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John Barnes

Born 7th November 1963 - Kingston, Jamaica

Games 399 with 4 sub appearances scoring 106 goals

Honours - 2 League Championships, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 79 England Caps

John Barnes was perhaps one of the most talented players to play for Liverpool.  The only sad thing for Barnes is that after a number of great seasons his career was hit with a few injuries that prevented much of his greatest wing play and will often be remembered wrongly for his last seasons of team frustration in the nineties.

Barnes was signed by Kenny Dalglish in the summer of 1987 for £900,000 from Watford and along with the signing of Peter Beardsley he slotted into the team that resulted in the book 'Better than the Brazilians'.  That side played superb football and won the league easily and were unlucky not to do the double when they lost the cup final to Wimbledon.  That first season for Barnes saw him named both Player player of the year and the football writers player of the year.  He made some great efforts both individually and most importantly for the team.

On the international scene however Barnes was often singled out for booing by the crowd which was unfair.  The role Barnes played at Liverpool was far different to that of the England setup where he was restricted to stay out wide.

After his initial success in the early years at Anfield he suffered some injuries and put on some weight which restricted his playing an awful lot.  His injuries curtailed his pace from standing starts which was a big drawback for him and he started to move into a more central role for the reds.  His link play was good although because of the memories of the free flowing Barnes he was often seen as negative in his play.  His Anfield career came to a close after he was dropped ahead of the Paris St Germain semi final in the 1996-97 season and at the end of that very season, seeing he wasn't featuring in the plans of the team moved to Newcastle.  After then moving onto Charlton he retired from playing and after a short and relatively unsuccessful managerial stint at Celtic he is involved with some punditry work.

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