Liverpool - Top 30 players - Number 6

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A two-time winner of the Footballer of the Year, a blessed attacking player.

Signed in the summer of 1987 for £900,000 from Watford, John Barnes would become one of the most integral players in the Liverpool team from then on, and going into the 1990s. 

At the start of his Liverpool career, he formed a devastating attacking trio with Peter Beardsley and John Aldridge in what was arguably the most entertaining and best footballing the side the Reds.

In his first season he would win the Football Writers and PFA's Footballer of the Year award as Liverpool won the league title, with Barnes contributing 15 goals. Unfortunately, the Reds would miss out on the FA Cup as they lost 1-0 to Wimbledon in the final, which has gone down as one of the competition's most famous upsets.

He would repeat the feat two seasons later when he played as a striker - scoring 28 goals - outscoring even Ian Rush as Liverpool claimed another league title, which to date is still their latest.

In 1989, Barnes would win the FA Cup with the Reds as they beat Everton in the final, though that season is remembered for the horrors of the Hillsborough disaster, putting any success or failure on the football pitch into context.

Success would be a little more elusive after that, he would miss out on the FA Cup win in 1992 under Graeme Souness, and injury would strike in the summer of that year with an Achilles tendon injury.

After Souness's resignation in 1994, Barnes would move into a central midfield role under Roy Evans, given that injury had a knock-on effect on his pace. During Evans's first season, Barnes would add the League Cup to his list of silverware before taking over the captaincy. 

He would miss out on the FA Cup the following season, and at the end of the 1996/1997 season his time was up with the Reds after 108 goals from 407 appearances. He moved to Newcastle - where he spent two seasons, and would come away with another runners-up medal in the FA Cup.

Barnes also scored one of the most memorable goals in English football as he danced through the Brazil defence in the Maracana in 1984 - as he made a total of 79 appearances for England.

Management wouldn't work out for him. After taking over at Celtic in 1999, he was sacked after a cup defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. In 2008 he was appointed manager of the Jamaica national side but failed to make it to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and had a short spell in management at Tranmere Rovers, but two wins from his opening 11 matches in the 2009/10 season would see him sacked at Prenton Park. 

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