Will any manager match Bob Paisley's achievements at Liverpool?

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The most decorated manager in Liverpool's history walked into the club as a player three quarters of a century ago.

Today marks 75 years since Bob Paisley walked into Anfield for the first time when he signed for Liverpool in 1939.

Paisley didn't just win League Championships as a manager or an assistant at Anfield, his first came as a player as Liverpool won the first Football League title after World War II in the 1946/47 season.

But it is as a manager that he is mostly fondly remembered for. Though Bill Shankly is credited with laying the foundations that made Liverpool one of the biggest and decorated clubs around, Paisley – who assisted Shankly during his 15 year reign at Anfield – was the man that established Liverpool as a European force.

During his nine years at Anfield, the man from Hetton-le-Hole won six league titles, three European cups, three League Cups and one UEFA Cup as Liverpool dominated in the late 1970s and 80s.

As a result he is the most decorated manager in the history of the club, and was in the background when Kenny Dalglish took over as player/manager in 1985, as he advised the then rookie Scot after Joe Fagan retired.

But the days of Liverpool dominance have been missing for a while, they have shown signs that they could return this season with Liverpool’s improbable charge to the title.

The question is could any Liverpool manager do what Paisley did, now?

Paisley’s success came over a nine year spell, though that may seem a long time in football management today, winning 13 major honours in that time – every one of them barring the FA Cup, which he came close to winning in 1977, only to be thwarted by Manchester United in the final - was a remarkable achievement.

Though Liverpool are currently making progress under Brendan Rodgers, and the desire to build something 'sustainable', in the Northern Irishman’s words, are encouraging. But, it is hard to see in this day and age a manager competing with the financial muscle of Manchester City, Chelsea and to an extent Manchester United and Chelsea having the same kind of honour roll as Paisley did.

It’s not to say it is impossible, but it’s going to take a special manager to get close to achieving what Paisley achieved, even from this position Liverpool now find themselves in.

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