Arise, Sir Kenny Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish was officially knighted during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

The Liverpool FC legend received the honour from Prince Charles after it had been announced in June that the Scot’s remarkable contributions both on and off the football pitch were to be recognised.

Dalglish enjoyed a glittering playing career with Celtic and the Reds that spanned more than 20 years and included a host of major honours, and also made a record 102 appearances for his country.

As Liverpool boss, he won three championships – becoming the first player/manager to achieve the league and FA Cup double in 1986 – and claimed a fourth with Blackburn Rovers in 1995.

Dalglish later returned for a second spell in the Anfield dugout in 2011 and led the club to League Cup success at Wembley during his 18 months in charge.

The knighthood also comes as recognition for his contributions off the pitch, including his unflinching support for the Hillsborough families and The Marina Dalglish Appeal; he has helped to raise more than £10million to improve cancer care across Merseyside.

Dalglish said:

“It’s humbling but you’re hugely proud. You never set out in your life to do anything other than what your parents taught and wanted you to do.

“That was to be decent to people and if somebody needed help, you helped them. That’s all we’ve done. The three things they have recognised us for are all things really close to our hearts. Myself and Marina only did what we thought was right to be done.”

Kenny Dalglish on his Knighthood

Sir Kenny Dalglish has been speaking about his Knighthood following today’s announcement of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Recognised for his contribution to football, the 67 year-old said he is “hugely grateful” for the award and immediately dedicated it to Jock Stein, Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley.  He said:

“Obviously it was for others with more education and knowledge than myself to decide whether or not I deserved a knighthood and it goes without saying that I am hugely grateful to them for the decision that they have made.”

“All I can say is that from my own point of view I am definitely no more deserving of an accolade like this than Jock Stein, Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley were. I am just fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time and I would like to dedicate this honour to them because without the standards that they set at Glasgow Celtic and Liverpool, individuals like myself would not have been able to thrive as much as we did.”

In a hugely successful career in football for over 20 years, he played for Celtic and Liverpool winning major honours with both clubs. Internationally, he remains Scotland’s most capped player with 102 appearances.

During his managerial tenure at Liverpool, he secured three league titles, including a league and cup double in 1986 – the first person to ever achieve this feat as a player/manager. A further league title followed with Blackburn Rovers in 1995.

Dalglish went on to say:

“The most important thing to stress is that this honour is not a reflection of myself.

“It is a reflection of everyone who has played a part in my life and my career. Nobody achieves anything alone, especially in football, and in my case any success I have enjoyed has been due to the contributions made by my family, the players, coaches and managers that I was fortunate enough to work with and the supporters who backed me. This instance is no different.

“The enjoyment that I have derived from being involved in football for as long as I have is outstripped only by the sense that I’ve been hugely fortunate to have the right people around me at all times. None more so than my family whose support allowed me to focus on playing and managing, sometimes to the detriment of their own aspirations and ambitions. They share this honour as much as anyone else because without them none of this would have been possible.

“Similar sentiments apply to those in football who believed in me sufficiently to give me opportunities and who backed me on and off the pitch in a multitude of ways. At Milton Bank Primary, High Possil Secondary, Glasgow Boys, Cumbernauld United, Celtic, Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United I was fortunate to be supported and accompanied by individuals who gave me a chance to do my job to the best of my ability, whether as a player or a manager. I have always appreciated the roles that they played in my life and that applies even more on this day as it does on any other.”

Dalglish’s Knighthood is also recognition for his contribution off the pitch in support of the Hillsborough families and The Marina Dalglish Appeal.  He has helped to raise over £10 million to improve cancer care across Merseyside.

Sir Kenny has thanked those who nominated him for this honour. He added:

“Last, but by no means least, I would like to express my gratitude to those who nominated me for a knighthood. I don’t know exactly what the process is but obviously something like this couldn’t happen unless someone puts your name forward so thank you to whoever it was who holds me in sufficient esteem that they believe me worthy of such an accolade. It is extremely humbling to have people who think of you in this way.”

Klopp is the third quickest Liverpool FC manager to hit the 100-point-milestone

Jürgen Klopp today reflected on reaching the 100-point milestone with Liverpool last weekend and insisted: ‘We’re really ready for the all the challenges still to come.’

The boss achieved his league century with the 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday, doing so in just 57 matches at the helm.

Klopp is the third quickest manager to hit the 100 mark in top-flight matches in the Reds history, with only Kenny Dalglish (48) and David Ashworth (56) doing it in fewer.

And asked what he’s learned over the course of wracking up those points, Klopp said in his pre-Burnley press conference:

“I understand the language better, that’s the main improvement for me!

“I’ve learned a lot about the league, I’ve learned a lot about the club and I’ve learned a lot about my players.

“Yes, we have improved and we are able to play good football. We have struggled in a few moments, you know about the reasons – a few injuries, too many, that’s how it is and it’s not let us develop as much as would have been possible I would think. But everything is on a good way.

“The atmosphere within the club is fantastic and we are really close together, really ready for all of what is coming up, in this season, the next season and the season after that. That is all good.

“100 points sounds a lot, but a minute ago we spoke about the matches where we didn’t get the points, so obviously it could have been even quicker and that would have been nice! It is like it is and it’s all in a good way.

“We are still all full of power, full of joy for the job and challenge.”