Liverpool Captains: A Journey of Leadership from the Pitch

Liverpool Captains: A Journey of Leadership from the Pitch

by Ragnhild Lund Ansnes


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Never before have so many Anfield legends opened up so freely about their personal lives in print.

In Liverpool Captains, R. Lund Ansnes meets many of the club’s greatest figures; taking you beyond the walls of the training ground and into their homes, uncovering the human impact of leadership.

The themes of identity, motivation, teamwork and loyalty are consistent but Ansnes analyses how the role of the captain has changed over the last 55 years since the appointment of Ron Yeats by Bill Shankly.

Yeats, indeed, is one of her 16 interviewees and like Tommy Smith after him, Ansnes details the devastating effect of Alzheimer’s Disease upon their lives.

We meet Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and other former captains such as Paul Ince whose story involves an improbable rise from abandoned child to captain of club and country.

An author of two Liverpool books, Ansnes spent three years travelling across Europe getting to know the legends. The outcome is a revealing portrait of life at An eld, showing sides of players you have never seen before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909245730
Publisher: DeCoubertin Books
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

R. Lund Ansnes is an author, journalist and broadcaster. She is the author of three books about Liverpool FC and was the editor for the Norwegian translation of Bill Shankly’s autobiography. Her speciality is storytelling and to make people open up in conversations with her - for books, on stage, for TV, podcasts and radio. She is married with two children and divides her time between her homes in Norway and Liverpool.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

1 Ron Yeats 1

2 Tommy Smith 21

3 Phil Thompson 41

4 Greame Souness 59

5 Phil Neal 77

6 Ronnie Whelan 91

7 Glenn Hysén 107

8 Mark Wright 121

9 Ian Rush 137

10 John Barnes 151

11 Paul Ince 167

12 Jamie Redknapp 183

13 Robbie Fowler 203

14 Sami Hyypiä 217

15 Jamie Carragher 233

16 Steven Gerrard 249

Acknowledgments 262

Bibliography 264

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