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AVI COHEN 1979-80

 

by Chris Wood

Date of Birth - 14/11/56

Nationality - Israeli

Position - Defender

Games - 24

Goals - 1

Club Hons (Lpool) - None

Intnl Hons - Israel Caps

Other Clubs - Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Tel Aviv (twice), Rangers, Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town, Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

 

Defender Avi was signed from Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv in July 1979 when he was 22 years old. Due to Ray Kennedy's absence, he was given an early debut at Leeds on 15th September 1979 but didn't feature in a League match again until the following April when he came on as a substitute for Colin Irwin against Stoke City.

 

Ten days later he was named in the side which would retain the League championship if they could beat Aston Villa at Anfield. It was a day of mixed fortunes for the Israeli international. After David Johnson had given the Reds an early lead, Avi had the misfortune to slice an attempted clearance over Ray Clemence's head and into his own goal.

 

But 5 minutes after the interval, he made up for his error by driving a low shot into the Kop goal to give Liverpool a lead that they never surrendered again. Avi played in 14 League matches the following season (1980-81), mostly as a deputy for Alan Kennedy, but never had an extended run in the side and it was no surprise when he eventually decided to leave Anfield to pursue his career elsewhere.

 

Avi was tragically killed in a road accident in 2011. YNWA Avi.

 

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