The Kenny Dalglish Stand will recognize Kop legend’s immense contribution to the club.
Anfield’s Centenary Stand is to be renamed The Kenny Dalglish Stand in recognition of the Kop legend’s immense contribution to the club.
The decision has been taken by owners Fenway Sports Group to honor Dalglish in Liverpool’s 125th anniversary year.
Reds principal owner John W Henry said: “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.
But in Kenny Dalglish we have a person who carries such immense significance to the fabric of this club, so it feels somewhat incumbent on us to recognize this in a manner that is befitting to the man.
He is unique, not just to Liverpool, but to the game in England as a whole, having achieved greatness as a player and then enjoyed such success as a manager. His record and trophies won on both fronts speak for themselves.
However, Kenny’s contribution to Liverpool goes beyond goals scored, points amassed and silverware placed in the cabinet. His values are Liverpool’s values – he represents what is best about this football club.
Kenny Dalglish with John Henry
The leadership and solace he gave to individuals, the club and city as it tried to come to terms with the trauma and tragedy of Hillsborough transcended sporting achievement.
His name is synonymous with our club, with our home and the city of Liverpool. Now it will be as visible as it is palpable.
It will be 40 years in August since Dalglish’s love affair with the Reds started following his £440,000 move from Celtic.
Arguably the finest player in the club’s history, he scored 172 goals in 515 appearances and went on to have two successful spells as manager. In total he lifted eight league championships, three European Cups, two FA Cups, five League Cups and one UEFA Super Cup.
Off the field, he provided immense leadership in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 and has been a pillar of support for the families in the ongoing fight for justice.
Liverpool manager Bob Paisley looks on with club chairman John Smith (left) and club secretary Peter Robinson as Kenny Dalglish signs for Liverpool.
He and his wife Marina have also helped to raise more than £9 million for charity through the Marina Dalglish Appeal which helps those who have been diagnosed with cancer on Merseyside.
Dalglish currently holds the position of a non-executive director on the Liverpool board.
Reds chairman Tom Werner added: We recognise this won’t sit comfortably with Kenny’s default position of humility and self-deprecation.
But as we approach the club’s 125th anniversary year, now is the right time in the club’s illustrious history to leave this legacy.
Liverpool FC v Villarreal in Europa League Semi Final Second Leg at Anfield. Mosaic on the Kop and Centenary Stand
He and his family should know the privilege and honour is all ours – his name means so much to so many and its prominence at Anfield will enrich an already prestigious sporting cathedral.
For decades he has served the club and the city, with the steadfast attitude that the collective always comes ahead of the individual.
This announcement isn’t about singling him out – it’s about recognising that his name embodies values we all strive to honour and his name represents all that we are proud of when identifying ourselves as Liverpool Football Club.
The official renaming ceremony will take place later this year.
Fantastic news, richly deserved and all hail to the King.