A third consecutive goalkeeper takes his place in the 100 Players Who Shook the Kop countdown; welcome Bruce Grobbelaar…
Date of birth: October 6, 1957 Place of birth: Durban Nationality: Zimbabwean Position: Goalkeeper Years at the club: 1981-94 Signed from: Vancouver Whitecaps Left for: Southampton Position in 2006 poll: 17
When Bob Paisley faced the challenge of replacing the inestimable Ray Clemence between the posts, the club required something special - and the Reds certainly found it with eccentric stopper Bruce Grobbelaar.
The Zimbabwe international had brief experience of English football on his CV but was stationed in Canada when Paisley swooped to capture a player who would give the club more than a decade of service.
Thrust into the first team for the beginning of the 1981-82 campaign, Bruce featured in every single league fixture for the next five seasons and collected championship honours in four - quite the impact.
Grobbelaar possessed exceptional agility and reflexes, allowing the stopper to prevent goals from seemingly impossible angles and scenarios, as the likes of Everton striker Graeme Sharp can testify.
The 'keeper played in each and every one of the Reds' 67 competitive fixtures during 1983-84 as the team secured success in the First Division, League Cup and European Cup.
It was in the final of the latter competition, against Roma at their Stadio Olimpico home, that Bruce made Liverpool history. Facing penalties from the Italians, Grobbelaar concocted a 'wobbly legs' routine to distract the takers and ensure the Reds won their fourth European Cup.
Given his unique approach to the art of goalkeeping, the South African-born custodian was occasionally prone to unlikely errors. But his vocal marshalling of the Liverpool backline and winning mentality were crucial during the transition from Paisley to Joe Fagan to Kenny Dalglish.
A sixth league title came Bruce's way in 1989-90 and he added a third FA Cup to his enormous batch of honours following the 1992 final triumph over Sunderland at Wembley. It would prove to be his last trophy at Anfield.
The signing of David James brought new competition to Grobbelaar's monopoly of the No.1 spot and the England man eventually ousted his teammate after a two-year battle. Bruce left for Southampton after making his 628th appearance for the club.
Appearances: 628 Goals: 0 Honours with LFC: 1 European Cup (1983-84), 6 First Division titles (1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1989-90), 3 FA Cups (1985-86, 1988-89, 1991-92), 3 League Cups (1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84) Did you know? Bruce is ninth in the club's all-time appearance list Where is he now? Currently residing in Canada