By Jamie Mclaughlin:
Over the years, Liverpool have had many players from many countries all over the world, especially in recent years with so many foreigners coming to play football in England. But has any country produced more influential players in the history of Liverpool Football Club than Scotland?
Being a native Scot, I am extremely proud of this connection. I remember when I was young, my dad would let me stay up late to watch Match Of The Day on a Saturday night. He would ask me to count how many Scots were in each team, because he would tell me that the team with the most Scottish players would win, and it seemed to me at the time that his theory was always right (I have to point out that this was in the late seventies to early eighties, when there was an abundance of Scots playing in the first division in England! Unfortunately nowadays there are not so many). But when I was growing up, the number of Scots in the team provided a massive reason why I started supporting Liverpool.
Throughout the club’s history, a succession of Scots have played a massive part in shaping the club that we know today. In their very first season, Liverpool’s squad was mostly made up of Scots – in fact they were nicknamed “the team of Macs” for a while – and that set a pattern throughout the history of the club.
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