champion (1966)

Until Ian Rush came along, former striker Roger Hunt held the title of Liverpool’s all-time top goal-scorer. After scoring 41 league goals in 1962 to lead the club out of the doldrums of the Second Division, Hunt remained a scoring machine in the top division. He scored 20 goals in five out of the next six seasons, helping Liverpool capture two league titles along the way.

Hunt was lethal for the English national team, scoring three times in the 1966 World Cup to help England win for the first (and only) time in its history.

Hunt is the token “old Liverpool player” on this list.

  1. Graeme Souness

Position: Midfielder
Nationality: Scotland
Years with Liverpool: 1978 to 1984
Awards and Honors: First Division Champion (1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84), European Cup Champion (1977-78, 1980-81, 1983-84), European Cup Golden Boot (1980-81)

Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness joined the team in 1978 and led it to three European Cup championships in six seasons. In 1981, Souness was named captain over some of the team’s more entrenched senior players (such as Phil Thompson).

Souness eventually coached Liverpool rather unsuccessfully in the early 1990s. He should be better remembered for making the PFA Team of the Season four straight times as a member of the Reds.

  1. Alan Hansen

Position: Center back
Nationality: Scotland
Years with Liverpool: 1977 to 1991
Awards and Honors: First Division Champion (1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1988-90), European Cup Champion (1977-78, 1980-81, 1983-84), PFA Team of the Century (2007)

Former Liverpool CB Alan Hansen was a rock at the back for a team that won eight First Division championships. The always-outspoken Scotsman has made headlines for a variety of his soundbites, including everything from “you can’t win anything with kids” to “jocks love to beat England.”

Hansen’s comment about the kids playing for Manchester United (Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, etc.) turned out to be glaringly false, but he did know a thing or two about defending and displayed remarkable endurance. He played in at least 50 games for Liverpool in eight consecutive seasons from 1979-80 to 1988-1987.

  1. Mohammed Salah

Position: Winger
Nationality: Egypt
Years with Liverpool: 2017 to present
Awards and Honors: Premier League Champion (2019-20), UEFA Champions League Champion (2018-19), FA Cup Champion (2021-22), Premier League Player of the Season (2017-18)

Despite the performances of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, Mohammed Salah has been the best Liverpool player of the Jurgen Klopp era. In his first season with the Reds, Salah broke the single-season Premier League goal-scoring record by tallying an impressive 32 goals.

Salah has averaged over 30 total goals per campaign in his six full seasons on Merseyside, though Ian Rush’s club-record tally of 336 looks to be out of reach.

Salah also scored the first goal in the 2019 UEFA Champions League final, a win for Liverpool. Will Salah lead the Reds back to European glory?

He has also had great success on the international stage, helping Egypt return to the World Cup for the first time in a generation.

  1. Kevin Keegan

Positions: Forward, Attacking midfielder
Nationality: England
Years with Liverpool: 1971 to 1977
Awards and Honors: First Division Champion (1972-73, 1975-76, 1976-77), FA Cup Champion (1973-74), European Cup Champion (1976-77), UEFA Cup Champion (1972-73, 1975-76), FWA Footballer of the Year (1975-76)

Liverpool sold forward Kevin Keegan at the peak of his career in 1977, getting a then-British record of $850,000 (£500,000) from Hamburg for his services. Sporting his famous perm, Keegan tore up German soccer, winning back-to-back Ballon d’Ors in 1978 and 1979.

Keegan was also pretty good during his time with Liverpool. He was named the FWA Footballer of the Year for 1975-76 and consistently averaged around 20 goals per season despite playing farther away from the opposing goal. He was just as prolific for England, scoring 21 times in 63 international games.

  1. Ian Rush

Position: Striker
Nationality: Wales
Years with Liverpool: 1980 to 1986, 1988 to 1997:
Awards and Honors: First Division Champion (1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1989-90), European Cup Champion (1980-81, 1983-84), FA Cup Champion (1985-86, 1988-89, 1991-92), FWA Footballer of the Year (1983-84)

Who scored the most goals in Liverpool's history? The answer is former Welsh striker Ian Rush, who bagged an astonishing 346 in 660 games with the club. Rush’s most prolific season came in 1983-84, when he netted 47 goals across all competitions and finished one FA Cup short of winning the Quadruple.

Rush bizarrely transferred to Juventus for one season in 1987-88 during the middle of his career, but he was soon back scoring for the Reds just a year later. He tallied at least 20 goals nine separate times for Liverpool and helped guide the Reds to five First Division titles and two European Cups.

  1. Kenny Dalglish

Position: Forward
Nationality: Scotland
Years with Liverpool: 1977 to 1990
Awards and Honors: First Division Champion (1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86), European Cup Champion (1977-78, 1980-81, 1983-84), FA Cup Champion (1985-86), FWA Footballer of the Year (1978-79, 1982-83)

Sir Kenny Dalglish is affably known to many Liverpool supporters as “King Kenny,” and rightfully so due to his contributions to the club. The Reds paid a then-British transfer record of $750,000 (£440,000) in 1977 to secure his services from Celtic, and he returned the favor by helping lead Liverpool to six First Division titles and three European Cup championships.

Dalglish became the team’s player-manager in 1985 and won three more First Division titles. When the club needed him to manage again in 2011, he jumped at the chance and led Liverpool to victory in the 2012 League Cup.

Dalglish was one of the greatest soccer players of his generation and was an out-and-out Liverpool star.

  1. Steven Gerrard

Position: Midfielder
Nationality: England
Years with Liverpool: 1998 to 2015
Awards and Honors: UEFA Champions League Champion (2004-05), UEFA Cup Champion (2000-01), FA Cup Champion (2000-01, 2005-06), UEFA Footballer of the Year (2005), FWA Footballer of the Year (2008-09)

Who else would earn the top spot on this list? Steven Gerrard did everything for Liverpool other than bringing home a Premier League title. He was a constant presence on the team for nearly two decades, allowing Liverpool to hold its own in Europe against powerhouse teams that had a lot more money to spend on players.

Gerrard was an inspirational presence -- the type of player you turn to for hope when the chips are down. Some examples of his clutch play include the 2005 UCL Final against Milan, the 2004 UCL group stage against Olympiakos, and the 2006 FA Cup Final against West Ham.

Gerrard is the standard against which all Liverpool players will measure themselves in years to come. A true one-club man (apart from a weird season spent in MLS), he was the best Liverpool player of all time.

Parameters of Rankings

Rankings were determined based on each player’s total games for Liverpool, the trophies each player won, each player’s individual accomplishments, and each player’s popularity with Liverpool fans.


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