John Toshack believes the values which created Bill Shankly's legend 50 years ago will be just as important in 50 years time.

Liverpool will celebrate a half-century since Shankly took over as Anfield manager in December, and the current Wales boss - one of the great man's favourite 'sons' - has paid tribute to the Scot's influence on his own management career.

Toshack made his name as a Liverpool striker and then with two spells in charge of Real Madrid, due to the inspiration of Shankly, and he said: "I suppose he invented Liverpool as the club they are now. You only have to go there now and you see the foundations he laid down 50 years ago are still evident. Shankly is the most important thing in the history of Liverpool and he will still be important 50 years from now."

He added: "Shanks used to say, and it is poignant now because it is 50 years since he was appointed, that 'the most important things in football were important 50 years ago and they will be important 50 years from now'.

"Everything he did, the style, the system, the way Liverpool played, is still in place. Still as relevant now as it was all those years ago. He gave Liverpool that mystique, that aura of greatness. Without a shadow of a doubt."

He added: "His beliefs carried on through Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans. That was the testimony to what he built there.

"Liverpool then was nothing like it is now. He put everything together. From training ground to the stadium.

"I speak for not only myself, but for people like Emlyn Hughes, God bless him, and all the rest of the lads he took from lower division clubs and gave them the chance of playing for Liverpool. You see the money being paid for players now, it's amazing. But he created a great team with very little outlay by comparison.

"Kevin Keegan from Scunthorpe, Emlyn Hughes from Blackpool, Phil Neal from Northampton, Ray Clemence from Scunthorpe, I was from Cardiff, none of us were from top-flight teams.

"Steve Heighway from Skelmersdale, little Brian Hall, people he signed and formed into a team all came from lower divisions, you just could not do that these days."

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