Liverpool Legends: Kenny Dalglish

Barney Corkhill@@BarneyCorkhillSenior Writer IOctober 27, 2008

In a new series to Bleacher Report, Barney Corkhill takes a look at the illustrious history of the most successful club in English football. In this series, the greatest players from Liverpool's history will be looked at.

Most of them are fan favourites, and most were hugely talented, but all of them are Liverpool Legends.

I should stress that in these articles, I will only focus on their career while at Liverpool.

Enough with the introduction! On to the first legend—the man considered to be the greatest of the greats that fill Liverpool's past and present—Kenny Dalglish.

On August 10, 1977, Kenny Dalglish left Celtic, a club he had enjoyed great success with, to join a Liverpool side looking for a replacement for Kevin Keegan after his move to Hamburg.

Dalglish joined the mighty Liverpool side of the 1970s for £440,000, a British record at the time. Sceptics doubted his ability to fill the void Keegan had left. Those sceptics were soon changed into supporters.

He made his debut in the Charity Shield, a match which ended in a draw against Manchester United. A week later, Dalglish scored his debut goal in the opening game of the league season, winning a point for Liverpool.

The week after that, he scored again, this time at Anfield, for the first time. It would be the first of many.

That season, his first in England, he managed to average a goal every two games, scoring 31 goals in 62 appearances. One of the reasons Dalglish had left Celtic was so he could win the European Cup.

That season his dream came true, as Liverpool retained the crown, with Dalglish scoring the winner.

The next year, after going to the World Cup with Scotland, his goals led Liverpool to his first English league title. His performances led to him being named as the Player of the Year in only his second season in England.

More trophies followed as, under Bob Paisley, Liverpool won the league again in 1980 and the League Cup in 1981. For the third time under Paisley, Liverpool got to the European Cup final in 1981.

Liverpool triumphed, and Keegan, who had come to Liverpool to experience European success, had more than he could've dreamt for.

But the trophies kept on coming. In 1982, Dalglish was instrumental in helping Liverpool to another league crown, and a second consecutive League Cup success.

1983 was to be Paisley's last in charge. Dalglish and Liverpool made sure it was a happy ending to the great manager. They became league champions again and won their third successive League Cup.

Individually, Dalglish was excellent, and his fellow professionals recognised that. In fact, everyone did. He was voted Player of the Year and Player's Player of the Year.

That summer, Paisley left, to be replaced by Joe Fagan, another member of the "Boot-Room". Under Paisley, Dalglish had won nine trophies, two Player of the Year awards and a Player's Player of the Year award. It was the end of an era, but not the end of Liverpool and Dalglish's success.

Fagan's Liverpool were all-conquering, recording an unprecedented and historic treble as he brought the league title, the League Cup (for a fourth successive time) and the European Cup to Anfield.

Dalglish, who had now been part of three European Cup winning sides, was the driving force behind the powerhouse of Liverpool.

The following year, Liverpool reached the European Cup final again. But events off the field overshadowed the game. It was the occasion of the Heysel disaster, and the eventual result was almost unimportant.

Following Heysel, Fagan retired, and Dalglish was named as the player-manager.

In 1986, his first season in that position, he led Liverpool to the double, the first time he had experienced FA Cup success in his career.

The pressures of management, however, soon got to Dalglish, and, with the added weight of having to deal with the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, it eventually got too much as he quit his Liverpool post in 1991.

He is a true Liverpool legend, perhaps the greatest of all. He was voted as the top player in the Players who shook the Kop countdown by Liverpool fans.

Kenny Dalglish —The Liverpool Legend!


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