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Liverpool - Top 30 players - Number 8

Liverpool's greatest in this position?

In many people's eyes, and according to this countdown, in the all-time Liverpool XI - Ray Clemence is the man in goal. 

Bill Shankly signed Clemence as an 18-year-old from Scunthorpe United for £18,000 in 1967 and was understudy to Tommy Lawrence for a couple of seasons before the was given the opportunity to be the club's number one towards the end of the 1969/70 season - and only missed six league games in the next 11 years. 

He presided over a couple of defensive records for the Reds - including only conceding 22 goals from 41 games in the league in 1970/71, which was bettered in the 1978/79 season, with Clemence only beaten on 16 occasions. 

While some will put his trophy haul of five League Championships, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, one FA Cup and one League Cup down to the talent in the final third, Clemence had his crucial moments for the Reds.

A penalty save in the first leg of the 1973 UEFA Cup final, a huge stop when the 1977 European Cup final was locked at 1-1 (both games against Borussia Monchengladbach), and the final game of his 665 appearance haul came in his third and final European Cup final in 1981 - fittingly Clemence kept his 323rd clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in Paris. 

Clemence offered great service under both Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley before leaving the club, and was the example of how important a good goalkeeper is to any successful side. 

He would then move on to Tottenham the following season, and would face the Reds in the 1982 League Cup final. Unfortunately for him, Liverpool would successfully defend the trophy he had won with them the season before with a 3-1 win after extra time. But his seven-year spell at Tottenham would allow him to reach the milestone of 1,000 career appearances. 

Clemence was also recognised by his country having played 61 times for England and may have played on more occasions if Peter Shilton wasn't around at the same time.

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