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Name Kenny Dalglish
Gender Male
Ethnic Scottish
Job Scottish Footballer
Desc King Kenny will forever rule the hearts of Liverpool supporters. Sure, his record of 169 goals in 502 appearances as the Reds’ go-to forward made him a beloved figure at Anfield, as did his 13 years of loyal service. And yes, the three First Division titles – plus a trio of domestic cups – that he delivered whilst coaching the side were mightily well received amongst fans. However, it was his stoic, brave, inspiring leadership in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster that make Dalglish a genuine legend on Merseyside. The Scot also enjoyed success at Blackburn Rovers and Celtic – via an ill-fated stint at Newcastle United – but Anfield is undoubtedly his spiritual home

Affiliation

Org Scotland National Team
Club as Player Liverpool FC
Club as Coach Liverpool FC

Notes

Coachstat In the Scot’s only full season in charge, in 2011-12, Liverpool finished eighth
1991 02 22
Dalglish sensationally resigned as manager, two days after a 4-4 draw with Everton at Goodison Park

2011 11 07 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has lavished praise on defender Daniel Agger for his recent displays] Daniel’s a fantastic player but it wasn’t just down to Daniel that we’ve had two clean sheets. He’s a fantastic player and he’s probably as good as anyone else in his position in the Premier League. He’s comfortable in possession and he’s a very good defender as well. He’s a top defender, a top player. He played left-back for us at Stoke as well and did very well. It’s great to have him back and I hope his fitness remains as it is for a long time.

2012 03 20 Retrieve

[Former team-mate and manager Kenny Dalglish on Ronnie Whelan] He was a good goalscorer, good runner from midfield and a good hard player who was maybe under-rated for his determination

2016 03 23 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] Alan is a player in a class of his own. He lifts the whole team and turns draws into victories. In a word: priceless

2016 03 24 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] Alan has lots of qualities, on and off the pitch, and one of them is certainly his determination. That’s possibly his biggest asset

2016 03 25 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] He was fantastically aggressive in the air. He didn’t get pushed off the ball easily

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez and The FIFA Ban] It is my belief that when you bring a player to a football club, he becomes your responsibility. You don’t just turn you back on a player because he has done something wrong. I think you will find that Liverpool will not turn their back on Suarez, whatever the ban Fifa have decided he must serve. Sometimes, when people have something wrong with them, just because they don’t have a plaster cast on their leg, people think they don’t need help

2016 09 15 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez when Suarez signed for Barcelona in 2014] He has been fantastic everywhere he has been – a huge success and fabulously entertaining. There is no reason why he won’t continue that for Barcelona

2016 09 16 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] Suárez was fantastic. He was running as hard at the end as at the beginning. Even in our wildest dreams we couldn’t have thought he’d settle as well as he has done. He has graced the pitch every time he has stepped on it

2018 07 25 Retrieve

[It was late on a Friday evening in the summer of 1993 when Nottingham Forest starlet Roy Keane shook hands with Blackburn Rovers boss Kenny Dalglish on a transfer to Ewood Park. By that stage, though, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson had both called and met Keane in person, convincing him to accept a smaller salary to move to Old Trafford instead] Nobody does this to Kenny Dalglish. You’re a wee bastard and you won’t get away with this

2018 11 17 Retrieve

[The Scotsman returned to manage Liverpool in 2010 following the dismissal of Roy Hodgson, and led the Reds to a Carling Cup title in 2012. A stand at Anfield has since been dedicated and named after him in 2017, and he continues to be a prominent figure of the club to this day. Speaking of the families following the ceremony] They were fantastically supportive of the football club and at that instance it was important for us to turn supporter. They needed a bit of help, we wanted to help them, and I’m sure they would have done the same for us - I think that’s what life is all about. You feel humble. When you start off in your life, what do you want? You just want to play football. And when you play football, what do you want to do? You want to try and be successful, be a professional footballer, try and win something

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[Mythbuster: Ferguson knocked Liverpool ‘right off their f*cking perch’] In truth, I had wanted to leave Anfield in 1990, a year before I eventually resigned. In the 22 months between Hillsborough and my resignation, the strain kept growing until I finally snapped

[He subsequently admitted regretting his decision to walk away for good] The club had other ideas and went in another direction

2020 05 21 Retrieve

[Liverpool legend Dalglish on suffering coronavirus as he urges Premier League to ‘have a go’ at resuming season] If the other countries are getting up and having a go, I think the least you can do is have a go. Obviously, bearing in mind that health and security is very important for players and everybody else involved. Get that right, see what happens and see how you feel, then you decide if you’ll call it quits

It’s difficult to handle it. It’s good that we have four or five of us in the house so that helps you pass it and we are fortunate. I’ve been a lot more fortunate than many others

