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The wide positions also contained plenty of quality; Ray Houghton was not an orthodox winger, but his technique, movement, vision, intelligence and goals made him an automatic starter when fit. I was lucky enough to grow up in an era where Liverpool won an array of trophies on a regular basis. Son Anton was one of the first footballers to announce publicly he was gay.Picture: REX IMAGES, Steve Nicol. to play at Anfield. As rival fans like to shove down our throats, Liverpool have never won the Premier League or the league title in any of its guises since 1990. The Reds lost 2–0. His remaining time at Liverpool was not so successful and will sadly be remembered for an awful miss against Villa, but he played his part in this title-winning season. Liverpool won 3–0, with substitute Steve Staunton scoring a hat-trick to secure an 8–2 aggregate victory. Under his leadership, Liverpool won 5 trophies. He later played for lower league clubs before ending his playing career in the States, and moving into coaching including Liverpool U21. He was combative on the pitch and firmly buried traces of his past with Manchester United.It was a mixed couple of years for the club, with third and seventh place finishes under Ince’s leadership – the former matching their best finish in the Premier League era at that time and the latter their second-worst. Whelan was the extra layer of class, with a left foot to die for. 's existence, and their 28th consecutive year in the top flight. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Central defender. At the heart of the backline was still club captain and legend, Alan Hansen. Aldridge had lost his place in the starting line-up to a resurgent Ian Rush, who had returned to the club a year earlier after an unhappy season in Italy. [7], Ronny Rosenthal's loan deal became permanent at the end of the season when Liverpool paid Standard Liege £1 million for his services, which had already seen him net seven goals in just eight league games[11] – including a hat-trick in the 4–0 away win over relegation-bound Charlton. This included the Champions League in the 2004-05 season. However, Liverpool remained top of the league – level on points with Aston Villa with Arsenal as the only other serious contenders, though Nottingham Forest had now climbed into fourth place and were starting to raise a few eyebrows among observers in the title race. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson played alongside Manchester United legend Roy Keane in training games as then Sunderland manager ‘saw … By that time he’d been at Anfield for nine years.Barnes was already wearing the Liverpool armband on a regular basis the season before he was appointed permanent skipper. In the case of the league title, it completely evaporated. There were a number of different players in the full-back positions; the versatile and somewhat underrated Steve Nicol had long been the first choice under Kenny Dalglish and always contributed more than his fair share of goals. [8], April was a very mixed month for Liverpool. Now a club ambassador at Liverpool.Picture: REX IMAGES, Ronny Rosenthal. Right winger. Any hopes that Manchester United might have had of beating Liverpool to the title were now almost completely dead, as Alex Ferguson's team now stood 15th in the league and were just two points above the relegation zone. Alongside Hansen, the big Swede and his well-timed tackling were a major part of the Reds 89/90 win but after Dalglish went and Hysén struggled with injuries he left in 1992. Age: 57 Born in Durban but moved to Zimbabwe at two, where he fought in the Bush War before becoming a footballer. The Irish midfielder now works on the after-dinner circuit and does some punditry, featuring regularly on RTÉ Sport‘s soccer programming, including its Premier League and UEFA Champions League coverage. The midfielder had been a mainstay of the side throughout the 1980s and was already a six-time league champion, a European Cup winner and a two-time FA Cup winner. Age: 50 Venison was another player that did not last the Dalglish to Souness transition, joining Newcastle in the summer of 1992. Don’t let the iconic ‘wobbly legs’ penalty shoot-out moment or the handstand celebration fool you into thinking he was the clown that some tried to portray. After retirement, coached Everton’s U17 side, before returning to Liverpool as reserve team manager in 2007. Note: Fixed squad numbers were not introduced until the 1993-94 season. Injury-plagued defender Jim Beglin was transferred to Leeds United just before the start of the season, with the defence being bolstered by the arrival of Swedish star Glenn Hysén. The club didn’t win anything but it was an important transitional period that he helped oversee nonetheless. September began with a third consecutive away game, this time a 3–0 win at Derby County, followed by a 9–0 hammering of Crystal Palace at Anfield. On the left was one of the