Liverpool - Top 30 players - Number 10

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An iconic Anfield hard man makes it into our top 30 countdown.

Nicknamed the Anfield Iron, it is safe to say that Tommy Smith was a no-nonsense defender. However, he did have a spell playing up front in the early stages of his career. 

But it was his tough tackling that he made his name for and his style of tackling would not exactly be embraced in today's game.

Having come through the ranks, Bill Shankly handed Smith his debut in May 1963. He would be part of the side that would be successful in the 1960s under the Scot as Liverpool won the League Championship in 1966, while also winning their first FA Cup in 1965. 

As changes were being undertaken at the club with Shankly seeking to rebuild the side in order to compete at the top again, Smith was given the captaincy in 1970, but was stripped of it three and a half years later following a row with the manager after being left out of a game against Arsenal. Emlyn Hughes would take over the captaincy. 

Smith would lift the league title and UEFA Cup in 1973 before being removed of that responsibility but he would still be among the starting XI. 

He would continue to enjoy success with the FA Cup again, and then further success under Bob Paisley. Smith would announce that the 1976/77 season would be his last, and it would end in fairy tale circumstances. Smith would restore Liverpool's lead in the European Cup final at the end of the season in Rome against Borussia Monchengladbach, as the Reds became European champions for the first time.

His honours list would see him win a total of four league titles, two FA Cups, two UEFA Cups and one European Cup, making 638 appearances and scoring 48 goals in the process.

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