Kenny Dalglish

Background

Sir Kenneth Mathieson “Kenny” Dalglish MBE was born on 4 March 1951. He is a former Scottish football player and manager, who has played for Scotland’s national team.

Liverpool

Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool love relationship first started in August 1966 when a 15-year-old Glaswegian went south of the border for a trial at Anfield in front of the legendary Bill Shankly.

Even though the young forward’s first journey to Merseyside came to nothing, after 11 years and 167 Celtic goals, he was finally recruited by the Reds to replace a club legend - departing Kevin Keegan.

Kenny slipped into Paisley’s all-conquering red machine, and the new king of the Kop completed his first season. The player topped the Liverpool’s goalscoring charts and netting the winner in a European Cup final.

But that proved to be just the beginning of an incredible playing career that would make him an Anfield icon.

With the ball at his feet, he was a pure genius backed up by footage of just about every of his 172 Liverpool goals. Everyone has their particular favorite, but the one common in all the above was the grand Kenny celebration.

As Kenny neared the end of his playing days, it appeared impossible for the Scot to improve his standing among Kopites. But that he went on to do, just two spells as the manager says all you need to know about the man they still call King Kenny.

His impact on the playing field had been nothing of sensational. However, in the aftermath of the Heysel Stadium tragedy, the club hoped he could reproduce his genius in the dugout.

It was a big ask for someone who was just 34 years old, but then Dalglish was not an average man.

Achievements

That said, Scot’s first campaign got off to an inauspicious beginning, and, after a 2-0 defeat to Everton at Anfield in late February, the Reds have left eight points behind the league-leading Toffees with as many games.

But a team hewn in Kenny’s image did not give up easily. It embarked on a remarkable unbeaten run to complete the season as FA Cup winners and league champions, with victories coming at the expense of their neighbors.

Dalglish built on that success by assembling one of the most entertaining teams ever to grace Anfield, with another FA Cup and two further league titles subsequently added to his honors list before he stepped down in 1991. A second spell between 2011 and 2012 also granted the League Cup winner’s medal that had previously eluded him as a boss.

Regardless of his achievements as a football player, it is arguably Kenny’s dignified conduct in the aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster that represents his most significant legacy and makes him widely considered as a legend of the city of Liverpool.

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