Liverpool to honour legend Dalglish

Liverpool have announced plans to honour Kenny Dalglish by naming one of the Anfield stands after the Scottish legend as part of the club's 125th anniversary.

Dalglish is regarded as the best player in the Reds' history, having helped them dominate domestically and in Europe during the late 1970's and 1980's.

The Scotland international scored 172 goals in 515 appearances for the Merseyside giants following his switch from Celtic in 1977, and won eight league titles, three European Cups, two FA Cups, five League Cups and one UEFA Super Cup during his career in North West England.

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group felt the timing was right to pay a fitting tribute the 66-year-old icon by renaming The Centenary Stand to The Kenny Dalglish Stand during a ceremony that will take place later this year.

"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," FSG principal owner John W. Henry said in a statement.

"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 recognise 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.

"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."