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Kenny Dalglish

Born 4th March 1951 - Glasgow

Games 481 with 15 Sub appearances scoring 172 goals

Honours - 3 European Cups, 6 League Championships, 1 FA Cup, 4 League Cups, 1 Double, 1 Treble, 102 Scotland Caps

Kenny Dalglish will go down as one of Liverpools greatest players ever as well as the only Liverpool manager to complete the League and FA Cup double as Liverpool Manager.  Dalglish signed for Liverpool in August 1977 for 440,000 from Glasgow Celtic.  The player came in to replace the outgoing Kevin Keegan and any worry that Liverpool would be the overall loser was soon forgotten when he scored on his league debut and netted a total of 30 goals in his first season.

To describe Dalglish as simply a goalscorer though would be missing the point and being unjust to the rest of his overall play.  Kenny could hold the ball up magnificently and buy enough time for the rest of the players to catch up play or he could open the defence in an instant with a defence splitting ball.  His vision for the pass was superb and was complemented in time by the great Ian Rush.

Dalglish scored the winning goal in 1978 when Liverpool retained the European cup, the first time it had been done by an English Club.  Dalglish also scored the goal which won the league championship in 1985-86 which was to prove the first half of the double in his first year as a player manager at the club following the resignation of Joe Fagan.  Kenny was guided throughout his early management years by Bob Paisley.  Dalglish managed the club until February 1991 when he resigned under the pressures of the game.  Dalglish was one of many players who suffered after the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.  Kennys management had declined since the fateful day in April 89 and saw him buy a few players of non LFC calibre like Jimmy Carter and when he left the club in 1991 it was in need of a return to the top.  The gap was filled by Graeme Souness.

Kenny Dalglish though will be remembered as a Liverpool player or otherwise as King Kenny.  He is the only player in Scottish History to be capped over 100 times.  These days Kenny is out of management after two spell since his resignation at Blackburn Rovers where he helped them into the top league and win the Premiership before a stint at Newcastle which saw him eventually sacked.

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