Former England and Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence dies aged 72

Carrie Guzman
November 16, 2020

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to Reds legend Ray Clemence, who has passed away aged 72.

Clemence, who won three European Cups and five first division titles during a trophy-laden spell at Anfield, was without question one of the greatest of his generation.

Clemence won 61 caps for England, but that figure would have been far higher had he not shared the stage with Peter Shilton.

"So sad to say goodbye to a true legend, a brilliant goalkeeper and my great England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence", former England and Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman wrote on Twitter.

"After having struggled for a long time, he is now at peace and no longer suffering", he added, about the prostate cancer he was diagnosed with in 2005.

'After fighting so hard, for such a long time, he's now at peace'.

'I will never forget how he helped me to settle in at Anfield. Our fans will remember with fondness an extraordinary player and a wonderful person who contributed so much to Liverpool Football Club. Clemence, a five-time league champion and three-time European Cup victor with Liverpool, was regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation and a giant figure between the sticks.

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"He battled this illness right until the very end". Our thoughts are with the Clemence family.

"I'm absolutely devastated to be told of the sad news that Ray has just passed away".

"We will miss you. My family and my thoughts and prayers go out to Vee, her family and friends".

England's goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence arrives to attend The Football Association's 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Grand Connaught Rooms in central London on October 26, 2013.

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.

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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