It is doubtful that, in his prime, there were many better English footballers than John Barnes.
Signed from Watford in 1987, Barnes almost instantly became a revelation on the Reds’ left wing, with his combination of pace, power and finishing ability leading to him scoring an astonishing 75 goals in his first four seasons at Anfield.
Given plenty of tensions around at the time, the Jamaica-born Barnes was seen as a trailblazer for black footballers in England, and he continued to make a huge impact over a Reds career that saw him win two league championships and two FA Cups.
He was twice named as the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year, and he moved inside to the centre of the field and was often named captain in the latter stages of his career with the Reds.
It was on the wing where he’d excelled initially, though, with his place in Liverpool legend long since established before the last of his 407 appearances in 1997.