by Kenny Dalglish - £14.99 Hodder & Stoughton (2011)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781444704204 | ISBN 10: 1444704206
Kenny Dalglish's relationship with Liverpool Football Club is one of the great love stories of sport. From the moment he first set foot in the Anfield dressing-room as a starry-eyed teenager, nervously asking for autographs while having a trial at the club, Dalglish felt a passion for Liverpool stir within him. After joining from Celtic in 1977, the supremely gifted striker was embraced by Liverpool fans, for the goals and the glory, and most especially for the three European Cups.
The Kop`s adoration of King Kenny has never ebbed. Every game, they still sing his name. Liverpool fans have never forgotten how Dalglish held the club together through two tragedies, the first at the Heysel stadium in Brussels in 1985 and then at Hillsborough in 1989. Both disasters are explored at length and in emotional detail by Dalglish in My Liverpool Home.
At Hillsborough, 96 Liverpool fans perished and the stress of attending so many funerals, of consoling the grieving parents, took its toll on this strong family man. Eventually, for the sake of his health and his family, Dalglish resigned.
Liverpool never recovered. They have not won the title since. These have been largely barren days since Dalglish walked alone, away from Anfield. In truth, Dalglish never really left Liverpool Football Club. His heart was always at Anfield. It still is. Now, he has returned, helping the Academy of up and coming young Liverpool players, lending strong support to current manager Rafa Benitez and remaining ever-active as an ambassador for the club during this turbulent period in the club`s history.
My Liverpool Home is the story of Dalglish`s epic love affair with Liverpool, tracing the highs and lows, the characters, the laughter, the triumphs and the many tears.
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