The Liverpool Players That Won Their Last League Title In 1990 And Where They Are Now
Thirty years ago, Liverpool won the First Division Title with two games to spare in front of 37,758 fans. Kenny Dalgish boys came from behind to defeat Queen Park Rangers 2 goals to 1, goals scored by both John Barnes and Ian Rush who had between them 39 goals which was 50% of Liverpool overall goals and it was their clinical performances that pushed the club towards her 18th title.
Other players gave their best as well. Peter Beardsley scored ten goals. Israeli international Ronny Rosenthal scored a hat trick on his debut and added 4 more goals before the end of the season. Elsewhere, Alan Hansen and Steve McMahon, along with Barnes and Beardsley, were named to the 1989/1990 PFA Team of the Year. A few weeks later, Liverpool beat Derby at Anfield and were presented with the trophy after the game. It has been a barren run ever since.
Let's have a look at what happened to the group of players that claimed the 18th League title.
GOALKEEPER: Bruce Grobbelar View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The shot stopper won 13 trophies in his 13 years at the club. He left Liverpool in 1994 and moved to Southampton where he was accused and sued for match fixing in a Liverpool Vs Newcastle game in 1993. In 1997, he was in court pleading his innocence and two years later sued The Sun for libel following an appeal. He was forced to pay the legal costs of £500,000, he couldn't and so was declared bankrupt.
In 2006, he returned to Canada die for a golf tournament and has been there ever since.
DEFENDER: Gary Albert.
He played his first Liverpool match under Dalgish in 1986 after coming through the youth system at Liverpool. He plays both centre-back and left back, the latter being his best position. He first won the title in 1988 but lost his starting berth to David Burrows and Glenn Hysen.
Albert was later sold by Dalgish successor after finding him surplus to requirements. In 2010, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He died 16 months later at the age of 46.
DEFENDER: STEVE STAUNTON View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
He was brought to Liverpool in 1986 as a 17 years old. After a loan with Bradford, he came back to become an integral member of the squad. He was coach of the Republic of Ireland in January 2006 and ended in October 2017.
DEFENDER: BARRY VENISON
After his playing career, he had a brief flirtation with punditry before he moved to the USA in 2003. He is working in real estate in Los Angeles. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
DEFENDER: GARY GILLESPIE View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
He picked up some various coaching work at Conventry and Stockport but he's perhaps best known for his media work, most notably as an analyst with LFC TV.
DEFENDER: GLENN HYSEN View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
He dabbled in coaching with Torslanda and in 2010, he became joint coach of Utsiktens BK, a lower league Swedish club.
MIDFIELDER: STEVE MCMAHON View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
He was Dalgish first signing.He has spent many years working as a pundit with ESPN Star Sports in Asia but also become involved in an investment fund based in Singapore called profitable Group, Linked to a takeover of Newcastle in 2009. He also runs the Steve McMahon Football Academy which has its base in Singapore.
MIDFIELDER: Ray Houghton View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Since retiring, he’s been heavily involved in media work in Ireland and the UK, most notably with RTE, SKY and Talksport.
He’s also proved a substantial influence on the FAI, being heavily involved in the appointment of Giovanni Trapattoni as Republic of Ireland manager in 2008.
He was also assigned the task of finding the Italian’s successor and recommended Martin O’Neill to the position last year.
MIDFIELDER: Jan Molby View pictures in App save up to 80% data. the age of thirty-two, he left Anfield and moved to Swansea to become player-manager but lasted just two seasons. He became manager of non-league Kidderminster Harriers in 1999 and won promotion to the Football League in his first season. He moved to Hull in 2002 but his time there was brief. A return to Kidderminster couldn’t rekindle his former glory.
Ever since, he’s been heavily involved in media work in his native Denmark and in the UK, particularly with BBC Radio 5 Live.
STRIKER: Ian Rush View pictures in App save up to 80% data. A short spell in charge of Chester City has been the extent of his managerial career. He’s been involved with the media for a number of years – contributing to various outlets including SKY and ESPN.
WINGER: John Barnes View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
head of the 1999/2000 season, he was appointed head coach of Celtic with Kenny Dalglish in director of football role. It proved a disaster and he was sacked within a manner of months. Further managerial roles followed with Jamaica and Tranmere though Barnes was destined to never hit the dizzying heights he did as a player.
Barnes has been involved in various punditry roles, particularly with ESPN though music will always be his one passion in life. Understandably.