In at No.98 on our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop list is a boyhood Liverpool supporter who represented Everton before arriving at Anfield…
Date of birth: October 23, 1951 Place of birth: Liverpool Nationality: English Position: Striker Years at the club: 1976-82 Signed from: Ipswich Town Left for: Everton Position in 2006 poll: 77
A boyhood Liverpool supporter who found himself representing Everton, striker David Johnson had been earmarked as a potential Reds signing during Bill Shankly's tenure as boss - but our Merseyside rivals wisely refused to do business.
Then wearing blue, Johnson found the net in a Merseyside derby aged just 20 in 1971 and after continuing to plunder goals during a four-year spell with Ipswich, Bob Paisley finally secured a marriage seemingly made in heaven by capturing David's signature for a club record £200,000 fee.
Paisley's confidence in his new acquisition was obvious - the striker started each of the club's first eight league fixtures in 1976-77 and bagged three goals. Further opportunities would prove harder to come by, however.
Having featured in earlier stages of the competition, Johnson watched from the substitutes' bench as the Reds lifted the European Cup at the end of the campaign - although he did collect a league championship medal.
Injury spoiled David's second season at Anfield; five goals were notched and he again had to settle for an observation position when Liverpool successfully defended their continental title. But good times were around the corner.
Johnson's ability in the air and powerful running on the ground came to the fore in a Red shirt from the opening stages of the 1978-79 campaign, during which he registered 18 strikes in 37 appearances.
The man nicknamed 'Doc' - Johnson was prone to sore throats and headaches and carried soothing tablets around as insurance - enjoyed his finest single season for the Reds the following year.
In partnership with the mercurial Kenny Dalglish at the top of Liverpool's attack, David thrashed home 27 goals in all competitions to lead the Anfield scoring charts and help defend the league title.
Third time proved lucky for 'Doc' in 1981 as Alan Kennedy's late winner past Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid lifted Paisley and Liverpool to a third European Cup - this time with Johnson included in the starting line-up.
It would be the forward's peak with the Reds as by 1982 Ian Rush was beginning to establish himself as undisputed first-choice alongside Dalglish; Johnson was restricted to 15 league matches.
Before the next season kicked off he crossed Stanley Park to re-join Everton, leaving the Red half of Merseyside with a better than one-in-three goal ratio and the well wishes of the club's supporters.
Appearances: 213 Goals: 78 Honours with LFC: 3 First Division titles (1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-80), 3 European Cups (1976-77, 1977-78, 1980-81), 2 League Cups (1981, 1982), 1 European Super Cup (1977) Did you know? The forward was the first player to score a winning goal for both Liverpool and Everton in a Merseyside derby Where is he now? Johnson can occasionally be found airing his football views on local radio stations and the after-dinner circuit