Signed from Canadian club Vancouver Whitecaps for £250,000 by Bob Paisley in March 1981, Bruce was prematurely plunged into the daunting role of succeeding Ray Clemence when the England Goalkeeper left for Tottenham a few months later.
But the eccentric South African-born Zimbabwe international rose to the challenge and was Liverpool’s last line of defence in a stream of triumphs at home and abroad.
Occasionally, his self-confidence on the pitch backfired, but his showmanship and exhibitionism could not detract from Bruce´s undoubted talent and remarkable agility.
He made more than 600 appearances in 13 years at Anfield, which brought him 13 major medals comprising 6 League titles, a European Cup, three FA Cup and 3 League Cups, ironically a total which was matched by Clemence over his 2-club career. Bruce’s goal-line wobble against Roma in the dramatic 1984 European Cup Final penalty shoot-out, which prompted Graziani to miss, is an enduring memory.
He joined Southhampton in 1994, later playing for Plymouth, Bury, Lincoln, Motherwell, Chesham United and Northwich Victoria, coaching Zimbabwe and managing in South Africa.
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