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Kop 10: Who's scored the most goals in first 100 LFC league games?

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 15:00

Mohamed Salah marked his 100th Premier League appearance for Liverpool with a 70th goal in the competition earlier this month.

The Egyptian slotted in a clinical equaliser when the Reds came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at Anfield.

No player has ever scored more than Salah in their first century of league games for the club that have been played in the top flight.

Roger Hunt did, however, net 72 in his opening 100 league matches – with all of those coming in the Second Division.

Here’s a closer look at the 10 most prolific Reds scorers in the same period...

1 – Roger Hunt, 72 goals

It’s little surprise, perhaps, that Liverpool’s all-time leading goalscorer in league football comes out on top in this particular race.

‘Sir’ Roger’s first century of league appearances came in the Second Division as the Reds toiled to clinch promotion – a feat they achieved under Bill Shankly in 1961-62.

It was that season when Hunt played his 100th league match and, in fact, his performance that day against Preston North End made the difference in this list.

The striker netted twice in a 4-1 victory at Anfield, with the brace enough to keep him clear of Salah when the Egyptian came chasing his record 58 years later.

2 – Mohamed Salah, 70 goals

Salah, however, is unrivalled when it comes to the highest number of goals in a Liverpool player’s first 100 outings that have come in the top flight of English football.

The No.11 notched his 70th effort on his own landmark league appearance with a neat low finish when the Reds defeated Bournemouth earlier this month.

Salah claimed the Premier League Golden Boot with 32 strikes in his debut season at Anfield and retained it last term with a further 22.

His goal in the 2-1 comeback over Bournemouth – against whom Salah has scored most frequently, along with Watford (eight) – made it 16 for the current campaign.

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=3 – Jack Parkinson and Sam Raybould, 67 goals

The pace in this category was set in the first decade of the 20th century as first Sam Raybould (in 1903) and then Jack Parkinson (in 1909) tallied 67 goals in their first 100 Liverpool league games.

Indeed, it was the former’s outstanding scoring record in the top flight – which had stood for 117 years – that Salah surpassed recently.

After 40 league strikes in the preceding three seasons, a purple patch in Raybould’s most prolific Reds campaign – a total of 31 in 1902-03 – saw him lay a formidable marker.

Parkinson’s first 100 league appearances were stretched across six years, with a one-season dip down to the Second Division, culminating in a 30-goal term in 1909-10.

5 – Fernando Torres, 63 goals

An unforgettable debut season on Merseyside saw Fernando Torres race to 24 goals in his 33 Premier League appearances in 2007-08.

Injury reduced the Spaniard’s game time somewhat in the years that followed, though his scoring rate remained impressively high – including 18 in 22 during 2009-10 – to help him place in the top five in this list.

In fact, a strike against Blackpool on his 99th league outing in January 2011 is what separates Torres from two other modern-day Reds goal-getters.

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=6 – Robbie Fowler and Luis Suarez, 62 goals

Robbie Fowler rapidly clocked up 100 league appearances within three seasons of his breakthrough as a striking sensation in 1993.

He marked his century with a goal, of course, as Chelsea were beaten 2-0 at Anfield by Roy Evans’ side – his landmark coming in March 1996.

Suarez went on to equal Fowler’s haul almost two decades later, with the Uruguayan’s catalogue of 62 coming via a steadier build following his transfer from Ajax in 2011.

A surge of goals in 2012-13 carried into the next campaign as the Reds launched a Premier League title challenge, and his effort at Southampton in his 100th top-flight match levelled with Fowler at the last opportunity.

8 – Ian Rush, 61 goals

After blanking in each of his first seven league appearances when he broke into the Liverpool team in 1980-81, Ian Rush soon set about plundering at a frequency that would ultimately make him the club’s record scorer in all competitions.

And his 100th league outing coincided with the most prolific single campaign of his Anfield career, Rush netting 32 times in the top flight in 1983-84.

At that moment, his total of 61 strikes in his opening century earned him fourth spot on this list, with Fowler, Salah, Suarez and Torres since edging ahead of him.

=9 – Gordon Hodgson and Albert Stubbins, 59 goals

Wrapping up this top 10 are two of Liverpool’s most consistent goalscorers.

Gordon Hodgson banged in 233 in his 358 league games for the club, with his 100th appearance fittingly marked by a hat-trick in an 8-0 thrashing of Burnley at Anfield on Boxing Day 1928.

