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Name Phil Thompson
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc Phil Thompson replaced Hughes as Liverpool captain, serving from 1979 until 1981. He was the captain of the team when they won the league in 1979-80 and when they won the European Cup in 1980-81

Affiliation

Org England National Team
Club as Player Liverpool FC
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2010 05 26 Retrieve

[Former Reds’ skipper Phil Thompson backed the call for the Americans to sell] We’re just in nothingness at the moment, which is a large part of what’s happened since the two Americans have been in charge. We just want some direction. We hear in the press that they (Hicks and Gillett) want between £600m and £800m and then they’re saying it could take two years to happen. My goodness, that gets your heart when you’re reading those things. We want it and we want it like it was yesterday just to move on for a change of ownership. The ownership has to happen to give us some direction, to show something. We’ve had all the promises broken and broken and broken.

We’re in the depths now, we need a little bit of help and if these people have got any sense of pride in what they do as businessmen and what they see happening to Liverpool Football Club then please, [let’s have] a little bit of sanity to move this club forward.

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He’s done so much for English football, right up until the very end. The greatest thing about David Beckham is his humility. You talk about role models for kids; he is the best example. It’s been a pleasure to have watched him play for England and top clubs like Manchester United and Real Madrid. He always played with the same passion that he had when he first arrived on the scene

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Patrick Vieira] Vieira was athletic; he dominated that area and then brought goals into his game

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[on Tony Adams] I was always a great admirer of him. Every time you looked he was always in the right place – he put his body on the line all the time and demanded the same from the rest of his team-mates

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[Philippe Coutinho U-turn] They are probably looking at that creative midfield player. Would you take Coutinho back? I would, in a heartbeat. I think he’s a creative genius

You look back at his Liverpool career and he was absolutely terrific. He’s not too old and I still think he could come back. It probably won’t happen but it’s that creative player just off the front three that would probably just tip the balance

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[What are the memories that spring to mind when you think of that game at Carrow Road in February 1980?] The 5-3 win at Norwich is a match that will always stick in my mind. David [Fairclough] scored a hattrick and of course Justin Fashanu got that unbelievable goal for Norwich

I can remember watching a daytime football show on television one day before the match, something like Football Focus, Saint and Greavsie or whatever it was in those days.

They did an interview feature on the show with Justin Fashanu, who was in a gym knocking seven bells out of a punch bag and with sweat pouring off him.

I can remember being on the team bus to Norwich and Alan Hansen [Thompson’s centre-back partner] was looking at me and I was looking at him.

Justin had a fantastic physique for a footballer and I really didn’t relish coming up against him. I can remember saying to Alan, ‘You can mark him today!’

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[Phil Thompson says Timo Werner is capable of challenging Liverpool’s front three for a regular spot in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI] I think he’ll give a realistic challenge to the front three. Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino - they look as though they’re set. We do have Divock Origi but I think everybody realises that he’s more of an impact player, for sort of the last 15, 20 minutes - but that’s not really good enough.

We do need somebody a little bit better. Some people will say ‘Will Werner get in and will he want to come to Liverpool?’. I think he would and I think he does.

You look at Manchester City, they’ve got two top-class players in every position. That is what Liverpool need and I think Werner would help to give us that. With the lure of Jurgen Klopp, I think that would tick the box for him, and I think he would be a fantastic signing. Something that we do actually need.

]</b>Thompson went on to express his belief that Liverpool could also use a creative player to sit in behind Firmino and an extra right-back, while highlighting the lack of experience within Klopp’s ranks in back-up positions]</b> I think we do need a back-up for Andy Robertson. He does play a lot of games. Neco Williams, at right-back, I do see him being able to cover for Trent [Alexander-Arnold], but I think at left-back - [Yasser] Larouci, the young lad we have is a really good player, but I think we need someone a bit more experienced

And I do think we need a bit of a creative player. I know they’re talking about Adam Lallana going, but he is that sort of player. If you go back five years you’d be looking to bring Lallana in. He’s the creative one in that hole behind Bobby Firmino, and I think that is an important place we can look to strengthen

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Phil Thompson says Liverpool & Klopp should’ve taken risk & signed Chelsea-bound Werner] I think you should always try and improve. When you’re on the up, when you’re playing well, that is when you should look to back it up. I would have loved to have seen him come but Liverpool have not done that, they’re looking at it and it’s probably costing too much. Timo Werner will be going, ‘Maybe I might not get in there’ and maybe [Jurgen] Klopp is thinking, ‘We can’t afford to have somebody for that price just sitting on the bench’. He’ll [Werner] be alright for three or four years and I would have taken that risk. If he wanted to come I think you have to improve your team when you’re on top and he would have improved us

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Phil Thompson says Liverpool’s title-winning exploits have allowed them to silence critics who have ‘taken the Michael’ for 30 years with the former Reds skipper seeing the Anfield giants firmly ‘back on our perch’] We are back on our perch. It has been a long time coming, I won’t use the expletive that came before it but we are back. It’s been a long, long time. It has been a generation, 30 years, and yes, we have had the Champions League, which has been fantastic. But Liverpool has always been out of the league championship, the Premier League, and we have not been able to get our hands on it. It has been a burden to everybody. A lot of managers have had to carry it and to Jurgen Klopp and the players, congratulations, I thank you so much because it has been hard. They have been an absolute pleasure to watch and I have to congratulate them. I have four boys and I have been desperate to watch them win the Premier League title, it has been the Holy Grail and we have done it

We’ve been successful with trophies, we have won in the past and it has been wonderful. But as the years have gone by, Gerard Houllier came second, Rafa [Benitez] came second, Brendan [Rodgers] came second. There have been some really good teams, but not as good as this one. This team has deserved it - 97 points last year and they didn’t bring it home. There are a lot of people who were giggling and thinking ‘you are not going to get that chance again’. So to go and compete with this Manchester City team is absolutely wonderful. Those young people who have not had that opportunity and those other fans who have taken the Michael out of Liverpool Football Club because we hadn’t won the Premier League…we have done it! If this team stays together, which I think it will, they will be a hell of a team to beat next year