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Roberto Firmino, Robbie Fowler or Ian Rush: Who is Liverpool's best ever No.9?


Liverpool’s No.9 shirt has a long and rich history dating back to the early 1960s. Here, Mirror Football ranks five of the greatest strikers to don the famous jersey

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The No.9 shirt at Liverpool is undoubtedly one of the most coveted in the Anfield dressing room.

First pulled on by Kevin Lewis in the early 1960s and popularised by Reds legend Ian St John, the jersey has a long and rich history dating back many trophy-laden decades.

The current occupier is Roberto Firmino, who plays in a deeper role compared to many of his predecessors and is renowned for his creativity just as much as his goalscoring ability.

But many an out-and-out striker has worn No.9 for Liverpool over the years, including club-record goalscorer Ian Rush and mercurial talent Robbie Fowler.

Here, Mirror Football profiles five of the greatest players to don the famous No.9 – and you can have your say by using the survey and comments sections below.

5. Roberto Firmino (2017/18-present)








Roberto Firmino is the current occupier of the No.9 shirt
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Roberto Firmino moved to No.9 four years ago to allow Mohamed Salah to take the No.11 upon his arrival at Anfield, and perhaps it plays against the Brazilian that he is not a clear-cut striker like many of his predecessors.

Firmino is one of the most talented players in the Liverpool squad and he is vital to Jurgen Klopp’s pressing style, but his goalscoring record of 88 games in 295 leaves a little to be desired.

4. Ian St John (1961/62-1969/70)




One of the iconic players of the Bill Shankly era, the late, great Ian St John scored 118 goals during nine seasons on Liverpool’s first-team books.

The Scot famously netted in extra-time against Leeds United in the FA Cup final in 1965 and his goals helped Shankly’s side rise from the Second Division to be crowned English champions in 1964 and 1966.

3. Fernando Torres (2007/08-2010/11)








Fernando Torres spent a blistering three-and-a-half season spell with Liverpool
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When it comes to raw talent, it’s hard to look beyond Fernando Torres.

The Spaniard’s three-and-a-half year stint on Merseyside is fondly remembered by Liverpool fans who can forgive his exit to Chelsea in January 2011.

Torres scored a blistering 81 goals in 142 appearances and his telepathic partnership with Steven Gerrard almost propelled Liverpool to the Premier League title in the 2008/09 campaign.

2. Robbie Fowler (1995/96-2001/01, 2005/06-2006/07)








Robbie Fowler earned the nickname ‘god’ from the Anfield faithful
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Known as ‘god’ on the Kop, Robbie Fowler’s lethal eye for goal was arguably the most fine-tuned of any player to pull on a Liverpool shirt.

The Englishman came through the academy ranks with the Reds and was crowned PFA Young Player of the Year twice during a meteoric rise.

Fowler departed for Leeds United in 2002 but returned to the club for an 18-month spell during which he added 12 goals to take his total tally for Liverpool to 183 goals in 369 appearances.

1. Ian Rush (1980/81-1986/87, 1998/99-1995/96)








Ian Rush is Liverpool’s all-time leading goalscorer
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If mind-boggling numbers are your thing, then Ian Rush is your man.

The former Wales ace arrived from Chester in 1980 and scored an astonishing 346 goals during 15 campaigns at Anfield, which were split in half by a one-season stint with Juventus.

Rush won it all during his time with the Reds, collecting 15 major trophies including five First Division titles and two European Cups.

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