Kevin Keegan joined Liverpool in 1971 and was a major contributor to the success that
the club started to enjoy between 1971 and 1977. During his time with Liverpool he won
the League title, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and European Cup. When Keegan left in the
summer of 1977 the fans were unsure if he could ever be replaced. Pasiley decided to
sign a relatively unknown player from Celtic called Kenny Dalglish, and the rest, as they
say, is history...
Whilst the traditional red home shirt was utilised in the three European Cup victories
between 1977 and 1981, the white away shirt was not so lucky, witnessing a 1-0 loss to
Nottingham Forest in the 1978 League Cup final. The white away shirt was an exact
opposite of the traditional red home shirt. The home shirt featured an all-red body with
white cuffs, whilst the away shirt simply reversed the colours, an all-white body with
red cuffs. This shirt has long sleeves, embroidered badges, and a stitched-on number 7
to the rear of the shirt.
Kenny Dalglish wore this shirt in his debut season for Liverpool (1978/79). In stark
contrast to the modern game, where players and coaches receive countless items of
branded LFC clothing, both the players and the coaches often wore match shirts during
training sessions. Once this shirt was replaced in 1979, Ronnie Moran choose Kenny’s
famous number 7 to wear during training sessions throughout 1979 and 1980. Both Bob
Paisley and Bill Shankly considered Dalglish, often referred to as ‘King Kenny’, to be
the greatest Liverpool player of all time. Dalglish represented Liverpool 515 times,
scoring 172 goals, and winning 3 European Cups (78,81 and 84). The sheer history of
this shirt, and the events that must have been witnessed during the multiple times it
was worn, makes this shirt one of my personal favourites.
(above) King Kenny in action.
(below) The famous 1978 European Cup quarter final v Benfica.
The white away shirt is harder to find than the traditional red home shirt as it was worn
only around 3 or 4 times a season (usually in away games against Nottingham Forest,
Arsenal and Manchester United). Genuine match worn shirts will have embroidered
Liverbird badges and Umbro logos, but once again, long sleeve replicas (some even
with embroidered logos) were commonly available.