Ian St John, former Liverpool star and TV pundit, dies aged 82

March 02, 2021

Former Liverpool star and TV pundit Ian St John has died aged 82.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of a true Anfield legend, Ian St John," the Merseyside club wrote on Twitter.

"The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Ian's family and friends at this sad and difficult time. Rest in peace, Ian St John 1938-2021."

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said he was "devastated" to hear the "iconic figure" had passed away.

The club's all-time leading goal scorer, Ian Rush, added: "Sleep well legend!!"

A key member of Bill Shankly's famous 1960s side, St John made 425 appearances for the Reds and scored 118 goals, claiming a hat-trick on his debut against Everton at Goodison Park.

He won two first division titles under his fellow Scot and scored the winning goal in the 1965 FA Cup final.

The forward had been signed for a club-record £37,500 from Motherwell in May 1961, just 18 months into Shankly's Anfield reign.

St John also represented his country 21 times, claiming nine goals.

He once admitted he had a "quick temper, which was a bad thing", adding: "The fact I wasn't frightened of anybody was a good thing."

After retiring in 1973, he went on to manage Motherwell - his hometown club - and Portsmouth.

He also presented a Saturday lunchtime TV football show - Saint and Greavsie - alongside Jimmy Greaves, for seven years from 1985.

Motherwell tweeted: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ian St John. The thoughts of everyone are with his family at this difficult time."

St John began his career there in 1957 and scored 80 goals in 113 league games.

The Scottish Football Association said its thoughts were with "Ian's family and friends".

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher tweeted: "RIP Ian St John. Another Liverpool Legend sadly passes away.

"One of the players along with Bill Shankly who made this club what it is today. I'll remember him most on the best football show on TV, The Saint & Greavsie. X."

Current Reds star Andy Robertson posted two pictures of him and St John, who he said was a "man of warmth, humour, knowledge, wisdom and joy".

Gerrard said St John was someone he had met on numerous occasions and a "fantastic guy".

The Rangers manager added that St John was "really insightful in terms of his career and experience at Liverpool and trying to pass on a lot of knowledge and expertise".

Gerrard continued: "So I'm really devastated to hear that news to be honest with you.

"Shocked as well, so I'd like to pass on my condolences to all his family and everyone close to the Saint. He's a legend and an iconic figure at the club and someone I've got incredible respect for."

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