Bill Shankly thanks the Kop

Man in suit with hands held together as if in prayer facing the football stand. Three footballers stand behind him, two of them holding a large trophy

Manager Bill Shankly achieved immortal status. The Kop idolised the remarkable Scot, he idolised the Kop and it was a love affair made in heaven.

This image from April 1973 sums up that respect. Shanks thanks the Kop, almost in a prayer. Before or since, there has never been such a bond of mutual respect between a football boss and his supporters.

Image copyright of Liverpool Daily Post and Echo.