Who are Liverpool's best ever forwards?

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Liverpool have traditionally possessed great forwards - from Ian Rush to Robbie Fowler - but former-Reds midfielder Gary McAllister thinks his old club lack a formidable natural goalscorer this season.

Brendan Rodgers watched on as his side slumped to a 3-0 defeat at West Brom on Saturday, as chances were squandered and Liverpool were left with that familiar feeling of regret in front of goal.

The acquisition of Fabio Borini from Serie A was supposed to help relieve the goal burden placed on Luis Suarez, but stuck out on the left flank, the Italian striker was never a real threat to Ben Foster's net.

With Andy Carroll gathering dust on the bench, and Luis Suarez's best work often coming outside the confines of the penalty area, Liverpool genuinely lack the presence of a finisher.

But it hasn't always been this way. In fact, Liverpool have a long, proud tradition of sharpshooting frontmen. From Robbie Fowler to Michael Owen, from Ian Rush to Roger Hunt, the Reds have often boasted the English top flight's most fearsome finishers.

Ian Rush

Liverpool's record goalscorer with 346 goals sits more than 50 clear of second place. The Welsh striker was a teenage sensation, prompting Bob Paisley to part with £300,000 to sign the 19-year-old forward - a record fee for a youngster but the faith was justified.

Rush replaced Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish in his first game for the Reds, as the Liverpool number 7 was injured, and Rush eventually went on to surpass the Scot's Anfield goal tally.

A predator in the box, and equally comfortable with his left or right foot, Rush remains Liverpool's greatest ever goalscorer.

Roger Hunt

Second only to Rush, Roger Hunt was Liverpool's top goalscorer for eight years in a row between 1962 and 1969.

His final tally of 286 goals over a stunning 10-year career included a goal in the 1965 FA Cup final to help bring the famous trophy back to Anfield for the first time in the club's history.

A World Cup winner with England in 1966, Hunt scored three goals in six games as the Three Lions triumphed on home soil.

Robbie Fowler

Liverpool's greatest goalscorer in the modern era, Fowler sits 11 goals clear of club legend and icon Kenny Dalglish on 183 goals. Born and bred in Liverpool, the local boy started his career under Dalglish, and during two spells at Anfield cemented his reputation as one of the club's greatest ever strikers.

A second spell under Benitez was less successful but Fowler will forever be known as 'God' on the terraces of the Kop.

Michael Owen

Another player promoted through the famed Liverpool academy, Owen made his debut against Wimbledon towards the end of the 1996/97 season, and promptly scored the first of 158 goals for the Reds.

In his prime Owen was lightning quick and the most gifted finisher in the Premier League - his goalscoring record for Liverpool better than a goal every other game.

As a teenager he introduced himself on the world stage in memorable fashion, slaloming past a creaking Argentine defence to score one of the best goals in World Cup history.

Moves to Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United followed, but Owen's best years remain his startling early form at Anfield.

Kenny Dalglish

Sixth on Liverpool's all-time scoring list with 172 goals, Dalglish wasn't even a number nine, but still, his prodigious talent in front of goal made him one of the game's most feared forwards.

Liverpool's number seven joined the club from Celtic in 1977. 515 games and 172 goals later Dalglish retired a Liverpool legend. Comfortable on either foot, the Scotsman boasted world-class balance, allowing him to wrong foot defenders with ease.

Liverpool's two greatest managers, Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley, both consider Dalglish to be the club's best ever player.

Fernando Torres

A fan favourite on Merseyside until his £50m move to Chelsea, Torres remains one of Liverpool's best strikers in the Premier League era.

In a relatively short three and a half year stint at Anfield, the Spaniard scored 81 goals in just 142 appearances - one of the best strike rates in Liverpool history.

A product of the Atletico Madrid youth system, Torres was one of Europe's most talented teenagers in the early 2000's. And despite slipping below his own considerably high standards in recent years, Liverpool fans will always remember Torres as one of their best number nines.

Who do you think is Liverpool's best ever forward? Maybe Billy Liddell or Gordon Hodgson get your vote, or Ian St John or Kenny Dalglish. Join the debate by leaving the name of your favourite in the comment box below...  

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