Few characters in football have stirred up as much emotion and controversy as Phil Thompson. Indeed, his profile is as powerful as ever thanks to his regular appearances as a respected and outspoken member of the Sky Sports team. When rival fans chanted Sit Down Pinocchio at the ex- Liverpool assistant boss, it was a touchline confrontation that was more about pride, passion and humour than tribal hatred. Thommo has always been prepared to laugh at himself and his autobiography will bring a smile to the faces of all fans. Thompson is the proud young Kopite who became Bill Shankly's last great prodigy.As the sorcerer's apprentice, he was destined to captain club and country, hold aloft the European Cup and win every domestic honour. He would also become a member of the Liverpool Boot Room coaching team, only to be axed by former team-mate Graeme Souness. Like a red phoenix from the flames he would storm back to become Gerard Houllier's No 2, acting as caretaker-boss as his new mentor prepared for life-saving heart surgery. Forget the sky-high salaries and cynicism that dominate today.This is a real football story that will shock and amaze all supporters.