Kenny Dal­glish’s sec­ond mem­oir, MyLiver­pool man­ages to lift the spir­its through an easy and lov­ingly re­called se­quence of events.

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Dal­glish pens paeans to his one­time team­mates and brings us into the in­ner work­ings of his team: the one that he starred for and later coached.

this, in ef­fect, is an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy in re­verse in that a player ac­tu­ally pours out his de­vo­tion to his club and the peo­ple that un­der­pin it rather than ex­plain the sto­ries and events that made up his ca­reer, which is nor­mally af­fected in a typ­i­cally self­ab­sorb­ing man­ner.

there are, how­ever, caveats at­tached to My Liver­pool Home. the open­ing pages place the pa­ram­e­ters of its ap­peal to the el­derly ar­ray of liver­pool en­thu­si­asts – more so to those in the ad­vanced side of their 30s and any age above it. Younger read­ers with­out the ben­e­fit of tales of Dal­glish and his col­leagues in their splen­dour might strug­gle to ap­pre­ci­ate the “lost” epochs of liver­pool FC with­out re­course to video clips float­ing in cy­ber spheres. those with an open mind and en­ter­prise, though, will find a re­ward­ing his­tory les­son in the least cel­e­brated phases of the club as told by the man who was in the mid­dle of them all.

an­other down­side to My Liver­pool Home – as the more eru­dite read­ers are likely to con­cur – is that they may not find the ap­pro­pri­ate emo­tional heft in the retelling of the var­i­ous wa­ter­sheds in Dal­glish and the club’s life in the 1980s, such as the Hey­sel and Hills­bor­ough tragedies, plus his walk out at an­field, an in­ci­dent which still trem­bles to­day with in­credulity and horror. Dal­glish’s strug­gle in deal­ing with Hills­bor­ough has been doc­u­mented ex­ten­sively in in­ter­views for its 20th an­niver­sary last year and there is lit­tle new in­for­ma­tion that could be gleaned from My Liver­pool Home.




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