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Keegan: Liverpool legend Shankly the greatest influence on my career

Published on: 26 November 2015

Liverpool legend Kevin Keegan has revealed former Reds boss Bill Shankly was the biggest influence on his football career.

Keegan played under Shankly at Anfield between 1971 and 1974, with the duo winning a First Division title, FA Cup and UEFA Cup.

The former Reds star also highlights representing England as one of his proudest moments as a player.

"The first highlight of my career was going to Liverpool as a youngster from a small club and meeting a great manager called Bill Shankly," Keegan told

"He was the biggest influence in my life and changed my life.

"Captaining England was another. Looking down at the Three Lions and thinking I am captaining the side is a great experience.

"Then, of course, the 1977 European Cup final in Rome. I was playing my last game for Liverpool against a "German team [Borussia Monchengladbach] and I was going to play in Germany next season and we won.

"That win culminated my six wonderful years for Liverpool. But playing for England is the biggest thing that has happened to me."


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