David Johnson, a former Liverpool and England striker, died at the age of 71. In six years at Anfield, Johnson appeared in 213 games and scored 78 goals. He also played for Everton twice and for England eight times, scoring six goals.
Playing tribute to his former teammate at Anfield, Kenny Dalglish wrote on Twitter: “Sad news about the Doc. David was hugely popular in the dressing room. A really good guy and condolences to all his family. RIP DOC YNWA.”
Another former Liverpool colleague, David Fairclough, wrote: “So sad to hear my great friend and Liverpool legend David Johnson has passed away today. Shared so many great moments and memories with ‘Jono’. Today is a very sad day. Condolences to all Dave’s family. RIP ‘Doc’.”
Everton confirmed the news, saying, “Everyone at Everton Football Club is saddened to learn of the untimely passing of David ‘Doc’ Johnson at the age of 71.” Our thoughts are with David’s family and friends at this time.”
Rest in peace, Doc.
We’re deeply saddened by the passing of David Johnson.
The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with David’s family and friends.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 23, 2022
Johnson began his career at Goodison Park, where he scored against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby in 1971. Nine years later, he would score for Liverpool against Everton.
Johnson enjoyed a successful spell at Ipswich before joining Liverpool for a club record fee of £200,000 in 1976. He went on to win three league titles and the European Cup at Anfield. Johnson was demoted to the bench the following season due to the emergence of Ian Rush, and he re-signed for Everton in August 1982.
Johnson later played for Barnsley, Manchester City, the Tulsa Roughnecks of the United States, Preston, and was a player-manager at Barrow before retiring in 1986.