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Liverpool - Top 30 players - Number 12: Emlyn Hughes

This man would have the honour of captaining the Reds to two European Cup triumphs.

Affectionately known as Crazy Horse after rugby tackling Newcastle's Albert Bennett, Emlyn Hughes would be the man that would captain Liverpool to their first two European Cup successes, and then take on a captain's role in A Question of Sport.

He was signed for £65,000 from Blackpool in 1967 and would play for the club for 12 years under both Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley. 

Hughes arrived at Anfield as a midfielder and would play in that role until the 1973/74 season where he moved back to the heart of the defence alongside Phil Thompson as the Reds tried to build from the back in possession. He wasn't exactly liked by all of his teammates, though, as he and Tommy Smith couldn't stand each other, LFC History reports

He did have an eye for goal as well, though some of his shots would balloon into the stands, others would find the net from distance. Over the course of his 665 games for the Reds, he scored on 49 occasions. 

His most iconic images in a Liverpool shirt are of him lifting the European Cup. As well as the two occasions he won that prize, he manage to pick up four League Championships, one FA Cup and two UEFA Cups, while in 1977 he won the Football Writers Player of the Year award.

After departing Liverpool in 1979 for Wolves, he would lift the League Cup in 1980 to complete his own personal trophy haul and had spells in management at Rotherham United, Hull City, Mansfield Town and Swansea City.

Unfortunately, Hughes passed away in November 2004 at the age of 57 from a brain tumour. 

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