The former Scotland forward – who won two First Division titles under Bill Shankly at Anfield in 1963-64 and 1965-66 and scored the winner in the 1965 FA Cup final – passed away on Monday evening after a battle with illness.
He played 336 times for the Reds – netting 95 times – and the club plan to show their respects for St John by putting him on the front cover of their programme with a special feature inside.
Liverpool legend Ian St John (pictured at Anfield in March 2014) has died at the age of 82
The club will pay homage to him with a special programme before playing Chelsea at Anfield
Even though supporters won’t be able to attend the big top four clash against the Blues at Anfield, they will still be able to purchase a copy for £3.50 on the club’s website. The programme will also feature a nod to iconic former player Sir Kenny Dalglish with the game falling on his 70th birthday.
After retiring from football, St John moved into punditry and forged a hugely successful on-screen partnership with England legend Jimmy Greaves. Their Saint and Greavsie Saturday programme was hugely popular in the 1980s and 1990s and ran for seven years.
In 2014, St John had his bladder and prostate removed during a battle with cancer after being diagnosed a few years earlier.
Liverpool will put St John on the front page of their programme on Thursday
Liverpool announced his death on Tuesday and tweeted: ‘We are deeply saddened by the passing of a true Anfield legend, Ian St John.
‘The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Ian’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.’
A statement from St John’s family read: ‘It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that after a long illness we have lost a husband, father and grandfather.
‘He passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside.
‘We would like to thank all the staff at Arrowe Park Hospital for their hard work and dedication during these very difficult times.
‘The family would be grateful for privacy at this extremely sad time.’
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher led the tributes to St John from football, saying the Scot ‘made this club what it is today’.
Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher tweeted his condolences, posting: ‘RIP Ian St John – another Liverpool Legend sadly passes away.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was among the first to pay tribute to St John on social media
After retiring, St John forged a hugely popular on-screen partnership with England legend Jimmy Greaves
‘One of the players along with Bill Shankly who made this club what it is today. I’ll remember him most on the best football show on tv, The Saint & Greavsie. X’.
And a statement on behalf of his friend Greaves said St John would be ‘sadly missed’, with the former Spurs forward saying he would ‘never forget his laughter’ during their time on the screen together.
‘I loved my time with the Saint making Saint & Greavsie. After my illness Ian phones several times too see how I was. And now he’s gone.
‘He was a lot of fun to be with and a great footballer. He will be sadly missed. I will never forget his laughter for all the years we worked together.’