Jurgen Klopp and Jamie Carragher have led the tributes to Liverpool legend Roger Hunt, who has died aged 83.
The Reds legend is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer in league football having scored an unrivalled 244 goals.
He signed for Liverpool in July 1958, making his final appearance for the club in December 1969 whilst also being part of England’s 1966 World Cup winning side.
Hunt helped the Reds win promotion from the old Second Division in 1962 before winning top flight league titles in 1964 and 1966.
He also won the FA Cup in 1965.
Liverpool as a club have paid tribute to Hunt in a statement that read: “The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Roger’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time. Rest in peace, Sir Roger Hunt 1938 – 2021.”
Klopp offered up his own words, acknowledging that Hunt’s “Sir Roger” title had been given to him by the adoring Kop faithful.
The German said: It’s really sad news and our thoughts and our love go to his family.
“Unfortunately, it feels too frequent in this moment we are saying farewell to these giants of our club.
“Roger Hunt comes second to no one in his importance in the history of Liverpool FC, that much is clear.
“To be the goalscoring catalyst of the Shankly team to actually achieve promotion and then go on to win those precious league titles and the FA Cup puts him in a bracket of LFC legends who are responsible for making us the club we are today.
“Not only that, he was also a World Cup winner in 1966, too.
“I am told the Kop christened him ‘Sir Roger’ for all his achievements. A goalscorer who never stopped working to help his team-mates; I believe he would have fit in well within our current team.
“So, it is Sir Roger we will remember, honour and pay tribute to over the coming days. You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Carragher added: “RIP Sir Roger Hunt one of the greatest goal scorers our club has ever seen. Sir Roger along with the other Legends from the 60’s made @LFC the club it is today”.
Robbie Fowler, who scored 183 goals, over 100 short of Hunt’s 285, simply posted a picture of the legend on Twitter with the words: “Rest in peace, Sir Roger Hunt”.Internet Explorer Channel Network