Happy Birthday King Kenny: Dalglish's five best Liverpool moments

Kenny Dalglish Watches On

The Liverpool legend turned 63 today and enjoyed a glittering spell during his time at Anfield, but what were his finest moments with the Merseyside club?

Kenny Dalglish turned 63 today and, having played for and managed Liverpool, is widely regarded as a club legend for his work at Anfield.

Dalglish topped a poll of '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' in 2006, underlining his reputation during his playing days and his managerial career was hardly shabby too, winning five trophies in six years during his first spell in charge.

His second spell failed to replicate the stunning form he had shown previously, but he still managed to secure a trophy in the shape of the 2012 League Cup.

So, on his birthday, here are just a few of the Scot's finest moments with the Reds...

1) Dalglish joins the Reds revolution

The Scot was lured to Anfield from Celtic - his only other club - in August 1977 for a fee of around £440,000, which was a British record at the time.

He took on the number seven shirt made available after Kevin Keegan's departure to Hamburg as he became the latest in a string of top players to don the number.

2) Champions League winner

At the tail end of his debut season at the club, Dalglish struck the crucial winner in the Champions League final against Belgian outfit Club Brugge to seal the Reds' third successive European trophy and second consecutive Champions League crown.

Latching onto Graeme Souness's pass, he casually chipped goalkeeper Birger Jensen to cap off a dream campaign which had seen him score a remarkable 31 goals in 62 games.

3) Bidding farewell to Anfield

Dalglish's final strike came, fittingly, in front of his adoring Kopites at Anfield in a 3-0 home win over Nottingham Forest on April 18, 1987.

He made his final appearance for the club against Derby County some three years later at the age of 39 to bring the curtain down on a wonderful playing career.

4) The 'player manager'

The role was practically unheard of until Kenny took it on, becoming the club's head honcho and still making numerous appearances on the field as he took over the reins from Joe Fagan in the summer of 1985.

In his first season he clinched a league-and-cup double and scored the winning goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to seal the title.

5) The Return of the King

Dalglish returned for a second spell at Anfield on January 8, 2011 which saw him break the club's transfer record twice in as many days and seal a first trophy for six years with the League Cup win.

He snapped up a talent in Luis Suarez, who has since gone on to become one of the best strikers in world football for what now appears a paltry fee of £22million, before signing Andy Carroll from Newcastle United for £35million to completely revamp a struggling strike force.

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