Liverpool FC's Centenary Stand at Anfield is to be renamed The Kenny Dalglish Stand in recognition of the legendary player's contribution to the club.
Player, manager, and more
The 66-year-old Scotsman is generally regarded as the greatest ever player at Liverpool FC and since hanging up his boots proved that he also had some magic as manager. Right up until the current day he has been deeply part of the club - despite two spells at Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and Celtic - and now holds a position of non-executive board director.
It was way back in 1977 when the man from Glasgow joined The Reds from his home club Celtic. He was seen then as a replacement for Kevin Keegan and quickly proved his worth in the now-famous number seven shirt. With 172 goals in 515 appearances, countless assists, and an honours list of eight league championships, three European Cups, two FA Cups, five League Cups and one UEFA Super Cup, he will never be forgotten on Merseyside.
Liverpool tribute to club legend
The stadium rename takes place in the club's 125th anniversary and owner John Henry spoke about the decision:
“It is testament to Liverpool’s history and status that we are not lacking in truly great individuals, whose names could easily grace a stand at Anfield.
“But in Kenny Dalglish we have a person who carries such immense significance to the fabric of this club, so it feels somewhat incumbent on us to recognise this in a manner that is befitting to the man.
“He is unique, not just to Liverpool, but to the game in England as a whole, having achieved greatness as a player and then enjoyed such success as a manager. His record and trophies won on both fronts speak for themselves.
“However, Kenny’s contribution to Liverpool goes beyond goals scored, points amassed and silverware placed in the cabinet. His values are Liverpool’s values – he represents what is best about this football club.
“The leadership and solace he gave to individuals, the club and city as it tried to come to terms with the trauma and tragedy of Hillsborough transcended sporting achievement.
“His name is synonymous with our club, with our home and the city of Liverpool. Now it will be as visible as it is palpable.”