There has been no finer sight in football than John Barnes in his pomp gliding down the wing.
For talent and grace alone, he’s an automatic choice in any hall of fame; but his impact on the game went far beyond goals and silver.
The Jamaican-born dribbler was the first high-profile black player to grace Anfield back in the 1980s, a time when racial abuse echoed around stadia across the land.
A year later, the midfielder finally brought the curtain down on his illustrious Anfield career with a move to Newcastle.
The qualities he possessed would have seen him walk into any of the great Liverpool sides of the past – no lesser a figure than Bob Paisley once said as much.
Just as the No.7 shirt will always be associated with Kenny Dalglish, the No.10 will forever belong to Barnes.
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