Liverpool fans have been tweeting their heartfelt messages to the club in memory of the great Bill Shankly, as Monday marks the day that it would have been his 106th birthday.
The Scotsman, who managed the Reds between 1959-1974, completely revolutionised the way that football was played in England at the time, as Shankly went on to help Liverpool to win three First Division titles, one Second Division title, two FA Cups, three Charity Shield and one UEFA Cup.
The club took to social media to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of a man that gave Liverpool so much and expected almost nothing back return, and tweeted a picture with an iconic shot of his arms to his side at the iconic St George’s Plateau in 1971.
Here is the Twitter post that Liverpool posted on Monday:
On this day 106 years ago, a legend was born.
Bill Shankly, he made the people happy ???? pic.twitter.com/9OgH4GWsrR
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 2, 2019
Shankly was a man who would stride towards attention to detail, and would take any measure to get under his opponent’s skin. He made an array of radical and subtle changes at the football club such as modernising the facilities at Melwood, and completely rearranging their training programme which would include five-a-side and long runs to warm up.
But also the small changes that would make a psychological difference which was change the colours of the kit, Shankly believed that his players looked “seven-foot tall” in the all-red strip as opposed to white shorts and socks.
Here are some of those tributes from Liverpool supporters sent on Twitter:
— Chambo (@davidc98) September 2, 2019
Bill Shankly is our Guardian ❤ pic.twitter.com/0AS5FW0WBb
— Marie (@mariebudgie1) September 2, 2019
RIP LEGEND. always in our hearts❤️
???? Shankly they have taken you away
But you left a great eleven
Before you went to heaven ????
— Mo Sinan (@Mo_sinan_) September 2, 2019
— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) September 2, 2019
The best Manager to have ever managed in England. Iconic legend!
— Jimmy (@jimmylfc_) September 2, 2019
The Greatest ????????????
— Peter Williams (@p_williams_0151) September 2, 2019
He made me very happy
— Phill Stewart (@scousephilly6) September 2, 2019
Icons never die
— Rhys (@Mini_Smith15) September 2, 2019