Liverpool face Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1, looking to lift Europe’s biggest prize for the sixth time in the club’s history.
Since the rebranding of the European Cup in 1992, Liverpool have enjoyed a rich history in the competition, with this being their fourth time to reach the final, famously winning the trophy in Istanbul in 2005.
As we look forward to this year’s showpiece, we have decided to take a look back at the Merseyside club’s Champions League archives, at their top scorers in the current format…
Dirk Kuyt – 12 goals
The Dutchman became a firm Anfield favourite with his tireless work-rate and knack for scoring important goals endearing him to the crowd during a six-year spell at the club.
His debut season saw Liverpool reach the Champions League final, with Kuyt scoring the winning penalty in the semi-final shoot-out win over Chelsea before netting a consolation in the defeat to AC Milan in the final.
His reputation as a big-game player became evident the following year, scoring against Inter Milan, Arsenal and Chelsea in the last-16, quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.
He left Liverpool as the clubs second highest Champions League scorer to join Fenerbache in 2012, having scored 12 goals in Europe for the Reds.
Sadio Mane – 14 goals
Back-to-back Champions League finals have been secured courtesy of Liverpool’s prolific front three, with Senegalese forward Mane a reliable source of goals on the European stage.
Mane scored 10 Champions League goals in Liverpool’s run to the 2018 final, including a hat-trick against FC Porto in the last-16. Jurgen Klopp’s side’s run would end with defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev, with Mane netting their consolation in the 3-1 defeat.
In doing so, Mane became the first Senegalese player to score in a UCL final, whilst Liverpool became the first club ever to have three players each score 10+ goals in a single Champions League season with Mane joining Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in achieving the feat.
Mohamed Salah – 15 goals
Salah hit 11 Champions League goals in a stunning debut season for Liverpool in 2017/18, with Jurgen Klopp’s side suffering a final defeat to Real Madrid in which the Egyptian was substituted with a first-half injury.
Salah became the first Liverpool player to hit 10 goals in a single Champions League campaign, an achievement which was later matched by Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, with the highlight being a brace in the club’s 5-2 semi-final first leg win over Italian side Roma.
The 26-year-old will have his chance for redemption when Liverpool take on Spurs on June 1, having played his role in their progress to the final by scoring the crucial goal against Napoli which sealed their place in the knock-out stages.
Here’s a reminder of that semi-final in Rome…
Roberto Firmino – 15 goals
The third of Liverpool’s current front three to make this list, the Brazilian has been a consistent performer on the European stage since arriving at Anfield from Hoffenheim in 2015.
The 27-year-old scored 11 times in last season’s run to the final, a single season record-tally for the club he shares with Mohamed Salah, including goals in the last-16, quarter-final and semi-final stages.
A stoppage-time winner against PSG was crucial to their progress from this season’s group stage, with Firmino having netted 15 times in Europe’s premier competition since joining the Merseyside club.
Steven Gerrard – 30 goals
The Liverpool legend often proved to be the man for the big occasion during his glittering Anfield career, including a goal in his man of the match performance in the 2005 final, as Rafael Benitez’s side secured the club’s fifth European Cup.
Part of the Benitez-era which established Liverpool back amongst the elite following years in the wilderness, Gerrard reached two finals in three years under the Spaniard’s stewardship.
His late goal against Olympiakos in the group stage of that trophy-winning season remains part of the club’s folklore, whilst a brace in a 4-0 thrashing of Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2009 remains memorable.
He left Liverpool after 17-years as the club’s record goalscorer in Europe with 41 goals, 30 of those strikes coming in the Champions League.
Here’s a reminder of that goal against Olympiakos…