Tributes have been paid to former Liverpool and Everton defender Gary Ablett who has died from cancer at the age of 46.

Ablett lost his 16-month battle against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Sunday.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, who gave Ablett his debut during his first spell as Reds boss, told liverpoolfc.tv: "It's a sad, sad day for his family and everyone connected with Liverpool Football Club. The most important thing just now is to pay our respects to Gary, his wife Jacqueline, the two boys and his wee girl."

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