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Liverpool's top 5 strikers in the Premier League era

Monday 23rd April 2018

Liverpool FC has always possessed great attackers. Mohamed Salah is the present standout. The newly crowned PFA Player of the Year equalled the Premier League record earlier this week for the most goals in a 38-game season. Having scored 31 times, he's tied with Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez. The Egyptian's brilliant form will surely be enough to break the record within the three remaining games.   

Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino can rival any attacking trio in world football. How do they compare to Liverpool's past forwards?

From Ian Rush to Gordon Hodgson, Roger Hunt to Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool have had some extraordinary goal-scorers. We take a look at the Merseyside club's top five strikers in the Premier League era (1992-present).

5 - Daniel Sturridge

Although Sturridge has fallen victim to injuries and not fitting into Jurgen Klopp’s free-flowing system, his ability has never been in doubt. Scoring 31 goals in 43 league games during his first two seasons at Anfield proves his immense capability. 

In 2013/14, Sturridge was the Premier League's second-highest scorer behind teammate Luis Suarez. The Englishman finished the campaign with 21 goals, 7 assists and 2 Player of the Month awards.  

As well as being capable of netting with audacious chips, Sturridge is a genuine two-footed striker. He's a clinical finisher when fully fit. Unfortunately, the 28-year-old never reached his true potential.  

4 - Fernando Torres

Torres' form dropped dramatically after leaving to join Chelsea. Why? No one's quite sure. Luckily for Liverpool, they never had such problems with the Spaniard. 

Pace, skill, instinct: Torres had it all. His feet produced magic every time he was on the pitch. Fans always felt anything was possible with their talisman on top form. He scored 65 times in 102 Premier League games for the Reds. El Nino did it all with energy, precision and style.   

While at Liverpool, Torres was considered one of the world's most promising talents. He scored from impossible angles, gave defenders the run-around and was equally as good with both feet as in the air.

3 - Luiz Suarez 

Suarez lit up the Premier League more than any other player in the last ten years. Not only was he a goal machine, the Uruguay international displayed a plethora of skills and technical abilities, including a nutmeg a game, 40-yard volleyed efforts and chipped finishes from the halfway line.

For Liverpool, Suarez netted 69 times in 110 league games. Although it's an impressive record, it doesn't do him justice. 

After leaving Anfield, Suarez has gone on to enjoy incredible success. As part of Barcelona's famous 'MSN', alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar, he won the Champions League and two La Liga titles.

2 - Michael Owen

Although not a popular character among Liverpool fans, having joined bitter rivals Manchester United a year after departing the Merseysiders, Owen's goal-scoring record can't be faulted.

Known for his pace, agility and eye for goal, Owen made the net bulge 118 times in 216 league games for Liverpool. Scoring 16 goals or more in six separate seasons demonstrated not only technical ability but consistency. 

Owen may not have impressed in the same way as Suarez, but he represented Liverpool for five years longer. The former England international also scored twice as many goals as the Uruguayan, claiming back-to-back Golden Boot awards from 1997-99  

1 - Robbie Fowler 

Fowler spent eight years at Liverpool before going on to play for Leeds United and Manchester City. He later returned to Anfield for one final season

Having scored 128 goals, Fowler remains Liverpool's highest scorer in Premier League history. He also helped the Reds win two FA and League Cups, as well as a UEFA Cup and Super Cup. 

Fowler's pin-point finishing means he will always be a legend to the red half of Merseyside. Many supporters still refer to him as 'God'. 

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Daniel Felix Hobson

I'm a 20-year-old film student and writer of all things football.

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