Taking 75th place on our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop list is a tenacious midfielder who switched to Anfield from Italian football and took the captain's armband…
Date of birth: 21 October, 1967 Place of birth: Ilford Nationality: English Position: Midfield Years at the club: 1997-99 Signed from: Inter Milan Left for: Middlesbrough Position in 2006 poll: None
When manager Roy Evans required a dose of midfield steel to accompany his youthful Liverpool side, his quest led him to Italy and former Manchester United hard-man Paul Ince.
Approaching 30 when he signed on the dotted line at Anfield, the midfielder who thrived on the nickname 'Guv'nor' promised leadership and experience; Evans installed him as captain immediately.
Ince made his Reds debut on the opening weekend of the 1997-98 campaign in a 1-1 draw at Wimbledon and struck a first goal for the club four days later at home to Leicester.
Always a determined and combative player, Ince was a stalwart of Evans' XI throughout that season - making a total of 40 appearances and finding the back of the net an impressive eight times from his deep starting position.
He skippered the team to a respectable third-place in the Premiership standings, although it was a year of disappointment in cup competitions. The Reds reached the semi-finals of the League Cup but were put to the sword by Middlesbrough over two legs.
Ince maintained a similar level of consistency into the next season, during which he featured in 41 fixtures and registered his name on the scoresheet nine times; one of those was particularly special to the England international.
His former club, Manchester United, were locked in a title tussle with Arsenal when they visited Anfield in May 1999 and fought for a two-goal advantage. But Ince followed up a Jamie Redknapp penalty with a sweet last-minute equaliser to dent his old colleagues.
In many ways that was as good as it got for Paul with Liverpool - the Reds struggled to seventh in the league standings and made little headway of note in knockout football.
Gerard Houllier had taken sole managerial reins midway through the 1998-99 campaign and, with a more continental approach in mind, deemed Ince surplus to requirements. The midfielder switched to Middlesbrough in the summer of 1999.
Appearances: 81 Goals: 17 Honours with LFC: None Did you know? Ince's son, Thomas, made one appearance for the Reds and now plays for his father at Blackpool Where is he now? Manager of Blackpool