2020 05 21b Retrieve

[Kenny Dalglish has praised Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson’s fantastic leadership abilities and mental strength] It was difficult for him at the start because he’s a young boy coming in. But, by the way, it shows you the power of strength mentally he is, and actually how talented he is. He came through at the beginning and he’s been fantastic for the football club, not just on the pitch, but off the pitch. [As a] leader, a fantastic example. In the dressing room, he’ll be strong. There’s more that goes on with Jordan than what you actually see, but what you see on the football pitch is really exciting

For other clubs to think they can get Mane - unless, and it doesn’t look like it, unless they’re [Salah, Mane, Firmino] unhappy being at Liverpool which none of them seem to be. Eventually, like everything else, they’ll change the team around a little bit, but I cannot see them selling those players. Until, and unless, Liverpool want them out rather than they want out

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish has predicted more happy days ahead for the club following their first Premier League title] The last two years and since Jurgen’s come in has been very positive. He’s been fantastic and epitomises everything Liverpool Football Club stands for. Whatever they got, they have deserved it. Onwards and upwards. We have a lot more happy days to look forward to as long as Jurgen is here. Liverpool from top to bottom in the football club have been fantastically supportive. You know how much it means. It’s hard work to dominate the English league beside quality like Manchester City, by the way!

I’m very pleased for everybody connected with the football club. Jurgen [Klopp] has done a fantastic job. The highlight has been the camaraderie within the team and the way everyone has helped the team. Last night’s game was a huge example of that. They played with tempo and never gave Crystal Palace time on the ball. It’s the whole feeling within the club, you do not win anything without a great dressing room, and they have that

I remember Bob Paisley said once after winning the European Cup, he never had a drink because he wanted to remember the occasion. Well, I never took his advice!

2020 06 25b Retrieve

[Sir Kenny Dalglish pays tribute to Klopp and his side after City’s defeat] The last two years and since Jurgen’s come in has been very positive. He’s been fantastic and epitomises everything Liverpool Football Club stands for. Whatever they got, they have deserved it. Onwards and upwards. We have a lot more happy days to look forward to as long as Jurgen is here

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Dalglish reveals Ferguson message after Liverpool’s title win] He has contacted us to say congratulations - you are not at war!. There is competition between all the old foes, but at the end of the year you send a letter of congratulations to say well done. That continues and it is a great compliment. You may be rivals but to have the intelligence so that you are magnanimous enough to send in a letter saying congratulations. The people who you’ve been competing with all your life in football, they would wish it was themselves who won, it but they are proud to pay homage to other people as well

[Thursday’s long-awaited title triumph was a long time coming for Dalglish, who feels Klopp can continue to bring success to Anfield in the years to come] The last two years and since Jurgen’s come in has been very positive. He’s been fantastic and epitomises everything Liverpool Football Club stands for. Whatever they got, they have deserved it. Onwards and upwards. We have a lot more happy days to look forward to as long as Jurgen is here. Liverpool from top to bottom in the football club have been fantastically supportive. You know how much it means. It’s hard work to dominate the English league beside quality like Manchester City, by the way!

2020 06 27b Retrieve

[After his role in securing Liverpool’s first top-flight title success in 30 years, Dalglish says he has earned his place among the club’s biggest legends] Jordan will be the only Liverpool captain who has lifted this trophy and be a Club World Cup winner as well. He is up there with the captains who have picked up the Champions League. [When I signed him] I saw somebody who was better than what we had at that time. That was on the pitch. Then when you get into discussions, he was very balanced, his dad came with him for the conversations which was for me a good sign. He had a secure home life which helps and he was determined to be a success in football. If I hadn’t given him a chance, it would have been me who would have been wrong. I’m not being modest; you see something you like it and you get it

[The ex-Scotland hero was quick to give credit to coach Klopp, too, adding that the German has rare qualities] Obviously Liverpool fans and the players adore Jurgen, but there are a lot of opposition fans who think he is a good fella, too. You don’t get that with too many managers. You don’t get that. That is quite unique. Jurgen is the perfect fit for Liverpool. He is perfect. I am sure he is Scouser. Some people are suited to clubs because of the personality they have and the beliefs they have are similar and that is exactly what Jurgen has.

He is very comfortable in himself because he knows what he does is an honest effort and commitment to success, and he doesn’t mind sharing that success. He knows what he is doing is the right way for him. Some people might feel intimidated, but when the club had success there were always people in and around the football club. I think that is important to have that. He is very comfortable and he enjoys sharing the success he has with everybody.

2020 06 27c Retrieve

[Sir Alex Ferguson texts congratulations to Sir Kenny Dalglish on Liverpool title win] He [Ferguson] contacted us to say congratulations by the modern medium. You go through the older generation Fergie at Manchester United, Brian Kidd, Mike Summerbee; all the old foes who went through football at the same time as us and at the end of the year you sent a letter of congratulations to say well done. That continues through. It is a great compliment. You are in competition and rivals, but you are magnanimous enough to send a letter saying congratulations. Everyone is in the same game, aren’t they?

[…] This is not the final destination. It’s a moment like last year’s Champions League final. From that moment you carry on, and that’s what we’ll do now