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Shankly’s Legacy Walks On
Bill-Shankly aslutes Liverpool fans. Picture source: The Guardian

Shankly’s Legacy Walks On

Today would mark the 101st birthday of a true legend of the game.
A man who came to a club, put his stamp on it and that stamp is still there today.
Bill Shankly not only revolutionised Liverpool Football Club during his time there as manager, but he paved the way for all others after him to follow and build on his imperious legacy.
When he arrived at Anfield on 14 December, 1959, Liverpool was a club in despair.
He immediately began making fundamental changes to the day-to-day running of the club to lay the foundations for a promotion push as The Reds found themselves languishing in Division Two.
Shankly described the Melwood training ground as looking like “bombs had been dropped on it” and quickly set to work putting that right.
He endeared himself to the fans and staff, forming close working relationships with future Liverpool managers Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan and then set about placing 24 players on the transfer list as he started to build his legacy.
He began nurturing his squad, and success started to come within touching distance instead of being a dream fans would wake from as soon as they reached for it.
He won his first trophy in only his third season, the Second Division Championship, which saw Liverpool promoted back to the big time and more success soon followed.
Through his honest approach to the fundamentals of the club to his brilliant tactical decisions, Shankly began to make Liverpool a real force and they went on to win three First Division titles, two FA Cups, one UEFA Cup and four FA Charity Shields.
Anfield was once more a place that fans wanted to be. The atmosphere was back. The winning mentality was back. The joy in watching Liverpool play was back, and all the while, Shankly was at the helm setting in stone the ethos that anyone associated with the club would follow forever.
A large statue of the great man now stands outside Anfield, proud and as poignant as ever as his former club live on in his spirit.
And that could not be more true.
There is belief and a real aura around the club, despite the departure of Suarez to Barcelona this summer.
Brendan Rodgers often references the past master for inspiration and it shows with the work he is doing and the way that his side are playing.
So if Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Spurs on Sunday was to stand for something more than just a good team performance, perhaps it was a fitting early 101st birthday present to Mr Shankly himself.

About ScottGroom

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Derby. I am on the BA Hons Journalism course, with an eye to venturing into the sporting media. I am looking to expand my skills set on this blog. I am a huge football fan and follow Liverpool FC religiously. I hope you enjoy my work!

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