Legendary ex-Liverpool striker Ian St John dies at the age of 82 The arrival of St John at Anfield in 1961 was instrumental in transforming the club under Bill Shankly St. John scored the winning goal in the 1965 FA Cup Final

St John was a key player in the great Liverpool team that Bill Shankly put together in the 1960s He rose from the second division and won two English championship titles and an FA Cup in 1965, in which he scored the winning goal in the final

In a statement, his family said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that after a long illness we have lost a husband, a father and a grandfather

“He died peacefully by his bedside with his family. We would like to thank all of the staff at Arrowe Park Hospital for their hard work and dedication in these very difficult times

St John made a name for himself in Scotland with the club he supported as a boy, Motherwell, with 80 goals in 113 league games for the Steelmen, which attracted the attention of several other clubs and earned him international acclaim

It was Liverpool that won the race to sign St John won and in June 1961 a record fee of 37Paid £ 500 for a player who served them for a decade, scoring 118 goals for the club in 424 games

We are deeply saddened by the death of a true Anfield legend, Ian St John 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

At the time of his retirement, Shankly said of the signing and that of Ron Yeats later that summer, “The turning point and beginning of the whole thing was the signing of Ian St John and Ron Yeats”

Legend has it that when Shankly turned to his board for the funds, he questioned the wisdom of spending so much on a player, to which he replied, “We can’t afford not to buy it “

After St John was almost always on the Liverpool team for eight seasons, leaving the club in August 1971 and playing briefly for Hellenic in Cape Town, South Africa and Coventry City before retiring in 1973

A real loss to the game and it felt difficult in our town A rival for many years but a popular figure on and off the pitch Our thoughts are with loved ones Ian St John’s and everyone at @LFC at this sad time REST IN PEACE https: // tco / 8joRBcoZkK

He also ran Motherwell and Portsmouth and then became known as an expert along with another former player, Jimmy Greaves, on the hugely popular Saturday football television show Saint and Greavsie from 1985-1992
Former Liverpool midfielder and current Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said: “Ian St John is an icon in Liverpool I am devastated to hear this news and I would like to extend my condolences to all of his family”

Ex-Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher wrote on Twitter: “RIP Ian St John Another Liverpool legend unfortunately dies one of the players along with Bill Shankly who made this club what it is today I’m going to be on Most remember him on the best football show on television, The Saint & Greavsie “

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