Liverpool Football Club is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former player Dave Hickson at the age of 83.

The striker was one of the only men to have represented all three Merseyside clubs - the Reds, Everton and Tranmere - during the course of his career.

It was with the Blues where Hickson began his professional career, scoring 71 goals in 151 games between 1951 and 1955.

Spells at Aston Villa and Huddersfield followed before he returned to Goodison Park in 1957.

However, Hickson opted to make the move across Stanley Park in November 1959.

Nicknamed the 'Cannonball Kid', he fired 38 goals in 67 games for Liverpool during his two-year spell at the club, including a brace on his debut in a 2-1 Anfield win against Aston Villa.

He left the Reds in 1961 to join Cambridge before later representing Bury and Tranmere.

He will be sadly missed by all his former teammates and anyone who ever watched him in action.

The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club go out to his family and friends at this sad time.

RIP Dave Hickson 1929-2013