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7 of Kenny Dalglish's Best Signings as Liverpool Manager

Kenny Dalglish could play a bit. He could also manage too. However, what sometimes gets overlooked is his eye for a signing.


Twice taking over Liverpool during periods of transition, he helped keep up the tradition of success in part due to his astute turnover of players and ability to spot talent.


In honour of his shirt number as a player, here are seven of the finest transfers completed under the legendary boss.


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7. Jamie Redknapp

While cruel injuries may have stopped him fulfilling his true potential and younger fans may be more familiar with the pundit rather than the player, Jamie Redknapp was a classy midfield operator and a visionary signing from Dalglish and the Reds' scouting team.


Redknapp had turned out just 13 times for Bournemouth as a teenager, before Liverpool shelled out a reported £350,000 to take him to Anfield. He became the club's youngest ever player to feature in a European tie when Graeme Souness gave him his debut in a UEFA Cup clash, aged just 18 and 120 days.


One of the finest passers of his generation, Redknapp captained Liverpool under Gerard Houllier and remained a hugely popular player at the club despite his struggles with fitness which ruled him out of the Reds' historic treble winning season in 2000/01.


Interestingly, Redknapp was also Dalglish's penultimate signing of his first spell as manager, coming in January of 1991 - just a month before the boss' surprise departure in February.

6. Jordan Henderson

Many questioned whether Jordan Henderson had the DNA to be a Liverpool player when he became the third signing of Dalglish's second spell as manager in 2011. Sir Alex Ferguson famously noted that Manchester United had passed on Henderson, while pundits and fans doubted the £16m man's ability at the highest level.


However, now first team captain, Henderson has quite emphatically proved his doubters wrong, making over 250 appearances and becoming a key member of Jurgen Klopp's side as they seek Champions League glory in 2018. 


Much like with Redknapp, fans have really started to see what it was that Dalglish and the Reds recruitment staff identified in Henderson after the great manager moved on. 


The midfielder's leadership and work rate from the engine room has been essential to the Reds' dynamism in recent seasons, as he has thrived in Klopp's 'heavy metal' football.

5. John Aldridge

How to deal with a conundrum like losing Ian Rush? Simple, you sign a near carbon copy.


With the Reds club-record goalscorer bound for Juventus at the end of the 1986/87 season, Dalglish needed a like for like replacement, and he got one in £750,000 Aldridge.


As a Scouser with a look not dissimilar to the departing Rush, things could've gone very badly for Aldridge with expectations for success set so high at Anfield. 


However, Aldridge, who had arrived from Oxford United as a proven goalscorer, took to his new surroundings like a duck to water and became a Kop favourite for his clinical finishing.


He won the First Division title and the FA Cup in his two-and-a-half-year spell for his boyhood club, scoring exactly 50 times in the league.

4. Steve McMahon

Dalglish's first piece of business as Liverpool boss was also one of his best.


The newly appointed Reds player-manager brought Steve McMahon in from Aston Villa in the summer of 1985 for £350,000. 


One of precious few players to play for both Liverpool and Everton, McMahon went on to win three league titles and two FA Cups for the red half of Merseyside and scored 50 times in 277 games.


A midfielder who could only be described as combative, McMahon proved a fine replacement for club legend Graeme Souness. Former Reds boss Bob Paisley once attested: "When Steve McMahon plays well, I always think that Liverpool will play well."

3. Luis Suarez

While Dalglish's second spell as Liverpool manager did not bring the same success as his first, fans will forever associate his return in 2011 with the signing of Luis Suarez.


The Uruguayan was a relative unknown in England when he arrived from Ajax for a reported £22.8m. However, he soon announced himself as one of the club's and indeed the Premier League's finest-ever forwards, scoring 82 goals in 133 games over three-and-a-half years.


Suarez lifted the League Cup in 2012 under Dalglish and went on to equal the Premier League record for goals in a 38-game season when he hit a staggering 31 in the 2013/14 campaign, spearheading an attack that also included Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.


The Reds fell agonisingly short of Premier League glory that season but without Suarez they would not have come nearly so close.

2. John Barnes

Already an established star when he joined Liverpool in 1987, Dalglish helped take John Barnes to the next level at Anfield.


The £900,000 signing from Watford was described by his former teammate and fellow Dalglish singing Peter Beardsley as "possibly the best player in the world" in the late 1980s.


A tricky winger with pace, skill and a mean free kick, the Jamaican-born England international known as 'Digger' became a true Kop idol and one of the club's most iconic number 10s, lifting two First Division titles and the FA Cup with Liverpool while scoring 108 goals.


Staying at Anfield for a decade, Barnes became club captain and is cited as a key influence on the club's young stars of the 1990s such as Redknapp and Steve McManaman.


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1. Ian Rush

Simply put, the finest striker in Liverpool's history. It may not have been a difficult decision for Dalglish to bring Ian Rush back to Anfield in 1988, but it was certainly an important one.


After a troubled season with Juventus, Rush was welcomed back home to Anfield with open arms and continued to play a key role at the club for another eight seasons.


While the Reds hadn't struggled for firepower in Rush's absence with the likes of Aldridge, Beardsley and Dalglish himself still on the books, the Wales international's predatory instinct was second to none.


He finished his career with 346 Liverpool goals (139 of which came after re-signing), five First Division titles, three FA Cups, two European Cups and was the Reds' top scorer for eight seasons. No-one has scored more FA Cup final goals (5) or scored more times in the Merseyside derby (25).