Finalising a list of my Top 10 Liverpool goals was no easy task, in fact it was a near impossible task such was the multitude of quality goals from which to choose from. Hard decisions had to be made. And so the list is as follows… (in no particular order..!).
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Steven Gerrard v Olympiakos 2004 – “ahhhh yew beaautyyyy! What a hit son, what a hit..”
Who can forget this dramatic end to the Champions League group stage encounter in 2005. Liverpool needed to win by two clear goals after the legendary Rivaldo had given the Greeks the lead going into half time. It was a tough ask. Florent Sinama Pongolle and Neil Mellor had put Liverpool ahead but the team still required one more goal to progress. Step forward Steven Gerrard. Any Liverpool goal that gets ‘bluenose’ Andy Gray jumping out of his seat and you know it must have been a good one.
As Mellor headed a Carragher cross into the path of Gerrard, the Kop held its collective breath…..and from 20 yards Gerrard unleashed a simply stunning half volley past the despairing dive of Nikopolidis. “Champions League knockout phase, here we come”. And we all know what happened next..
Steven Gerrard v AC Milan 2005 – This goal makes the list, more for its importance and significance than for being a trademark Gerrard piledriver, although it still displayed great quality.
After the nightmare of the first half, Liverpool were in desperate need of a lift, something to give them hope. Gerrard was again the provider as he headed in John Arne Riise’s cross past Dida. The skipper’s run back to the halfway line, arms gesturing, signalled the start of the offensive, setting Liverpool on their way to the most famous of victories.
John Arne Riise v Manchester United 2001 – “Riissssssseeeee! ohhhh my goodness, goodness gracious me”
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray Part II, commentary that will live long in the memory. The goal made all the more sweeter coming against the old rivals from down the East Lancs Road. The power that Riise was able to exert upon Fabian Barthez’s goal was frightening. Over seven years later, Liverpool fans are still wondering how he ever scored that goal…
Xabi Alonso v Newcastle United 2006 – Lightening struck twice at Anfield in 2006 as Alonso showed that his goal from inside his own half in an FA Cup tie with Luton was no fluke. With Liverpool already leading 1-0, the Reds needed the second goal to wrap up the three points. It came with a moment of pure quality, Alonso winning a tackle in his own half launched the ball goalwards. Steve Harper, the Newcastle goalkeeper, caught by surprise, scrambled back towards his line but could only stumble and look on in horror as the ball sailed over his head into the net. Anfield erupted and Alonso gave Reds supporters another memory to cherish.
Fernando Torres v Blackburn Rovers 2009 – Stunning. The one word used to describe this goal by El Nino. The game was barely four minutes old when Carragher played the ball up from the back towards Torres on the edge of the penalty area and with his back to goal. It appeared there was nothing on. How wrong we were. In one fluid motion the Spanish hitman took the ball down on his chest, swivelled and struck a dipping volley up and over Paul Robinson in the Blackburn goal. Another Anfield goal for Torres. Another fantastic strike to add to an ever-increasing list.
Michael Owen v Arsenal 2001 – Temporarily overlooking the fact that the striker now plys his trade for United…Owen did at one time provide Liverpool fans with great moments, none more so than the FA Cup Final of 2001. In the baking heat of the Millennium Stadium Liverpool had been outplayed by Arsenal, yet had somehow managed to stay in the game. Having drawn level, thanks to another Owen effort, the game appeared to be heading for extra time. In a last attack, Patrick Berger launched the ball upfield for Owen to chase, holding off Lee Dixon and Tony Adams before shooting left footed past David Seaman. Similar to Gerrard in 2006, the final of 2001 was all about Michael Owen. Liverpool fans were jubilant.
Steven Gerrard v West Ham 2006 – Or ‘The Steven Gerrard Final’ as it has become more affectionately known. And that is exactly what it was. After a pulsating FA Cup Final, Liverpool found themselves 3-2 down going into stoppage time, seemingly on the verge of a surprising and painful defeat. Players were tired and the Reds looked a beaten side. With players of the quality of Gerrard in the ranks however, the match is not over until it’s over.
As the stadium announcer held aloft the board to signal added time, the ball found its way to Gerrard. Cramped up and some 30 yards from goal, the Reds talisman decided to fire one last attempt towards goal, and it simply flew. The net bulged and the prayers of Liverpool fans were answered. The Reds went on to win the Cup after a nailbiting penalty shoot out where the contribution of Pepe Reina must not be forgotten.
Gary McCallister v Everton 2001 – Another great rival, another great goal. Eyebrows were raised when Gerard Houllier signed 35 year old McAllister in 2000, a player many believed was incapable of making a significant impact at such a late stage in his career. The Scot emphatically proved all of his doubters wrong, playing an integral part in the club’s treble success of 2001. This goal came at the end of one of the most eventful and exciting Merseyside derbies for years with both teams enjoying spells in the ascendancy. Heading into stoppage time, Everton had managed to level the score at 2-2 from the penalty spot. The sense of disappointment was evident amongst the Liverpool players. Seconds from the end of added time, Liverpool were awarded a free kick some 40 yards from goal…many would not even have attempted to shoot at goal from that distant but McAllister did just that, silencing Goodison Park.
Fernando Torres v Marseille 2007 – After a troublesome Champions League group campaign up to that point, Liverpool travelled to the Stade Velodrome needing a victory to ensure progress to the knockout stages, no easy task in a notoriously difficult stadium for visiting teams. Liverpool need not have worried, eventually running out 4-0 winners, set on their way by a Gerrard penalty and this Torres master class with barely 15 mins gone. Collecting the ball out wide on the edge of the penalty area, Torres began his advance on the opposition goal, dancing his way past numerous defenders and then confidently sweeping the ball past the goalkeeper. This goal makes the list for the number of qualities on display; pace, control, poise, composure, a goal only the best players are capable of scoring.
Peter Crouch v Galatasaray 2006 –Not known for his flair and agility, Crouch began to change fans’s perception of his ability with this stunning bicycle kick. After a floated cross from Steve Finnan, Crouch still had a lot to do. With great timing and control, Crouch gracefully leapt into the air and released a shot that was simply unstoppable. Similar to Xabi Alonso, Crouch proved it was no fluke with an almost identical effort against Bolton Wanderers just months later. After taking a while to get off the mark at Liverpool, Peter Crouch was certainly up and running.
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