Ray Clemence, former Liverpool goalkeeping great, dies at 72

Tanya Simon
November 16, 2020

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Sunday condoled the demise of Ray Clemence, who died at the age of 72.

The 72-year-old is regarded as the best goalie to feature for the Reds, having spent 13 hugely successful years at the Merseyside club.

"With great sadness, we write to let you know that Ray Clemence passed away peacefully today, surrounded by his loving family", a statement from the Clemence family said.

"The family would like to say a huge thank you, for all the love and support that he's received over the years". We all love him very much and we will never forget him, "he concludes".

Capped 61 times by England, he later worked on our coaching staff, and that of the England national team, and was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame in November, 2014.

Klopp is among those to have paid tribute to Clemence, with the Liverpool boss calling him "one of the reasons our club is such a special one all these years later".

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Ossie Ardiles, who played with Clemence at Tottenham, tweeted: "So sad to heard the news of Raymondo passing away". Our thoughts are with the Clemence family.

"We're deeply saddened by the passing of one of the greatest-ever goalkeepers, Ray Clemence", Liverpool said in a statement.

Liverpool clinched five First Division titles with Clemence between the posts, while he also won the 1974 FA Cup and the 1981 League Cup during his time playing for Bill Shankly and his successor Bob Paisley. Rest in peace my friend.

Ray Clemence was once asked to look back on Liverpool's famous victory over Saint-Etienne in 1977 and, when the discussion arrived at the final moments of the game, he could not recall his involvement. "My family and my thoughts and prayers go out to Vee, her family and friends".

After his retirement as a player, Clemence held coaching positions with England and Spurs.

England players will wear black armbands during their Nations League game in Belgium on Sunday and will pay tribute to Clemence before Wednesday's match against Iceland at Wembley.

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