When I got the opportunity to sign for Liverpool or Everton, I only wanted to sign for Liverpool, although they were a Second Division club. Looking back on my career, it was the best thing I ever did.
Right Midfield
1960 - 1978
Games 857
Goals 68
Shirt No 11
Caps 4
Date of Birth 10/04/1942 Birthplace Liverpool
League Champions 5
2nd Division Champions 1
FA Cup 2
European Cup 2
UEFA Cup 2
UEFA Super Cup 1
Charity Shield 4


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No-one has played more games for Liverpool than Ian Callaghan. Chances are, no one ever will.

Cally wore a Liver bird on his chest a remarkable 857 times during 18 years at the club. There can be no better role model for aspiring footballers than a midfielder who represented everything that's good about the game.

A true gentleman in every sense of the word, the Toxteth boy was the only player to survive Liverpool's fairytale journey from life as a mediocre Second Division outfit to the lofty summit of European football.

Along the way he won almost every honour possible – not least the World Cup – as well as the respect of his fellow professionals and adulation from the fans - and he was booked just once in the meantime.

Callaghan spent 19 seasons in the Liverpool first team, starting out as a winger then moving seamlessly to central midfield, before bringing his Reds career to a close in 1978. He left Anfield with an envious medal collection, a glowing reputation and a total number of appearances that is unlikely to ever be surpassed. Who said nice guys don't win?