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Known nowadays for his punditry, this man's contribution to Liverpool's success cannot be ignored.

Alan Hansen was a very talented person when it came to a variety of sports but after playing golf and squash to a high level, it would be football where he would make his career.

Hansen signed for the Reds back in 1977 from Partick Thistle for a fee of £100,000, and he would prove to be one of the best defenders the club would ever have - positionally sound, comfortable on the ball and a man who had the leadership qualities to eventually wear the captain's armband.

He made an impressive debut against Derby County the 1977/78 but he would find his opportunities limited in the first team as Emlyn Hughes and Phil Thompson were the established duo at the heart of Bob Paisley's Reds defence, though he did feature in the European Cup final at the end of that campaign as the Reds made it back-to-back triumphs in Europe at left-back.

In the following season he would end up breaking through to eventually replace Hughes in the side and would be an almost ever-present at the back for the remainder of his career - though he did struggle with a knee injury for much of the 1988/89 season.

Individual highlights would include him scoring the winner in the 1981 League Cup final against West Ham in the replay at Villa Park, as well as being handed the captaincy by player/manager Kenny Dalglish for the 1985/86 season - when the Reds completed a historic League and Cup double.

He would end up captaining the Reds to their latest title in 1990 but injuries to his knees meant he had to retire shortly after, and he never took to coaching at the club, so decided to become a pundit with the BBC on Match of the Day until 2014.

His time at Liverpool was decorated with trophies, featuring: eight League Championships, two FA Cups, three League Cups (he missed the final in 1982), and three European Cups, having played on 620 occasions for the club, scoring 14 goals. 

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