Former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence has passed away at the age of 77, it was confirmed on Wednesday morning.
Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Flying Pig’, due to his unlikely agility and stout physique, Lawrence is widely considered to be one of the Reds’ greatest-ever ‘keepers, alongside Ray Clemence and Bruce Grobbelaar.
Signed from Warrington Town in 1957 at just 17 years of age, the Scot made his debut in 1962, in a 1-0 defeat away to West Brom.
He went on to make 390 appearances for Liverpool, putting him 29th on the all-time list, behind Ray Kennedy and in front of Alan A’Court.
Lawrence won two First Division titles under Bill Shankly, in 1963/64 and 1965/66, and was always seen as a vital player to the legendary Liverpool boss.
We're deeply saddened by the passing of former goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence.
RIP Tommy. pic.twitter.com/Truq1x0CvV
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 10, 2018
Lawrence spent 14 years at Anfield in total, prior to joining Tranmere Rovers, where he saw out the remainder of his stellar career.
Our thoughts are with Tommy’s friends and family at this sad time.