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Ron Yeats played a crucial role for Liverpool.

For eight seasons Ron Yeats was the Liverpool captain during a time when Bill Shankly was laying the foundations for the Reds to dominate English and European football.

The defender was signed for £22,000 from Dundee United in 1961 and was made captain during his first season at the club.

Bill Shankly explained why, as per LFCHistory.net: "In his first season here I made him captain at Rotherham. He broke a bone in his hand that day. He was a natural to be a captain; a big man who commanded respect and his position in the centre of defence meant that he could see everything going on in front of him. A captain should be like a puppeteer, with the other players on his strings all the time."

The Reds gained promotion from the second division in 1962 - and two years later won the League Championship. Yeats would go on to captain the side to their first success in the FA Cup in 1965 as they defeated Leeds United at Wembley, while Liverpool missed out on European glory in controversial fashion to Inter Milan in the semi-finals. In the previous round they had beaten Cologne by the toss of the coin.

Yeats would captain the side to more league title success the following season, and to the Cup Winners Cup final but were defeated by Borussia Dortmund at Hampden Park.

Though Yeats would leave the club in 1970 as Shankly tried to rebuild the side, he would return after his playing days as a chief scout under Kenny Dalglish, and served in the role under four further managers before retiring in 2006. 

In terms of his international career, Yeats was only capped by Scotland twice, which seems to be a low number for a player of his calibre. 

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