Peter Thompson, Liverpool winger and one of Bill Shankly’s favourite sons, dies

Ian Callaghan has paid tribute to a “really special player” after Liverpool legend Peter Thompson passed away at the age of 76.

Thompson, who was part of Bill Shankly’s great team of the Sixties, died suddenly at the weekend.

The Carlisle-born left winger scored 54 goals in 416 appearances for the Reds after signing from Preston in 1963.

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Thompson, who also earned 16 England caps, won two league titles alongside Callaghan and helped Liverpool clinch their first FA Cup triumph at Wembley in 1965.

Callaghan told the ECHO: “It’s such sad news.

“Peter was such a fantastic player and a big part of the club’s success in that era.

“He had a real gift for dribbling with the ball and holding on to it. Peter was a really special player, he really was.

“He was signed from Preston early on in the Shanks era and was there right into the early Seventies.

“We played with two wingers with Peter on the left and me on the right. We had a wonderful time together.

Thompson puts pen to paper after his £37,000 transfer from Preston© Getty Thompson puts pen to paper after his £37,000 transfer from Preston
“He was a funny guy, a real livewire. He always had a joke to keep you amused.

“I was devastated when I heard the news. Peter will be sorely missed.”

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