As our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop countdown continues, a Scouse defender who graduated to lift the European Cup takes 29th position…
Date of birth: January 21, 1954 Place of birth: Kirkby Nationality: English Position: Centre-back Years at the club: 1972-83 Signed from: Apprentice Left for: Sheffield United Position in 2006 poll: 27
Scouse defender Phil Thompson achieved the dream of every young, Liverpool-supporting boy when he ascended the steps to collect the European Cup on the club's behalf and hoist it aloft in 1981.
The Kirkby native began his career as a midfielder, with his gangly physique considered unsuitable for a more defensive position. The experience proved useful in later years as 'Thommo' developed into a classy centre-back with the confidence to carry possession out from the back.
Having caught the eye in the Reds' youth teams, Bill Shankly handed Phil a senior debut at Manchester United in April 1972 and he made 20 appearances during the next season to secure a First Division winner's medal and UEFA Cup success.
Positioned next to Emlyn Hughes, Thompson matured into a high-class defender equally comfortable in reading the game or launching into a heavy challenge; his performance in the 1974 FA Cup final, for example, completely neutered the Newcastle threat.
At times Phil must have pinched himself as the trophies kept arriving on a production line - another UEFA Cup, two European Cups and four more league titles before the decade concluded.
Now marshalling a backline including Alan Hansen, Thompson was handed the captain's armband by Bob Paisley after playing his part in an historic 1978-79 campaign. The Reds cruised to the championship with just 16 goals conceded in 42 fixtures.
The England international became the first Liverpool player to lift the League Cup in 1981 and just a matter of weeks later etched his name forever into the club's history as the skipper for the Reds' third European Cup triumph.
Two more First Division titles and a further brace of League Cups kept Thommo's trophy cabinet well stocked, although the decision to name Graeme Souness captain and the arrival of Mark Lawrenson threatened the defender's place in the team.
After missing out on almost the whole of the incredible 1983-84 treble campaign, Phil spent a year on loan with Sheffield United before making the switch permanent. He had won practically every major honour available during his Liverpool stay.
Appearances: 477 Goals: 13 Honours with LFC: 3 European Cups (1976-77, 1977-78, 1980-81), 7 First Division titles (1972-73, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83), 1 FA Cup (1973-74), 3 League Cups (1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83), 2 UEFA Cups (1972-73, 1975-76) Did you know? Thompson also captained England, winning 42 caps Where is he now? A stalwart of 'Soccer Saturday' and pundit for Sky Sports