Vote for your favourite Liverpool FC goal of all time

By Administrator on Apr 30, 09 11:20 AM in Journalists


WHICH goal was Liverpool's greatest ever?

It is a question which inevitably produces endless debate thanks to the club's incredible history and now there is a new DVD celebrating some of the finest goals ever scored by Liverpool stars.

To coincide with the release of 'Liverpool Football Club's Greatest Ever Goals', the ECHO's Liverpool Reporter TONY BARRETT has come up with his own top 50.

View 50-41 here and 40 -31 here - click below for numbers 30-21

30. Nice one Emlyn, nice one son.

When Emlyn Hughes scored goals they tended to be spectacular and none more so than the brace he struck in a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park in March 1973.

Crazy horse was Liverpool's matchwinner in a 2-0 victory which is still recalled fondly by those Reds fans who were there to see it.

The one moment that stands out in particular came when Hughes took possession midway inside the Blues half.

He took aim, fired and the ball flew into the roof of the net to send the Park End into raptures.

Hughes celebrated in his usual calm, understated way.

Racing away with his arms pumping like pistons while he wore a smile as wide as the Mersey tunnel.

29. Cally's routine leads Inter a merry dance.

With the kind of modesty which typifies the man, Ian Callaghan describes one of the best set piece routines in Liverpool's history as follows:

"I scored from a free-kick which we had been trying for I don't know how long.

"We had practiced it at Melwood and it never came up, but that particular night it came off. I didn't score many, but it was a good goal."

It was much more than that - it unlocked an Italian defence which was regarded as Europe's best thanks to a training ground drill that harnessed precision and imagination in equal measure.

Callaghan recalled:: "Willie Stevenson and I lined up then I dummied to shoot, ran over the ball and kept on running.

"Willie stroked it through to Roger Hunt who side-footed it to me and I hit it into the net."

It sounds simple but it wasn't and it was one of the main reasons why Liverpool beat the reigning European champions 3-1 on a never to be forgotten Anfield night.

28. Gary Mac v Everton

If Gary McAllister had never done anything else in a red shirt apart from score one of the most dramatic derby winners of all time then he would probably still be revered as a Liverpool legend.

Brought in on a free transfer in arguably the best bit of business Gerard Houllier will ever do, the Scottish midfielder showed his class from the moment he first arrived at Anfield.

Goals against Barcelona and Alaves in the UEFA Cup won him a place in Liverpool folklore but it was his last gasp strike against Everton at Goodison Park which sealed his place in the fans hearts.

With three minutes of injury time already elapsed and the Mersey rivals locked at 2-2, referee Jeff Winter awards Liverpool a free kick all of 45 yards from goal after Gregory Vignal was upended by Niclas Alexandersson.

Everyone in the stadium expected McAllister to lift the ball to the far post for Sami Hyypia to attack, a move which had almost brought a goal just minutes earlier.

The canny Scot had other ideas though having spotted that Blues keeper Paul Gerrard had left too much of a gap at his near post and with one glorious swipe of his right boot he scored one of the most celebrated goals in derby history.

27. Five foot seven of football heaven.

This line from the Kop's chant in honour of Luis Garcia summed up exactly what the diminutive Spaniard meant to the Liverpool fans in his brief spell with the club.

And the wonderful goal he scored against Juventus in the quarter finals of the European Cup was just one of the reasons why he was so cherished.

Anthony Le Tallec - yes, honestly - was the creator, looping the ball into Garcia's run as Liverpool cranked up the pressure on the Juve defence.

As Garcia drew back his left foot those in black and white stripes must have felt safe enough.

The shooting opportunity had come all of 30 yards and in the Juventus goal was Gianluigi Buffon, the keeper regarded as the world's best.

But any such complacency was to be misplaced as Garcia crashed in a thunderous half volley which gave Liverpool the initiative in the tie, something they were destined not to lose.

26. United are undone by a boyhood fan.

The Milk Cup may not be the most prestigious competition Liverpool have ever won but when they met arch rivals Man United in the 1983 final losing was not an option.

With the scores level at one apiece after 90 minutes the match went into extra time.

Ronnie Whelan had struck twice in the 1982 final against Spurs had enjoyed a decent enough game without ever reaching the heady heights of the previous year.

But all that changed when the Wembley scoreboard displayed 98 minutes had been played.

