Liverpool’s academy has produced some of the best talents that English football has ever seen, from Steven Gerrard to Michael Owen. Even now, Trent Alexander-Arnold is seen carrying the torch for the youth setup at Anfield. The fullback is one of the best in the world at just 23-years-old.
The right-back is yet to creep into our top 10 for Liverpool senior appearances by academy graduates, with his tally of 161 not enough. We’re sure, though, that by the end of next season, Alexander-Arnold will find his name amongst some of the greatest Anfield legends.
With that said, we found out the top 10 most capped players from Liverpool’s impressive academy using TransferMarkt.
10) Gerry Byrne (187)
Sneaking into the list ahead of Alexander-Arnold is Gerry Byrne, with 187 league appearances. On top of the impressive number of appearances, Byrne won two league titles, one FA Cup and a World Cup with England to top it off.
9) Sammy Lee (283)
Now often seen as Sam Allardyce’s assistant manager – even at Everton – Sammy Lee is, in fact, a Liverpool legend, making 283 appearances for The Reds, in which he managed to win three league titles, two European Cups and four League Cups.
8) Michael Owen (296)
Queue the pantomime boos, because here’s Michael Owen on the list. There was a time when many believed that he could go down as one of the greatest players to play for Liverpool. Those who believed were soon betrayed, however, as Owen jumped ship to Real Madrid, where he failed to live up to the hype, before doing the unthinkable and joining Manchester United towards the end of his playing days.
7) Tommy Lawrence (301)
Another Anfield great, Tommy Laurence made 301 league appearances for Liverpool, and has his place cemented in the club’s history as one of the best goalkeepers of all time, with countless success achieved during his time at the club.
6) Robbie Fowler (368)
One of the best goalscorers in Premier League history, with 161 goals – 127 of which came for Liverpool. Known as ‘God’ at Anfield, not much more needs to be said about the impact Fowler had whilst playing for the red half of Merseyside.
5) Chris Lawler (404)
Perhaps an underrated legend amongst some of the very best to play for the club, Chris Lawler made an impressive total of 404 league appearances for Liverpool, and is one of the best full-backs to play for what is a club full of history.
4) Tommy Smith (466)
With 466 appearances, Tommy Smith ranks inside the top four of this list. In truth, though, if this was a list of Liverpool’s greatest defenders, Smith may have ranked even higher. He is a true Anfield great, who more than earned his place amongst the very best.
3) Steven Gerrard (503)
The true definition of captain fantastic, Steven Gerrard racked up 503 appearances for Liverpool, in most of which he was the standout player by some distance. Gerrard is undoubtedly one of the best Premier League midfielders of all time.
2) Jamie Carragher (508)
Up there with the Premier League’s best defenders, Jamie Carragher enters second in the list of appearances by Melwood graduates. During his time at Anfield, Carragher’s best moment came in Istanbul, as the Reds came from three goals behind, before defeating AC Milan on penalties in the 2005 Champions League final.
1) Ian Callaghan (605)
Liverpol’s all-time appearances maker, and an academy graduate, Ian Callaghan won it all – and we mean everything, even the World Cup in 1966. On top of that incredible achievement, though, Callaghan also won five league titles, two European Cups and two FA Cups.
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