The Goalie, the last line of defence, the rock, the stopper! One of the most talked about positions on the Merseyside for quite some time and most definitely since that May night in Kiev where the world watched Liverpool fall at the hands of Real Madrid. With a little thanks to their own stopper Loris Karius! Due to these ‘Antics’ we will have a look back at Liverpool’s top 5 stoppers throughout the years.
The Dutch stopper was signed by Liverpool as the replacement for David James and became the most expensive goalkeeper in British football. This is not the first time Liverpool have spent big on a goalkeeper with recent signing of Brazilian shot stopper Alisson for 67 million pounds. While at Liverpool Westerveld went on to win a League Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Cup and European Super Cup before making way for the arrival of Jerzy Dudek. Check out this crazy moment below between Westerveld and Francis Jeffers!!
Although Dudek did not stay very long with the club he will be forever engraved in the memory of Liverpool fans for that famous night in Istanbul. The Polish stopper made a fantastic double save from Andriy Shevchenko when the game was locked at 3-3 and went on to make two more fantastic saves in the penalty shoot out which followed. Check out below that unbelievable double save from Istanbul!!
The wobbly-legged Bruce Grobbelaar the hero of the 1984 European Cup final in the Stadio Olimpico against Roma. Very similar to Dudek’s heroics in a European Cup final he tried a circus act tactic of making his legs wobble in order to put off Roma player Francesco Graziani. The tactic worked and Liverpool went on to lift their forth European Cup. Grobbelaar will always be remembered in the merseyside as a fantastic shot stopper and a bit of a loose cannon! Check out below Grobbelaar’s ‘Wobbly-legs’!
The flying Spaniard is arguably the best goalkeeper Liverpool have had in more recent times. Adored by the red side of Liverpool Riena was always Mr. Reliable for the reds, his shot stopping was outstanding and his distribution was one of the best in the world. Pepe was the first Liverpool goalie to keep 100 clean sheets, which he managed in just 198 games surpassing the likes of Bruce Grobbelaar and Ray Clemence in the process. Watch below Riena’s quintuple save versus Manchester united!
Undoubtedly Clemence is one of Liverpool’s longest ever serving goalkeepers and the greatest of all time. The famous shot stopper only missed a staggering 6 games in his 11 years at Anfield which is a truly remarkable statistic. Making 665 appearances for the reds, he went on to win five First Division titles, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, one League Cup, one FA Cup and one European Super Cup. Ray was made an MBE in 1987 for his services to football and was also inducted in to Liverpool’s hall of fame. Watch below some of Ray’s greatest saves as England’s number 1!