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Ray Kennedy was a ‘mountain of men’ left Liverpool after playing for Arsenal as Mark Lawrenson and Phil Neal reflect on ‘exceptional’ teammate


Liverpool legends Mark Lawrenson and Phil Neal paid tribute to former teammate Ray Kennedy after his death at the age of 70.

Kennedy, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, has enjoyed a distinguished trophy-laden career, including at two clubs and in two different positions.

Kennedy will be remembered by fans and Liverpool legends
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After inspiring Arsenal to the double in 1971, scoring the famous goal that landed him at Tottenham, the formidable striker joined the Reds in 1974 and found himself in a new role.

Iconic manager Bob Paisley decided to play Kennedy on the left, a move that initially caused confusion, but ultimately turned out to be a masterstroke.

The new left winger would end his career at Anfield with three European Cups and five league titles.

Lawrenson, the legendary defender who played alongside Kennedy towards the end of his Liverpool career, believes the late striker’s versatility in attack has proven his class.

“If you ask the Liverpool fans of that time, they will tell you what an exceptional player he was,” Lawro told talkSPORT.

“The good thing about Ray is that he was such a sweet guy. Everything was easy for him.

Ray Kennedy was a 'mountain of men' left Liverpool after playing for Arsenal as Mark Lawrenson and Phil Neal reflect on 'exceptional' teammate
Kennedy rose through the ranks at Arsenal and signed for them in 1968
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“Like all of us, he loved a beer, but the game was very easy for him.

“To be able to play for Arsenal as a forward and win the double, then go to Liverpool, play on the left and win all those trophies?

“It just tells you how good he was.”

He added: “When Ray signed for Liverpool, everyone assumed he would play up front, and they played him on the left side of the midfield, and everyone thought, ‘Why are you doing that?

“I’ll tell you what, he was brilliant over there.”

“I haven’t played a lot of games with him, but you can tell how great a player he was.

“He never gave the ball, it was a mountain of men on that left side of the midfield.”

Ray Kennedy was a 'mountain of men' left Liverpool after playing for Arsenal as Mark Lawrenson and Phil Neal reflect on 'exceptional' teammate
Kennedy enjoyed illustrious career at Liverpool and Arsenal
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And the man who played across Paisley’s midfielder Neal remembers Kennedy’s astonishing left foot.

Neal told talkSPORT: “With Arsenal he played up front and Bob changed him to a left player.

“I was on the other side, but what a left foot Ray Kennedy had!

“Both with the delivery of passes to other people and the ability to shoot.”

Neal continued, “He was a cool-headed person. He didn’t miss a scoring chance, he just put it away, hit it.

“He scored goals for another people. He was a permanent favor to everyone around him. Me too.”

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