Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland striker Michael Robinson has died at the age of 61, after battling skin cancer since 2018.

His family statement read: “With tremendous sadness, we inform you of Michael’s death. It leaves us with a great emptiness, but also countless memories, full of the same love that you have shown him. We will be eternally grateful to you for making this man SO HAPPY, he never walked alone. Thank you.”

During a career that started with Preston, Robinson went to play for Brighton, Liverpool, Manchester City, QPR and Osasuna. He scored four goals in 24 appearances for the Republic of Ireland.

He joined Osasuna in 1987 and went on to score 12 goals in 58 appearances before retiring from the game in 1989. “At the beginning, I didn’t know where I was, I thought the city was called Osasuna. I looked to see where the team was in the table, they were second from bottom. I said to my wife that there was no way I could save them, they should have signed Spiderman or David Copperfield. I had other offers, but Osasuna seemed the most romantic to me.”

After his spell with Osasuna, Robinson remained in Spain, going on to become one of country’s most beloved TV commentators, appearing on Cadena SER and later Movistar+.