A defender described by Graeme Souness as one of his best signings for Liverpool features at No.85 in our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop list…
Date of birth: November 5, 1971 Place of birth: Wrexham Nationality: English Position: Defender Years at the club: 1991-98 Signed from: Crewe Alexandra Left for: West Ham United Position in 2006 poll: 60
A boyhood Liverpool supporter who was a product of Crewe's admired youth academy, defender Rob Jones was recruited by Graeme Souness to solve the Reds' full-back issue.
Just 48 hours after arriving at Anfield for a fee of £300,000, the 19-year-old was thrust into action as he faced Ryan Giggs at Old Trafford. Despite the undoubted pressure on the defender, he performed admirably - a catalyst for his meteoric rise to prominence.
His stunning first campaign with the Reds surpassed all expectations; Jones made 39 appearances at club level, gained his first international cap for England and celebrated FA Cup glory at Wembley.
The Welsh-born player had been earmarked for Euro 1992 that summer but a shin splints problem ruined his plans and required surgery the following season. Similarly unfortunate issues would recur in years to come.
After recovering from the setback, Jones remained a stalwart of the Liverpool defence and his impressive performances were acknowledged by inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year in 1991-92 and again in 1994-95.
Now regularly playing on the left side, Jones held aloft another trophy and collected another medal during the latter season as the Reds overcame Bolton in the League Cup final, but disappointment reigned the following year with FA Cup heartbreak against Manchester United.
More worrying news arrived immediately with the diagnosis of cracked vertebrae after a period of extensive back pains for the defender. Six months on the sidelines was ordered.
Jones battled back to wear Liverpool colours 26 times during 1997-98 before serious swelling to his left knee effectively ended his career despite enduring three major operations in an attempt to solve the problem.
Rob's time at Anfield perhaps ended in frustration but those who managed and played with the exciting, dynamic full-back argue to this day that his ability was second-to-none and deserved greater reward.
Appearances: 243 Goals: 0 Honours with LFC: 1 FA Cup (1991-92), 1 League Cup (1994-95) Did you know? Rob's grandfather, Bill Jones, represented the Reds from 1946-54, playing 277 times Where is he now? Rob now runs a chain of nursery schools in Warrington