A great gesture from the club to honour a legend
Liverpool have renamed their Centenary Stand at Anfield after club legend Kenny Dalglish.
The decision was made by owner John W Henry to honour the club’s 125th anniversary this year.
The Scot has been part of the club for nearly 4 decades, and the love shared between himself and the fans is mutual. He is just one of the legends the club could’ve chosen. However, Dalglish’s legacy is distinctive because of how his influence has crossed over so many different areas.
In football terms, he enjoyed two successful spells as manager in addition to 515 appearances and 172 goals as a player. In total, he lifted eight league championships, three European Cups, two FA Cups, five League Cups and one UEFA Super Cup.
Speaking on behalf of Fenway Sports Group, John W Henry said:
“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.”
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10