Former Liverpool and Everton Striker David Johnson Dies Aged 71

Johnson, who scored six goals in eight appearances for England, enjoyed a hugely successful spell at Anfield after signing from Ipswich Town for £200,000 in 1976.

Liverpool lifted three European Cups and four league titles during his six-year stay at the club as he netted 78 times in 213 matches for Bob Paisley’s side. His best season came in 1979-80 when he scored 27 goals and formed a formidable partnership with Kenny Dalglish.

Born in the city, he was a popular figure on both sides of Stanley Park. He started his career at Everton and returned to Goodison for a second spell after he left Liverpool in 1982. He scored winning goals for both clubs in Merseyside derbies and later played for Barnsley, Manchester City and Preston North End as well as spells in America and Malta.

He was affectionately nicknamed “Doc” at Liverpool as he always kept cough sweets and headache tablets in his kit bag.

His former Liverpool team-mate David Fairclough led the tributes today: “So sad to hear my great friend and Liverpool legend David Johnson has passed away. Shared so many great moments and memories. Today is a very sad day. Condolences to Dave’s family. RIP ‘Doc’.”

Ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge added: “Absolutely gutted. What a great bloke and a great servant to LFC on and off the pitch, You’ll Never Walk Alone pal.”