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Kevin Keegan

Born 14th February 1951 - Doncaster

Games 321 scoring 100 goals

Honours - 1 European Cup, 3 League Championships, 1 FA Cup, 2 UEFA Cups, 63 England Caps

Kevin Keegan goes down in the reds history as one of the biggest bargains ever after being signed by Bill Shankly for just £35,000 from Scunthorpe United in 1971.  His burning desire when arriving at he reds as a twenty year old inspired many.  He wanted to be first in everything he did.  He made his debut at the start of the 1971-72 season and scored after just seven minutes.  What better way to announce your arrival.

His partnership up front with John Toshack was near telepathic and saw him play a vital role in the reds first ever European cup triumph in 1977.  He had, years earlier inspired the reds victory over Newcastle in the 1974 FA Cup final.  He grabbed the opening goal in the famous St Etienne game and was a genuine hero to all the reds and even after he announced he was going to try his luck in Europe the reds fans didn't turn against him.  Some reds fans did question his desire in the final season but he left on a high with the european cup win and later went on to great things.  He became the european footballer of the year whilst playing in Germany with Hamburg.

The impact that Keegan had cannot be underestimated though.  He came to the reds and completed the rebuilding for Shankly who had struggled to truly replace the great Roger Hunt.  When he had signed for the reds he had been playing as a winger but the conversion to a striker was obvious to all at the club.  Since leaving the club he played for Hamburg, Southampton and Newcastle who he later returned to manage.  He has also seen himself managing the English national team.