Liverpool Football Club has long been a side that brings out fine qualities in its staff and supporters: passion, determination and perhaps above all, loyalty.
A modern-day Premier League club can have no hope of achieving major success without at least one of three things: investment, stability or growth.
It's a fine line between the latter two. At times it's hard to judge when a long-serving player has passed the point of being useful and contributing to the progress of the club, and is merely being kept around because they've been a presence for so long.
Progress is an ongoing, important process for any club. The hope for the current Liverpool squad is that the youngsters now playing in the first team—Martin Kelly, Andre Wisdom, Raheem Sterling, etc.—continue to develop and improve, whilst staying for a long time and proving their loyalty to the cause.
Here are the five most loyal players to have worn the Liverpool shirt down the years.