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Alan Hansen
Gender Male
Ethnic Scottish
Job Scottish Footballer
Desc Liverpool claimed a sixth European Cup in May, but an English top-flight title drought stretches into a 30th season. It’s no coincidence the last time the Reds tasted glory, skipper Hansen was at the heart of their success. He is considered one of the best defenders of his era and regularly appears in top-10 Liverpool players of all time discussions and all-time XIs. He retired after being unable to play a single game in 1990/91 due to injury - the Reds went trophyless for only the third time since Hansen’s arrival, 14 years earlier


Org Scotland National Team
Club as Player Liverpool FC

2012 03 20 Retrieve

[BBC pundit & former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen on Denis Irwin] In any team of the decade, the full back slots are already nailed down - Denis Irwin at right back and Denis Irwin at left back

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Alan Hansen on Paul Scholes] He is one of the top three to five players to have ever played in the Premier League - his passing, movement and technique set examples to everyone, not just younger players

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quote on Ashley Cole] He has been one of the greatest players the Premier League has seen. As a full-back for Arsenal, Chelsea and England there is nobody better in Premier League history

2016 03 24 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] Alan has been the best striker in the history of the Premier League. He’s strong, great in the air, boasts great technique and power in his shooting and, in his prime, he had real pacew

2019 05 21 Retrieve

[What was the Miracle of Istanbul? Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League final comeback explained] It wasn’t just the best comeback in a European Cup final; it wasn’t just the best comeback I’ve seen in football; it was the best comeback I’ve seen in sport anywhere in the world

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[Alan Hansen on his remark ‘You can’t win anything with kids’. How has Alan Hansen reacted since?] That line pretty much made me, simply because I got it so dramatically wrong! The United souvenir shop printed the quote on a T-shirt and they sent me a couple, which was great. But despite being so dramatically wrong, if United hadn’t won the double that year, you could still say that line now.

Even after that year, when he brought those five or six sensational kids through, Sir Alex always went for experience. And don’t forget that the spine of that team included Peter Schmeichel, Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister and Eric Cantona. That team was a fantastic example of how to build a formidable spine and fill in everything else around it. The kids were great, but so were the goalkeeper, two centre-backs and the centre forward