Steven Gerrard displayed his ruthlessness from the spot on this day in 2014 when he converted two penalties to secure a 2-1 victory at West Ham United in the Premier League.
The former Reds captain had the invaluable ability to consistently find the back of the net from 12 yards out, along with a number of other players in the club’s history.
As such, we’ve dug through the record books to rank Liverpool’s most prolific penalty takers…
1. Steven Gerrard – 47 penalties scored
No player has scored more times for Liverpool from the spot than Gerrard. Nerves of steel and a technique to boot, the midfielder netted his first against Birmingham City in 2003 and his last versus Tottenham Hotspur more than 11 years later. He explained: “You pick your spot, don’t change your mind on the run-up, make sure you get really good contact on the ball and try to be as accurate as you can.”
2. Jan Molby – 42 penalties scored
“My technique was to wait for the goalkeeper to move one way, and then stick the ball the other side.” It was all so simple for the Great Dane. Staggeringly, Molby missed just three penalties in a Liverpool shirt. He also netted a hat-trick of them in a single game at Coventry City in 1986 during a League Cup tie.
3. Phil Neal – 38 penalties scored
The first Liverpool player to ever score a penalty within the 90 minutes of a European Cup final. Neal, the club’s most decorated player and a full-back by trade, put the finishing touches on the 3-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach in Rome back in 1977.
4. Billy Liddell – 34 penalties scored
Two minutes after scoring his first penalty for Liverpool against Middlesbrough, Liddell took another but ended up missing. However, that proved to be a rarity throughout the striker’s goal-littered career.
5. Tommy Smith – 22 penalties scored
The Anfield Iron more than gladly took responsibility from the penalty spot, despite his status as a defender.
6. Robbie Fowler – 20 penalties scored
Fowler’s most famous spot-kick is probably one that he didn’t want and had saved. In 1997 away at Arsenal, Liverpool were awarded a penalty when goalkeeper David Seaman was adjudged to have brought down Fowler inside the box. Rather sportingly, Fowler insisted to the referee that no foul had occurred and would later be commended by UEFA for such a gesture. With the decision already made, though, Fowler stepped up but saw his effort palmed away by Seaman. Fortunately for Liverpool, Jason McAteer converted the rebound in a 2-1 victory.
7. James Milner – 19 penalties scored
The current vice-captain keeps climbing this list, having scored three penalties in 2019-20. “The rule for us is Millie is the taker,” Jürgen Klopp said of the team’s penalty-taking hierarchy. The No.7 has only missed twice in his five seasons at Anfield.
8. John Aldridge – 17 penalties scored
The Scouse striker’s final goal for his boyhood club came from the spot during the 9-0 home win over Crystal Palace in September 1989.
=9. Terry McDermott (pictured) and Gordon Hodgson – 16 penalties scored
All 16 of McDermott’s converted penalties came in the latter half (November 1978 to February 1982) of his near-eight-year Liverpool career. South African-born Hodgson, meanwhile, netted 241 goals in total between 1926 and 1935 as a Red.