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Mark Lawrenson

Born 2nd June 1957 - Preston

Games 332 with 9 sub appearances scoring 17 goals

Honours - 1 European Cup, 5 League Championships, 1 FA Cup, 3 League Cups, 38 Ireland Caps

Mark Lawrenson was one half of one of the best centre back pairings the reds have ever had alongside Alan Hansen.  Lawrenson was bought for £900,000 from Brighton in August 1981.  He potentially had it all as a centre back.  Pace, ability and awareness.

When he was bought the Reds already had a good pairing in Hansen and Thompson but the signing turned out to be a very shrewd one by Bob Paisley.  In his early days as a red he was more of a utility man.  He first replaced Alan Kennedy at left-back before slotting into midfield.  It wasn't until Phil Thompson suffered a serious injury in 1982-83 that Lawrenson staked his first team place alongside Hansen and the rest became history.

His centre back combination saw the reds through a hat-trick of title, league cup domination and even the fourth European cup win in Romes back garden in 1984.  The partnership was built to last, that was until injury set in for Lawrenson.  It was an Achilles tendon injury of serious proportions that struck him down against Wimbledon and despite his best efforts to make a comeback on more than one occasion his great pace eluded him and he packed the game in.  It was a very sad end to the career of one of the truly great centre backs of all time.  He moved into management but after a short time moved in to tv punditry where he finally once again formed a partnership with Alan Hansen.  This time it was on the BBC and he still works there today.