Albert Stubbins, meanwhile, was almost one in two in league football – scoring 75 in 159 matches – and also celebrated his century in perfect fashion with the only goal of a win at West Bromwich Albion in October 1949.

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Chelsea accept Liverpool will complete Timo Werner transfer

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 11:35

Chelsea have accepted defeat in their pursuit of Timo Werner and believe he will sign for Liverpool instead, reports claim.

The Germany international is a target for several of Europe’s top clubs, including their Premier League rivals Manchester United, after a fine goalscoring season in the Bundesliga.

Werner, 24, has banged in 27 goals in all competitions this season, and the race is hotting up to land one of Europe’s most deadly strikers.

Full story: Metro

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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On this day: Gerrard and Suarez goals earn Old Trafford win

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 09:00

Landmarks for legends, a memorable afternoon at Old Trafford and an historic Anfield night feature in our on-this-day round-up for March 16…

Both Steve Heighway and Robbie Fowler made milestone appearances for Liverpool on this day. 

Heighway played his 200th Reds game on March 16, 1974 - and duly marked the occasion with the winning goal in a 1-0 home victory over Leeds United.

Fowler, meanwhile, turned out for Liverpool for the 100th time in the Premier League 24 years ago today. Naturally, he scored to help Roy Evans’ side beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield. 

That goal was Fowler’s 62nd in the division and took him to 30 in all competitions in the 1995-96 season.

On March 16, 1988, Liverpool set a then-record of 31 consecutive unbeaten top-flight matches by drawing 1-1 at Derby County, while 11 years earlier, Anfield staged one of its greatest nights when David Fairclough’s late strike saw off Saint-Etienne and kept the Reds on course for a first European Cup triumph.

On this day: Gerrard and Suarez score to beat United

More recently, a pair of coolly-converted penalties by Steven Gerrard set Liverpool on their way to a 3-0 win over Manchester United on March 16, 2014. Luis Suarez was also on target at Old Trafford.

And a year later, Jordan Henderson scored the only goal of the game as the Reds claimed a 1-0 victory at Swansea City.

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Goal of the Day: Fairclough's iconic strike against Saint-Etienne

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 08:45

David Fairclough scored one of the most iconic goals in Liverpool Football Club history on this day in 1977.

With six minutes remaining of the European Cup tie against Saint-Etienne at Anfield, the Reds led 2-1 on the night but required another goal to progress at the French side’s expense.

Then, a lofted pass over the top presented Fairclough – on as a substitute – with a chance to write his name into history.

A headed touch gets the No.12 ahead of the recovering defender. “This now could be interesting,” prophesies the commentator. Three seconds later, the ball is resting in the back of the net.

Anfield erupts. Liverpool’s march to a maiden European Cup continues.

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LFC backs Fans Supporting Foodbanks with £40k donation during league suspension

Sat, 03/14/2020 - 20:29

Liverpool's first-team squad, LFC Foundation, Red Neighbours and club staff will come together to back Fans Supporting Foodbanks during the suspension of Premier League football.

The collective show of solidarity aims to help the initiative at an uncertain time, following the postponement of Monday’s Merseyside derby and the subsequent round of fixtures due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The cancellation of matches threatens a significant impact on North Liverpool Foodbank, which receives approximately 25 per cent of its donations from matchday collections.

The Reds first-team squad and LFC Foundation has committed to jointly donating £10,000 per game for the four remaining league fixtures scheduled to be played at Anfield in 2019-20 to ensure the foodbank can continue to function.

The club will also make a cash donation to North Liverpool Foodbank, while excess food at Melwood and Anfield will be donated and LFC staff will continue to support the initiative through internal donations.

New foodbank collection points have been set up at all LFC stores in the city as well as the museum and tours area at Anfield for fans who wish to make a donation.

An online fundraising page has also been created as an alternative to allow supporters to make a financial donation directly to North Liverpool Foodbank. Click here for more information.

LFC Foundation staff will also be offering further support by arranging the collection and distribution of food donations during the period of Premier League suspension.

“The postponement of Premier League matches, particularly the Merseyside derby, means a potential shortfall in donations to the North Liverpool Foodbank – and as a club it is imperative we support its crucial work in the local community even further at this difficult time,” said Matt Parish, LFC Foundation director.

