Former Liverpool striker and fan favourite John Aldridge answered questions from supporters during a live Twitter chat with LFC TV on Wednesday – read the full conversation now.
@JordanLS7: What's your proudest moment as a Liverpool player/fan?
I was going from the mid-60s and I had so many proud moments, but none prouder than Istanbul. That's the best way the European Cup or Champions League will ever be won. It was just ridiculous. At half-time we were all so hurt and so low; at the end it was just ridiculous. I would have to say that is the top, even above Saint-Etienne in '77 and all the other great times we've won it, and the leagues. As a player, it was signing my contract - because that was always my ambition, to play for Liverpool. That's what I strove for and was always my dream. When I met Kenny, John Smith and Peter Robinson at Manchester Airport on the day I didn't take any agents with me. As soon as the contract was there, there was no haggling - I just signed it. When I actually signed it, I was so proud.
@truelfcred: Who do you think is the brightest prospect at LFC's Academy?
It's a tough one. We've got some really good talents, it would be very unfair to pick one out. There are so many lads who have got a chance to break into the team. Brendan has given everyone the carrot by showing if you work hard and you're good enough, you get an opportunity. Last year, four or five of the lads were included in the squad and some of them played a lot of games. I like the lad Rossiter, who is the youngest one of all, from what I've seen of him. 15 breaking in to play for the U18s is a tremendous accolade for the lad. He's a great talent. Young Jordon Ibe has come good this year, and the lad Ojo. I'm going from a striker's perspective. We all know Conor Coady and Adam Morgan, the local lads who have broken into the squad at some time. But from the young lads, they're the three I've noticed more than the others.
@RedKop31: Would you consider a return to management?
No. They were great days at Tranmere; I thoroughly enjoyed it. Up and down, ridiculous. We were in the final of the Worthington Cup, two quarter-finals of the FA Cup. But no, I've been there, done it and seen it. Not for me.
@LukeRafferty3: Who's the best player you've ever played with?
That's easy - Barnesy. John Barnes was absolutely phenomenal. Unmarkable when he played for Liverpool. It was just a matter of me getting the ball, into my chest, head or feet, and feeding it out to Barnesy - or Ray Houghton, to that effect. Let them do the work with Peter Beardsley and nine times out of 10, the ball would come into the box. I was on the same wavelength as the two lads. Barnesy was just tremendous - a fantastic goalscorer. The creativity from the man was superb, he was a genius at that time.
@guffy82: What was it like when you got the call to play for the Republic of Ireland? Did you have to think hard about it?
No, not really. I knew of my Irish roots through my younger life. I supported both England and Ireland when I was a kid. I knew I qualified for Ireland, if they came. When Jack Charlton came knocking on the door and watched me play - against Aston Villa, in the semi-finals of the Milk Cup at Villa Park - it was 2-2 and I got a couple of goals. I spoke to him after the game. Some people said: 'Why don't you wait for England?' There was never a chance of waiting for England. As soon as Ireland knocked on my door, I was really proud to wear the green shirt. It was a fantastic 11 years, absolutely phenomenal. So many great times; World Cups and European Championships. When we beat England 1-0, that was probably the highlight of my Ireland days. With all my mates in Liverpool, it gave me bragging rights for the rest of my life. It was a tremendous time to play for Ireland, it really was.
@dbusteed03: Would you manage the current Republic of Ireland team?
What a job, at the moment - such a tough job. I thought Trapattoni did brilliantly in getting us to the last Euros. We punched above our weight and it showed in the results when we got there. I think this current squad is not to the quality we've had in the past. It's very difficult. I would love to have managed Ireland after I left Tranmere. There were four years when Brian Kerr beat me to the job and Steve Staunton beat me to the job, when I wanted it. Now I've been out of the game too long. There are managers out there - the likes of Mick McCarthy, Chris Hughton, Martin O'Neill. If Trapattoni doesn't stay, they're the people I would be looking for rather than myself.
@irsyadgn: Who do you think would be a decent replacement for Jamie Carragher if he really is going to retire?
Unfortunately it looks like Jamie has made his mind up. It would be great if we could squeeze another 12 months out of him, wouldn't it? It would be fantastic. I'd like to see someone who is British/Irish, in that mould - a no-nonsense player and defender.
@maxchilembwe: How soon do you think Liverpool will get back into the top four and challenge for the league title again?
