Music and football are perhaps Liverpool’s greatest loves. These two are an intrinsic part of the city’s culture and emotions. However, when presented with the chance to choose one of the two, most Liverpudilians would undeniably opt for football as their first love. This sport is in the DNA of its citizens, and can you blame them? With larger than life heroes such as Bill Shankly who had an undeniable impact on the psyche of the city, football resides in ever breathe of Liverpool.
Let’s celebrate the magical men of this sport who were born in this fantastic football-loving city:
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One of the greatest natural goal scorer of the modern era, Robbie Fowler was born in Toxteth, Liverpool and brought up in the inner city area of Liverpool. With 183 goals for Liverpool, Fowler is the sixth-highest goal scorer in the history of the Premier League. A cult hero with instinctive goal-poaching ability, Fowler is one of Liverpool’s most popular homegrown players of all time. Interestingly, he supported Everton FC as a young football fan.
2. Steven Gerrard
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Leading from the front to become the catalyst for Liverpool FC’s success during his time at Anfield, Steven Gerrard has been every bit an inspiration. The Huyton-born midfielder was everything you wanted a modern footballer to be: quick, brave, strong and skillful. His range of passing was pre-eminent and Gerrard had the Midas touch when it came to vital goals. Gerrard was the fourth-most capped player in the history of England National Team and captained the English team for two consecutive FIFA World Cups.
3. Colin Harvey
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Mention ‘The Holy Trinity’ to anyone over the age of 50 in Liverpool, and they’re sure to be thinking about Colin Harvey. The Scouser of Everton’s most famous midfield triumvirate had a reputation as being one of the most gifted footballers of his generation. Harvey was often described as an elegant and skillful player and was nicknamed the “White Pelé” by Everton fans. Both a League Championship (1970) and FA Cup (1966) winner with Everton, Harvey remains one of the classiest footballers this city has produced.
4. Terry McDermott
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Terry McDermott was a class act and one of the greatest footballers to have been born in Liverpool. With five League Championship winner’s medals and three European Cup triumphs, Terry Mac brought laurels to Liverpool FC. Brought to the club by Bob Paisley in 1974, McDermott enjoyed nearly a decade of dominance with the reds, before joining Newcastle. McDermott remains a local hero on Merseyside and a face forever associated with Anfield’s greatest times.
5. Steve McMahon
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This Liverpool born midfielder was yet another Liverpool FC player who had it all. The tough-tackling McMahon could pick a pass and had an eye for goal – especially from around the edge of the box. In the eighties, he was an asset at Anfield. McMahon placed 42nd in the ‘100 Players Who Shook The Kop’ poll, which asked Red supporters to name the best 100 Liverpool players of all time. He also played for Everton, Aston Villa and Manchester City.
6. Peter Reid
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Born in Huyton, Peter Reid enjoyed a long and successful career in football. He built his reputation as one of England’s brightest midfield talents of the time. After signing for Everton in 1982, he enjoyed the most fruitful spell of his career, as he helped the club win domestic and European honours, including the Football League twice. The midfielder also bounced back from an early career-threatening injury to become one of the most successful Scousers to ever lace up a pair of boots.
7. Wayne Rooney
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Without a doubt, Wayne Rooney is one of the greatest Scouse footballers of all time. Born in Croxteth, Liverpool, Rooney is a natural with the ball. The former Manchester United captain has played much of his career as a forward, and he has also been used in various midfield roles. He is the record goal scorer for the England national team and for Manchester United. At club level, he has won every honour available in English, European and Continental football.
Wherever you go in Liverpool, you’re sure to find a football fan who will chat you up for hours about the sport. With so many football greats coming from this city, no wonder football is at the very heart of every Liverpudlian. When you stay at FM Living, the ultra-luxurious, comfortable serviced apartments in Liverpool, be sure to ask our executives to help you pick the best ways to celebrate your love for football in this city.