Entering your 100 Players Who Shook the Kop countdown in 52nd place is a defender who braved a broken collarbone to help Liverpool lift their first FA Cup…
Date of birth: August 29, 1938 Place of birth: Liverpool Nationality: English Position: Defender Years at the club: 1957-69 Signed from: Apprentice Left for: Retired Position in 2006 poll: 46
"The hardest player to ever play for Liverpool," according to Reds legend Ian Callaghan, left-back Gerry Byrne booked his place in Anfield history by playing almost the whole 1965 FA Cup final with a broken collarbone.
After impressing in the club's youth teams, the Scouse defender signed professionally with Liverpool in 1955; he made his debut appearance in September 1957 but it was an occasion to forget - Gerry scored an own goal.
Byrne was restricted to a sum total of seven matches during his opening three seasons in first-team contention but the appointment of Bill Shankly as manager proved a blessing for the dogged full-back.
Widely considered one of the hardest men to have represented the Reds, the local lad was unbeatable in the challenge, unflinching in his bravery and could be relied upon for consistent performances.
With Shankly highly appreciative of his abilities, Byrne played every single league fixture as the Reds romped to the Second Division title and promotion in 1961-62. Even better was still to come.
Gerry was a crucial member of Shanky's supreme side of the mid-1960s and collected league championship honours in both 1963-64 and 1965-66, producing another ever-present campaign in the latter season.
Sandwiched in between those triumphs was Liverpool's first taste of FA Cup glory; the Reds beat Leeds 2-1 in the final. Known only to a few until after the match, Byrne had actually severely split his collarbone moments into the game but, in a phenomenal example of courage, completed 120 minutes.
Injuries ravaged Byrne's season during 1966-67, although he recovered to play a total of 36 matches the following season - passing the 300-appearance mark for Liverpool in the process.
The defender's successful period at Anfield was cruelly drawing to a close as his body struggled and he retired from the game after a last run-out at the Reds' home, against Wolves in April 1969.
Appearances: 333 Goals: 4 Honours with LFC: 2 First Division titles (1963-64, 1965-66), 1 FA Cup (1964-65) Did you know? Gerry was a member of England's World Cup-winning squad in 1966 Where is he now? Living in Wales