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Past Players: Volume 7 - Steve McManaman

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Modified 09 Sep 2013, 21:49 IST
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Steve McManaman at Liverpool

Steve McManaman at Liverpool

Steve McManaman is one of those Liverpool players who were around in the era that I began learning everything about Liverpool Football Club. Most people will know now that the reason I ended up supporting Liverpool was down to a brother who was obsessed with them at the time. Despite being only 10, when McManaman left, I remember watching several games with my brother praising his every move but it appears that many younger fans these days and neutrals alike have no idea how good McManaman actually was, he separates opinion when it comes to his personality but he truly had a gift on the field.

The Basics

Full Name: Steven McManaman
Date Of Birth: 11th February 1972
Born in: Kirkdale, Liverpool
Height: 6ft
Position: Attacking Midfielder

Personal Life

Before signing his first contract with Liverpool McManaman was a much praised cross country runner, he even beat a former Olympian at one stage on the circuit.  Many people often forget that Steve lost his mother during his last season at Liverpool. She lost her battle with breast cancer after being bed ridden for over 2 years. I always think it is important to bring these posts back to a personal level sometimes people forget that a football player at the end of the day, no matter how much money they are on, is human.

The closing stages of his time at Liverpool were not always the most supportive for Steve and I think considering how long he had been at the club and some of the things he was subjected to, he reacted with dignity.

In 2002 McManman married his girlfriend Victoria Edwards. The couple have three children Ella, Lara and Lucas. The family have three homes in Cheshire, London and the bay of Palma.

It is also well known that McManaman and Robbie Fowler have a company; The Macca And Growler Partnership that invests in racehorses. McManaman’s interest in the animals perhaps stemming from a grandfather who was a bookmaker.

Steve is also apparently a distant relative of the Wigan player Callum McManaman according the The FA.

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Liverpool Youth

Like so many Liverpool greats, unfortunately Steve McManaman grew up as an Everton supporter. However, when it came to choosing where to start his footballing career, his Dad helped Steve make the decision and a schoolboy contract with Liverpool saw him get selected. McManaman impressed quickly in his early days and it wasn’t long until Kenny Dalglish inducted him into the first team in 1990.

Liverpool FC

McManaman made a total of 272 appearances for Liverpool scoring 46 times.

McManaman made his first Liverpool debut coming on as a sub against Sheffield United at Anfield. McManaman had to settle for a few more appearances as a sub before he finally got to feature in Liverpool’s starting XI. This privilege came against Oldham Athletic under new manager Graeme Souness in 1991.

McManaman’s first goal for Liverpool came against a team he would later player for; Manchester City. His diving header wasn’t enough to find Liverpool a win though as the Reds lost that game 2-1.

In Steve’s first full season for the Reds he played a total of 51 times and found the back of the net on 10 occasions. The highlight of his inaugural season was perhaps the FA Cup win in which he assisted the second goal. Liverpool beat Sunderland 2-0 and McManaman was awarded man of the match.

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Steve McManaman at Liverpool was one of the most exciting, if not the most exciting of his era. He was a truly talented, English winger, who was never afraid to break through a defence and seemed to thrive on the challenge. He was pacey but most importantly had amazing stamina. He never stopped and never gave up.

For the people quick to criticise Steve, he was often questioned about his crossing and goal scoring abilities.  It reached a particular high during an extreme dry spell when McManaman failed to find the back of the net in 363 days. It was during this period that the infamous bust up between himself and Grobbelaar occurred.

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Published 09 Sep 2013, 19:00 IST
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