PETER CORMACK feared the worst when he was called into Bill Shankly’s office after being sent off in a 1-1 draw at West Brom in his first season with Liverpool.
He had been dismissed for violent conduct after lashing out at Asa Hartford.
He recalled: “Shanks said ‘Peter son, you let a lot of people down on Saturday. You let yourself down, your family, your Liverpool team-mates but most of all you let down the people that pay your wages – the supporters of Liverpool.’
“I sat staring at my feet, expecting no less than a heavy fine and a warning that any repeat behavous would find me looking for a new club.
“As Shanks continued I was not expecting him to say what he said next: ‘You know, Peter son, you have exceeded even my expectations in your first couple of months here and those Liverpool fans worship you. They work hard all week and what keeps them going is their Saturday afternoon watching Liverpool. Always remember that what you do on that park will determine if their next week at work will be good or bad’.
“I was beginning to shift uncomfortably in the chair, feeling humble and embarrassed. ‘Now I don’t want to see you sitting in that chair again. The next time you want to kick somebody up the backside, do it to Tommy Smith at training’.
“After walking in feeling miserable and thinking my career at Anfield was hanging by a thread I walked out feeling 10 feet tall.”