On this day: Kenny Dalglish joined Liverpool in 1977

Let’s travel back in time and return to 10 August 1977, the day Sir Kenny Dalglish signed for Liverpool FC.

It was exactly 42 years ago today, when legendary Scottish forward Kenny Dalglish completed his move from Celtic to Liverpool for a British transfer fee record of £440,000.

Dalglish was signed to replace Kevin Keegan, who guided the Reds to their first European crown in the 1976-77 campaign and eventually went on to overcome the achievements of his predecessor.

The Scottish striker got used to life in England real quick and scored 31 goals in 61 appearances across all competitions in his debut season at Anfield. Liverpool lost their English First Division crown to Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forrest, but managed to retain the European Cup, defeating Club Brugges in the final, as Kenny scored the winner himself.

In his second season, Dalglish recorded a personal best of 21 league goals for the club, and he was also named Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year. The English championship returned to Anfield in 1979 and stayed there at the end of the 1979-80 campaign.

In the 1980-81 season, Dalglish won his second European Cup with the Reds, thanks to Alan Kennedy’s late winner in the final against Real Madrid.

Three consecutive English League titles followed from 1982 to 1984, crowned with another European Cup triumph, as the Reds saw off Roma on penalties in the 1984 European Cup Final.

The 1984-85 campaign was the only one which did not see Kenny Dalglish lift a major trophy during his playing career at Anfield.

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The reigning European champions managed to reach the European Cup Final for a second successive season back then, only to lose 1-0 to Juventus, in a game which will sadly be remembered for the horrific Heysel Stadium disaster.

Kenny Dalglish in charge of Liverpool FC

Liverpool’s head coach Joe Fagan retired from management right after the 1985 European Cup Final defeat and it was Kenny Dalglish who replaced him, being named as player-manager of the Reds.

Dalglish won a domestic double in his first season in charge at Anfield. He played himself in 21 league games and scored only three goals in the 1985-86 campaign, one of which was the title-decider in the final round against Chelsea.

He managed the Reds until 21 February 1991, winning the English First Division two more times (in 1988 and 1990), as well as another FA Cup trophy – in 1989.

Then he moved to Blackburn, where he won the Premier League in 1995. The Scott also managed Newcastle United and Celtic, before officially retiring from the game in 2000.

However, Liverpool came calling for help following Roy Hodgson’s departure in January 2011, a call Dalglish couldn’t reject.

He came back from retirement to guide the Reds in the next season and a half, winning the League Cup at the end of the 2011-12 campaign. It was the last trophy Liverpool had won before their Champions League triumph last season.

Where would you rank Kanny Dalglish among the greatest figures of English football? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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