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Liverpool's leading scorer of league goals has died at the age of 83

Tue 28 September 2021 | 12:26

Roger Hunt, the best goal scorer in the history of Liverpool in the league, passed away this evening at the age of 83.

The World Cup winner moved to Anfield in 1958 at the age of 20 and scored 285 goals in 11 and a half years. A record that was unparalleled before the arrival of

Ian Rush

.

Liverpool announced on the club's 

official website

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"Hunt made his debut in a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United at Anfield in September 1959 – and, naturally, marked the occasion with a goal.

"Under the management of Bill Shankly, who arrived at the club a few months later, Hunt would form a fearsome strike partnership with Ian St John and went on to win the Second Division title in 1962, two First Division titles in 1964 and 1966 and the club’s long-awaited first FA Cup in 1965.

"Hunt’s achievements saw him bestowed with an honorary knighthood from the Kop and he will forever be known as ‘Sir Roger’ by supporters of the club he graced with such distinction.

"He also achieved legendary status on the international stage, starting the 1966 World Cup final in which England beat West Germany at Wembley. He scored three times in six appearances during that tournament and 18 goals in 34 caps overall for his country.

"The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool FC are with Roger’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time."

Current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said

: "It’s really sad news and our thoughts and our love go to his family.

"Unfortunately, it feels too frequent in this moment we are saying farewell to these giants of our club.

"Roger Hunt comes second to no-one in his importance in the history of Liverpool FC, that much is clear.

"To be the goalscoring catalyst of the Shankly team to actually achieve promotion and then go on to win those precious league titles and the FA Cup puts him in a bracket of LFC legends who are responsible for making us the club we are today. Not only that, he was also a World Cup winner in 1966, too.

"I am told the Kop christened him 'Sir Roger' for all his achievements. A goalscorer who never stopped working to help his team-mates; I believe he would have fit in well within our current team.

"So, it is Sir Roger we will remember, honour and pay tribute to over the coming days.

"You’ll Never Walk Alone."

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