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Football in the '70s and '80s was littered with "hard men". Players who built their game and reputation around rough tackles and toughness on the pitch. They were the immovable walls of that era's game. Few ever lived up to the title better than Graeme Souness. He was famous for passion and aggression on the pitch.
While sometimes that aggression led to controversy on and off the pitch, there's no denying how great those Liverpool sides at the time were, and how important he was to them. Souness wasn't just known for his bone-crunching tackles but he had an eye for goal as well. He doesn't top any Liverpool goalscorer lists but when you needed a goal he often stepped up. When it comes down to it, all you have to do is take a look at Souness' trophy cabinet to see how great he truly was. In seven seasons at Liverpool he would win 5 league titles and 3 European cups, an unbelievable achievement matched by very few.
1982 saw Souness elevated as club captain. His toughness on the pitch and relentless drive for success earned him the position and respect from most of his peers. Phil Thompson, the former captain, would be the only one to contend his captaincy as he felt it had been "stolen" by Souness. The decision would prove the right one however as Liverpool would win more league, European, and cup titles under his captaincy.
Own this tribute to one of the toughest captains in footballing history with this signed jersey from the 1982 season. Remember the grit and determination that lead Liverpool to unprecedented success in the '70s and '80s.
Read more about the legacy of Graeme Souness in this blog post from VintageSports.com