Kenny Dalglish

Dalglish the player

Liverpool manager Bob Paisley signed Kenny Dalglish from Celtic for a British record transfer fee of £440,000 in 1978 to replace the departing Kevin Keegan.

He had scored more than 100 goals in Scotland for Celtic and was a respected member of the Scottish national side. He was soon to be the first player to achieve the century both north and south of the border.

Daglish fitting into his new club perfectly and they continued to win silverware - the League Championship then the European Cup.

As Liverpool dominated the English and European game in the 1980's Dalglish was joined by the Welsh striker Ian Rush who partnered well with Dalglish to become Liverpool's all-time top goalscorer.

Dalglish the manager

After a successful playing career, Kenny Dalglish was given the opportunity to move into management in 1985, succeeding Joe Fagan. But Dalglish's playing days were not over, and as player manager he won the Double in his first season in charge.

Dalglish finally hung up his boots in 1987 at the age of 36. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and John Aldridge continued the Liverpool legacy and the club's success continued.

The tragedy of Hillsborough in 1989 deeply affected Dalglish - he personally attended all 96 funerals - and he retired in February 1991, quoting the stresses of the game as his reason for standing down.

Dalglish went on to manage Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United, before a brief return to Celtic as Director of Football with John Barnes as manager.

Anfield return

In January 2011, after a terrible start to the season, the new Liverpool owners NESV sacked Roy Hodgson and called upon Dalglish to return to the club as temporary manager.

The appointment was a popular one with the fans and he soon settled back into his role, thanking the club for giving him the opportunity to repay them for all they had done for him in the past. Hopefully he will get the job full time and return Liverpool to their former glory.


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