A Scottish striker who scored a hat-trick on his league debut was voted in at No.82 by supporters in our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop list…
Date of birth: November 22, 1944 Place of birth: Motherwell Nationality: Scottish Position: Striker Years at the club: 1964-72 Signed from: Motherwell Bridge Works Left for: Coventry Position in 2006 poll: None
Few players in the club's history have produced as lightning a start to their Anfield career as Scottish striker Bobby Graham, who found the back of the net five times in his first three appearances.
That initial goalscoring run included a sensational hat-trick on his league debut for the Reds against Aston Villa aged just 19; the youngster seemed an ideal addition to Bill Shankly's squad.
But competition for starting places up front included heavyweights Roger Hunt and Ian St John, and after missing the 1965 FA Cup final, Graham would feature only 12 times during the three seasons that followed.
As the aforementioned forward pair approached the end of their time with Liverpool, an opportunity was presented to Graham - and it was a chance which the Scotsman gladly grasped with both hands.
He played a massive 54 games during the 1969-70 campaign and weighed in with a respectable 21 goals, including a memorable strike during the Reds' 3-0 triumph over Everton at Goodison Park.
Misfortune struck again for Graham, however, as a broken leg suffered against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in October 1970 left the striker injured on the sidelines for four months.
Shankly moved quickly to strengthen in Graham's absence; John Toshack was recruited from Cardiff the following month and Kevin Keegan also arrived in 1971. Bobby's path into the Liverpool first team was once again blocked by a formidable duo.
After recovering from the broken leg, Graham played a further 28 times for the Reds and scored on his final appearance - at home to Manchester City in February 1972 - before switching to Coventry a fortnight later.
Appearances: 137 Goals: 42 Honours with LFC: None Did you know? Graham scored a hat-trick on his Liverpool league debut but could have had five - two were ruled out Where is he now? Retired