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Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK
Mark Lawrenson
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Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Mark Lawrenson is a regular analyst for Match of the Day and match summariser for BBC Radio 5 Live.

Born in Lancashire, on 2 June, 1957, he began his career at his hometown club, Preston North End, and also played for Brighton & Hove Albion before Bob Paisley paid 900,000 to bring him to Liverpool in 1981.

Lawrenson played 332 first team games, scored 17 goals and won numerous major honours with Liverpool before an Achilles injury brought his playing career to a premature end at the age of 30.

His partnership with Alan Hansen is still regarded by Liverpool fans as the club's best-ever pairing in central defence, and he was capped 39 times by the Republic of Ireland.

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Lawrenson coached with Keegan at Newcastle
Lawrenson tried his hand at club management with Oxford, and was brought in as a defensive coach by Kevin Keegan during his tenure at Newcastle, but it is in the media where he has flourished since retiring.

A Match of the Day pundit since 1997, he is also a regular studio guest on Grandstand's Football Focus, and continues to work alongside the likes of Alan Green and Mike Ingham as an expert summariser for Radio 5 Live.

Lawrenson often guested on 110%, the nightly sports show on BBC CHOICE, and also worked on the digital channel's coverage of the FIFA World Club Championship in January 2000.

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