In at No.32 in our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop poll is an English forward who burned extremely bright at Anfield during his four-year stay…
Date of birth: January 18, 1961 Place of birth: Newcastle Nationality: English Position: Forward Years at the club: 1987-91 Signed from: Newcastle Left for: Everton Position in 2006 poll: 19
Peter Beardsley was one third of Liverpool's unforgettable attacking vintage of the late 1980s, lying slightly deeper to probe and create for teammates John Barnes and John Aldridge.
Kenny Dalglish parted with a British record transfer fee to capture the Geordie forward's services during the summer of 1987 and was rewarded handsomely by Peter's four seasons at Anfield.
A special relationship has always existed between the Kop and players with the rare touch of creative genius - Beardsley was one such case and the Liverpool supporters took glee from his subtle shimmies and gliding dribbles.
By his own admission, the England international required several months to fully settle on Merseyside, but during the second half of the 1987-88 campaign he was a true tour de force.
Beardsley missed only two matches as Liverpool coasted to First Division success, contributing 15 league goals and assisting just as many. Peter was arguably the most impressive performer in the team's era-defining 5-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forest, too.
He was in the starting line-up at Wembley when the Reds downed neighbours Everton 3-2 in the all-Merseyside FA Cup final of 1989, and maintained his exhilarating form into the next season to claim a second league winner's medal.
Beardsley began the 1990-91 campaign like a train, smashing a hat-trick past Manchester United in September and following that feat with a brace at Goodison Park just six days later.
The season was one of frustration, however, as Peter found himself relegated to the substitutes' bench too often for his liking; the appointment of Graeme Souness as manager and the subsequent signing of Dean Saunders pushed the forward further towards the sidelines.
Nevertheless it came as something of a surprise when the Reds agreed to sell Beardsley to rivals Everton in August 1991. Fortunately for both parties, Peter had achieved enough in four years to etch his name into Liverpool history.
Appearances: 175 Goals: 59 Honours with LFC: 2 First Division titles (1987-88, 1989-90), 1 FA Cup (1988-89) Did you know? A football video game was released in 1988 called 'Peter Beardsley's International Football' Where is he now? Football development manager at Newcastle