Ask anyone who supports Liverpool Football Club who the biggest legend is who has been at the club and it’ll be a man who has the club running through his veins. Kenny Dalglish.
This is a man who played 515 games for the club and scored 172 goals but, more importantly, has represented the club superbly over the last thirty-five years or so.
This was a man who replaced the man of the time, Kevin Keegan and did the impossible at the time – improved the team! He made his debut in 1977 and scored on his league debut to make the perfect start for the club.
By the end of his first season he had scored 31 goals in 62 games. Not bad for a first season. Oh, and he scored the winning goal in the 1978 European Cup Final into the bargain. Kevin who??
Trophies kept on coming for Kenny as a player over the coming years including more European Cups, league titles and domestic cups too as he forged a superb partnership with Ian Rush.
This relationship saw Dalglish move back slightly in terms of his position, but he set up an awful lot of goals for Rushy in a support role and created the ‘number 10’ role for himself. Whilst wearing the number 7 shirt obviously! And that is what people will remember him for – gliding around the pitch and playing perfect balls through midfield for others to take advantage of. Lovely player.
In 1985 Kenny became the player-manager of Liverpool and selected himself sparingly – although he did manage to score the winner against Chelsea to win the league for the club! His good friend Rushy then secured the double by scoring twice in the FA Cup the following week to secure both trophies.
Kenny followed that up with a further FA Cup (again against Everton) in 1989 and a league title the following year but were always in the hunt for honours. Unfortunately the events of Heysel meant that European competition wasn’t something that Liverpool could compete in during this period.
Kenny made his final appearance in 1990 as a sub in the last game of the season to concentrate on running the club, but by then his mind was elsewhere it seemed following the harrowing Hillsborough tragedy that he was so affected by.
Kenny returned to the club in 2011 to help out following the resignation of Roy Hodgson and steadied the ship whilst overseeing the introduction to the team of Luis Suarez amongst others. He left in 2012, passing the reigns on to Brendan Rodgers, but returned once again recently to become a Non-Executive Director.