Liverpool - Top 30 players - Number 18

This man has four European Cup winners' medals to his name.

Phil Neal signed for Liverpool from Northampton Town in 1974 and was present for all of the success of Bob Paisley's tenure in charge at Anfield.

Neal also had a reputation for being a wonderful penalty taker - which contributed to the defender's 59 goals from 650 appearances for the club - including the third goal in Liverpool's maiden European Cup triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach in 1977. 

In the early stages of his Liverpool career Neal played at left-back as well as his preferred position on the right side depending on the options that were available to him. 

He was to take up the captaincy after the departure of Graeme Souness in 1984, having been in and around the team for all four of the Reds' European Cup successes.

His time would come to a bit of a sour end at Liverpool, as he thought he was overlooked for the manager's job in 1985 after Joe Fagan had retired - instead the job went to Kenny Dalglish. He made eight appearances at the start of the Dalglish's reign but would end up falling out of favour - with Steve Nicol taking his place in the side.

Neal went on to manage Bolton Wanderers soon after before moving on to Coventry City. The latter would not be a success.

His honours list at Liverpool reads as: Eight league titles, four European Cups, four League Cups, and one UEFA Cup.  

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