That's got to be the goal. We're looking at top four, we should be aiming for the top. Unfortunately, we're far away at the moment because of things that have happened in the past six years or so. Certainly next year the top four has to be in sight. Our form over the last three or four months has been top-four material. It was unfortunate the start we had, with just Suarez up front. We didn't win enough games, especially against the top sides. There have been a couple of good introductions. Brendan has got the next transfer window and then the January one - he's got big work to do. If he can get the three or four players that we need in the coming transfer windows there's no reason why we can't get top four.
@willspeedevans: Where would you rate yourself as a 'finisher' compared to the likes of Rush, Fowler, Owen, Torres and Suarez?
I can't rate myself; I leave that for other people to do. It would be far too big-headed. I was very fortunate that I was gifted with this talent. I knew how to get in the right place at the right time. I worked really hard - when I started off at Newport County, I stayed behind nearly every day on my finishing. I was never going to let this opportunity go because I wanted to get to the top. Even on a Friday before the Saturday game, I'd stay behind. I'd get the goalkeeper or the reserve goalkeeper and reserve players to feed me crosses. I'd keep working and working and working, because I knew I had this gift and if I could work on my finishing it would get better and better. One thing I was so proud of, it came up on the website two weeks ago, is that goals per game ratio I'm on the top since the war. Roger Hunt was second. I know I scored penalties, but you've still got to score them. When I saw that, I have to say I was over the moon. All I ever wanted to do was play for Liverpool and do a really good job for them. To see myself No.1 for goals per game ratio, it just took me back.
@GingieGonzales: Who inspired you as a footballer when you were growing up?
Sir Roger Hunt. Obviously his name is Roger Hunt but for us on the Kop, the boys' pen where I used to stand, he was nicknamed 'Sir Roger'. We gave him a knighthood in the early '60s and he was the reason, when I was a kid, that I wanted to play up front. He was the reason why I always wanted No.8 on my back. When I played in the street with my mates, I was Roger Hunt; whoever was playing alongside me had to be St. John. All I ever wanted to do was try to emulate the man - I watched him intently all the time. When I first met him, going back 12 or 13 years, I was like a little kid. I was starstruck. I've got to know Roger over the years and he's an absolute gentleman, what a lovely man. Everyone knew he was a lovely person but when I met him face to face, we had a couple of beers and a good chat. A great man. I think he was largely overlooked for what he did for England in 1966 - he was a quiet, unsung hero. He was tremendous in that squad. Don't forget, people thought Jimmy Greaves was going to have that spot - everyone down south. Sir Alf Ramsey decided to play Roger Hunt because of the way he wanted the team to play, and someone who grafted as a defender up front as well as score goals. It was a great move from him because Roger Hunt was brilliant in the World Cup.
@LFCFansCorner: Can you do the Anfield Rap again?
No! That was great fun - I know the words off by heart because it's sung to me wherever I go. People sing it and the fans still love it. Craig Johnston's idea, I thought it was a great song, just for the craic at the time. It was brilliant the way he came out with all the lyrics for everyone. The true story about that was that we went down to the studios down Aigburth way. We tried to do all the singing and we were absolutely useless. Derek B was the one doing it for us, a top rapper at the time, and he had to stop us after half an hour and say: 'Go down to the local pub and stay there for two or three hours.' We had a good few hours in there and a good few pints and it loosened us up. That's when we recorded it.
@Niamhus_LFC: Who was a better rapper, you or Steve McMahon?
Again, you judge. I would say Macca. Barnesy was the best out of us all - it just came naturally to Digger. Steve was good. It was just a bit of banter, it was fabulous.
@Aza_lfc4life: Which of your goals is your favourite? And which player would you have loved to play with?
I'd love to have played with Steven Gerrard in behind me. Looking at Suarez now, that wouldn't have been bad either. But I think Stevie G would have really blended with me nicely because he's a creator as well - he creates a lot of goals as well as scores a few. I think that would have been a great partnership; him in the Peter Beardsley role. From a Liverpool point of view, it's tough. The one in the semi-final when Ablett put it to Peter Beardsley, it went to Barnesy and across on the volley - that team goal was magnificent. The one in the final was special, being at Wembley - first touch of the game. I always go back to the most important goals for me. In my career, the most important goals were in the replay of Hillsborough because that was the game, for me, that we had to win; more so than the final. I always class those two goals as the best goals because it was most important that we won that game and walked away from Old Trafford with that win under our belt for obvious reasons.
@ryankinny: If you were still playing for Liverpool today, who would you like to play up front with more - Torres or Suarez?
That's a no-brainer; I can't even mention the other fella's name. Suarez, absolutely.
@JamesMcc1994: Who's the best player you've ever played with or against?
