Tuesday 21 November 2017

Liverpool's last title winning team - where are they now?

The Liverpool first-team squad celebrate after winning the League in 1990 after defeating QPR 2-1, 25 years ago yesterday
The Liverpool first-team squad celebrate after winning the League in 1990 after defeating QPR 2-1, 25 years ago yesterday
Goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar
Right-back Barry Venison
Central midfielder Steve McMahon
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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. Had two spells as player-manager for Zimbabwe's national side after Liverpool. Appeared 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 Jan 1, 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 U-17 side, before returning to Liverpool as reserve manager in 2007. Became Stockport County manager in 2009, but left the following year.

Died, aged 46, after a long battle against non-Hodgkins lymphoma

David Burrows

Left-back (Age 45)

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 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)

A tall, composed defender, Gillespie 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)

Captain who 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. Also works as a motivational speaker.

Glynn Hysen

Central defender (Age 54)

Swedish defender who was also sold by Souness, he played for GAIS in Sweden before retiring. Worked as a commentator 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.

Stevie Nichol

Right-back (Age 52)

After spending 13 years at Liverpool, Nicol went to Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday, West Bromwich Albion and Doncaster Rovers, before moving to America in 1999 as player-coach of Boston Bulldogs. Spent 10 seasons at 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. 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 at Leeds and as a scout with Darlington, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

Nicky Tanner

Defender (Age 48)

Forced to retire 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. Has worked in the insurance industry since retirement.

Barry Venison

Right-back (Age 49)

Another player that did not last the Dalglish to Souness transition, joining joined Newcastle in 1992. The twice-capped England international then retired in 1996 and worked as a pundit for Sky Sports and ITV, while also setting up 'Bid4Sport', a sport memorabilia charity auction site. After selling 'Bid4Sport', Venison moved to southern California with his family.

Jan Molby

Central midfielder (Age 50)

The Dane left Liverpool in 1996 to join Swansea in a player-manager role, when still only 32. Was sacked the following year and went on to manage Kidderminster 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)

Top goalscorer for the 1989-90 season, Barnes left Anfield in 1997 after ten years. Eventually retired in 1999 while playing for Charlton. Since then Barnes managed Celtic, Jamaica and Tranmere. Does media work and after-dinner speaking.

Ray Houghton

Right winger (Age 52)

Retired from football when playing for Stevenage Borough in 2000, having left Liverpool to join Aston Villa in 1992. Works 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 an honorary degree from the University of Huddersfield.

Steve McMahon

Central midfielder (Age 52)

McMahon left 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. 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)

Left Liverpool to join Everton in 1991 and retired in 1999 with Melbourne Knights. Was coach at Newcastle 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. Retired in 2000 when playing for Sydney Olympic. Returned to Anfield as a part-time strikers' coach in 2003. Had a spell as Chester manager lasting less than a year. Now a club ambassador at Liverpool and Irish Independent columnist.

Ronnie Rosenthal

Striker (Age 50)

Despite only making eight appearances on loan from Standard Liège, the Israeli striker scored seven crucial goals towards the end of Liverpool's 1989-90 campaign. Signed permanently the following year and went on to play for Tottenham and Watford before retiring in 1999. Now lives in London and works as a football agent/consultant.

Irish Independent

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