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LEGEND LEAVES MARK

BBC pundit and former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson quits Football Focus after 25 years as Jurgen Klopp leads tributes

BBC pundit and former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson has quit Football Focus after 25 years.

The former defender had been a prominent figure on the Saturday afternoon preview programme since 1997.

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Lawrenson will quit Football Focus after 25 yearsCredit: SHUTTERSHOCK
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Lawrenson played for Liverpool during his playing careerCredit: GETTY
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The former defender got emotional ahead of Saturday's FA Cup finalCredit: BBC

But Saturday's FA Cup final between his former side Liverpool and Chelsea will be his last appearance on the show.

Lawrenson has also been a regular on the BBC's Match of the Day and Final Score down the years.

And on Football Focus ahead of the final at Wembley, Lawrenson was shown a montage which highlighting some of the funnier moments of his punditry career.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also paid tribute to Lawrenson.

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The German's message said: "Mark, I heard you are stopping Football Focus.

"People told me that you've done it for 25 years but you look like you could do it for another 25 years.

"As a Football Focus and Liverpool legend, I wish you all the best for whatever you do next.

"Probably playing golf or something with Kenny (Dalglish).

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Lawrenson was a regular pundit across all of the BBC's popular football shows, including Match of the DayCredit: BBC
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Lawrenson alongside former player and manager Harry RedknappCredit: BBC
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Klopp sent the former Liverpool defender a farewell messageCredit: BBC

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"You will know how to use the time. All the best here from Liverpool. See you."

Lawrenson was present to see his former side win their first FA Cup since 2006.

Squad player Konstantinos Tsimikas stepped up in the penalty shootout and sent Edouard Mendy the wrong way to win 6-5.

The Reds won the Carabao Cup earlier this year, beating Chelsea on penalties.

And they have the opportunity to add the Premier League and Champions League - completing a historic quadruple.

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