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Liverpool - Top 30 players - Number 23

Signed from Arsenal, and well regarded by both clubs.

Ray Kennedy had his fair share of success against Liverpool before signing for the Reds in 1974. Prior to his arrival, he was part of Arsenal's 1971 double winning side, and the Gunners had triumphed over Liverpool in the FA Cup final that season.

Kennedy was the last signing of Bill Shankly in 1974 and he arrived initially as a striker, but after a promising start to his Liverpool career, there came a barren spell and he ended up moving out to the left wing.

It ended up being an inspired decision as he made that position in the side his own. During his seven years for the Reds he would end up being part of the successful Bob Paisley years as his honours list consist of five League Championships, one League Cup, three European Cups and a UEFA Cup.

He scored his fair share of notable goals en route to club success. He scored the crucial away goal in the 1981 European Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich, on a night when he also captained the side, and found the net in the 1976 UEFA Cup final first leg as the Reds came from 2-0 down to defeat Brugge 3-2. Overall he scored a total of 72 goals from 393 appearances.

He left Liverpool in 1982 for Swansea City. During his time with the Swans, Parkinson's disease was sadly starting to take hold as Kennedy started to lack fitness, but he wasn't diagnosed with the illness until 1986. This was after he had spells with Hartlepool United and Pezopolikos.

Kennedy is fondly remembered by both fans of Liverpool and Arsenal, with both fans displaying a mosaic of his shirt numbers at their respective clubs ahead of two side's meeting in 2009 - which ended in a 4-4 draw.  

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