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Steve Nicol

Born 11th December 1961 - Irvine, Ayrshire

Games 437 with 17 sub appearances scoring 45 goals

Honours - 1 European Cup, 4 League Championships, 3 FA Cups, 27 Scotland Caps

The most versatile Red of all time is probably one way of describing Steve 'Chico' Nicol.  He was originally signed from Ayr United for just £300,000 in October 1981.  Bought as a right back he was initially behind Phil Neal in the pecking order but as with the Liverpool Way of old he was placed in the reserves to start his Reds career.  It was October 83 when he made his first big breakthrough to the team and as typified by the man it wasn't at right back either but rather right midfield.  He played enough games that season that he gained a league championship medal.  At the end of that season he even managed an appearance in the European Cup Final game against AS Roma and sadly for him missed the Reds' first penalty in the shoot-out although it didn't affect the result.

Throughout his career at Anfield Nicol showed great composure wherever he played on the pitch and that included centre back as well as up front.  He even managed an excellent hat-trick away at Newcastle in 1987.  Nicol had a superb engine and right midfield wa often his best position as he covered both ends of the pitch in order to secure a win for the team.  It was Nicol who was one player missed when out of action and the player who typified so much of what the Reds were about.  Calm on the ball and a workaholic when he didn't have it.

Nicol stayed at the club until January 1995 when he was freed to join Notts County.  The Reds had had well over ten years of loyal service from Nicol and very effective footballing days too.  His versatility all over the pitch will never be forgotten at Anfield as well as his great wit off of it too.