“We hope the collective backing of the club’s first-team players, LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours programmes, and staff, can help to alleviate concerns around the absence of the usual matchday collections.

“Our fans have consistently gone above and beyond in their backing for Fans Supporting Foodbanks in recent years and we would encourage anyone who is able to make a donation at any of our collection points or via the online fundraiser.”

All items and contributions will be donated to North Liverpool Foodbank and made into three-day emergency food parcels for local people in crisis in the area, including the club’s surrounding postcodes L4, L5 and L6.

Priority items for North Liverpool Foodbank include:

  • UHT milk
  • Long-life juice or cordial
  • Coffee
  • Jar pasta/curry sauce
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Instant mash
  • Rice pudding/custard
  • Jam
  • Toiletries
  • Cup-a-soup/noodles
  • Washing tablets

Liverpool FC thanks all of our fans for the continued generosity shown in supporting Fans Supporting Foodbanks, which makes a real difference to lives in the local area.

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Reds to voluntarily suspend Melwood activity

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 13:59

Liverpool Football Club can confirm the first-team squad and staff will, voluntarily, temporarily suspend activity at Melwood training ground from today following the Premier League's announcement that fixtures will be postponed until April 4 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Players have been given individual programmes to follow during this period and first-team training took place as normal today.

Following a meeting of Premier League club shareholders on Friday morning, it was unanimously decided to suspend the competition until next month, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time.

Liverpool will work with the club’s medical team and other relevant authorities to monitor the situation and decide upon a date to return to Melwood to give the squad the best chance of preparing for their next fixture.

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Jürgen Klopp's message to supporters

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 13:44

Jürgen Klopp has today issued the following message to supporters following the Premier League's decision to postpone all football activity until April 3 at the earliest.

I don’t think this is a moment where the thoughts of a football manager should be important, but I understand for our supporters they will want to hear from the team and I will front that.

First and foremost, all of us have to do whatever we can to protect one another. In society I mean. This should be the case all the time in life, but in this moment I think it matters more than ever.

I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things. Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all.

Of course, we don’t want to play in front of an empty stadium and we don’t want games or competitions suspended, but if doing so helps one individual stay healthy - just one - we do it no questions asked.

If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.

Today’s decision and announcement is being implemented with the motive of keeping people safe. Because of that we support it completely. We have seen members of teams we compete against become ill. This virus has shown that being involved in football offers no immunity. To our rival clubs and individuals who are affected and to those who later will become so, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

None of us know in this moment what the final outcome will be, but as a team we have to have belief that the authorities make decisions based on sound judgement and morality.

Yes, I am the manager of this team and club and therefore carry a leadership responsibility with regards to our future on the pitch. But I think in the present moment, with so many people around our city, the region, the country and the world facing anxiety and uncertainty, it would be entirely wrong to speak about anything other than advising people to follow expert advice and look after themselves and each other.

The message from the team to our supporters is only about your well-being. Put your health first. Don’t take any risk. Think about the vulnerable in our society and act where possible with compassion for them.

Please look after yourselves and look out for each other.

You’ll Never Walk Alone,

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Liverpool Football Club statement

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 12:44

Liverpool Football Club continues to implement the government's advice on the coronavirus outbreak and welcomes today's Premier League statement to postpone all games, including Premier League, FA Cup, academy and Women's Super League fixtures in the best interests of players, staff and supporters.

The club has implemented its own precautions across its sites to minimise the spread of the coronavirus by minimising contact where practicable and reinforcing the official medical advice for everyone to take responsibility for excellent personal hygiene.

Ticket and bookings already purchased for the postponed Premier League fixtures may still be used for the rescheduled dates, which will be announced in due course. If supporters are unable to attend any of the rearranged dates then a refund process will be announced at the time the revised fixture dates are announced.

Liverpool FC Foundation has also announced the LFC Legends game against Barça Legends on Saturday March 28 at Anfield has also been postponed. More details regarding the Legends game can be found here. The Foundation and Red Neighbours are also reviewing the delivery of their community programmes in the best interests of everyone involved.

Anyone displaying symptoms that are consistent with coronavirus should ensure they familiarise themselves with the chief medical officer’s advice on self-isolation.

We will continue to take the best advice from the relevant authorities and will update supporters with any further developments.

Click here for the latest government advice on coronavirus.

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