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Liverpool legend Hansen: 4 memorable quotes ahead of rumoured ITV deal

The ex-footballer is a legend on Merseyside, and may be about to continue his television career on BBC's rival channel.

For many football fans in the UK, Alan Hansen is one of the most recognisable voices on television and the voice of a generation.

Of course, before he ever appeared on television, Hansen was a long serving and integral member of Liverpool's dominant team of the 1970s and 1980s, captaining the side for a large portion of his 14 years at Anfield.

Hansen swiftly moved into broadcasting after he retired, first with Sky, and then with the BBC on Radio Five Live and Match of the Day.

And aside from his playing career, It is his time fronting the BBC's flagship football programme that he is most famous for, something that ended with this summer's World Cup final as he retired from regular football punditry. However, rumours have swirled in recent days that Hansen may not be entirely done when it comes to television, with a switch to an ITV sports show mooted for the Scot

Below we list four memorable comments from Match of the Day, with a hope there'll be many more to come wherever he ends up:

"The trick is always always buy when you're strong, so he needs to buy players, you can't win anything with kids." (On Manchester United after they sold established names Paul Ince, Mark Hughes and Andrei Kanchelskis in 1995)

"It is no slight on a player to accuse them of not having a football brain. You either have one or you don't." (On Theo Walcott in 2010)

"He's got all the attributes you want to be a top, top central defender." (Many, many occasions)

"People talk about the system and the long ball or the short ball ... I've always thought it's about the right ball."

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