Taking 25th position in our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop countdown is a winger who benefited from Bob Paisley's tactical wisdom…
Date of birth: July 28, 1951 Place of birth: Seaton Delaval Nationality: English Position: Winger Years at the club: 1974-81 Signed from: Arsenal Left for: Swansea Position in 2006 poll: 28
Ray Kennedy was established as a prolific centre-forward before he switched to Liverpool, but thrived with the Reds following a stroke of tactical genius by manager Bob Paisley.
The England international was actually signed by Bill Shankly but arrived at Anfield from Arsenal on the exact same day that the great Scot announced he was resigning from his position.
Playing in a striking role, Kennedy struggled to produce his best form during his maiden campaign with the club, 1974-75. He did, however, contribute a respectable 10 goals in all competitions.
Aware that Ray had experience in a more withdrawn starting position, Paisley took the decision to move Kennedy to a left-midfield berth. It was a move which bore fruit almost instantly as the Reds won the league championship and the UEFA Cup at the end of 1975-76.
Deceptively quick and agile, and possessing a thunderous shot from distance, the midfielder is considered by many of those he played with as the greatest left-winger to ever represent the club. He scored 72 times in almost 400 appearances, too.
Ray was part of the Paisley team which lifted Liverpool's first European Cup in Rome in 1977 and maintained his place for the successful defence 12 months later at Wembley. In five seasons from 1976 to 1981, the wide-man missed just five league fixtures.
Kennedy's most significant moment in Liverpool colours perhaps occurred during the European Cup semi-final of 1981. Having been held to a goalless draw by Bayern Munich at Anfield, he coolly converted a sweeping attack to claim the away strike which took the Reds to Paris and more continental glory.
With the League Cup also added to his trophy collection that year, the winger's haul increased to nine honours on Merseyside. Then 15 appearances during 1981-82 were enough for a fifth First Division title.
The emergence of Ronnie Whelan as an alternative in midfield had challenged Kennedy's position within the team, though, and he accepted a transfer to Welsh outfit Swansea in January 1982.
Appearances: 393 Goals: 72 Honours with LFC: 3 European Cups (1976-77, 1977-78, 1980-81), 5 First Division titles (1975-76, 1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82), 1 League Cup (1980-81), 1 UEFA Cup (1975-76) Did you know? Kennedy was Bill Shankly's last signing as Liverpool manager Where is he now? Retired and sadly suffering from Parkinson's disease