Phil Thompson is a retired English football player who was born in 1954. He is best known for playing as a defender for Liverpool although he also had a two year spell at Sheffield United. Furthermore he also represented England a total of forty two times. After retirement he moved into management and eventually became the assistant manager at Liverpool.
As a child Phil was a keen Liverpool supporter who stood in the famous kop watching his beloved team. His childhood dream was to play for his favourite team and this ambition was fulfilled in 1971 when he signed as a professional on the day after his seventeenth birthday.
He made his debut the following year in a game against Manchester United. He was tall and skinny lad and it was rumoured that he was put on a diet of steak and chips by Bill Shankly! Nevertheless, he was made of stern stuff and rose admirably to the challenges given to him.
Phil played part in the successes of 1973 when Liverpool won both the League and the UEFA Cup. However, it was in 1974 that Thommo, as he was affectionately known, really came of age. Liverpool reached the final of the FA Cup and Phil played in every game en route to Wembley. He man marked 'Supermac' Macdonald out of the game as Liverpool beat opponents Newcastle United with a 3-0 win.