Jordan Henderson has paid tribute to Tommy Lawrence after the Liverpool legend sadly passed away earlier this week.

A minute’s applause will precede the Reds’ fixture with Manchester City this afternoon in memory of the former goalkeeper, who made 390 appearances for the club between 1962 and 1971.

Writing in his column for ‘This is Anfield’, Henderson said: “On behalf of every current player at Liverpool I would like to pass on my condolences to the family of Tommy Lawrence, who passed away this week at the age of 77.

“I don’t think many of you who are reading these notes will need me to tell you what a great player Tommy was for Liverpool because his status as a club icon has long since been established, but what I can add is that Tommy – and all of the players of his era – are held in the highest esteem by everyone in the current squad.

“It is often said that we are under pressure because of the achievements of past Liverpool teams and there might be some truth in this, but I prefer to look at it another way: what could be better than to be at a football club where Tommy and others set the highest standards for us to follow?

“I wasn’t fortunate enough to know Tommy personally but I was shown a clip of him on YouTube recently where he got stopped on the street by a news reporter and it told me all I needed to know about the type of person he was. If you haven’t seen it, try to look it up because I don’t think you will see many examples of an individual who has achieved so much being so humble and down-to-earth.

“Tommy will be in the thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club today and we hope his family will take some solace from knowing how much he is respected.”

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