Yates' view: St John was one of Anfield's greatest

Liverpool have suffered a catalogue of blows this season through an unprecedented number of injuries and the deaths of people linked with the club in different ways.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 1:52 pm
Liverpool players Ian St John (left, red shirt) and Ron Yeats (right), battle for the ball with Leeds United players Norman Hunter (2nd left, white shirt) and Jack Charlton (2nd right), during the1965 FA Cup Final at Wembley

Last month manager Jurgen Klopp lost his mother, Elisabeth, and goalkeeper Alisson Becker's father, Jose, drowned in Brazil and now sadly the club has completed a hat-trick they didn't want following today's reported death of Scot Ian St John who, in my opinion, was one of the greatest footballers to pull on the famous all-red strip.

I was lucky enough to watch his first match - a Liverpool Senior Cup Final showdown against Everton at jam-packed Goodison Park in the early 1960s

The Saint announced his move from Motherwell with a stunning hat-trick but the Toffees, inspired by wee Bobby Collins, won the match 4-3.

But St John's arrival on Merseyside along with fellow Scot Ron Yeats was the starting point for a club who had been languishing in the old Second Division to go on and conquer the world.

There have been many great nights at Anfield but nothing in my eyes to match the 1965 FA Cup Final at Wembley in which legendary boss Bill Shankly brought the coveted trophy back to Anfield for the first time in the club's history, thanks to centre forward St John's bullet-like header from an Ian Callaghan cross.

It gave Liverpool a 2-1 victory over Leeds United and they have never looked back since.

Thanks for the memories, Saint!