Former Scotland, Motherwell and Liverpool striker Ian St John has died at the age of 82.
St John, who started his career at Fir Park and later managed the club, made 425 appearances for the Reds and scored 118 goals as a key member of Bill Shankly’s famous side of the 1960s.
He played 21 times for Scotland, scoring nine goals and went on to become a television personality, hosting football show Saint and Greavsie with England legend Jimmy Greaves.
In a statement to Liverpool, the St John family said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that after a long illness we have lost a husband, father and grandfather.
“He passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside.
“We would like to thank all the staff at Arrowe Park Hospital for their hard work and dedication during these very difficult times.
“The family would be grateful for privacy at this extremely sad time.”
The club added: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of a true Anfield legend, Ian St John.
“The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time. Rest in peace, Ian St John 1938-2021.”
St John began his career with Motherwell in 1957 and scored 80 goals in 113 league games.
The club said: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ian St John. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Rangers manager and former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard heard the news during his pre-match media conference on Tuesday.
He said: “I’m really disappointed to hear that. He’s an iconic figure at Liverpool Football Club.
“He’s someone I’ve met on numerous occasions. A fantastic guy. Really insightful in terms of his career and experience at Liverpool and trying to pass on a lot of knowledge and expertise.
“So I’m really devastated to hear that news to be honest with you. Shocked as well, so I’d like to pass on my condolences to all his family and everyone close to the Saint.
“He’s a legend and an iconic figure at the club and someone I’ve got incredible respect for.”