One of the most popular centre-forwards to ever represent Liverpool takes 35th place in our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop countdown…
Date of birth: September 18, 1958 Place of birth: Liverpool Nationality: Irish Position: Striker Years at the club: 1987-89 Signed from: Oxford United Left for: Real Sociedad Position in 2006 poll: 26
A boyhood Kopite who fulfilled his dream of playing centre-forward for Liverpool, John Aldridge remains a hero among Reds supporters for his goal-filled two-and-a-half years at Anfield.
Recruited at the peak of his striking prowess by Kenny Dalglish, the Republic of Ireland international was simply unstoppable and could find the target in any scenario with left foot, right foot or head.
'Aldo' served notice of his goalscoring intentions when he struck on his full debut, at home to Southampton in February 1987; the effort proved to be the first of 63 quick-fire strikes in Liverpool colours.
Signed to replace the outgoing Ian Rush, there was far more than just finishing to John's game - he could hold and distribute possession with aplomb, forming an almost telepathic understanding with John Barnes and Peter Beardsley.
The attacking triumvirate's combination play during 1987-88 is regarded by many observers to be the most attractive and enjoyable in Liverpool history and was rewarded with a league championship. Aldridge fired 26 First Division goals along the way.
Unfortunately for Aldridge, the season nevertheless ended with disappointment when he became the first player to miss a penalty in an FA Cup final at Wembley and the Reds were denied the double by Wimbledon.
John responded by increasing his goal tally to 31 in all competitions for the following season and claimed redemption by opening the scoring in the all-Merseyside 1989 FA Cup final, which Liverpool won 3-2 after extra time.
With Rush returned from Italy, the suggestion was made that the pair could not be accommodated within the same XI. Aldridge's final Reds goal came from the penalty spot in a 9-0 hammering of Crystal Palace before he switched to Spain with Real Sociedad.
Appearances: 104 Goals: 63 Honours with LFC: 1 First Division title (1987-88), 1 FA Cup (1988-89) Did you know? Aldridge was the first non-Basque player to represent Real Sociedad Where is he now? John writes a column for the Liverpool Echo and is a regular analyst for LFC TV