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“Should’ve been done years ago”- Some Liverpool fans react to legendary manager’s statue

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Twitter reacts to Liverpool honour Bob Paisley with a statue at Anfield

It was a long time coming and Liverpool have finally honoured the legendary Bob Paisley with his own statue outside Anfield.

Paisley is Liverpool’s most successful manager and has won 20 honours in his nine years at the helm from 1974 to 1983. (h/t Liverpoolfc)

The Englishman turned out for the Reds as a player from 1939 to 1954 and made over 250 appearances for the Reds. He helped the Reds win their first league title in 24 years as the Merseysiders won the league in 1947.

Upon his retirement in 1950, Paisley joined the Liverpool backroom staff as a physio before being promoted as the manager of the reserve team. He eventually became the assistant manager of the first team under Bill Shankley in 1959, before taking over from the legendary Scot in 1974.

Bob Paisley
Bob Paisley is Liverpool’s most successful manager

Under him, Liverpool went from being a domestic heavyweight to a European powerhouse. He is a six-time winner of the Manager of the Year award and also a recipient of the Sepp Herberger Award for the Best European Coach in 1981.

Paisley was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1983 and was added to the British football hall of fame and European football hall of fame in 2002 and 2008 respectively.

The statue depicts a scene from 1968 when Paisley carried off future Reds captain Emlyn Hughes after he was injured. It is eight feet tall and was created by local sculptor Andy Edwards after being commissioned by the club’s main sponsor Standard Chartered (h/t Liverpoolfc).

It was a fitting tribute to a manager who played a crucial rule in establishing Liverpool at the forefront of European football. The Reds fans have taken well to the news and took to Twitter to express their views.

Twitter reacts to Paisley’s statue

https://twitter.com/george_payne15/status/1222882519839903745?s=20

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