Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Liverpool owe everything to Shankly, says Carragher

Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher believes the club would not be where they are today had it not been for legendary manager Bill Shankly.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the formidable Scot's appointment at Anfield.

And although Carragher was only three years old when Shankly died in 1981, he has been at Liverpool long enough to appreciate the legacy the great man left behind.

“There's a lot of talk about which manager is the best the club has ever seen, whether it's Shanks or Bob Paisley,” said Bootle-born Carragher, who is one of the few among the current players to have progressed through the ranks at Liverpool.

“No matter what you think, it's a fact that if Bill Shankly hadn't done what he did, we certainly wouldn't be the club we are now. For me, Shankly is the number one when you think about Liverpool. There have been a lot of great players and managers, but he was the man who started it all.

“When you walk around Melwood you can see things with his name on and I think that's right because it's important for people to remember him. The game has changed a lot but I still think we try to play the same way now. Pass and move is what we are renowned for and that's the philosophy we will always be associated with. He started that and had great success.”