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Liverpool icon David Johnson who won three European Cups with Reds dies aged 71

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    Liverpool icon David Johnson, who also had two spells with rivals Everton as well as earning eight caps for England, has sadly passed away at the age of 71.

    Johnson moved to Anfield from Ipswich in 1976, after starting his career at Everton. He picked up four First Division titles as well as three European Cups and two League Cups with the reds, before leaving for his second spell at Goodison in 1982.

    The Liverpool-born star also spent time with Manchester City and Preston before calling time on his career in 1986 after a player-manager spell with Barrow.

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    Johnson could often be seen hosting corporate lounges at Anfield after retiring, as well as on BBC Radio Merseyside where he was a match summariser. A frequent substitute at the start of his Liverpool career, he later played a key role in triumphs including the 1981 European Cup final win over Real Madrid, a game he started.

    Johnson scored 55 goals across his 148 league appearances for Liverpool and even more impressively six goals from his eight international outings. In April 1978, he scored for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park – becoming the first player to score for both clubs in the Merseyside derby.

    Following his passing, fellow Liverpool hero John Aldridge said: "Absolutely gutted to hear my good friend David Johnson (The Doc) passed away early today. What a great bloke and a great servant to LFC on and off the pitch. RIP. You’ll never walk alone pal."

    Another former Liverpool forward David Fairclough said: “So sad to hear my great friend and Liverpool Legend David Johnson has passed away today.

    "Shared so many great moments and memories with 'Jono'. Today is a very sad day, condolences to all Dave’s family. RIP 'Doc'."

    Fans were also quick to pay tribute on Twitter, one said: "Very sad to hear of the death of one of our underrated heroes from the 70’s & 80’s. RIP David Johnson."

    A second posted: "Sorry to hear of the passing David Johnson, won it all with Liverpool and always seemed a lovely man, RIP."

    A third wrote: "David Johnson RIP. A player that I grew up with during my early years as a Liverpool supporter."

    A fourth added: "RIP David Johnson – a true Liverpool legend whose role in Liverpool’s glory years is often understated."

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