Avi Cohen : Life and Career


In our new weekly feature we shall take a look at an ex Red who unfortunately is no longer with us and go over the life and career of that player, next up is Avi Cohen.

Born on 14th November 1956 in Cairo, Avi Cohen was an Israeli international left back who begin his career with Maccaibi Tel Aviv before making a £200,000 move to Liverpool in 1979, making him only the 2nd foreign player to play for the Reds.

An injury to Ray Kennedy meant that Cohen was put straight into to the team for a game against Leeds United but did not feature again until the end of the season when he came in for a game against Aston Villa.

Avi Cohen Liverpool

Avi Cohen went from villain to hero that day, Liverpool were leading the game 1-0 thanks to a David Johnson goal when Cohen would score an OG to level the game but akin to Andy Robertson against Arsenal the Israeli would go up the other end of the pitch in the 2nd half to score the winner which ultimately won Liverpool the league.

In the 80/81 season Cohen would make a total of 14 appearances coming in for Kennedy when he was injured and ended the season with a European Cup winners medal.

After winning the European cup he would return to Maccabi Tel Aviv and staying for 6 seasons before his old teammate at Anfield Greame Souness would come calling.

Avi Cohen Rangers

He would only spend one season with Rangers but did manage to pick up a Scottish league cup winners medal when he came off the bench for John McGregor.

Next and unsurprisingly Avi Cohen would return to Israel once more and yet again to Maccabi Tel Aviv for a 3rd spell before finishing his playing career with Maccabi Netanya.

After finishing his playing career he started his managing career which spanned for 10 years, managing 8 different teams in Israel during that time before.

Avi Cohen would tragically pass in 2010 from a motorcycle crash in his native Israel, he was only 54 years old.