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Who else could it be? He was good enough for Shankly, so he's good enough for me.
The story of the signing of Ron Yeats is probably the most famous of any Liverpool player.
Bill Shankly met Yeats and the board of Dundee United at a hotel in Edinburgh in July of 1961. Shankly took a walk around Yeats and uttered words that now have become legendary, "Jesus Christ son, you must be 7-feet tall!"
Yeats said, "No, actually I'm only six feet three."
"Well, that’s near enough 7-feet for me."
Yeats wasn’t quite sure where Liverpool was on the map and asked Shankly where Liverpool was situated. Shankly answered, "Liverpool is in first division."
Yeats replied hesitantly that he thought Liverpool was still in second division. "We are son, but with you in the side we will soon be in the first division!"
If Yeats harboured any doubts about moving south, they evaporated at this meeting. Shankly paraded him in front of the press at Anfield and invited them to take a look at the giant centre-half, "Come in, and walk him. The boy is a colossus."
Yeats remains the longest serving captain in Liverpool history, although Steven Gerrard is likely to surpass him, and while his list of honours is not as impressive as others on this list, he did lead the team to two first division titles, a second division titles and an FA Cup, all while making 454 appearances and scoring 16 goals.
But it's impossible to measure Yeats by trophies and appearances alone. He was the leader of undoubtedly the most important team in Liverpool history. He also set the bar for what was to come.
Any future Liverpool defender was challenged to reach the standards set by Yeats. The same is true of all captains that followed him. His value to the team, and the legacy he left behind is unmeasurable.
When I started this article, I knew Yeats had to be No. 1. Some may disagree but like I said, he was good enough for Shankly, and he's certainly good enough to be my No. 1.