On this day in 1954 Liverpool legend Phil Thompson was born.
A boyhood Red, Phil Thompson signed for Liverpool on 22nd of January 1971, one day after he turned 17-years-old. Throughout his career at Liverpool, Thompson was a solid defender, playing under both Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley as one of the first names on the team sheet as soon after joining he replaced Larry Lloyd as a regular first team player. Playing for Liverpool for a total of 13 years between 1971 and 1984, Thompson won a staggering 22 trophies during his time at Anfield, including 7 League Titles, 3 European Cups, 2 UEFA Cups and 1 FA Cup. During his time as a Liverpool player, Thompson made a total of 477 appearances for the Reds, scoring a total of 13 goals in that time.
Thompson returned to Liverpool as an assistant coach to manager Kenny Dalglish in 1988 and stayed beyond the Scotsman’s resignation in 1991, though was later sacked by Graeme Souness in 1992. Thompson also assumed the role as Liverpool head coach in 2001, serving as interim manager as a result of Gerard Houllier’s health difficulties at the time. Thompson then stepped down in 2002, allowing the Frenchman to take the reigns at Anfield once more upon his recovery.