No matter what position he occupied on the Anfield payroll, Phil Taylor oozed elegance, class and professionalism.

Signed as a player from Bristol Rovers in 1936, he served the club with unwavering loyalty for the next 23 years.

A clever wing-half, his playing career spanned either side of the Second World War and his precision passing was a key asset in the 1946-47 First Division title success. 

Three years later, Taylor captained Liverpool to a first Wembley appearance, but he was unable to prevent the club’s slide towards relegation.

After hanging up his boots, he worked under Don Welsh on the backroom staff before eventually stepping up to succeed him in 1956.

Despite being a fine ambassador for the club, three successive near misses in the quest for promotion eventually took its toll and he tendered his resignation in November 1959, paving the way for Bill Shankly’s arrival.

Taylor continued to wholeheartedly support the team for many years after.

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