I've played against some fabulous centre-halves: Baresi, Maldini, some tremendous players. But I always go back to a colleague of mine and I played with him as well - Paul McGrath. Big Paul was frighteningly good, frighteningly quick, read the game tremendously. His knees were knackered and he had an alcoholic problem. His book is tremendous and down-to-earth. If you knew the problems he had and how good he was, he was just frightening. What a fantastic player. Every time I was in the dressing room before we went out, in the Ireland squad, I'd always look at him and think: 'We've got a chance with him in the team.' He was brilliant.
@Robingrime: Are you looking forward to playing again with Rushie in the Legends game? How many goals do you think you will you score?
I certainly am. We're doing a big charity legends game on May 24 at Anfield. We're inundated by the ex-players to play in this. It's for a great cause; we do a lot for charity. We've never had Anfield before to do it, this is our first of many hopefully. It's great to play at Anfield - the pitch is so good. It was great in our day but to go on now, it's better than any carpet you could imagine. There are no bobbles - if you don't control the ball it's your fault, not the pitch. It's great to be back there on the pitch, having a good craic and enjoying the game as well. It should be a great day.
@jbsleisure: I'm thinking about bidding for the Legends game, will we be having a pint of Guinness after?
I'm afraid that comes with the territory! We certainly are, we'll have a few pints.
@scarnose123: Who is the funniest footballer you played with?
All of the teams had characters in those days, funny lads in the dressing room who made us laugh every single day. The funniest one of all was at Tranmere - Johnny Morrissey, whose dad played for Liverpool and Everton. Shanks let him go to Everton. He was hilarious, a comedian. At Liverpool, Jan Molby was very dry; Steve McMahon was very funny; Ronnie Whelan, when he wanted to be, was funny; Bruce Grobbelaar was mad as a hatter at times. Everyone added to what you wanted to keep the dressing room and everyone happy. Steve Nicol - the best character at Liverpool, for me. Everyone loved him to death, he was such a great lad.
@LFCFansCorner: How much do you think football has changed over the years?
Dramatically. People ask if our team could play in this present day? Of course we could. We had football brains, we had hearts as big as lions and we had big talent. On these pitches, when no-one can touch you from behind or tackle you - we'd have had a great team. I spin it - could players of this age go back 15-20 years and play on some pitches that there's bobbles, mud right down the middle, the ball comes up to you and people are smashing you and don't get booked. It's changed dramatically in players' favour. Also, the drinking culture that we had has gone out of the game now, quite rightly so. You've got so many scientific advantages. They're athletes, there's no body fat at all. We carried a bit - 10 per cent body fat, maybe. We were fit but not as finely-tuned as the lads now. Whereas after the game we'd go out and have six or seven pints, these lads get the ice baths and get their body prepared to go again.
@JimmyOMaraYNWA: Who's better - Torres in his first season at Liverpool, or Suarez this season?
I'd go Suarez because for the first half of this season he was on his own. He kept us going on his own up front, with no-one to help him. FT had Steven Gerrard in behind him, who was brilliant with him. They had great communication and awareness between each other. We had no back-up for Suarez; the reason why we're points behind. If we'd have had Sturridge for the first half of the season, I think we'd be in the top four. That was the problem we had, no other striker.
@gg_miles: How good do you think Suso could be?
Young Suso has got great ability, he just lacks a little bit of consistency. He's just got to work really hard because there's no doubting what he has at his feet. The manager has got him involved, he's just got to be patient and realise he's not the finished article yet. My one criticism is just his burst of pace - work on his burst of pace when we've lost the ball, to get back, tuck in and do a defensive job. But he's still young and he's got a chance.
@24joeallen24: I still think that we can get to the top four...do you?
It's very unlikely. You never say never after Istanbul. If we were to get 21 points, then we've got a chance - it's as easy as that. We haven't done that for many years, to go eight games on the bounce winning. I just don't think we've got what it takes, at the moment, to do that. I think we're well capable of winning all of the last home games - West Ham, Everton, Chelsea and QPR. Reading is the next away game and then Newcastle is tough. It is doable but I just don't think we're capable this season of doing that. But fingers crossed.
@Mubashar96: Who do you think has been our most improved player this season and why?
Downing or Henderson - it's very close between those two. I couldn't pick one. It's great to see them doing well and having the belief in their own ability. One has played for England on many occasions, the other one is U21 captain and does really well. Liverpool is a massive club but you can't be scared of letting yourself down. You've got to go out there and have the confidence and prove you can do it at a big club and take a little bit of criticism. The lads have and they've come back, which is great to see. A lot of players go the other way, but they've probably taken a leaf out of Lucas' book. This season they have had good seasons and long may it continue.