Liverpool legend David Johnson dies aged 71 as tributes pour in for the ex-England star, who is one of only two players to score for BOTH the Reds and Everton in the Merseyside derby
By Ben Willcocks For Mailonline
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Ex-England international David Johnson has passed away aged 71.
Johnson is one of only two players to score for both Liverpool and Everton in the Merseyside derby.
The former striker played a pivotal role in Bob Paisley’s Liverpool side during the 1970s, which dominated the decade by winning four league titles and three European Cups.
After beginning his career at Everton in 1969, Johnson carved out a fruitful career at Ipswich and Liverpool before returning to Goodison Park in 1982.
During his time at Ipswich, the forward lifted the Texaco Cup under Sir Bobby Robson before carving out a sensational career at Anfield, which earned him a spot in the Ipswich Hall of Fame in 2016.
Despite only chalking up eight caps for England, the forward netted six times to boast an impressive goal-per-game ration for the Three Lions.
He was part of Ron Greenwood’s England squad for during the Three Lions’ Euro 1980 campaign.
Former Liverpool star and England international David Johnson passed away at the age of 71
He was part of Ron Greenwood’s England squad for the Euro 1980.
Fellow Liverpool legend John Aldridge took to social media to pay tribute to Johnson and tweeted: ‘Absolutely gutted to hear my good friend David Johnson (The Doc) passed away early today.
‘What a great bloke and a greet servant to LFC on and off the pitch. RIP. YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE PAL.’
Aldridge was joined by fellow Reds icon David Fairclough, who posted: ‘So sad to hear my great friend and Liverpool Legend David Johnson has passed away today.
‘Shared so many great moments and memories with ‘Jono’. Today is a very sad day. Condolences to all Dave’s family.’
More to follow.