Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and legendary centre-back Jamie Carragher have led the tributes to former Reds goalkeeper Ray Clemence after he died at the age of 72.
Clemence, who also played for England and Tottenham, won three European Cups and five league titles while at Liverpool and was capped 61 times by the Three Lions. He was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2005.
Klopp said it was ‘an extremely sad moment’ for the club and that Clemence had helped write Liverpool’s rich history after making such an impact at Anfield.
Former Liverpool and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died at the age of 72
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp led the tributes to Clemence, saying ‘great players make great clubs’
This is an extremely sad moment for everyone associated with Liverpool FC and we, as the current team and management, send all our love to the family,’ he said on Liverpool’s official website.
‘We should never forget it is great players who make great teams and clubs. You only need to listen to the legends of LFC from his era to understand his significance. They say it better than I ever could, that Ray Clemence is one of the reasons our club is such a special one all these years later. He was one of the foundation stones that so much of this club’s success was built on.
‘Our feeling in this moment is of course overwhelmingly sadness, but it is also appreciation. Our fans will remember with fondness an extraordinary player and a wonderful person who contributed so much to Liverpool Football Club.
‘He and his loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.
Clemence won five league titles during his time with Liverpool as well as three European Cups
Meanwhile, former Reds striker Ian Rush called him ‘a true legend’ and sent his condolences to the Clemence family.
‘RIP Ray Clemence,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘We have lost a true legend! It was an honour to know you and to get the chance to play with you! My thoughts and prayers are with your family.’
Another Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, praised Clemence, tweeting: ‘RIP Ray Clemence. An @LFC giant who was also a giant of a man. #YNWA.’
Clemence was part of the England coaching setup and worked closely with many goalkeepers, including David James, who wrote: ‘I’m deeply saddened to hear the passing of Ray Clemence. Clem was my coach with @england for more than a decade. A lovely man with a wicked left foot, I had a poster of him on my bedroom wall as a kid.
‘Raymond Neal Clemence: August 5th 1948 – November 15th 2020. #YNWA.’
Former England international Peter Reid wrote: ‘An absolute legend. RIP Clem.’
Sir Kenny Daliglish wrote on Twitter: ‘Clem was a fantastic teammate and great to be around. I will never forget how he helped me to settle in at Anfield. Our thoughts are with the Clemence family. RIP Clem.’
And ex-Liverpool player Stan Collymore said: ‘There are many better photos of Ray Clemence, of triumphs and successes.
‘But there aren’t any better than this grainy screen grab of him running towards the Kop as Spurs keeper.
‘A spontaneous two way expression of respect and appreciation.
‘Rest in peace, Clem.’
A host of stars paid tribute to Clemence, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005
Former Liverpool star Phil Thompson (centre) described Clemence (right) as his ‘eyes and ears as a team-mate’
Neil Ruddock, Michael Owen, Pepe Reina and Terry Gibson also paid tribute to Clemence
Phil Thompson, who played with Clemence at Anfield’, said: ‘So sorry to hear of the passing of Ray Clemence my eyes and ears as a team mate, and oh what a keeper. Love to Vee and all the family YNWA.’
Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall described Clemence as: ”A truly top goalkeeper and a lovely gentleman.’
Neil Ruddock, who played with Clemence at Tottenham, wrote: ‘Just heard the sad news that the best Goalkeeper I played with and my friend Ray Clemence has passed away, he was such a big influence on my career, I love and thank you RIP Clem.’
Michael Owen wrote: ‘Sad to hear that today we lost a true goalkeeping great: Played over a 1000 games including 61 caps for England. Won 5 League titles, 3 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups and 2 FA Cups. RIP Ray Clemence.’
Ossie Ardiles, who played with Clemence at Tottenham, wrote: ‘So so sad to hear the news of Raymondo passing away. He was a great goalkeeper, wonderful companion, friend. He battled this illness right until the very end.
‘We will miss you. Rest in peace my friend. My family and my thoughts and prayers go out to Vee, her family and friends.’
A tribute to Clemence was also made from another former Liverpool goalkeeper in Pepe Reina. The Spaniard, who now plays for Aston Villa, called him ‘ a great goalkeeper, a great coach and a great man’.
‘Today is the saddest of days for all of us who respected and admired him but his legend will live for ever. Ray Clemence RIP’.
Ex-Tottenham player Terry Gibson wrote: ‘Great sadness to hear the news today that Ray Clemence has passed away, a fighter to the very end. A teammate I was always in awe of & I’ll never forget his trust in me to be on his first ever coaching staff at Barnet FC. My sympathies to Vee & all his family RIP Clem.’
Commentator Clive Tyldesley also offered his respects to Clemence. He said: ‘Ray Clemence was a great footballer and an even greater man. He has been fighting illness for years and years and years but you wouldn’t have known it, he wouldn’t let you see it.
‘He would never let you see how much pain he was in, how many setbacks he faced. His smile wouldn’t let you see that. He was just the most fabulous company. I spoke to him at length yesterday.’