Just missing out on the top 10 of our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop countdown is a midfielder who orchestrated the Liverpool side which dominated at home and abroad in the early 1980s…
Date of birth: May 6, 1953 Place of birth: Edinburgh Nationality: Scottish Position: Midfield Years at the club: 1978-84 Signed from: Middlesbrough Left for: Sampdoria Position in 2006 poll: 9
For all of his technical and mental attributes, it was Graeme Souness' unflinching desire to win, to succeed, to conquer which most appealed to the Kop he played in front of. It's a good job for Graeme, in that case, that he played for Liverpool as the 1970s became the 1980s.
A complete midfielder in every sense, the Scot enjoyed nothing more than a physical battle and test of the nerve. But Souness was equally a player with outstanding vision and a delicate touch belying the hard-man reputation he carried.
Bob Paisley invested a record fee between two English clubs to bring the enforcer to Merseyside, and the price was repaid in a matter of months - starting with a sensational volley against Manchester United in just his second appearance at Anfield.
Graeme was selected in the starting line-up for the 1978 European Cup final and created the only goal of the tie with Bruges, laying in compatriot Kenny Dalglish with a precise, instinctive through ball which dissected the opposition defence.
With Souness patrolling around the Reds' midfield and striking fear into those he faced, Dalglish, Terry McDermott and co were afforded licence to express themselves in a highly effective system at home and abroad.
The league championship was secured in each of the two seasons that followed, while a second European Cup was added to Souness' trophy collection in 1981. That campaign also heralded the beginning of a four-year domination of the League Cup.
Such was the midfielder's influence and importance to the Reds, Paisley named Graeme captain in January 1982. The position of leadership simply inspired Souness further and he collected the First Division title three times as skipper.
His zenith was undoubtedly 1983-84, when he played 61 of the side's 67 fixtures in all competitions and notched the winning goal in the League Cup final triumph over Everton.
The following month, Souey's performance in the European Cup semi-final against Dinamo Bucharest, under incredible scrutiny from a hostile Romanian crowd, propelled Liverpool into the Rome showpiece. Graeme then repeated the trick on Roma's own turf, blasting home in the penalty shoot-out and making history by receiving the club's fourth prize.
It would prove to be Souness' final appearance for the club; in a decision typical of his character, the midfielder opted to experience another league and switched to Sampdoria having left an unforgettable legacy in just six years.
Appearances: 359 Goals: 55 Honours with LFC: 3 European Cups (1977-78, 1980-81, 1983-84), 5 First Division titles (1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84), 4 League Cups (1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84) Did you know? Souness has been inducted into three halls of fame - Rangers FC, the Scottish national team and English football Where is he now? A television pundit