One of the most popular figures to have passed through Anfield during spells as a player and a coach was voted in at No.97 on our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop countdown…
Date of birth: November 19, 1965 Place of birth: Liverpool Nationality: English Position: Defender Years at the club: 1986-92 Signed from: Apprentice Left for: Everton Position in 2006 poll: None
Versatile defender Gary Ablett straddled the Merseyside divide like no other player had or possibly ever will, winning two league titles and an FA Cup with Liverpool before later tasting glory in the latter competition with the Blues.
Comfortable at both left-back and in a central position, the Scouser who began his career as an Anfield apprentice was appreciated by the Reds faithful for his commitment and hard work after making his debut at the close of 1986.
On his first home appearance for the club, against Nottingham Forest in April 1987, Gary registered his only goal in Liverpool colours - converting at the back post with a perfectly-timed volley.
But it was his defensive reliability which came to the fore during the second half of the 1987-88 campaign; Kenny Dalglish's side conceded just 24 times in 40 fixtures and remained unbeaten at Anfield.
With the security of Ablett behind him, John Barnes could raid forward to fire 15 league goals in his maiden season and help the Reds to championship honours.
Now fully established, Gary was part of the Liverpool team which triumphed over Everton in the 1989 FA Cup final at Wembley but experienced the disappointment of surrendering the title to Arsenal at Anfield six days later.
Despite making 49 appearances that season, Ablett was squeezed out during the subsequent 1989-90 campaign - although the defender could celebrate a second league championship with Liverpool.
Injuries to Gary Gillespie and Barry Venison allowed Ablett the opportunity for first-team action in 1990-91 and the local lad maintained his position when Graeme Souness took the reins from Dalglish.
But Ablett was a victim of the team's poor form and bravely concluded a £750,000 transfer to Everton in January 1992. He would one day return to Anfield, though, in a coaching role.
Recruited as reserve-team coach during Rafa Benitez's period as Reds boss, Ablett guided his young charges to become national champions in 2008 and tried his hand at senior management with Stockport a year later.
The popular Merseyside figure was tragically diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma during the summer of 2010 and passed away on the first day of 2012 following a 16-month battle with the illness.
Appearances: 147 Goals: 1 Honours with LFC: 2 First Division titles (1987-88, 1989-90), 1 FA Cup (1988-89) Did you know? Ablett was the first player to win the FA Cup with both Merseyside clubs Where is he now? Passed away in 2012