Sunday, February 11, 2007

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 76: Ronny Rosenthal

Bursting into our '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' countdown at number 76 is Ronny Rosenthal, every Liverpudlian's favourite Israeli.
Four years after our ground-breaking '100 Days That Shook The Kop', we are delighted to invite you to enjoy our new '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' series – the definitive countdown of the 100 players who have made the biggest impact at Liverpool.

Over 110,000 supporters have all nominated their own personal Top 10 players in order of impact made and now the definitive top 100 countdown is underway.

Every player who has made the top 100 – and there are some surprises in there - will be honoured on this website via the e-Season ticket console with a specially produced video clip, including archive footage and exclusive interviews.

Since 1892 hundreds of players have represented this club but everyone has their own particular favourites so don't expect this list to be based solely on talent. The greatness of a player can be measured in many ways – obviously, his ability on the pitch is the most important, but 100 PWSTK is much more than that. It's about the impact the individuals chosen have had on this club, be it for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was because of their unique rapport with the crowd, a specific incident that has never been forgotten or anything else that has left a lasting impression.

Name: Ronny Rosenthal

Years at Liverpool: 1990 to 1993
Position: Forward

Date-of-birth: 11/10/1963
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Signed from: Standard Liege (March 1990)

Games played: 97
Goals scored: 22

Honours won: First Division Championship (1989/90, Charity Shield (1990)

Sold to: Tottenham Hotspur (January 1994)

'Rocket Ronny' burst onto the Anfield scene with devastating effect during the run-in to the 1989/90 season. Initially signed on loan from Standard Liege, the Israeli international striker put a smile back on Liverpudlian faces in the immediate aftermath of a moral-shattering FA Cup semi-final defeat to Crystal Palace. After impressing for the reserves he was thrown into first team action and didn't disappoint, sensationally hitting a hat-trick on his full debut away to Charlton. He managed to net a further four goals as the Reds wrapped up their last league title and a bright future on Merseyside beckoned. A permanent £1 million deal to sign him was sealed that summer but, sadly, he was never able to repeat the goalscoring heroics that catapulted him to cult-status on the Kop during the spring of 1990. Despite his unique, unorthodox, running style, Rosenthal's ability to barge his way through opposition defences made him a valuable asset but more often that not it was as a substitute that his talents were utilised. In September 1992 he achieved fame for the wrong reasons when missing an open goal in a 4-2 Liverpool defeat at Villa Park yet he still remained a firm crowd favourite. Later that season Rosenthal scored a much-celebrated last-minute winner in a Merseyside derby, which was to be his parting gift to the club before his £250,000 departure to Tottenham in January 1994.

Claim to fame: Becoming the first player since Bobby Graham to score a hat-trick for Liverpool on his full league debut

Did you know? He was the last Israeli to represent the Reds

Where is he now? Working as football agent back in his native Israel

Les Lawson on Ronny Rosenthal: "He was a very enigmatic player, sometimes he wouldn't be in the game and the next thing he'd burst to life and beat three players and score a wonder goal. He was a player I did enjoy watching and he did score some valuable goals for the club."

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