Bob Paisley, the legendary Liverpool manager who steered the Anfield club to six English league championships and three European Cups, once ironically quipped: "We've had the hard times, too. One year we finished second."
Success was the only thing that mattered during Liverpool's days of domination, and the mentality of accepting nothing but the best was carefully handed down from senior professionals to the club's newcomers.
It did not take long for Steve Nicol, who was signed by Paisley as a 19-year-old from tiny Scottish side Ayr United in 1981, to pick up on the unique mindset and use it to drive his career.
In 14 years at Liverpool, Nicol won 10 trophies, was named Footballer of the Year in 1989 and came 39th in a poll of the English Premier League power's all-time greatest players.
More than a decade after leaving Anfield, he still detests losing as much as ever. However, Nicol has reluctantly had to learn how to cope with disappointment.
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