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5 of the most influential footballers in Liverpool's history 

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Liverpool football club is part of Europe's football royalty and over the course of it's glittering history, the club has been represented by some of the world's best players.

The club not only bought outstanding talents but developed them as well in its youth ranks and many of them went on to become giants of the game. Some of the club's most celebrated players played in the 1970s and 1980s, when the club won everything in sight and enjoyed a period of unprecedented success, that has not been replicated in English football since.

That success was built by players who took the club to new heights and have since become some of the most influential footballers not only in Liverpool's history but perhaps even in the English game.

Here is a look at 5 of the most influential ones.

#5 John Barnes

John Barnes of Liverpool in action
John Barnes of Liverpool in action.

He is often regarded as perhaps the most mesmerising and naturally gifted footballer to have ever represented Liverpool and England.

The Jamaica-born John Barnes arrived in England at the age of 12 and made a name for himself as a teenage sensation at Watford in the 1980s. In 1987, England's most dominant club came calling and over the next decade, the left-winger became one of Europe's best attackers.

His intelligence, dribbling skills, power and pace made Barnes a very tough player to play against and in addition to that, he could make the perfect final pass and score goals as well. He scored 84 goals in all competitions for Liverpool over the course of 314 games and won the First Division titles, as well as the FA Cup twice.

Barnes defined an era in the glorious history of one of England's greatest clubs and he remains a gold standard for the club as far as left-wingers are concerned. 

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