Liverpool paid a particular tribute to Ray Clemence previous to their conflict with Leicester on Sunday.
The legendary goalkeeper, who made 665 appearances for the Reds between 1967 and 1981, died on the age of 72 earlier this month.
Clemence was Liverpool’s keeper throughout a time they dominated at residence and overseas, profitable 5 league titles and three European Cups.
Within the membership’s first sport at Anfield because the passing, Alisson – the present No.1 – confirmed his respect by sporting a duplicate of Clemence’s shirt from Liverpool’s 1981 European Cup last triumph.
He additionally joined fellow Liverpool goalkeepers Adrian and Caoimhin Kelleher in addition to goalkeeping coach John Achterberg in laying a wreath behind his objective.
Each Liverpool and Leicester gamers then took half in a minute’s applause earlier than kick-off in reminiscence of Clemence, who received 61 caps for England.
Clemence was additionally adorned on the duvet of the matchday programme, with captain Jordan Henderson writing a prolonged tribute to the icon inside.
He wrote: “I wasn’t fortunate sufficient to see Ray play, however through the years I’ve seen sufficient movies of him in motion to know why he has lengthy been considered Liverpool’s best ever goalkeeper.
“The requirements he set have stood the take a look at of time and once you see the likes of Alisson Becker, John Achterberg, Pepe Reina and so many others describing him as a legend, it tells you all the things that it’s essential know.
“In my first few years at Liverpool I typically heard folks say that it have to be onerous for the present gamers as a result of we’d be judged by the achievements of the gamers of the previous, however I by no means noticed it that approach.
“Once I take a look at what somebody like Ray did in his well-known inexperienced shirt, it evokes me slightly than intimidates me.
“I’m not saying I’ll ever obtain as a lot as he did as a result of his document is unbelievable, however it jogs my memory of what’s doable at a membership like this if everybody pulls in the identical path and provides all the things they will to realize success.
“I used to be lucky to work underneath one in all Ray’s former teammates, Sir Kenny Dalglish, so I do know that the fundamental classes that served them so properly as gamers are the identical ones that we comply with as we speak.
“Onerous work, dedication, togetherness – none of this stuff ever exit of trend. That’s the legacy of individuals like Ray. Whether or not they’re on the membership or not doesn’t matter.
“As soon as they’ve been right here, performed their half and set new requirements, they depart a legacy that stands all who comply with in good stead.
“There aren’t any negatives on this. Sure, it would create a strain – however it’s a optimistic strain. If you’re fortunate sufficient to play for Liverpool it’s best to relish being held to the very best requirements and meaning what legends like Ray achieved and utilizing it as a benchmark.
“On this respect Ray’s accomplishments communicate for themselves. 600 and sixty-five appearances for Liverpool, sixty-one England caps, 5 league titles, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups… I might go on and on.
“Every one in all these feats is eye-catching in its personal proper and all of them inform the story of an elite footballer who thrived on the very highest degree for such a very long time. That is what I imply by setting requirements.”