Although he made his name as a Blue rather than a Red, Kevin Sheedy will always be grateful to Joe Fagan for his help and advice as an aspiring youngster coming through the ranks.
To celebrate 30 years since Liverpool won an unprecedented treble in 1984, we catch up with Sheedy in an exclusive chat for LFCTV GO, as he recalls the first all-Merseyside cup final at Wembley.
Sheedy was signed by Bob Paisley from Hereford United in 1978, but with competition for places at Anfield fierce and an emerging Ronnie Whelan etablishing himself in the starting XI, after just five games in a red shirt, the Republic of Ireland hero departed across Stanley Park to Everton.
It was in the blue shirt that he truly shone as a player, with his trademark left-foot becoming one of the most feared in the country.
Despite things not working out quite as he had expected at Liverpool, Sheedy has nothing but respect for a man who won an incredible three trophies in his first season as manager.
"Joe was a really nice, down to earth man - very respectful and a traditional coach, who was excellent at what he did," Sheedy told Liverpoolfc.com.
"Everybody respected Joe totally, they promoted from within the Boot Room which doesn't happen very often now. He was a great Liverpool manager."
Recalling the Milk Cup final at Wembley, Sheedy remembers a unique occasion as the city of Liverpool was deserted for a day as Reds and Blues travelled together to the capital.
He added: "I remember walking out at Wembley and there was red and blue everywhere - it was a fantastic atmosphere.
"There wasn't that many chances in the first game and we should have had a penalty when Alan Hansen hand-balled on the line.
"Unfortunately, I got injured after a tackle from Phil Neal and I missed the replay - but I remember Graeme Souness scoring the winner.
"Liverpool were well prepared and it was a no-holds-barred passion in the derby games and they were great days."