Whether it was with Roy Hodgson or under the stewardship of King Kenny, there have been some cracking goals scored by the Red men. I’ve decided to take a close look at the footage available and list my contenders.
Do choose and discuss your favourites and feel free to mention any you feel should have been included.
1. Ngog v Arsenal - August 15.
Javier Mascherano played in the young Frenchman who beat first Vermaelen and then Almunia for pace by lashing the ball high into the net.
2. Lucas v Steau Bucharest - 16 Sep 2010.
Substitute Lucas’ struck an absolute howitzer as he strode onto the ball 22 yards out against the Romanians at Anfield. Watching from the stands it bought a smile from the delighted Steven Gerrard. The Brazilian duly dedicated the stunner to his wife Ariana. "I wanted to score to honour my wife who is four months pregnant with my future child," Lucas said.
3. Gerrard v Napoli - November 4th 2010.
I was there with Bootle Jan to watch it. The Skipper came off the bench to score a hat-trick against Walter Mazzarri's Napoli in the UEFA Cup home leg. For the pick of the three, the locomotive from Huyton's Bluebell Estate steamed past Dossena and beat De Sanctis with an exuberant chip.
4. Torres v Chelsea – 7 November 2010.
This was a rare highlight for the World and European champion during a dismal domestic season. The unhappy Spaniard struck a stunner against Liverpool’s West London rivals. Meireles sweeped left, Torres cut in past Ivanovic and curled a beauty past Petr Cech. It was a moment of pure art. "Petr Cech didn't even smell it," Andy Gray drooled.
5. Torres v Bolton – 1st January 2011.
Patient and assured build up to a great finish. Johnson chipped to Ngog, who chested down for Gerrard float one over the top for Torres to hammer past Jaaskelainen on the volley.
6. Raul Meireles v Wolves - January 22, 2011.
Roy Hodgson’s star signing used the same technique applied by Cheik Tiote when Newcastle heroically clawed back 4 goals against Arsene Wenger’s hapless Gunners at St James Park.
Slotting comfortably into the hole behind Torres, Meireles struck against Wolves at Molineux, volleying a half clearance from 25 yards for a goal of the season contender. The screamer was his second goal for the club. “After the game, I went home, straight on to the internet and watched it 20 times…” said Meireles.
The top draw 25-yard volley into Wayne Hennessey's top-left corner was described by Mick McCarthy as a "wonder goal," adding that even two keepers would have failed to keep out the Raul thunderbolt.
7. Dirk Kuyt v Manchester United – 6 March 2011.
Yes, a tap in makes the shortlist courtesy of the incredible skill displayed in the assist. Luis Suarez, with his back to goal, received the ball from Kyrgiakos, before beating four defenders in a six yard area before tapping through to Kuyt to apply the coup de grace. The bewitching run past the Red Devils rearguard claimed the scalps of Smalling, Rafael, Carrick, and Brown.
8. Suarez v Sunderland – 20 March 2011.
At £23 million, the Uruguayan is a footballing snip. Sprinting down the Black Cats right, the world waited for a searching cross. Suarez received the ball from a kuyt throw in. El Pistolero’s embarked on a fearless byline run, before beating Mignolet from the tightest of angles.
9. Andy Carroll v Manchester City – 11 April 2011.
Sweet Carroll Nine fired in a left foot shot from 25 yards for his first strike in Liverpool’s royal red colours. Jay Spearing’s goal bound effort deflected to Carroll who struck with sledgehammer force from outside the area. Joe Hart did not have a prayer.
10. Maxi Rodriguez v Fulham - 9th May 2011.
Maxi completed a five-goal rout over Fulham with a sensational drive from outside the box to beat Mark Schwarzer. It was the Argentines second hat trick in 3 games.
Liverpool were crying out for another goal to kill the Fulham momentum and the man of the hour, Maxi, was there again as his unmarked run was not dealt with by the Fulham defence which allowed him time and space to slam home a long range effort which left Schwarzer with little hope of saving it.
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