Never has the term 'Mr Consistency' been more correctly applied than in the case of Phil Neal’s Liverpool career.
The club’s most decorated player and one of the game’s finest ever full-backs, Neal was rarely absent from the Reds’ starting XI during a highly-distinguished Anfield career. Rarer still was an occasion when he had a bad game.
The first signing of Bob Paisley’s managerial reign in 1974, Neal made the No.2 shirt his own and went on to make a record 236 consecutive appearances between 1976 and 1983.
His value to the Liverpool cause was immeasurable.
Nicknamed ‘Zico’, but a dependable rather than spectacular right-sided defender, he set about his tasks with the minimum of fuss and was very much a team player.
Not many opposition wingers got the better of him, while at the opposite end of the pitch he made an equally vital contribution.
Neal netted a more-than-respectable 60 goals and set up countless others as a seemingly never-ending supply of winners medals came his way.
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