Kenny Dalglish will have his name forever etched in Anfield legend…by having a stand named after him.
The club’s American owners have decided to rename the Centenary stand in honour of the club’s most famous son.
Dalglish has been voted Liverpool’s greatest-ever player and has twice managed the club, leading them to honours in both his spells in charge.
The announcement has come during celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the famous football club.
Speaking on behalf of Fenway Sports Group, John W Henry said: “In Kenny Dalglish we have a person who carries such immense significance to the fabric of this club (and we want to) recognise this in a manner 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.”
Dalglish joined Liverpool from Celtic back in 1977 for a then record fee of £500,000, and he has remained an iconic Anfield figure throughout the last 40 years. After his playing and management career with the Reds, he currently holds the position of non-executive board director.
He made 515 appearances as a player scoring 172 goals and in total, he lifted eight league championships, three European Cups, two FA Cups, five League Cups and one UEFA Super Cup.
But it was off the field as a leader during the trauma of the Hillsborough disaster that marks him out as truly great man, with the support he provided over the years to the relatives of those who lost their lives.
There has been speculation Anfield will eventually be renamed to incorporate a stadium sponsor deal, but there has been no announcement so far, and the official renaming ceremony of the Kenny Dalglish stand will take place later this year.
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner explained that the club felt it right to recognise the illustrious history of the famous club.
“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.”