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Alun Evans, a young prodigy identified by Bill Shankly signed for Liverpool in a record move

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Bill Shankly is one of the most important managers in Liverpool history, arguably even the best of all. The Scottish tactician laid the foundations for the period of glorious success under Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan. Both Paisley and Fagan were a part of the coaching staff of Liverpool under Bill Shankly. The Scottish Manager was known for his ability to scout talent and nurture them into great players.

Alun Evans is an ideal example for the aforementioned statement. The Englishman was scouted as a prodigal talent in his teenage years by the legendary Bill Shankly. He caught the eye of the Liverpool manager when he played against his team for Wolverhampton Wanderers and gave a tough time to captain Ron Yeats. Liverpool paid a record fee for a teenager at that time to sign Alun Evans on insistence from Shankly.

The young forward started very brightly for Liverpool as scored on his debut against Leicester City. However, his career soon tailed off as he struggled with injuries and couldn’t recover from a vicious attack at a nightclub in Wolverhampton. The attack had left the player with more than a dozen stitches and ruled him out for over two months.

Liverpool underwent a transition period in the latter stages of Bill Shankly’s era

Alun Evans struggled with injuries but always showed glimpses of the promise, Shankly had seen in him. The Englishman returned from a long-term injury against Bayern Munich in UEFA Fairs Cup. The German giants were the favorites and consisted of many great players including Franz Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeness, Sepp Maier, and legendary Gerd Muller.

However, on a night when German giants were expected to decimate Liverpool, Alun Evans stole the headlines. The talented forward scored a hattrick at Anfield against Bayern Munich and silenced the legendary players. However, the club could not win any silverware that season as the squad was under transition and many of the senior players had already moved on.

The striker is still fond of his memories at the club despite not being able to lift a major trophy. He is proud of being associated with Liverpool who has a great culture at their grassroots level. The forward eventually signed for Aston Villa after Kevin Keegan’s arrival and ended his chapter with Liverpool. With Alun Evans, it was a case of what could have been had it not been for injuries and that vicious attack!!

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