Taking 31st position in our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop countdown is a Scottish midfielder who made a staggering impact in just two years at Anfield…
Date of birth: December 25, 1964 Place of birth: Motherwell Nationality: Scottish Position: Midfield Years at the club: 2000-02 Signed from: Free transfer Left for: Coventry Position in 2006 poll: 32
It would be fair to say that Liverpool fans were surprised when Gerard Houllier swooped to sign 35-year-old Gary McAllister in the summer of 2000, but any sense of shock had been quashed within 12 months.
A midfielder with experience at the highest level - including a league title with Leeds - McAllister provided a touch of composure at the Reds' centre as Houllier's young charges stormed towards a treble.
The Scot's first campaign with the club, 2000-01, proved a slow-burner; restricted to mostly substitute appearances during the first half of the season, Gary later forced his way into starting contention.
Perhaps his greatest moment in Liverpool colours occurred in April 2001. A dramatic Merseyside derby at Goodison Park was locked at 2-2 with seconds remaining; McAllister approached a free-kick from 40 yards out, proceeded to fool the goalkeeper and curled it perfectly into the near post.
That scarcely believable strike seemed to galvanise the Reds for their final trophy push and McAllister evolved into the choirmaster, orchestrating affairs with his passing and set-piece prowess crucial.
He scored in each of the next four fixtures too, including the penalty which knocked out Barcelona in the UEFA Cup semi-finals. Having appeared as a substitute when the Reds lifted the League Cup and FA Cup, McAllister started the subsequent final in Dortmund.
Gary coolly converted another spot-kick against Alaves and, with the Spaniards having forced extra time after four goals apiece, the Scot delivered the free-kick which forced a Liverpool golden goal and further glory.
McAllister remained at Anfield for the following season and featured in 38 matches as Houllier's side launched an assault on the championship and progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals.
His Liverpool career concluded on the final day, introduced from the bench for 10 minutes against Ipswich as the Kop serenaded the midfielder for everything he had provided in the previous two years.
Appearances: 87 Goals: 9 Honours with LFC: 1 UEFA Cup (2000-01), 1 FA Cup (2000-01), 1 League Cup (2000-01) Did you know? McAllister received an MBE in 2001 Where is he now? Currently unemployed