Hailed by former Liverpool manager and team-mate Kenny Dalglish as “one of the finest midfield players of his generation” the great Dane was a contemporary in the celebrated Ajax youth academy, with Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Jesper Olsen. He also came under the influence of Dutch master Johann Cruyff.
Mølby was signed by Liverpool boss Joe Fagan for £225,000 in August 1984, following the departure of Graeme Souness. The fee was a bargain for one of the most successful of English football’s foreign imports, who combined subtlety and power. Mølby’s passing, long or short, was wonderfully measured.
He was also an expert penalty taker; scoring 42 spot kicks, and in November 1986 earned a niche in the record books with a penalty hat trick against Coventry in the League Cup.
Mølby made 52 appearances in Liverpool’s League and FA Cup double season of 1985/86 before playing for Denmark in the World Cup Finals in Mexico. He won a second title medal in 1990 and another FA Cup medal in 1992. Although twice on the verge of moves (to Barcelona and Everton) he became the first foreigner to serve 10 years with one English club before becoming Swansea player boss in 1996.
He now works in the media for television and radio as a co-commentator at live football games and he has also become one of the most sought after football personalities on the After Dinner Speaking Circuit.