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‘What a waste of talent’ - Kop’s brutal tribute after record Liverpool transfer’s controversial exit

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READ MORE: Liverpool fans sent brutal message after 'wasted talent' who left Sir Alex Ferguson fuming READ MORE: and on heart' - Gary Neville makes blunt claim over Liverpool squad strength The diminutive Geordie was a graduate of Tyneside’s famous Wallsend Boys Club - whose conveyor belt of talent also produced the likes of Alan Shearer, Steve Bruce, Michael Carrick and Lee Clark - but, having been initially rejected by his boyhood club Newcastle United, got his early grounding in league football with Carlisle United.

This is the first time in the history of Liverpool - maybe in the history of any club - that two current England players have been signed in such quick succession."

Although he was only able to manage five goals the following campaign, his consistent performances in a Newcastle team which narrowly avoided relegation saw him named in the PFA First Division Team of the Year and a host of top clubs linked with his services including Liverpool.

He immediately struck up a rapport with Kevin Keegan in the former Liverpool striker’s final season as a player before retirement and emerging winger Chris Waddle, scoring twenty league goals to help the Toon to promotion back to the top flight after a six-year absence, and first drew Anfield attention to his talents when chipping home a superb opener past Bruce Grobbelaar as the struggling Geordies held Kenny Dalglish’s championship chasers to a 1-1 draw in December 1985.

Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Michael Owen have all received fairly hostile welcomes from Liverpool supporters in recent times when coming back to Anfield with their new clubs for a number of reasons.

There cannot however have been many more unusual receptions for a former Liverpool man than when Peter Beardsley stepped back on to the Anfield pitch for the first time as an opposition player following the conclusion of a largely stellar four seasons at the club which saw him play a pivotal role in one of the Reds’ most successful and attractive to watch sides.

With star striker Ian Rush now having left for Juventus, Dalglish had already started his succession planning the previous January by bringing in goal poacher John Aldridge from Oxford United for £750,000 which continued in early June with the acquisition of Watford winger John Barnes for £900,000.
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