The former Liverpool striker Michael Robinson has died at the age of 61.

A tweet from Robinson's verified Twitter account on Tuesday confirmed the news, saying: "With tremendous sadness we tell you about Michael's passing.

"It leaves us with a great emptiness, but also countless memories, filled with the same love that you have shown for him.

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Michael Robinson (back row, second left) as Liverpool celebrate with the Milk Cup in 1984. Credit: PA

Robinson, who the European Cup, Division One title and the League Cup in 1984 in his first - and only - full season with Liverpool, revealed in December 2018 he had been diagnosed with a malignant melanoma.

During a career which started with Preston, Robinson also played for Manchester City.

He also scored four goals in 24 appearances for the Republic of Ireland.

He later had a successful career as a broadcaster in Spain.

The tributes started pouring in for Robinson, with Liverpool's former Spanish internationals Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia taking to Twitter to pass on their condolences.

Alonso wrote: "You'll never walk alone Michael!! Rest in peace."

Garcia wrote: "R.I.P Michael Robinson. The Liverpool legend that got in all the Spanish homes with his fantastic commentaries every Weekend !! #YNWA."

Graeme Souness described Robinson as a "close pal," and told the Football Show on Sky Sports that it was a sad day.

"My friendship started with him when he first joined Liverpool, we used to go to the Top Hat on a Thursday night for dinner, his wife and my wife as well, then obviously we became great pals at Liverpool.

Graeme Souness

Manchester City tweeted: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Robinson. "Everyone at Manchester City sends their love and thoughts to Michael's family and friends at this extremely difficult time."