On this day in 1951 King Kenny Dalglish was born.
Signing for Liverpool from Celtic in 1977 for a fee of £440,000 (a British transfer record at the time), Dalglish joined the Reds to replace the Hamburg-bound Kevin Keegan. Words cannot succinctly do Kenny justice regarding exactly what he brought to Liverpool but his achievements at the club speak for themselves. Over the course of his 13-year playing career at Anfield King Kenny made 515 appearances, scored 172 goals and collected a massive trophy haul including 6 league titles, 3 European Cups and an FA Cup.
In the 1985/86 season following Joe Fagan’s resignation Dalglish became player/manager before ultimately taking on the managerial role full time. As manager Kenny brought Liverpool 2 league titles and an FA Cup. Tragically his time as Liverpool manager was marked by the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 innocent fans lost their lives.
His return to the Anfield hot seat was a brief one, though it brought back fond memories as Dalglish guided a new generation of Liverpool players to their eighth League Cup in 2012. What Dalglish has done for Liverpool is hard to express, the man has done so much for the club he loves and asked for so little in return and as a result has earned his place in Liverpool folklore.