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Ray Clemence shared his thoughts on Shankly, Paisley and modern goalkeepers

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Fellow Kop Idol Jamie Carragher summed up Ray Clemence on learning of his passing as an LFC giant who was also a giant of a man.

As his close friend the football commentator Clive Tyldesley revealed in a short video clip on Twitter after speaking to him just a day before he died: “Ray Clemence was a great footballer and an even greater man.

“He has been fighting illness for years and years and years but you wouldn’t have known it, he wouldn’t let you see it.

But I was also able to pick his brains on what it was like playing for legendary managers such as Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley plus his thoughts on modern goalkeepers.

“He would never let you see how much pain he was in, how many setbacks he’s faced, his smile wouldn’t let you see that.” That stoic attitude was evident in my own meeting with the Liverpool legend in May 2017, as Clemence returned to Merseyside for a stage show organised by John Keith at the Floral Pavilion theatre, New Brighton.

While 72 is no great age in 2020, the legendary Reds goalkeeper – widely regarded as being the club’s best-ever player in his position (and he’s up against some stiff competition alongside the likes of current number one Alisson, Pepe Reina, Bruce Grobbelaar and Elisha Scott) – was one of the ‘old school’ in his approach and that’s meant very much as a compliment.

Recalling what – other than sheer talent – made the Liverpool teams of that era so special, Clemence told the ECHO: “There was a togetherness.
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