Birthdate: 24 September 1949
Birthplace: Kirkby, Liverpool, England
Other clubs: Wrexham (loan 1970), Middlesbrough (1975-77), Luton Town (1977-78), Swansea City (1978-81)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: Joined 1965 – Professional September 1968
Liverpool debut: 24.09.1969
Last appearance: 25.10.1975
Debut goal: 04.11.1970
Last goal: 21.09.1974
Contract expiry: December 1975
Win ratio: 48.33% W: 58 D: 37 L: 25
Games/goals ratio: 4
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 4 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 82 / 17
Total LFC games/goals: 120 / 30
Boersma made his first-team debut almost two years after featuring for the reserves for the first time as an 18-year-old in November 1967. He got a proper run in the side from November 1970 to March 1971 when Alun Evans was out with injury. Kevin Keegan arrived in 1971 and struck up a terrific understanding with John Toshack in the forward line. An injury to Toshack in September 1972 gave Boersma a chance to establish himself in the side but he lost his place on Tosh's return two months later. He did manage though to make 26 starts and scored four goals during the club's successful UEFA Cup run. He also scored seven times in the League that season as the Reds won the title.
Boersma continued to be a good 'squad' player the following season but initially walked out on Liverpool when he found that he would not be named as substitute in the 1974 FA Cup final against Newcastle. He threatened that he would never play for the club again, but Boersma and Liverpool solved their issues. New boss Paisley was thankful for Boersma's most productive spell at the club which came at the start of the 1974/75 season when he scored ten goals in 11 games when Keegan was serving his ban for being sent off in the Charity Shield against Leeds. Paisley found room for Boersma in midfield on Keegan's return but by November the local boy had lost his place in the team. Boersma was mostly on the bench in the first months of the 1975/76 season and moved to first division Middlesbrough in December 1975 where he met a certain Graeme Souness. In 1991 he returned to Anfield as manager Souness' right hand man, a partnership they had developed at Rangers and then followed Souness to Galatasaray, Southampton, Torino, Benfica, Blackburn and Newcastle.
"I was a totally different type to Kevin Keegan. Kevin had come in and done fantastically," Boersma told LFC magazine. "Shanks would always stick by what he thought was his strongest team. He went with Toshack, Keegan and Heighway. I just came in and did my bit and even in that period in '74 when Kevin came back, it was me, Ray Kennedy and Stevie up front. I think he dropped Kevin into midfield for a couple of games. He didn't do too well and we swapped over again. I went into midfield and Kevin went up front. You would play anywhere for them. I would have played left wing, right wing, up front, anywhere. I still enjoyed my time at Liverpool. It was just so difficult to get a chance."