Roger Hunt funeral: Liverpool legends gather for service

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Image caption, People lined the streets as Roger Hunt's funeral cortege passed Anfield

Hundreds of Liverpool fans gathered at Anfield as the funeral cortege of former England striker Roger Hunt stopped outside the ground.

Known as 'Sir Roger' to Reds fans, the club legend died at the age of 83 in September.

His hearse paused outside Anfield ahead of a service at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral which started at 11:00 BST.

Hunt is the club's record league scorer with 244 goals and was part of England's 1966 World Cup-winning side.

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Image caption, Roger Hunt made 492 appearances for Liverpool

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck is one of those who will be paying tribute during the service.

Liverpool legends Roy Evans, Kevin Keegan, Ian Callaghan and Ian Rush are also among the mourners.

Paying tribute last month, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said Hunt "comes second to no-one in his importance in the history of Liverpool FC".

"I am told the Kop christened him 'Sir Roger' for all his achievements. A goalscorer who never stopped working to help his team-mates, I believe he would have fitted well within our current team," he said.

At the scene

By BBC North West Tonight reporter Andy Gill at Liverpool Cathedral

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Image caption, Former Liverpool players Ian Rush and Roy Evans are among the mourners

Scores of Liverpool fans have joined former players and family mourners at the funeral.

Among those paying tribute at the service were his England World Cup strike partner Sir Geoff Hurst.

In a message, he said: "What a player he was. Up there with Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Kevin Keegan and Mo Salah."

Comedian and Reds fan Jimmy Tarbuck told me: "He was our Bobby Moore. I loved him."

Ex-Liverpool striker David Johnson said Hunt was his hero when he was growing up, adding: "If I scored it wasn't me scoring, it was Roger."

Former Liverpool player and England manager Kevin Keegan said the striker was one of his two favourite players of all time.

At the start of the funeral Rev Dr Neil Barnes described Hunt as a "national icon".

One fan said although he was never officially knighted, the Kop called him "Sir" Roger Hunt, and that probably meant more to him.

Born in Golborne in Cheshire on 20 July 1938, Hunt signed for Liverpool in 1958 and made his 492nd and final appearance for the club in 1969.

Under legendary manager Bill Shankly he helped the club out of the Second Division in 1962 by scoring 41 goals in as many games.

Liverpool then won the First Division in 1964 and 1966 either side of a first FA Cup win in 1965.

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Image caption, Roger Hunt died at the age of 83

Hunt also had a successful three seasons with Bolton Wanderers after leaving Anfield in 1969.

The forward won 34 England caps, scoring 18 international goals after making his debut in 1962 when Liverpool were in English football's second tier.

He played in every game of the 1966 World Cup and scored three times to help England out of their group.

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Image caption, The funeral is taking place at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral

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