Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith dies aged 74

Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith dies aged 74

Featuring under Anfield legend Bill Shankly, Smith played in 638 games for Liverpool, good for eighth all time on the club's appearance charts, and scored 48 goals for the club.

Tommy Smith - who sadly passed away today at the age of 74 - lived a Liverpool lad's dream during an era of nearly continual success for the club.

"It is 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.

Football pundit Michael Owen has led the tributes to the Liverpool star on Twitter.

'He had been growing increasingly frail and suffering from a variety of ailments over the last three months especially.

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.

He joined the club in 1960, before Bill Shankly put him on to the Liverpool first team and later became one of the team's most influential players.

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'We are obviously all devastated'. Rest in peace, the Anfield Iron'.

"Tommy was a fantastic servant to Liverpool Football Club".

"They're the proper legends, there's been a lot of great players at Liverpool, in the history of the club, but you go back to that word legend and no matter what comes after, what has come before, there will never be another Tommy Smith".

Liverpool posted a video of former player and manager Kenny Dalglish, who credited Smith with helping him settle at the club.

Arguably his biggest goal came toward the end of his run with Liverpool, as he scored the victor in the 1977 European Cup final over Borussia Monchengladbach.

"The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Tommy's family and many friends", a statement read.

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