Liverpool FC to mark death of former player Avi Cohen

Avi Cohen in England in 1979 Avi Cohen captained the Israeli national team as well as playing for Liverpool

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Liverpool FC will mark the death of former player Avi Cohen with a period of applause before their Premier League match against Wolves.

The 54-year-old was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in his home country of Israel last week.

He was pronounced brain dead by doctors at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, his son Tamir confirmed. His funeral is due to be held later.

Players from both teams will also wear black armbands as a mark of respect.

The former left-back, who moved to Anfield in 1979 and scored the goal against Aston Villa which won Liverpool the first division title in 1980, made 24 appearances for Liverpool.

Cohen was one of Israel's best-known players in the 1970s and 1980s, playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Netanya and captaining the national side.

In a statement, Liverpool FC said: "Liverpool Football Club would once again like to offer its condolences to Avi's family at this difficult time."

Footballing legends have turned out to pay tribute to the player, including Kenny Dalglish who said he was a "lovely man" who had "certainly left his mark" at the club.

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