Alisson wears replica Ray Clemence jersey as Liverpool pay special tribute to club legend ahead of Leicester clash

Liverpool paid a special tribute to Ray Clemence prior to their clash with Leicester on Sunday.The legendary goalkeeper, who made 665 appearances for the Reds between 1967 and 1981, died at the age of 72 earlier this month.
Clemence is widely considered Liverpool’s greatest ever goalkeeper
Clemence was Liverpool’s keeper during a time they dominated at home and abroad, winning five league titles and three European Cups.
In the club’s first game at Anfield since Clemence’s passing, Alisson – the current No.1 – showed his respect by wearing a replica of Clemence’s shirt from Liverpool’s 1981 European Cup final triumph.
He also joined fellow Liverpool goalkeepers Adrian and Caoimhin Kelleher as well as goalkeeping coach John Achterberg in laying a wreath behind his goal.
Liverpool’s goalkeepers paid respect to one of the all-time greats before their match vs LeicesterAFP or licensors
Liverpool paid tribute to their former goalkeeper at Anfield by laying a wreath at the Kop EndAFP or licensors
The message on the wreath read ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, Liverpool’s trademark mottoGetty
Alisson and his fellow keepers bowed their heads and took part in a minute’s silence before kick-of
Both Liverpool and Leicester players then took part in a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of Clemence, who won 62 caps for England.
Clemence was also adorned on the cover of the matchday programme, with captain Jordan Henderson writing a lengthy tribute to the icon inside.
He wrote: “I wasn’t lucky enough to see Ray play, but over the years I have seen enough videos of him in action to understand why he has long been regarded as Liverpool’s greatest ever goalkeeper.
“The standards he set have stood the test of time and when you see the likes of Alisson Becker, John Achterberg, Pepe Reina and so many others describing him as a legend, it tells you everything that you need to know.
“In my first few years at Liverpool I often heard people say that it must be hard for the current players because we would be judged by the achievements of the players of the past, but I never saw it that way.
“When I look at what someone like Ray did in his famous green shirt, it inspires me rather than intimidates me.
“I’m not saying I will ever achieve as much as he did because his record is unbelievable, but it reminds me of what is possible at a club like this if everyone pulls in the same direction and gives everything they can to achieve success.
“I was fortunate to work under one of Ray’s former teammates, Sir Kenny Dalglish, so I know that the basic lessons that served them so well as players are the same ones that we follow today.
Liverpool’s programme was dedicated to the late Ray ClemenceGetty
“Hard work, commitment, togetherness – none of these things ever go out of fashion. That is the legacy of people like Ray. Whether they are at the club or not doesn’t matter.
“Once they have been here, played their part and set new standards, they leave a legacy that stands all who follow in good stead.
“There are no negatives in this. Yes, it might create a pressure – but it is a positive pressure. If you are lucky enough to play for Liverpool you should relish being held to the highest standards and that means looking at what legends like Ray achieved and using it as a benchmark.
Ray Clemence was adored by teammates and fans alike of both Liverpool and TottenhamBob Thomas Sports Photography – Getty
“In this respect Ray’s accomplishments speak for themselves. Six hundred and sixty-five appearances for Liverpool, sixty-one England caps, five league titles, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups… I could go on and on.
“Each one of these feats is eye-catching in its own right and all of them tell the story of an elite footballer who thrived at the very highest level for such a long time. This is what I mean by setting standards.”


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