Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness, Liverpool’s European Cup winning captain, became manager of The Reds on the 16th April 1991. Kenny Dalglish had resigned and Ronnie Moran was caretaker manager when Souness took over the reins.

It started what many claim to be one of the most bleakest periods in the club’s history.

Little success on the field, senior players falling out with Souness and tea cups being thrown in the dressing room summed up the atmosphere for a team that had never finished outside the top two in 6 years before Graeme arrived.

Souness gave a regular slot for the 19 year old Steve McManaman and a professional contract to God himself, Robbie Fowler but far too many signings did not make the grade.

The only bright spot in his managerial career at Liverpool was winning the FA Cup in 1992 thanks to goals from Ian Rush and Michael Thomas.

Souness gave an exclusive interview to the Sun newspaper as he was suffering from a heart operation which drove a wedge between himself and the fans due to the Sun’s horrific reporting of the Hillsbrough disaster.

Liverpool under Souness finished 6th place twice and 8th. The lowest they have finished since returning to the top division in almost 30 years.