Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has made a dramatic return to Anfield - this time as a non-executive director.
John W Henry, the club's American owner, offered 'King Kenny' the role of special advisor, which the Scot accepted after much consideration.
The Daily Mirror reported that Dalglish was weighing up a shock return back in January, and now the 62-year-old has confirmed his decision.
Dalglish was sacked as Liverpool manager in controversial circumstances back in May 2012 having missed out on a top four finish.
Having spent in excess of £100 million at Anfield, the pressure was on Dalglish to return Liverpool to their former glory, but even the King couldn't deliver.
However, having kissed and made up with principal owner Henry, the Scot now returns to Anfield for a fourth spell - with the Liverpool faithful hoping for a more amicable and ultimately successful relationship this time round.
“Kenny has a unique relationship with our supporters and embodies everything that is special about Liverpool,” said Henry.
“Kenny has a unique insight on the values and traditions that helped to make Liverpool one of the greatest sporting institutions, not just in football, but in world sport.
“We are proud and honoured to have him back at the Club he has represented with such distinction.”
As a Kop icon, Dalglish admitted that the chance to return to Liverpool was too good to miss, and is relishing taking up a senior position with the club.
“It is an honour and privilege to be asked to return to Liverpool as a director of the club - when the call came, I had no hesitation,” he explained.
“I am looking forward to working with the board of directors and contributing to the strategic issues that affect Liverpool Football Club.
“Liverpool has given me and my family so much since we came here just over 36 years ago and my priority is and will always be to have the Club’s best interests at heart.”
Anfield chief Brendan Rodgers has been involved with Dalglish's appointment and has given his full backing to his return.
“When I met with Kenny to discuss this appointment, I was struck by the passion and drive he still has in wanting to see Liverpool return to where it should be; one of the most successful clubs in the world,” said Rodgers.
“I want people around us who have this club, and what it stands for, in their heart.”
Liverpool host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday, with Dalglish expected to be in the stands as he embarks on a new chapter with the Merseyside giants.
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