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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

2019 07 22 Retrieve

[FC Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish believes Kieran Tierney could end up staying at Parkhead, with a long-running transfer saga involving Arsenal and Napoli having reached stalemate] Kieran Tierney’s transfer situation looks as though it could rumble on for a wee bit yet. The Celtic left-back has been linked with a move away, and there have been regular news stories about Arsenal and Napoli being interested in the 22-year-old. The other piece of the jigsaw is that the Parkhead hierarchy are holding out for a straight £25 million fee for their player. Of course, the identities of the clubs that may or may not be chasing him – and the amount of money it would take to land him – have never been officially confirmed as nobody has gone on the record to put everyone fully in the picture. But we know how these things work.

Kieran hasn’t gone public on the situation. But it would fair to say that perhaps he feels the time is right to try something different, and there is a curiosity as to what might be out there for him. There is nothing wrong with that. He is perfectly entitled to explore any options that may come his way. Whatever happens, to date he has given four years of outstanding service to Celtic, and that should never be forgotten or tarnished. But he is also powerless in many ways as he can’t officially get involved until his club have agreed a fee and given him permission to talk about the length of contract and salary with a particular club. So, unless the valuation is met, there is a stalemate. The Hoops have every right to play hardball, and get what they believe to be a proper valuation. That could mean that the lad ends up staying at Celtic FC.

2019 08 12 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp has the support of Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish when it comes to a quiet transfer window at Anfield. He told with Adrian, Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg the only arrivals] Liverpool haven’t made any big-money signings, and everyone at the football club will be comfortable about that. They are the champions of Europe and have an exceptionally-strong squad. There is no point in bringing in new players unless they are an improvement on what you have. For every club, that’s not as easy as it sounds. You need to be patient and wait for the right moment and the right player. Some managers and chairmen might feel the need to buy for the sake of it, whether it’s to keep the fans happy or just add numbers. But the one thing about Jurgen Klopp is that he will absolutely not do anything that he does not want to do. That’s a fantastic quality to have. On the flipside, it’s just as important not to lose any of your top players and Liverpool haven’t sold anyone or loaned out anyone that weakens their squad

2019 09 30 Retrieve

[Kenny Dalglish says Jurgen Klopp is going nowhere at Liverpool] The Liverpool manager stated that if he decides to call time on his career at Anfield a couple of years down the line, then Steven Gerrard would be his tip to take over from him. It’s a hypothetical scenario, but one that I can see the sense in. I’m sure Jurgen is only echoing the thoughts of most of the club’s supporters. However, let’s be clear. Jurgen is going nowhere, and nobody with the club at heart wants to see him depart. He may have led the club to the Champions League last season, the biggest prize in European football. But there is much more he still wants to achieve – in particular Liverpool’s first league title since 1990 – and this season has started very well. But the time will come when he decides it’s time to take a break, and nobody would be critical of him for doing so. At some stage, everybody needs a rest, a time to draw breath and take stock

When that scenario unfolds, Steven Gerrard, I’m quite certain, will come into the thoughts of everyone at Liverpool. He knows the club inside out and is proving himself to be a very capable young manager at Rangers. Jurgen didn’t say what he did in order to angle a move away from Anfield for himself, or to unsettle Steven at Ibrox. He was just speaking honestly. For me, the way Jurgen answered the question put to him once again reiterated just how much he ‘gets’ Liverpool, from the way some people are regarded by everyone at the club to the mood and feelings of the supporters. Perhaps Steven might have been a wee bit embarrassed with Jurgen’s comments, but they would have been said with the best of intentions. Deep down inside, I’m sure Steven would have been very, very proud of Jurgen’s comments. But right now he has a job at Rangers to be getting on with, just as Jurgen will be fully focused on matters at Anfield. Steven is doing very well at Ibrox. He has improved the team, and helped the club make huge strides forward off the park. The next step, of course, is to try to win silverware

