Liverpool's Greatest Number 9's
Liverpool’s biggest coup of the transfer market this summer has arguably been the signing of Belgian beast Christian Benteke and the striker made his mark immediately, netting in the 1-0 home victory against Bournemouth at Anfield. Over the years the kop have witnessed some incredible front men so in light of Benteke’s opening strike, we’ve been inspired take a quick look back through the annals of Liverpool history to uncover the shirts most famous inhabitants of yesteryear.
Liverpool legend Ian Rush is the man behind 346 goals; the clubs all-time top goal scorer in all competitions and by some margin, too. Rush arrived from Chester way back in 1980 and then spent two separate periods on Merseyside during the 80’s and 90’s. Ian Rush is one of the games finest ever strikers and his partnership alongside fellow Kop legend Kenny Dalglish is still arguably one the greatest British pairings of all time.
As Ian Rush’s Liverpool career was dwindling to a close, Liverpool needed a new hero and one young man stepped up instantly to fill the vacated number 9 shirt. A deadly finisher, with one of the sweetest left foots you will ever see, Fowler bagged 183 goals for the Reds until his eventual departure to Leeds United in 2001 after he struggled to cement a starting spot.
In 2007 Atlético Madrid agreed to release Spanish striker Fernando Torres who headed to Merseyside to begin his stint at Liverpool. Immediately, his impact on the team’s fortunes was irrefutable and he became the fastest ever Liverpool player to bag 50 league goals in just 72 games. A further 9 strikes followed before Torres moved to Chelsea in 2011. Struggles ensued and his career since has taken a spectacular nosedive.
Ian St John
Older fans may recall that Scottish footballer Ian St John made an indelible mark at Anfield in his decade long stretch at the club in the 60’s. Coupled with his partner in crime, Roger Hunt, the two of them created one the leagues’ most formidable partnerships at the time; inspiring numerous league and cup wins.
It’s all change again at Liverpool this season; the Anfield redevelopment is well underway and plenty of new faces have arrived on Merseyside. However, for this entry we have to step all the way back to 1946 to reveal Albert Stubbins. Having already secured his status in Liverpool folklore when he appeared on the cover of The Beatles’ famous ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album, Stubbins went on to further enhance his reputation with his performances for the reds. The big striker netted 83 times between 1946-1953, before his career was ended prematurely by injury.