Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux remembers his first Liverpool shirt

England Chelsea left back Graeme Le Saux has donned some banging shirts in his career.

The Blackburn Rovers title winning Asics big collared shirt, a whole host of Chelsea x Umbro classics and the timeless England France 98 kit but nothing came close to the feeling he got from wearing his Liverpool shirt when he was eight.

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Artwork:  Season Annual for Your First Football Shirt

Speaking to us exclusively in Your First Football– an illustrated book of 30 interviews with footballers and famous fans about their first football shirts – Graeme Le Saux revealed his first and favourite football shirts and favourite football moment.

What was your first football shirt?

A Liverpool shirt when I was eight years old that I got for Christmas. It reminds me of that amazing team that dominated English and European football along with Nottingham Forest, who I also really liked then.

Also reminds me of being glued to the TV in our house in Jersey when they were on, then spending the next few days pretending I played for them, either in our small garden kicking ball against the wall (or occasionally the patio door!), in the park, or on the beach.

The player I pretended to be most of the time was Kenny Dalglish. He was my absolute hero. It was surreal when I ended up playing for him, but I never did tell him I used to pretend I was him in my back yard!

This is an extract from Your First Football Shirt.  An illustrated book of interviews with footballers and famous fans with 100% profit for CALM + Willow charities.  Grab yours here.

Illustration:  Peter O’Toole for Your First Football Shirt
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