Whelan, who supported United as a youngster growing up in Ireland, tried one shot only for the ball to rebound to him off a defender's legs.

Without hesitation, the midfielder retrained his sights and caressed a stunning curling effort into the top right hand corner of Gary Bailey's goal, giving the United keeper no chance.

A goal fit to win any game and it did exactly that.

25. The Baseball Ground plays host to a moment of genius.

When Ray Kennedy stepped onto the Anfield pitch at half-time in the Reds recent clash with Arsenal he received the kind of thunderous reception reserved only for Liverpool's greatest legends - and rightly so.

Kennedy was a player of rare ability. A man who combined power and precision to ruthless effect and who could mix it in the midfield batteground but also provide moments of incredible skill.

Nowhere was this better illustrated than at the Baseball Ground in February 1979 when Kennedy poduced a goal so good it was named the season's best by the BBC.

As Kenedy charged into the box his run was picked out by Terry McDermott who found his team mate with a perfectly timed pass.

A shooting opportunity was still some way off though and only the most wonderful of first touches created one and Kennedy waltzed through the Derby defence before slowing up dropping his shoulder, dummying the keeper and scoring.

24. McManaman makes Celtic Park his very own paradise.

A player blessed with the kind of superlative skills which Steve McManaman had deserves a signature moment, an instance where his talent causes jaws to drop in admiration and leaves TV channels showing replay after replay.

For the Kirkdale-born winger that moment came at Celtic Park in the dying stages of a UEFA Cup tie which Liverpool seemed destined to lose.

Trailing 2-1 with time running out the mercurial McManaman took possession of the ball in his own half.

At that stage there seemed little danger to the Celtic defence which had been pretty resolute on the night but seconds later the ball was in the back of the net as McManaman went past a string of hooped shirts as if they weren't there before scoring with a perfectly placed curler from the edge of the box.

It can sometimes be easy to forget just how good certain players were but this goal means Steve McManaman's individual ability should never be forgotten.

23.The greatest goal never seen?

Such is the mythical status which Jan Molby's goal in a Milk Cup tie against Man United has assumed there is even a recreation dedicated to it on youtube.

Which is just as well because there are no recordings available of a goal which seems to become better and better with each and every telling.

A television strike meant there were no TV cameras at Anfield on a bitterly cold night in November 1985 as the Reds took on their North West rivals.

Those who were in the crowd were fortunate enough to see a goal scored which will linger long in the memory of all who were present.

After winning the ball from Norman Whiteside on the halfway line, Molby surged past three or four United defenders - the exact number changes according to who you speak to - before unleashing an exocet of a shot which United keeper Gary Bailey still maintains to this day was the hardest he ever faced.

Anfield erupted as the ball hit the back of the net.

Rumour has it Molby has a copy of a video of the goal which was given to him by a United scout who recorded the match. Maybe one day he will reveal it to the world but maybe it's better to allow the legend to grow by keeping the tape to himself.

* LISTEN to audio commentary of Big Jan's goal against Utd below

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22.The wing wizard works his magic

"Barnes won it. He won it from Brock. He's got Beardsley going to his left, but still Barnes.
That's a fabulous individual goal."

So said commentator John Motson in an altogether apt description of what was arguably John Barnes' most memorable moment in a Liverpool shirt.

In his first season at Anfield the former Watford man gave nightmares to pretty much every right back in the league as his dazzling skills led defenders a merry dance.

This goal against QPR summed up a magical season as Barnes went on a mazy dribble from the halfeway line before calmly rolling the ball past David Seaman in front of an enthralled Kop.

Liverpool have no shortage of magnificent team goals in their back catalogue but this could well be the most eye catching work by an individual player.

21. Terry tames Tottenham.

There was something about the sight of a cockerel on a white shirt which seemed to bring out the very best in Terry McDermott.

And never more so than in an FA Cup sixth round tie at White Hart Lane in March 1980.

There seemed to be little danger to Spurs when McDermott took possession on the angle of the home team's penalty box, a full 30 yards from goal.

But an imaginative touch from the Liverpool midfielder propelled the ball into the air to create a shooting opportunity and McDermott made the most of the chance he had created by crashing home a volley which stunned everyone in the ground.

Another McDermott strike which was given the recognition it deserved when it won the BBC's goal of the season award.

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