Can Luis Suarez follow Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan & Robbie Fowler by scoring on his Liverpool debut?

Uruguay striker expected to figure against Stoke City on Wednesday
By Tom Bellwood

A new era dawns at Anfield tonight with Liverpool's new £22.8 million signing from Ajax, Luis Suarez, set to make his debut against Stoke City.

The Uruguay international has been handed clearance from the Football Association to play and will wear the highly coveted No. 7 jersey following his protracted move from the Eredivisie.

Much rests on the 24-year-old's shoulders as Reds boss Kenny Dalglish goes in search of the club's third straight win, which would perhaps go far to banishing the memory of Fernando Torres' exit.

And Dalglish will be hoping Suarez can start his Anfield career the same way he did - with a goal.

A number of Liverpool legends have started their Kop careers with a bang, so can the young striker emulate some of his illustrious predecessors?


KEVIN KEEGAN v Nottingham Forest (August 1971)


It only took 12 minutes for the Kop to fall for Keegan, who scored an early goal against Forest at Anfield.

He went on to become one of the club's all-time greats as Bill Shankly's side won three league titles, two Uefa Cups, an FA Cup and the ultimate glory in his final game for the club - the European Cup in 1977.


KENNY DALGLISH v Middlesbrough (August 1977)

Now in his second spell as Liverpool manager, Dalglish was initially bought as replacement for Keegan and he became an instant Kop hit with a goal that earned the Reds a draw on his league debut at Ayersome Park.

The Reds were denied the league title by Nottingham Forest, but Dalglish topped the goalscoring charts at Anfield that year with 20 strikes. He won six league titles, the FA Cup, four League Cups and the European Cup three times.

NIGEL CLOUGH v Sheffield Wednesday (August 1993)


Hailed as the new Dalglish, Clough made one of the greatest debuts in the club's history after being handed the No.7 shirt.

He bagged both as the Reds saw off Wednesday on the opening day of the season but his career at Anfield faltered.

Clough was used increasingly as a substitute as Fowler emerged from the ranks, and the son of legendary Nottingham Forest boss Brian was sold to Manchester City two years later.

ROBBIE FOWLER v Fulham (September 1993)


Fowler started this League Cup clash up front alongside Anfield royalty Ian Rush in a League cup at Craven Cottage.

The 18-year-old Fowler netted the Reds' final goal in a 3-1 victory and scored an incredible five in the return leg, instantly earning his title 'God.'

His best year on Merseyside came in 2001 when the Reds picked up the League Cup, FA Cup and Uefa Cup.

MICHAEL OWEN v Wimbledon (May 1997)

Owen became Liverpool's youngest scorer (at 17 years and 144 days old) just six months after signing his first professional contract with Liverpool.

His debut came at Selhurst Park but it was an unhappy start to his career on Merseyside as the Reds lost 2-1. 

He moved to Real Madrid in 2004 to chase Champions League glory only to watch his former club lift the trophy 12 months later following that dramatic night in Istanbul.
 
And let's not forget...

TITI CAMARA v Sheffield Wednesday (August 1999)
DAVID SPEEDIE v Manchester United (February 1991)
STAN COLLYMORE v Sheffield Wednesday (August 1995)

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