A local lad who rose through the age groups to make more than 500 Liverpool appearances has been voted into 64th place on our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop countdown…
Date of birth: October 20, 1943 Place of birth: Liverpool Nationality: English Position: Defender Years at the club: 1963-75 Signed from: Apprentice Left for: Portsmouth Position in 2006 poll: 51
In many ways during more than a decade of stellar service for Liverpool, Chris Lawler created a footballing archetype of his own - the quiet, straightforward, goalscoring full-back.
A truly local player made good, the defender progressed through the junior ranks at Anfield before signing professional forms and eventually making his debut for the Reds against West Brom in March 1963.
Lawler was a highly accomplished centre-back but settled on the right of the Liverpool defence to make room for Ron Yeats and became a genuine fixture throughout the 1960s; in eight seasons from 1965 to 1973, he missed just three league fixtures.
Chris preferred to read the game than dive into tackles but his true quality, despite his defensive starting position, seemed to be finding the back of the net after supporting attacks with a stealthy foray. He scored an incredible 61 goals for the Reds in total.
The right-back was a member of Bill Shankly's starting XI when the Reds broke their FA Cup hoodoo by beating Leeds in the 1965 final and added a championship medal the following year as Liverpool claimed the title.
Trophies may have dried up in the years that followed but the unassuming Lawler was ever dependable and survived the reshaping conducted by Shankly as the club entered a new decade.
Chris played every single one of Liverpool's 66 competitive matches during the action-packed 1972-73 campaign and was rewarded handsomely with a second league winner's medal and UEFA Cup success over Borussia Monchengladbach.
A debilitating injury picked up in November 1973 cost Lawler his previously guaranteed berth in Shankly's line-up but the Scot showed a touch of sentiment by selecting the Scouser as substitute for the victorious FA Cup final meeting with Newcastle in 1974.
Having assured his place in a small group of players to have represented Liverpool more than 500 times, the right-back featured for the last time in September 1975 before departing to Portsmouth.
Appearances: 549 Goals: 61 Honours with LFC: 2 First Division titles (1965-66, 1972-73), 2 FA Cups (1964-65, 1973-74), 1 UEFA Cup (1972-73) Did you know? Lawler's nickname at Anfield was 'The Silent Knight' due to his quiet demeanour and no-nonsense approach on the pitch Where is he now? Chris still lives locally and is involved in football coaching