greatest ever players to pull on a red jersey, John Barnes. Defender Nicol moved into management, first with Notts County before heading to the US. Grobbelaar was still the undisputed number one, commanding the defence in front of him during the 1989/90 season. Wins at Millwall and at home to Arsenal followed, before an away game at Sheffield Wednesday. He was handed the arm band after Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp and vice captain … Liverpool went one step better than the previous season, reclaiming the league championship. Arsenal were now the only other team looking like a serious threat to the Reds, and, although Everton's recent revival had seen them climb to fifth place, it was now almost certainly too late for them to pip Liverpool to the league title. Age: 53 Liverpool's all-time leading scorer ended his second spell with the club in 1996 to join Leeds United. Whelan was the extra layer of class, with a left foot to die for. He went on to be a Sky Sports pundit from 1997-2002 and played himself in a cameo in the film Mike Bassett: England Manager. He was named manager of the Republic of Ireland in 2006, but when the team failed to qualify for the 2008 Europeans he was replaced. John Barnes was in imperious scoring form racking up 28 goals throughout the season (his highest seasonal tally while at Liverpool). Liverpool FC Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. In 2005 he also gained a honorary degree from the University of Huddersfield.Picture: REX, Steve McMahon. The dependable Gary Gillespie was still around and could always be relied upon to deputise when required, although injuries hampered him being involved more. Alan Hansen was the last Liverpool captain to lift a league trophy for the Reds, doing so at the end of the 1989/90 season. Left-back. Since retiring he has been working as a football consultant in England. Central midfielder. Great Dane Jan Molby spent 12 years in midfield with Liverpool before leaving to be player-manager at Swansea. After selling ‘Bid4Sport’, Venison moved to Southern California with his family.Picture: REX IMAGES, Jan Mølby. John Aldridge had been Rush’s replacement and, after Rush’s return from Juventus, sometimes been his strike partner, but this season saw Aldo’s departure, but not until he dispatched a penalty in typical fashion in that mauling of Crystal Palace in his swansong to the Kop. This was the third league title of his successful reign as Liverpool boss, in what sadly turned out to be his final full season in charge. In 2006, he gained celebrity in Ireland by appearing in RTÉ’s Charity You’re A Star competition where, despite not having a natural singing voice, Aldridge won the competition and in the process raised money for his nominated charity Temple Street Children’s Hospital. [5], A new year and a new decade began with a 2–2 draw for Liverpool at Nottingham Forest on New Year's Day. The next two games – against Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic – were both won, and so Liverpool ended the 1980s as First Division leaders. As well as managing sides such as Almondsbury Town, Mangotsfield United and Roman Glass St George, also worked as chief scout for Forest Green Rovers, and as joint-manager of Bristol Premier Combination side, Wick. Died 1 January 2012 Described by Alan Hansen as one of the best and most under-valued Liverpool players of all time, Ablett was sold by Graeme Souness to Everton in 1992. John Barnes was in imperious scoring form racking up 28 goals throughout the season (his highest seasonal tally while at Liverpool). The league campaign resumed with a 1–0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, which saw Liverpool reclaim their lead of the First Division from Everton, who seemed to be re-emerging as a top club after two slightly less successful seasons under the management of Colin Harvey, since Howard Kendall's departure. © 2020 Minute Media - All rights reserved. The autumn of 1989 saw the departure of striker John Aldridge to Spain. After management here and in Australia, Halewood-born Steve kicked off a career in the media Since 2006, he has been working as a football pundit in Singapore with ESPN Star Sports, and is head coach for talent-spotting scheme Million Dollar Feet in Malaysia. In 2009 he became manager of Stockport County, but left the following year. Here's a look at every Reds captain since 1990 - ranked... Jamie Redknapp’s Liverpool captaincy pretty much went the same way as the rest of his career, blighted by injuries, and he only played 31 times in all competitions over the three years that he held the armband.Redknapp was Liverpool club captain for the 2000/01 cup treble season but he didn’t actually play a single minute during that campaign because of his knee trouble. Striker. His audacious twenty-yard chip in the 9-0 demolition of Crystal Palace from this season remains one of my favourite Liverpool goals.

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