Liverpool FC’s 10 best penalty takers – From Milner to Molby – Liverpool FC
Who are the best penalty takers in Liverpool FC history? Here is our top 10.
When penalties are awarded, they are celebrated by the fans as if a goal had already been scored.
But if you don’t have a player you can rely on on the spot, those celebrations can become meaningless.
Luckily, Liverpool have had their fair share of excellent penalty takers. Here we rank our top 10.
10. Marc Walters
Taken: 6 Note : 6 Success rate: 100%
A name you expected to see on this list? Maybe not, but the statistics don’t lie.
Walters, who played for the Reds between 1991 and 1995, took six penalties for the club and scored all six.
Only one other player who has scored more than five penalties for the club has a 100% success rate. I can’t argue with that!
9. Tom Smith
Taken: 32 Note : 22 Success rate: 68.8%
As it stands, Smith has scored the sixth most penalties of any player in Liverpool history, not bad for a centre-half!
The former Reds captain earned the nickname ‘Anfield Iron’ due to his uncompromising style as a defender for his hometown club.
But when it comes to shots on goal, he was generally reliable and he also scored his fair share of free-kicks.
8. Billy Liddell
Taken: 45 Note : 34 Success rate: 75.6%
Only three players have scored more penalties for Liverpool than Liddell, who is one of only four players to cross the 200-goal mark in club history.
During his early years with the club, he studied as an accountant alongside his football commitments, with his parents keen to ensure he had something to fall back on if the football didn’t work out.
They needn’t have worried about that, with Liddell becoming one of the most prolific strikers and goalscorers in Reds history.
7. Danny Murphy
Taken: 8 Note : 8 Success rate: 100%
Murphy is the other player to have taken more than five Liverpool penalties with a 100% success rate.
All eight spot-kicks he took for the Reds found the back of the net, with the midfielder also excelling in free-kicks.
“Danny Murphy loved his shots on goal!”
– Owen Tan on Facebook
6. Mohamed Salah
Taken: 26 Note : 23 Success rate: 88.5%
Salah is Liverpool’s current first-choice penalty taker.
He wasn’t the Reds’ go-to man in his debut season, but his hunger for goals is such that he made sure that’s what he became.
His most important penalty was against Tottenham in the 2019 Champions League final, and he made no mistakes.
5. James Milner
Taken: 21 Note : 19 Success rate: 90.5%
Without Salah’s arrival, Milner would surely have more penalty goals to his name.
As one of the most experienced players in the Liverpool squad, Milner has honed his penalty kick routine for many years.
His most significant penalties for the Reds include their 95th-minute winner against Leicester in the club’s title-winning season.
“Never go for the daring, always keep it simple.”
– Ricky Umunna on Facebook
“If my life depended on it, James Milner is the only player I want to take that penalty.”
– @dimitrihondros2 on Twitter
4. Phil Neal
Taken: 51 Note : 38 Success rate: 74.5%
The most decorated player in Liverpool history, despite being a right-back, Neal was the penalty taker relied on for much of the Reds’ success in the 70s and 80s.
He scored from the spot in the 1977 European Cup final and in the shootout against Roma in 1984.
The only thing that kept him from ranking higher was the fact that he missed 13 of the 51 penalties he took for the club, which may surprise some of you.
“Great pen taker and fullback, so underrated.”
– The Arnolds on Facebook
“So reliable for so long on the greatest occasions.”
– common rob on Facebook
3. Steven Gerard
Taken: 57 Note : 47 Success rate: 82.5%
Gerrard is the player who has scored the most penalties in Liverpool history.
Throughout his years as the club’s captain and talisman, Gerrard was the club’s first-choice penalty taker, with some of his most famous spot-kicks against the likes of Real Madrid in 2009, as well as several at Old Trafford.
“I always believed in him!
– @Northyy16 on Twitter
2. John Aldridge
Taken: 18 Note : 17 Success rate: 94.4%
Aldridge’s only failure came in the 1988 FA Cup Final against Wimbledon.
That season he had scored his 11 spot-kicks in the run-up to the final, and Liverpool lost 1-0.
Bad luck, but Aldridge will go down as one of the club’s most reliable penalty takers.
“His little stutter during his run fooled more than one goalkeeper!”
– @mcm488 on Twitter
1. Jan Molby
Taken: 45 Note : 42 Success rate: 93.3%
Molby’s reliability from 12 yards played a huge role in the Reds’ achievements in the late 80s.
Asked about his three misses by LFCHistory, Molby quickly replied “Three of the most beautiful saves you’ve ever seen!”
The best penalty taker in Liverpool history to date.
– @robbohuyton on Twitter
“Almost never missed. Ultra reliable.
– @TheKopHQ on Twitter