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Phil Neal was a club colleague of Hughes at Anfield and he paid tribute to the former England captain on Sky Sports News.
"He was special to us all," Neal said. "The Crazy Horse will be missed.
"His effervescent character and will to win every game rubbed off on all of us. He was a magnificent captain not just for Liverpool but England as well and we should never forget that.
"When I first came to Liverpool in 1974, he settled me in. He was effervescent and he was a great leader.
"He loved his Shanks (Bill Shankly) and missed him dearly. The pair of them had similar characteristics.
"His will to win, even in difficult circumstances away from home, with Emlyn around telling you that you could win, we often did.
"Nobody was more a winner than Emlyn.
"He had great support from Barbara and the kids and we have to send our condolences to his family, who will be suffering dearly. It will take us all a long while to get over the loss of Crazy Horse.
"He was always bubbly and sparking and in all the time I have known him, he was never down.
"He was always effervescent and looking forward and it is so sad that he was made to battle at the end of his short life."
Liverpool will pay their respects to Hughes by holding a minute's silence before their Carling Cup clash with Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.
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