On This Day - 1977 - Liverpool sign Kenny Dalglish from Celtic; will his like be seen again?

Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish celebrates after scoring the winning goal to clinch the championship 1986

Dalglish has hero status through every generation of Liverpool fan; have we seen the last of his type?

Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish in action 1977Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish in action 1977

It was not known at the time that Kenny Dalglish would go on to become the greatest Liverpool player in the eyes of many following his £440,000 switch from Celtic.

Dalglish came in at the time when the Reds were losing Kevin Keegan to Hamburg following on from a glorious campaign which saw Bob Paisley's side crowned European Champions for the first time.

An honours list as a player of six league titles, four League Cups, three European Cups and the FA Cup with 172 goals from 515 appearances would cement the Scot as a legend at the club. 

That is before you get on to the two league titles and FA Cup he won subsequently. Although he was still a player during that period, his work was mainly being done from the dugout following the memorable double winning season of 1985/86.

LIVERPOOL V BRUGES 1-0 DalglishLIVERPOOL V BRUGES 1-0 Dalglish

It is hard to put in to words what Kenny Dalglish means to Liverpool. In fact it is probably better coming from someone a little older than this writer.

But it is striking as to how he is loved by generations following on from those that saw him sport that famous number seven shirt. A wonderful player, a manager of arguably the best Liverpool side ever that romped to the league title in 1988, and also his leadership off the field in times of tragedy when an entire city that was grieving needed him.

Stories of the player that scored the winning goal in the 1978 European Cup final, the 1982 strike against Tottenham that put the Reds ahead as the clinched the title at Anfield, or his memorable volley to secure the league title against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 1986 are all told by the elder generation, watched by the younger.

Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish celebrates after scoring the winning goal to clinch the championship 1986Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish celebrates after scoring the winning goal to clinch the championship 1986

In many ways it was fitting that when he was appointed caretaker manager after the sacking of Roy Hodgson in 2011, that he would deliver a trophy in 2012 as the Reds won the League Cup. Even following a campaign of a poor eighth-placed league finish - although there were two cup finals in there - it didn't make his departure any less saddening, but it was a far less surprising exit than that of 1991.

Being born in Glasgow probably helped Dalglish settle at Liverpool as many have talked about the similarities between the two cities inhabitants - and he is synonymous with the Reds. One wonders if another like him will be seen, in terms of his character and popularity and his playing ability. It would be incredible if there was a match made between player and club again.

Liverpool's Assistant Manager Steve Clarke, manager Kenny Dalglish and First team coach Kevin Keen celebrate victory with the trophyLiverpool's Assistant Manager Steve Clarke, manager Kenny Dalglish and First team coach Kevin Keen celebrate victory with the trophy

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