Liverpool to rename Centenary Stand at Anfield in honour of Kenny Dalglish

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Kenny Dalglish (centre) won the league, the cup and in he won in Europe too - Getty Images

Liverpool are to pay tribute to the club's greatest ever servant by renaming an Anfield stand in honour of Kenny Dalglish.

The Centenary Stand will become The Kenny Dalglish Stand.

Club owners Fenway Sports Group wanted permanent recognition for the man who is considered by many to be the finest player to wear the Liverpool shirt and who also managed the club during two spells.

Dalglish’s off-field contribution to the city of Liverpool – most notably his leadership qualities in the aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 – make him stand apart from anyone in the club’s history and one of the most respected figures on the game's world stage.

The timing of the announcement comes as part of Liverpool’s 125th anniversary celebrations, due recognition for the legend who is still working as a club director and ambassador.

Liverpool already have the Shankly and Paisley Gates in remembrance for their most celebrated managers, as well as statue of the architect of the club’s rise to global status, Bill Shankly.

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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.

Dalglish was a rock for the families and victims in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster Credit: PA

“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.”

Dalglish returned to manage Liverpool for a second term during which time he won the League Cup  Credit: Getty Images

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner added: “We recognise this won’t sit comfortably with Kenny’s default position of humility and self-deprecation. But as we approach the club’s 125th anniversary year, now is the right time in the club’s illustrious history to leave this legacy. He and his family should know the privilege and honour is all ours – his name means so much to so many and its prominence at Anfield will enrich an already prestigious sporting cathedral.

“For decades he has served the club and the city, with the steadfast attitude that the collective always comes ahead of the individual. This announcement isn’t about singling him out – it’s about recognising that his name embodies values we all strive to honour and his name represents all that we are proud of when identifying ourselves as Liverpool Football Club.”

Dalglish joined Liverpool from Celtic in the summer of 1977, winning the league title six times as a player, three European Cups, four League Cups and the FA Cup. He made 515 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 172 goals.

He won league and Cup double in his first year in the job as a player-manager in 1986, adding a further two titles and the FA Cup solely as manager. He also won Liverpool’s last trophy in 2011 during his second spell in charge – the League Cup.

 Dalglish is also won the Premier League during his spell at Blackburn Rovers.

Liverpool say the official renaming ceremony will take place later this year.

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