Liverpool play host to Swansea City for the first time in almost 30 years on Saturday and although there have been very few meetings between the two sides, both clubs have more in common than first meets the eye. A number of legendary Reds have played for Swansea including Ian Callaghan, Tommy Smith and John Toshack, while Jan Molby (like Toshack) once managed the Swans.
One of the more famous incidents involving Swansea and a legendary Red came during the Swans’ visit to Anfield during the 1981/82 season. Then Swansea manager John Toshack took off his Swansea tracksuit top to reveal a Liverpool jersey prior to the commencement of a minute’s silence in memory of Bill Shankly who had died just days before the match. More recently former Red Besian Idrizaj (who played for Swansea at the time) died in May 2010 of a suspected heart attack.
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