I said a prayer before every match, to help me over the match, and I would do my best to live up to the reputation that I'd got.
1939 - 1961
Games 534
Goals 228
Shirt No 7
Caps 29
Date of Birth 10/01/1922 Birthplace Townhill
League Champions 1


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For Liverpudlians of a certain generation, Billy Liddell remains the greatest player ever to pull on a red jersey.

Such was his impact, supporters even renamed the club in his honour by coining the nickname Liddellpool. The winger came to prominence amid the gloom of the 1950s when relegation from the top flight and humiliating cup exits meant Kopites had little to smile about.

The one shining light was William Beveridge Liddell, a player whose name to this day evokes dewy-eyed reminisces of a bygone football age.

It was Manchester United legend Matt Busby, at the time Liverpool captain, who the Reds had to thank for tipping off scout Johnny Dougary about a precocious youngster plying his trade for Lochgelly Violet.

Here was a thrilling, skilful, two-footed winger - fast, direct and capable of bursting the back of any opposition net with one of his trademark thunderbolts.

Liddell's fame soon spread far beyond the boundaries of Merseyside, though it rarely brought silverware. A solitary League Championship, won in 1946-47, was scant reward to the talent he possessed.

On August 31, 1960, Liddell represented the Reds' first team for the final time. It was his 537th appearance for the club – a record that remained until Ian Callaghan's 18-year stint in the 1960s and 70s.

That he was never booked throughout his entire career says it all about the character of a player who might have won it all had his time coincided with the Bill Shankly revolution that followed.