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Graeme Souness

Souness

Born 6th May 1953 - Edinburgh, Scotland

Games 350 with 2 sub appearances scoring 56 goals

Honours - 3 European Cups, 5 League Championships, 4 League Cups, 54 Scotland Caps

Souness was a born winner for the reds on the pitch.  He arrived from Middlesbrough for 352,000 (a then record deal between British clubs).  He was the final cog in an already great midfield but he took it to new levels and just four months after joining the club it was he who laid on the final pass to Kenny Dalglish to retain the European Cup in 1978.

A midfield powerhouse he was strong in the tackle but also had the eye for a delicate pass when it was required as well as his trademark power drive shot.  Graeme was loved on and off the pitch by everyone and despite a minor lack of pace in his game he was the complete midfielder.  In 1981 he replaced Phil Thompson as captain of the side and took the reds on to win three consecutive league titles and league cups as well as one European Cup in 1984.

Souness though was always one wanting to better himself and earn more money to stay in the lifestyle he became used to and at the end of the 1983-84 season he moved on to Sampdoria in Italy.  After two years in Italy he moved to Rangers where he managed the club to some great success.  In 1991 he was invited back to Anfield to take the vacated managerial seat.

After major heart surgery his side won the FA Cup in 1992 but prior to that came a major turning point in his career.  He gave an exclusive interview with the s*n newspaper on the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.  This is the same paper that printed lies about the reds' fans after the disaster and never apologised and should still be boycotted today.  Souness was never forgiven by many fans including myself.

His time in charge saw many comings and goings with some players never lasting very long at the club at all.  They say Souness simply tried to hard for a club he loved and in 1994 after some shocking results his contract was terminated and his reds career was over.  Since then he has managed at Blackburn amongst others.