Liverpool’s fastest to 50 goals as Salah makes club history

Mohamed Salah made Liverpool history on Wednesday night by reaching 50 goals for the club in the smallest number of games.

The Egyptian scored twice in the Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade to reach his half-century in 65 appearances.

Here Football Paradise looks at the five players who now stand behind Salah in this category, and some other famous Liverpool strikers outside the top six.

Albert Stubbins (77 games to reach 50 goals)

The centre-forward was an Anfield hero in the period immediately after the Second World War.

He was prolific before he joined – scoring 232 goals in 190 games for Newcastle in the wartime period and continued in the same vein on Merseyside, and was part of the Reds side which won the First Division title in 1947.

In total he scored 83 goals in 178 Liverpool appearances.

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Stubbins features on the cover of the Beatles’ 1967 Sgt Pepper album (Handout/PA Archive)

He was immortalised as one of the many faces on the cover of The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, positioned behind 1930s film star Marlene Dietrich.

Roger Hunt (79 games to reach 50 goals)

Hunt scored 285 goals in 492 appearances for Liverpool, winning two league titles in 1964 and 1966.

After the second of those, he was part of the England team which won the World Cup on home soil.

His goal against Arsenal in August 1964 holds the distinction of being the first to be broadcast on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme.

George Allan (81 games to reach 50 goals)

The Scot was a star of the Liverpool team of the late 19th century.

He first moved to Merseyside in 1895 and racked up 56 goals in 96 appearances over four years, punctuated by a stint back in Scotland with Celtic.

His life was cut tragically short by tuberculosis in October 1899.

Sam Raybould (81 games to reach 50 goals)

Raybould, who joined the Reds in 1900, will forever hold the record for being the first player to reach a century of goals for the club.

He moved to Liverpool from near neighbours New Brighton and overall he scored 129 goals in 226 matches.

He was part of the side which won Liverpool’s first championship title in 1901, but was never recognised with an England cap.

Fernando Torres (84 games to reach 50 goals)

‘El Nino’ moved to Anfield from Atletico Madrid in 2007, where he had come through the ranks and was a folk hero.

He inherited the number nine shirt from Robbie Fowler and swiftly rose to be a fan favourite, becoming the first player since Fowler in 1996-97 to score more than 30 goals a season in his first campaign on Merseyside.

He left Liverpool for Chelsea for £50million on January transfer deadline day in 2011.

And outside the top six….

Ian Rush (87 games to reach 50 goals)

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Ian Rush scores against Everton in the 1986 FA Cup final (PA Archive)

One of the most lethal finishers the English game has ever known, Liverpool’s all-time record goalscorer Rush took on the mantle as Liverpool’s goalscorer-in-chief from Dalglish. His 50th goal in club colours came in a 5-1 thrashing of Notts County on New Year’s Day 1983. In total he scored 346 goals in 660 appearances.

Michael Owen (93 games to reach 50 goals)

Owen was a boy wonder for club and country, his searing pace and dribbling ability making him a nightmare for defenders. His 50th goal came in fairly low-key circumstances – a 2-1 League Cup defeat to Southampton in October 1999, but he scored enough vital ones for the Reds to be a firm fans’ favourite.

Robbie Fowler (94 games to reach 50 goals)

Known simply as ‘God’ to Reds fans, Fowler was another Anfield favourite for his predatory instinct around the goal. The 50th of his Liverpool career came against Tottenham in August 1995.

Kenny Dalglish (102 games to reach 50 goals)

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Dalglish was a huge success as a player and a manager at Liverpool (PA)

‘King Kenny’ is revered by Liverpool fans for his achievements as a player and manager during the club’s glory years in the 1970s and 1980s, and reached his half-century of goals in a win over Ipswich in March 1979 in what was his 102nd appearance for the club.

Billy Liddell (153 games to reach 50 goals)

Scotland international Billy Liddell was an Anfield hero in the post-war years (PA Archive)

The Scot scored 238 goals in 534 appearances for the Reds between 1946 and 1960, but it took him 153 games to reach the 50-goal mark, as he scored twice in a 4-0 win over Sunderland in August 1950. The scorer of the Reds’ other two goals that day? One Albert Stubbins.

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