Liverpool legend Tommy Smith has died aged 74

Tommy Smith

Tommy Smith

The 74-year-old former midfielder spent spent close to two decades representing the Reds and made 638 appearances for the Anfield side.

"Very sad to see him go but his memories will be there forever".

Smith was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in October 2014, and battled bravely with the illness until his death.

In total, Liverpool-born Smith, who grew up in the shadow of Anfield before joining the club he supported as a boy, won the English title four times, the FA Cup twice, the European Cup once and the UEFA Cup twice.

Dalglish, who played alongside Smith for a season at the end of Smith's Liverpool career, said: "He was a great advert for Liverpool Football Club, the way he conducted himself".

Moreover, later after his retirement Smith took the Liverpool's renowned music venue, The Cavern Club on lease but unfortunately his playing style on the field made him walk unaided.

The triumphant players of Liverpool FC carry the trophy on a lap of honour after beating Kerussia Moenchangladbach 3-1 in the European Cup final in the Olympic stadium in Rome.

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"So desperately sorry to hear of the passing of Tommy Smith a real legend of the club. R.I.P", followed by a clip of the former player in action.

Carragher said: "An unbelievable man and player, the "Anfield iron" as he was christened by Bill Shankly".

Liverpool said in a statement on their website that they were "deeply saddened" by the news. "One of the clubs all time greats".

"Rest in peace, the Anfield Iron". "Great captain and leader of men thoughts are with family and friends #YNWA", Clemence wrote on Twitter.

Having joined the club as a schoolboy, he was fast-tracked into the first team by former manager Bill Shankly and swiftly gained a reputation as one of football's most fearsome competitors.

Tommy is survived by Janette, son Darren and four grandchildren, Matthew, William, Jessica and Imogen.

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