Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith has died after a long battle with dementia, he aged 74.
Smith, who helped the club to domestic and European success in the 1960s and 1970s, had an 18-year career at Anfield, during which he won four league titles.
He scored in the 1977 European Cup final as Liverpool beat Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 to win the trophy for the first time.
Liverpool expressed their deeply saddened on tweeter:
We’re deeply saddened by the passing of our former captain Tommy Smith, aged 74.
The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Tommy’s family and many friends.
Rest in peace, the Anfield Iron. https://t.co/wxui5oK5UD
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 12, 2019
Smith, who made 638 appearances for the Reds between 1960 and 1978, had struggled with dementia and other ailments during his later years.
He was known as the ‘Anfield Iron’ by supporters.
His daughter, Janette Simpson, told the club website on Friday: “Dad died very peacefully in his sleep shortly after 4.30pm today at his nursing home.
“He had been growing increasingly frail and suffering from a variety of ailments over the last three months especially.
“We are obviously all devastated.”