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[Kenny Dalglish was hugely disappointed as David Duckenfield was found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter over the 1989 Hillsborough disaster] Like anyone who has seen at close quarters the dignified way that the families have conducted themselves in the fight for justice, [wife] Marina and I are hugely disappointed by yesterday’s verdict. We had hoped that the families would get the outcome that they wanted and that they clearly deserved, but that hasn’t proven to be the case. The rest of us must now continue to offer whatever support they might need. From a personal point of view, I am immensely proud of everything that the families and their supporters have achieved over the last three decades. In the face of tragedy and with so much against them, they have persevered with the utmost integrity and in a way that shames all who have let them down. I know there cannot be any consolation in a situation like this, but I would hope that they can take some comfort from the fact that so many good people will still stand beside them

2019 12 16 Retrieve

[Liverpool legend Dalglish doubts contract theory] Steven Gerrard signed a new contract that ties him to the club until 2024. It just so happened that Jurgen Klopp also signed an extension to tie him to Liverpool for the same period. But spare me the notion it all goes hand in hand for Steven to go to Anfield and replace Jurgen in five years’ time. Listen, I know it’s Christmas time and we all like a good fairy tale. However, nobody – including Jurgen, Steven and me – can look five days into the future, never mind four or five years. For anyone to suggest otherwise is putting two and two together and coming up with 222. So, let’s get back to reality

2020 03 15 Retrieve

[Kenny Dalglish says We can’t allow this season to count for nothing] Would any person without an agenda really think it would be the most-sensible outcome to deny Liverpool their chance of winning the title after doing fantastically well in their 29 league games so far to build up a 25-point lead over Manchester City with nine games remaining? My first thought is that we must be given time to finish the competitions in our own backyard. If that means we need to play every second night for three weeks during May, or even into June, then so be it. It’s far from ideal, I know, but every club would be in the same boat, so it would be a level playing field. What must definitely not happen is for the 2019-20 campaign to be declared null and void

We just need to hope that in the short term, as many people as possible are safe and well and free from the virus. Football is quite rightly playing second fiddle to worldwide health issues, and we can never underestimate the importance of it all. That, of course, is my main concern just now and I wish everyone well and good health

2020 03 16 Retrieve

[Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish on the other hand believes the season can’t be allowed to count for nothing] Would any person without an agenda really think it would be the most-sensible outcome to deny Liverpool their chance of winning the title after doing fantastically well in their 29 league games so far to build up a 25-point lead over Manchester City with nine games remaining? My first thought is that we must be given time to finish the competitions in our own backyard. If that means we need to play every second night for three weeks during May, or even into June, then so be it. It’s far from ideal, I know, but every club would be in the same boat, so it would be a level playing field. What must definitely not happen is for the 2019-20 campaign to be declared null and void

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 04 10 Retrieve

[Liverpool legend Dalglish tests positive for coronavirus] He would like to take this opportunity to thank the brilliant NHS staff, whose dedication, bravery and sacrifice should be the focus of the nation’s attention at this extraordinary time. He would also ask that they are given the space to do their jobs during what is an extremely challenging time for them and that his own family’s privacy is respected. He looks forward to being home soon

2020 04 12 Retrieve

[Liverpool legend Dalglish discharged from hospital after coronavirus diagnosis] People may think my name got me the best of care but every patient in the NHS gets the best of care. As a nation, we are lucky to have them and I wish them all well as they work tirelessly to help the country through this pandemic

[He also addressed supporters] Thank you for all of your well wishes over the last few days. ‪I’m delighted to be back home with the family after receiving brilliant care from the NHS, which we appreciate now more than ever. Marina and I would like to express our immense gratitude to the medical staff who cared for me and who continue to treat countless others throughout the country during an incredibly challenging period. ‪I know the sun is shining for many of you, but I urge you to stay home and follow the government guidelines to the letter. This is undoubtedly the best way that we can look after one another at this time. We will now be in full lockdown for the recommended amount of time in order to protect the lives of others.

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[Dalglish had earlier penned a message in the Sunday Post thanking the National Health Service staff who had looked after him] People may think my name got me the best of care but every patient in the NHS gets the best of care. As a nation, we are lucky to have them and I wish them all well as they work tirelessly to help the country through this pandemic

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