"Souness is Souness. Forget him. We have. He's gone. The three trophies we won last year, they've gone. Now we're starting afresh."
Joe Fagan in 1984
"He was a player you admire because he got the best out of you as well as himself. He had some battles in midfield with players and nobody got the better of Souness."
Alan Kennedy choosing his dream team on liverpoolfc.tv in 2003
"Souness was up on the exercise bike in the Liverpool training centre. The team doctor was present. Graeme asked the doctor to take his blood pressure. It was elevated. He went to see a specialist, who ran a number of tests. When the results came back, Graeme could hardly believe his eyes. Two of his arteries were 75% blocked; another was 90% blocked. He was whipped in for a triple by-pass!"
"If Graeme plays until his 100 he’ll never hit three more perfect shots in one match."
Ian St John about Souness’ strikes vs. CSKA Sofia on 4th of March 1981
"Graeme was my hero at Boro. He used to look after me as one of the boys and I’ll always be grateful to him. When he was transferred to Liverpool he even fixed up for me to have his digs at Middlesbrough. You can imagine how I felt when I succeeded him in the no. 4 shirt at Ayresome!"
Craig Johnston on Souness in 1982
"I nutmegged Souness once in training. He just laughed, but then the a few years later I did the same thing against him in a match and he elbowed me in the face."
Kevin Sheedy on his former team-mate at Liverpool and later adversary.
"As a kid you usually live in digs where there is someone to keep an eye on you but when I moved from Middlesbrough to Liverpool I was given a room in the Holiday Inn. This was the start of the third period of my life during which I very nearly managed to wreck my own career. I lived there for nine months and it was then I earned the nickname of Champagne Charlie.
The routine was quickly established. I would train at Melwood, go back for lunch and a few beers, get involved in a session at the cocktail bar, sleep between 4 and 7 p.m and then crawl back down for dinner. If that became a little too boring there was always a club open somewhere, where they were only too happy to have a Liverpool player gracing their bar or the dancefloor."
Souness got the nickname Champagne Charlie
"Being successful has always been more important to me than being popular. I long ago accepted that the name of Graeme Souness would top few popularity polls, regardless of whether the votes were cast by my fellow professionals or by the supporters. In that respect I suppose you could say that I have achieved my ambition for, thanks to Liverpool, I have a cupboard full of memories and scarcely a friend on the terraces or in the dressing room."
Souness on his reputation
"That first day at Anfield, 10 January 1978, was a revelation. It seems a long time now but I remember how normal and ordinary it all was, no prima donnas, no superstars. I made only one error on that first morning, I asked Tommy Smith if I could borrow his hairdryer (I know it’s hard to imagine tough guy Smithy with a hairdryer but it’s absolutely true) and he turned to Phil Neal and said pointedly: ‘Everyone is allowed one mistake’. I took my own in the future."
"Probably the most complete midfielder I've seen. I mean, Steven Gerrard is getting up there now and he's got a variation in his game but Souness was a born winner. I've seen a good few players in my time but Souness, if I saw him now, I'd shake his hand. You've got to remember what he did for this club in the six years he was here as a player."
Liverpool fan Dave Kirby on Graeme Souness
They set me up. Kenny got me booked and Souey got me sent off. They certainly set out to wind me up and they succeeded. They were crafty. I was wound up anyway going back to Merseyside and they did me a treat.
Steve McMahon was sent off playing for Aston Villa vs Liverpool on 17th September 1983
Champagne Charlie. You could imagine him as a low-rent James Bond, an elegant brute in the Daniel Craig fashion, with a seam of sadism running through him. God, he was a joy to watch. How he could pass - easily as well as Glenn Hoddle. But unlike Hoddle, Souness didn't need a minder. If you messed with him, you'd be sorry. Sometimes you didn't even need to mess with him. Yet the greatest part of his game is the stuff that went unnoticed. Most of his passes were 10 yards or less and, after releasing the ball, he'd invariably move into space to receive it back. The complete package. The finest of midfield players. Bad, bad manager though. Had more to do with 'knocking Liverpool off their perch' than Alex Ferguson.
Tony Evans from Times online on Graeme Souness