Liverpool great Ray Kennedy, a key figure in the Merseyside club’s high-performing side in the 1970s, has died at the age of 70 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, the club announced on Tuesday. Premier League team. Kennedy made over 300 appearances and scored 72 goals between 1974 and 1981 during a distinguished career for Liverpool. He helped them win five Premier League titles, three European Cups, the UEFA Cup and the League Cup, among other top honors.
Kennedy was first recruited as a striker from Liverpool, but was turned into a midfielder by manager Bob Paisley. “Liverpool are in mourning for former legendary player Ray Kennedy, who died at the age of 70,” Liverpool said in a statement https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/liverpool-fc-mourns-passing-ray-kennedy on their website.
“The last period of Kennedy’s career, and indeed the rest of his life, was affected by Parkinson’s disease.” Paisley wrote in his autobiography that Kennedy was “one of Liverpool’s greatest players and possibly the most underrated”.
Kennedy also spent five trophy-filled seasons at Arsenal, winning the FA Cup and Premier League in the 1971 double-season when his late header clinched a 1-0 victory over north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for seal the title. He made 17 appearances for England, scoring three goals, and played in the 1980 European Championship in Italy.
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