Liverpool’s former Republic of Ireland striker Michael Robinson, who became a well-known commentator in Spain, has died aged 61, his family announced on Tuesday.
He had settled in Spain and succumbed to cancer that was diagonised first in 2018.
“With tremendous sadness we inform you of Michael’s death,” his family announced on Twitter.
“It leaves us with a great emptiness, but also countless memories, full of the same love that you have shown him.
“We will be eternally grateful to you for making this man SO HAPPY, he never walked alone. Thank you.”
He was part of the Liverpool squad that captured the league, League Cup and European Cup treble in 1984.
“We’re deeply saddened by the passing of former player Michael Robinson, aged 61,” Liverpool tweeted.
“The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Michael’s family and friends at this sad time. Rest in peace, Michael.”
He also featured for Preston North End,Manchester city and lastly queenspark Rangers.
After retiring in 1989 he remained in Spain to become one of the country’s most distinguished football pundits.
According to Spanish daily El Pais, Robinson “revolutionised the way football was analysed”.
“He was with us on thousands of afternoons of football, recounting incredible anecdotes, and showing us a way of life beyond football,” the paper wrote.
“Thank you Michael Robinson. We will miss you. You’ll never walk alone.”
Robinson played for the Republic of Ireland 24 times, scoring four goals.