Liverpool have had a very long list of world class attackers pull on the red shirt and play in front of the Anfield faithful. An image has been making the rounds on Twitter asking supporters an almost impossible question; which players make Liverpool's all time front three?
Among those that are available for selection are; Sadio Mane, Robbie Fowler, Roberto Firmino, Fernando Torres, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge, Michael Owen, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.
LFC Transfer Room writers discussed who they would choose, do you agree or disagree with their choices?
Michael Owen, Mohamed Salah, Luis Suarez
I firstly had to pick Michael Owen over sentimental values because he was my first ever favourite footballer and his name and number was on the back of my first ever Liverpool shirt. My second reason is he was an absolute dream to watch. Owen was blessed with extraordinary pace, agility, technical ability and an eye for goal. While at Liverpool he won six trophies with the club and individually he won the Golden Boot twice and the coveted Ballon d’or as a 22 year old!
My second pick is an easy one, Mohamed Salah. Salah also has all the attributes a top winger needs - pace, power, strength and plenty of goals. In his debut season alone he scored a staggering 44 goals, 32 of which were league goals which broke the record for the number of goals scored across a 38 game season and was voted PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Year.
The following season however, Salah and the Reds lifted the trophy, came second in the league and he shared the Golden Boot. In his third season the Egyptian king played a massive role in helping Liverpool win the Premier League. This season so far Salah has become Liverpool’s all time top goal scorer in the Champions League and is currently the top scorer in the Premier League.
Luis Suarez is my third choice attacker as he did his job as a striker brilliantly. A ruthless striker who scored for fun and broke my heart when he left. In his three and a half seasons for Liverpool ‘El Pistolero’ scored 82 goals in 133 appearances. He will always be remembered for the mind blowing form he was in during the 2013/14 season when he scored 31 goals inside 33 appearances.
Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Sadio Mane
The first choice is an easy one, Luis Suárez. The Uruguayan is an incredible footballer and his time on Merseyside were some of the best years in his career. He delivered magical moments on the regular. His winning mentality propelled Rodgers' side to the brink of glory and his ability to score and create make him vital to the front three.
As controversial as his departure may have been, El Niño was the best centre forward in the world from 2007 to mid-2009. Unfortunately, injuries ruined Fernando Torres and he struggled to maintain his incredible standards.
It is difficult to stomach the manner in which he left Liverpool in January 2011, but his armband proved he was a Red. The goals he scored were magical and he is possibly the most natural finisher that I have ever seen with a Liverbird on his chest.
Lastly, Sadio Mané attacks down the left side of this front trio. Mohamed Salah is a wonderful footballer and he has produced many clutch moments in his sparkling Liverpool career. But the Klopp revolution was sparked by the signing of the Senegalese from Southampton.
Mané took to Anfield like a duck to water. His pace and power is marvellous whilst his desire to win and continue to drive the team forward is one of the key reasons behind his inclusion. He is also incredibly two-footed and quite an aerial threat too.
Luis Suarez Sadio Mane, Robbie Fowler
Simply put, I’ve never seen a striker in the flesh with as much natural ability with a football as Luis Suarez. I say striker, because the most naturally talented player I’ve seen live for us is John Barnes, but he’s a winger in the old-fashioned sense. But what he and Suarez both had in common for us is that whenever they got the ball, your arse moved forward off the seat.
Whenever they were near the ball, the crowd made that noise. You know the one, the one that sounds like a loud murmur on the telly, a murmur that grew into an excited, frenetic wall of sound that exploded if, and inevitably when, they either put the ball into the back of the net or did something utterly outrageous. Suarez was one of those players, a player who deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Barnes. He was just that good.
Sadio is another who has that ability to excite, and also to frustrate - Napoli at home, anyone? Alisson’s status as a legend would have been a little more muted that night had Sadio managed to put away any of the four million chances he seemed to have that night – but all in all, Sadio Mane is in many ways the catalyst signing of the Jurgen Klopp era.
Right from his first ever goal against Arsenal where he destroyed their entire left flank on his own for fun, all the way to his sensational showings in the title-winning season, he has been there for almost all of the Kaiser’s reign. When he does move on, or (hopefully) retire with Liverpool, Sadio Mane will for me be remembered as one of the players that started it all and started the almost three-year demolition of England and Europe that the Reds carried out. Never change, Sadio. And never stop smiling.
Finally, the main man. My all-time favourite Liverpool player, my childhood idol: the man they call God. Robbie Fowler is, simply put, one of the greatest strikers to have ever played for us (and given the roll call of forwards we’ve had, that’s no mean feat) and easily the most natural finisher we’ve had since Rush.
A predator in the box and a clever, fleet-footed player, the Toxteth Terror was peerless between 1994 and 1997; nobody else, not even Shearer, could touch him. His 95/96 season, where he knocked in over 30 goals in all competitions, was a season worthy of so much more than the third-placed finish and an FA Cup runners-up medal. Fowler for me had the absolute lot and will always be my favourite Red.
When Rafa Benitez brought him back, it was a masterstroke in public relations and gave him a chance to sign off his career on his own terms, and once more I got to see him pull on a Liverpool shirt. Sadly, I wish he could have ended the 2007 season with a European Cup winners medal, but it wasn’t to be. Still, there will always be the Treble season and those goals in the League Cup and UEFA Cup finals. “Rejoice, for you have seen God”