Liverpool’s last title winning team – where are they now?
As Liverpool look to bridge a 24 year gap since their last league success, here is the 1990 vintage and where they are now.
Bruce Grobbelaar. Goalkeeper. Age: 56
Born in Durban but moved to Zimbabwe at two, where he fought in the Bush War before becoming a footballer. After Liverpool, had two spells as player-manager for Zimbabwe’s national side.
Has made regular television appearances in recent years, including on Sky One’s The Match and ITV’s Hell’s Kitchen, and now lives in Newfoundland, Canada, where his wife is a lawyer.
Gary Ablett. Central defender. Died 1 January 2012
Described by Alan Hansen as one of the best and most under-valued Liverpool players of all time, Ablett was sold by Graeme Souness to Everton in 1992. After retirement, coached Everton’s U17 side, before returning to Liverpool as reserve team manager in 2007. In 2009 he became manager of Stockport County, but left the following year.
Died, aged 46, on 1st January 2012, after a long battle against non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
David Burrows. Left-back. Age: 45
Left-back from Dudley who departed for West Ham in 1993 and then spent a large chunk of his playing career with Ron Atkinson’s Coventry. Had spells at Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday before a series of niggling injuries prompted retirement in 2003.
Burrows emigrated to France, where he spent a few years turning out for his local side in the Dordogne.
Gary Gillespie. Central defender. Age: 53
Tall, composed defender from Stirling in Scotland, Gillespe left Liverpool to join to Celtic in 1991, before returning to Coventry City, from where Liverpool had originally signed him.
After retirement due to a knee injury in 1997 became a broadcaster, working as a summariser on BBC Radio Merseyside and a commentator for Liverpool’s in-house TV channel, LFCTV. Lives on The Wirral.
Alan Hansen. Central defender. Age: 58
Liverpool’s captain stayed with the club until he retired from football in 1991. After rejecting offers of jobs in management, Hansen has had a hugely successful media career: working originally with Sky TV before moving to BBC Radio 5 Live and Match Of The Day. A Daily Telegraph columnist, who also works as a motivational speaker.
Glenn Hysén. Central defender. Age: 54
Swedish defender who was also sold by Souness, he played for GAIS in Sweden before retiring. Worked as a commentator in Sweden and Norway before becoming the co-head coach of Swedish II division side, Utsiktens BK. Son Anton was one of the first footballers to announce publicly he was gay.
Steve Nicol. Right-back. Age: 52
After spending 13 years at Liverpool, Nicol left Anfield for Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday, West Bromwich Albion and Doncaster Rovers, before moving to America in 1999 as player-coach of Boston Bulldogs. Nicol then spent 10 seasons managing New England Revolution, before leaving the club in 2011. Works for ESPN in the US and lives two hours from Boston.
Steve Staunton. Left-back. Age: 45
Joined Aston Villa in 1991, before returning to Liverpool for a short spell in 1998. The Irishman eventually retired in 2005, whilst captaining Walsall. Became Republic of Ireland manager in 2006, but was sacked after a turbulent 21-months in charge. Since then, Staunton has worked as assistant manager at Leeds and as a scout with Darlington, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.
Nicky Tanner. Defender. Age: 48
Forced into retirement due to a back injury in 1994, Tanner has since spent time coaching in the lower echelons of English football. As well as managing sides such as Almondsbury Town and Roman Glass St George, also worked as chief scout for Forest Green Rovers, and as joint-manager of Bristol Premier Combination side, Wick. Lives in the south-west.
Barry Venison. Right-back. Age: 49
Venison was another player that did not last the Dalglish to Souness transition, joining joined Newcastle in the summer of 1992. The twice capped England international then retired in 1996 and worked as a pundit for Sky Sports and ITV, whilst also setting up ‘Bid4Sport’, a sport memorabilia charity auction site. After selling ‘Bid4Sport’, Venison moved to Southern California with his family.
Jan Mølby. Central midfielder. Age: 50
The Dane left Liverpool in 1996 to join Swansea in a player-manager role, whilst still only 32 years old. He was sacked the following year and went on to manage Kidderminster Harriers and Hull. More recently, Molby has worked as a commentator on Danish TV, a summariser on BBC Radio 5 Live, and as a columnist for the Liverpool Echo. Lives on The Wirral.
John Barnes. Left winger. Age: 50
Liverpool’s top goalscorer for the 1989-90 season, Barnes left Anfield in 1997 after ten years with the club. The Jamaican-born Englishman eventually retired from the game in 1999 whilst playing for Charlton Athletic. Since then Barnes has managed Celtic, Jamaica and Tranmere Rovers and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Does media work and after-dinner speaking.
Ray Houghton. Right winger. Age: 52
Houghton retired from football when playing for Stevenage Borough in 2000, having left Liverpool to join Aston Villa in 1992. Since retiring, Houghton has worked as a TV pundit with RTE, talkSPORT, and Sky Sports, and had a spell as assistant manager at Crystal Palace. In 2005 he also gained a honorary degree from the University of Huddersfield.
Steve McMahon. Central midfielder. Age: 52
McMahon left Liverpool for Manchester City in 1991, before being lured to Swindon Town in 1994 as player-manager. Following his spell at Swindon, the midfielder then took charge of Blackpool and Perth Glory, before signing to work as a pundit for Asian-based ESPN in 2006. Lives in Singapore.
Ronnie Whelan. Central midfielder. Age: 52
After 15 years with Liverpool, Whelan became player-manager of Southend United – but was sacked at the end of the 1996-97 season following their relegation from Division One. The Dubliner later worked in Greece as manager of Panionios and in Cyprus with Olympiakos Nicosia. Now a pundit on Irish television and also appears as an after-dinner speaker.
Peter Beardsley. Striker. Age: 53
Beardsley left Liverpool to join Everton in 1991 and eventually retired from football in 1999 with Melbourne Knights. Was coach at Newcastle United until 2006, when he served as assistant manager of England during Howard Wilkinson’s first caretaker period. Has returned to St James' Park where he is football development manager at Newcastle.
Ian Rush. Striker. Age: 52
Liverpool's all-time leading scorer ended his second spell with the club in 1996 to join Leeds United. The striker retired in 2000 when playing for Sydney Olympic. Gerard Houllier brought Rush back to Anfield as a part-time strikers' coach in 2003. Rush had a spell as Chester manager which lasted less than a year. Now a club ambassador at Liverpool.
Ronny Rosenthal. Striker. Age: 50
Despite only making eight appearances on loan from Standard Liège, Israeli striker scored seven crucial goals towards the end of Liverpool’s 1989-90 campaign. The striker signed permanently the following year and went on to play for Tottenham Hotspur and Watford before retiring in 1999. Rosenthal now lives in London and works as a football agent/consultant