St. John made 425 appearances for the Reds and scored 118 goals as a key member of Bill Shankly’s famous side in the 1960s.
The Merseyside Club said: “We are deeply saddened to hear the death of a true Anfield legend , Ian St John.
« Everyone at Liverpool Football Club’s thoughts are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time. Rest in peace, Ian St John 1938-2021. »
St. John won two First Division titles under Shankly and scored the winning goal in the 1965 FA Cup Final.
After retiring in 1973, St. John ran his home club Motherwell and Portsmouth.
He won one in the 1980s new generation of fans and presented the popular football show Saint and Greavsie on Saturday afternoon together with former striker Jimmy Greaves from Tottenham and England.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher quickly paid tribute and wrote on Twitter: “RIP Ian St John. Another Liverpool legend sadly dies. One of the players along with Bill Shankly who made this club what it is today. I will remember him the most on the best football show on TV, The Saint & Greavsie. X ”
In a statement to Liverpool, the St. John family said:“ It is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that after a long illness we have lost a husband, a father and a grandfather.
“We want to I would like to thank all the staff at Arrowe Park Hospital for their hard work and dedication in these very difficult times.
The Gers boss said: « This is a shock and a surprise for me. I didn’t know that.
« He’s someone I’ve met many times. A fantastic guy. Really enlightening in terms of his career and experience in Liverpool and trying to pass on a lot of knowledge and expertise.
« So I’m really devastated to hear this news, to be honest. Also shocked, therefore I would like to express my condolences to all of his family and everyone close to the Saint. He’s a club legend and icon and someone I have incredible respect for. «
St. John began his career in 1957 at Motherwell and scored 80 goals in 113 league games.
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The Scottish Premiership Club said: « We are deeply saddened to hear Ian St John’s death.
Red’s left-back and compatriot Andy Robertson wrote on Twitter: » A man of warmth, humor, knowledge, wisdom and joy .
“Scotland and Liverpool have lost a real giant. My love goes to his family. Rest in peace, Ian St John. «
The Scottish Football Association tweeted: » We are saddened by the death of former @ScotlandNT international Ian St John.
« Ian won 21 caps for his country and scored in a career where he @MotherwellFC and @LFC represented, nine goals. The thoughts of everyone at the Scottish FA are with Ian’s family and friends. «
Liverpool midfielder James Milner said on Twitter: » RIP Ian St John – what a player, what a man. #ynwa #legend «
Former Reds striker Ian Rush added: » RIP Ian St John Sleeps Well Legend !! Thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. «
Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson said on Twitter: » It is so sad to hear of the Saint’s death. He gave me one of my greatest childhood memories when he won the FA Cup in 65. RIP Ian, YNWA. «
Former Reds striker Robbie Fowler wrote, » Sad news. Thoughts are with the family. Rest in peace, saint. «
Another former Red striker John Aldridge said: » It is so sad to hear the news of the death of the great (Saint) Ian St. John. What inspiration he saw from the terraces in Anfield was a cracking guy too. Our thoughts are with his family .RIP St.YNWA ”
Former Liverpool skipper Carragher, now a well-known expert, told Sky Sports: » He’s a Liverpool legend. This term is often used because the club is in had so much success in the past. «
» I always think of the players under Bill Shankly, and Ian St John was one of them who really started what Liverpool Football Club is today. For me, these are the most important players in the club’s history.
“They think where the club would be without these players and certainly the manager and what it did to bring the FA Cup back to Liverpool for the first time, those championship titles in the 60s, and that was just the foundation of where the club was built.
« It’s a very sad day, I got to know him very well. He was just one of those legendary players who of course has been around for a long time Played before my time, but you hear so much about him and one of those legendary players from the ’60s.
“My big memory of Ian St John is seeing him and what a great guy he was at games , but also growing up as a kid watching the Saint and Greavsie show that brings smiles back to all our faces when we think of these two legendary strikers of the time and the show they did on TV.
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