Liverpool have been in the Premier League since its inception – but how many players have managed 100 goals? We have a look at some of the club’s greatest goalscorers.
30 players have scored 100 goals since the start of the Premier League, of which seven played for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah is the most recent of those, of course.
But not many of them scored 100 Premier League goals for Liverpool. Only three have managed it, in fact, with Salah sitting on 99 ahead of the weekend.
So who exactly are those players?
Robbie Fowler – 128 goals
No player has scored more in the Premier League for Liverpool than God. Fowler bagged 128 over two spells – though, the vast majority came between 1993 and 2001.
Fowler was an absolute superstar as a youngster, of course. He had a 25 goal season the year he turned 20 and followed that up with 28. Injuries slowed him down, unfortunately, but he still managed 120 before leaving for Leeds United.
He returned under Rafa Benitez in 2006 and scored another eight in two seasons. The total is enough to hold onto Liverpool’s top spot – for now.
Steven Gerrard – 120 goals
Undoubtedly the greatest Liverpool player of the Premier League era, Gerrard scored 120 goals in the top flight. Though, he did it in a completely different way to anyone else on the list.
The captain scored many goals over 15 years in the league but was nowhere near as prolific as Fowler, for example. But then, he was never a striker.
Gerrard played several different positions and roles over his Liverpool career, meaning his goal return varied dramatically. In 2000, for instance, he scored once as a holding midfield player.
But by 2009, Gerrard was essentially a second-striker and he scored 16 goals that season. Who knows how many he’d have managed if he’d spent his career there?
Michael Owen – 118 goals
Like Fowler, Owen shone remarkably bright as a youngster. He was internationally renowned as a teenager and won the Ballon d’Or at 22.
Owen had 118 Premier League goals for Liverpool in 216 games, leaving the club at 24. His record was phenomenal and simply looks ridiculous for a player so young.
You’ve got to factor in that Owen always played with a strike partner – such as Fowler – and shared the goals. It wasn’t the same as nowadays where the bulk of goalscoring falls on one player.
Owen, of course, threw it all away by leaving Liverpool and quickly falling apart. Then he joined Manchester United. It’s a huge shame.
Mohamed Salah – 99 goals
Salah will join the ranks here soon enough, of course – maybe even tomorrow. The Egyptian is actually the most prolific league goalscorer in the club’s history, bagging a goal every 1.52 games.
The fact he does that from the wing is just completely ridiculous and quite honestly, Salah is still greatly underappreciated in a wider sense. He’s one of the all-time great Premier League players.
The real 100 club
One of the bizarre things about the “100 club” is that it completely ignores football that happened before 1992. We figured it’s worth pointing out as none of the players mentioned are even in Liverpool’s top five league scorers.
Roger Hunt sits atop the pile, having scored 244 league goals (though, 36 of those came in Division Two). Then comes Gordon Hodgson with 233 – the man who comes closest to Salah’s strike rate (1.54 to 1.52).
Ian Rush scored 229 in the old First Division and Billy Liddell had 215 – a large chunk of Liddell’s came in the second division, however.
Harry Chambers then had 135, Jack Parkinson 123, Sam Raybould 120, Kenny Dalglish 118 and Dick Forshaw 116 to round out Liverpool’s 100+ scorers.