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Rob Jones: I went from being on the Kop to playing alongside my heroes
Whether it be Hunt or Hyypia, Barnes or Berger, Rush or Reina, there is no greater test for a Liverpool player than facing Manchester United on their own patch and for some of Brendan Rodgers’ raw side it is a challenge they must prepare to tackle for the first time on Sunday afternoon.

If players such as Andre Wisdom and Raheem Sterling are looking for advice on how to cope, they could do no better than turn to Rob Jones, who a little over 21 years ago not only made his full Liverpool debut at Old Trafford but did so two days after signing for his boyhood club from Fourth Division Crewe Alexandra. Adding to the sense of fantasy, Jones went on to be named man of the match after marking an exciting 17-year-old winger called Ryan Giggs out of the game.

Indeed, such was the job Jones did on Giggs during that goalless draw in October 1991, that the Welshman took time out to pay tribute to him in Jones’s recently released autobiography, Robbed, describing him as one of the best full-backs he has ever faced…

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‘ROBBED’ by Rob Jones – exclusive extract
In his fascinating new autobiography, Rob Jones relives the highs and lows of his time at Liverpool FC, including what happened to him after being told to hang up his boots at the age of just 27.

In this exclusive extract for the Anfield Wrap, Jones explains the role Steve McManaman and his Real Madrid teammates played in helping to drag him out of the doldrums.

Little did I know that my first day in the Spanish capital would see me at the heart of a massive celebration dinner amongst the entire Real squad.

When Macca arrived to pick me up he explained that one of the lads had just had his first baby and that the team were going out to celebrate. He had only just joined and barely spoke a word of Spanish but was determined to go along and show he was keen to be a part of the group…

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Sporting Spotlight: Rob Jones
Former Liverpool and England defender Rob Jones tells us about football’s most daunting debut, retiring at the age of 27 and making a fortune out of nursery schools as he goes under the spotlight.

Tell us about your Liverpool debut. Was it a baptism of fire?

You could say that! I played a game for Crewe in the old fourth division on a Wednesday night. Next day I got a call from our manager, Dario Gradi, and he said Liverpool wanted to sign me. I’d always been a huge Liverpool fan and still used to watch them from the Kop at Anfield, so it was like a dream come true. Then on the Friday, Graeme Souness picked me up from home and drove me to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground. On the way he casually said: “We’re playing Manchester United on Sunday and I’m thinking of putting you in.” I thought ” is this really happening?”…

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Former Liverpool FC player Rob Jones rekindles his affection for Reds after injury cruelly ended his career
HAVING lived the dream, Rob Jones then had to deal with the nightmare. At the age of 27, when the Liverpool FC defender should have been entering his prime, he was forced to hang up his boots.

Widely regarded as one of the best right-backs in Premier League history, Jones’ career was cruelly cut short by a crippling knee injury in 1999. After his retirement, it was a long time before he could bring himself to return to Anfield.

However, 13 years on, the bitterness has long since subsided. The passage of time has given him a new perspective on his playing days and his love affair with the Reds has been re-ignited…

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ROBBED – The Rob Jones Story
When Rob Jones made his Liverpool debut, aged just 19, he was tasked with marking an emerging talent called Ryan Giggs; at Old Trafford; just 48 hours after signing from fourth division Crewe Alexandra. He did so with flying colours.

Robbed is the story of Jones’ elevation to first-team player at Liverpool, his boyhood club, to eventual early retirement at the age of just 27. He and Giggs’ careers could not have been more contrasting – while Giggs is a still a Man United regular, Jones has been retired 13 years. Without injuries plaguing his career though, the story would be much different – an England regular and one of the best all round full-backs in Europe…

You could say that Jones’ story is a sad one, with a strong case of ‘what could have been’, but this book is filled with funny stories – starting with the opening foreword from Robbie Fowler

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Robbed – My Liverpool Life: The Rob Jones Story.
A university lecturer has co-authored a new book about Liverpool player Rob Jones, chronicling the twists and turns of the defender’s short but dazzling football career.

Paul Hassall, Lecturer in Sports Journalism at the University of Chester’s Warrington Campus, has worked with the former defender to produce Robbed – My Liverpool Life: The Rob Jones Story, released this week.

With exclusive contributions from Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Jamie Carragher as well as words from Dario Gradi, Ryan Giggs and Graeme Souness, Robbed tells the full story of a player many regard as the best right-back of his generation…

Read the full story on University of Chester >

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