Just 16 months ago Kenny Dalglish left the Merseyside team, Liverpool. During his two stints as Liverpool manager, Dalglish won the English First Division three times (85-86, 87-88, 89-90), FA Cup twice (85-86, 88-89), League Cup once (11-12) and the FA Charity Shield four times (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990).
The three-time European Cup winner made 515 appearances and scored 172 goals during his time as a player for Liverpool Football Club. The former number 7 will be returning to Anfield as a non-executive director.
Liverpool owner John W Henry spoke with the Guardian newspaper and confirmed the news:
“We’re delighted Kenny has accepted our offer. He has a unique relationship with the club and embodies everything about the club.”
Current Liverpool F.C. manager, Brendan Rodgers embraces the passion that Dalglish will bring to the club:
“When I met Kenny to discuss this
appointment, I was struck by the passion and drive he still has in wanting to see Liverpool return to where it should be; one of the most successful club’s in the world.”
“We are all together in that goal, owners and supporters, players and management and also icons such as Kenny Dalglish. I want people around us who have this club and what it stands for in their heart.”
The former Scottish international was capped 102 times for his national team and scored 30 goals. Dalglish has managed Liverpool twice, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and Celtic. As a player he played for only two teams, Celtic and Liverpool; scoring over 100 hundred goals for both teams.
MBE, Kenny Dalglish didn’t hesitate in saying yes to the new role at the club:
“It is an honor and privilege to be asked to return to Liverpool as a director of the club. I have always said if there is anything I could do to help this club I would make myself available; when the call came I had no hesitation.”
“I am looking forward to working with the board of directors and contributing to the strategic issues that affect Liverpool Football Club. Liverpool has given me and my family so much since we came here just over 36 years ago and my priority is and will always be to have the club’s best interests at heart.”
The Liverpool Football Club is currently second in the English Premier League having earned 13 points from just six games. At this stage of the season last year Liverpool was 14th in the league and only managed five points from their first six matches. Daniel Sturridge is in fine form for the club having scored five goals in six games and with Luis Suarez now back after his ban, Liverpool looks even stronger in going forward.
The appointment of Kenny Dalglish can only be positive for the Merseyside team as they look to continue to stay within the top four spots of the English Premier League. With the comfortable victory over Sunderland last weekend, Liverpool will be looking to continue their winning ways and take maximum points in the matches coming up against Crystal Palace (5 Oct, 13), Newcastle United (19 Oct, 13) and West Bromwich Albion (26 Oct, 13). Before facing a tough trip to current league leaders Arsenal on the 2nd of November.