Michael Robinson, former Liverpool and Brighton player, dies aged 61

Michael Robinson, former Liverpool and Brighton player, dies aged 61

Sir Kenny Dalglish has paid his respects to former Liverpool forward Michael Robinson, who has passed away at the age of 61.

Robinson, who announced in December 2018 that he had been diagnosed with a malignant melanoma, started his career at Preston and also played for Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers.

A tweet from Robinson's verified Twitter account on Tuesday confirmed the news, saying: "With tremendous sadness we tell you about Michael's passing". Or this eulogy from tennis' Rafael Nadal: "You were the one who always made us happy about sport".

After hanging up his boots in 1989, Robinson would go on to enjoy a successful career as a television presenter and commentator and gained widespread praise for his work in Spain, where he had settled with his family.

Robinson's season with Liverpool in 1983-84 was a memorable one, as the club won the First Division title, the English League Cup and the European Cup, defeating Roma on penalties in the final in Rome.

The former Republic of Ireland international's grasp of Spanish, charisma and humour saw him become an extremely popular figure across Spain.

Liverpool also shared condolences with their former player's family and friends.

"The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Michael's family and friends at this sad time".

He won 24 Ireland caps between 1980 and 1986, scoring four goals.

Also reacting, Manchester City tweeted: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Robinson". "Thank you for sharing your vision of football, your kindness and your intelligence with us".

May he rest in peace. "Everyone at Manchester City sends their love and thoughts to Michael's family and friends at this extremely hard time".

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