Dal­glish gets An­field recog­ni­tion

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Liver­pool great Kenny Dal­glish is to have a stand named af­ter him at An­field in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tion to the club as player and man­ager.

The Premier League club said the Centenary Stand would be re­named later this year, on a date to be de­ter­mined, in the 66-year-old Scot’s hon­our to mark Liver­pool’s 125th an­niver­sary.

“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,” said prin­ci­pal owner John W Henry in a state­ment on the club web­site (www.liv­er­poolfc.com).

“But in Kenny Dal­glish we have a per­son who car­ries such im­mense sig­nif­i­cance to the fab­ric of Liver­pool, so it feels some­what in­cum­bent on us to recog­nise this in a man­ner that is be­fit­ting to the man.”

Henry added that Dal­glish, now a non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, was unique hav­ing achieved “great­ness” as a player and en­joy­ing such suc­cess as a man­ager.

“How­ever, Kenny’s con­tri­bu­tion to Liver­pool goes be­yond goals scored, points amassed and sil­ver­ware placed in the cabi­net,” Henry said.

“His val­ues are Liver­pool’s val­ues — he rep­re­sents what is best about this foot­ball club.”

Dal­glish joined Liver­pool from Celtic in 1977 and made 515 ap­pear­ances, scor­ing 172 goals. He also served two terms as man­ager.

“King Kenny” won eight league cham­pi­onships, three Euro­pean Cups, two FA Cups, five League Cups and one UEFA Su­per Cup in

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