How Shankly’s Stint in the RAF Shaped Liverpool FC

The Shankly Hotel, and the endeavours that bear the Shankly name exude an aroma of grandeur. However, this aura was serviced via his formative experience in the RAF and the backing of his beloved wife, Nessie. So, just how did Shankly’s RAF tenure shape Liverpool.

Shankly’s “Greatest Ever Signing”

Agnes Wren Shankly; or ‘Nessie’ as she was affectionately know to those who encountered the woman who Bill Shankly lovingly regarded as his “greatest ever signing,” was amid the 180,000 homemakers who enrolled in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in 1939. Nessie, alongside her husband, was amongst a plethora of civilians who wanted to “do their bit,” as the patriotic posters exclaimed.

The RAF Corporal – who would go onto manage Carlisle United, Huddersfield Town and, eminently, Liverpool – met, and subsequently married Agnes in Glasgow in 1944; a choice he never regretted. It is undeniable that Shankly’s stoic self-confidence and Agnes’ patience blossomed during their stretch at Bishopbriggs. Indeed, despite a famous anecdote in which her husband of barely 24hours accompanied her to a Preston North End reserve match, Nessie rarely ventured into what she considered her husband’s domain. She was, undoubtedly, the sincerity behind the legend.

Corporal Shankly RAF 

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Shankly’s RAF stint – which disrupted somewhat of a promising playing career – absolutely influenced his time at the helm of Liverpool Football Club. In his fifteen years as manager, the quotable Scot transformed a sleeping juggernaut into an immovable force: “a bastion of invincibility.”

This “bastion” which Shankly quotably described, shared a myriad of characteristics with the regiment in which he served, be it confidence, selfishness or the preparedness to “run through a brick wall and come out fighting on the other side,” a maxim he often repeated.

The 1965 FA Cup Final

These combative tropes were on view for the entire nation to appreciate as Shanks’ squad, which included future icons such as Tommy Lawrence – who, due to his nourished physique was nicknamed the “flying pig” – and Ian St. John, lifted aloft the 1965 FA Cup in an era when the final was the only game to be televised completely live.

Liverpool had displayed Nessie’s distinctive patience and her spouses unwavering strength to overcome Don Revie’s Leeds United, a team that would become a recurring adversary, and win their first of many trophies under the Glaswegian. Revie’s Leeds were synonymous with the Yorkshire mindset: tough, abrasive and hardworking – words usually reserved for Liverpudlians and, more specifically, Shankly’s squad.

The Healthiest Man Ever to Die

Between his conscription as an RAF Corporal in 1939 and his retirement thirty-five years later, the Liverpool manager would exude an aura of invincibility. Even when close to death in 1981, Shankly personified the warmhearted arrogance that made his teams so revered: “when I go,” he uttered as poetically as ever, “I’m going to be the fittest man ever to die.”

Shanks’ smugness was indicative of a man who neither drank nor smoked, exercised regularly and, remarkably, survived The Second World War as part of what is perhaps the toughest regiment in history with the ever-present, ever-patient Nessie in tandem.

“Through Adversity to the Stars”

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Blazoned across numerous RAF insignia is the motto: “Through Adversity to the Stars.” This maxim, although devised one year before his birth in 1912, could have been written for Bill Shankly himself.

Because of his previous endeavours, be it Shankly’s RAF conscription or his relationship with Nessie, he was able to haul an abject Liverpool squad out of the second division and into the stars.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

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We’ve hope you’ve enjoyed our look into Bill Shankly’s personal life and how it shaped his time as Liverpool manager.

If you wish to delve deeper into the personal and professional life of the grandiose gaffer, look no further than the memorabilia covered walls of the unique Bastion Bar & Restaurant located within The Shankly Hotel.

If you’d like to book a stay or a table, get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook.

The Shankly Hotel | Huge Party Planned if Liverpool Win the League

As the season enters its penultimate chapter Liverpool look in prime position to mount one final assault, one last hurrah.

If that’s the case, we at The Shankly Hotel have decided to throw an enormous party on May 12 if Liverpool win the league; because where else would be better to celebrate such a mammoth and wonderful occasion.

Prepare for a party of epic proportions on The Garden of Eden terrace within The Shankly Hotel if Liverpool can come out on top in May.

The Party of the Year

The Shankly

Picture the scene: the sun is ablaze, the unbroken stream of beer hasn’t stopped for hours, we haven’t been home since the final whistle was blown, oh, and Liverpool are Premier League champions – sounds incredible doesn’t it. We hope to replicate scenes such as these when – sorry – if Liverpool win the league in May.

They’ve come close before, so close in fact that we counted down the best Liverpool teams never to win it, but on this occasion it feels special, incredible almost. And, what could be a more appropriate way to commemorate such an achievement than to celebrate on top of a hotel that bears the name of Liverpool’s adopted son and iconic leader.

This massive event is to include a free bar and entertainment that wouldn’t look out of place in the bowls of the Kop; so, prepare for a soundtrack of Liverpool’s most loved chants on May 12.

Come that momentous day in May, our party could perhaps be a less nervous occasion as the Reds may have been crowned champions by then, or, everyone may be on the brink of a breakdown as the final whistle is blown. So, be prepared to either lessen the pressure or simply continue the celebrations which started way back when Liverpool tore up the history books.

The Shankly Hotel

The Shankly

So, what makes The Shankly Hotel the perfect place to host such an important party?

The Shankly Hotel is the number one destination in the North West for any Liverpool fan. We pride ourselves on our electric matchday atmosphere, in addition to superb drinks deals, a unique environment that is sure to impress any Liverpool supporter and luxurious rooms that are perfect for weekends away with your mates.

Dedicated to Liverpool’s iconic leader, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the best place in Liverpool to watch the Reds. Located inside the spectacular Shankly Hotel, this wonderful restaurant enables diners to delve deeper into the personal and professional escapades of the ex-Liverpool boss.

To complete this picture of remarkable opulence, the party is in The Garden of Eden within The Shankly. This beautiful venue is unlike anywhere else as it boasts some of the most wondrous views of the city.

Indeed, where would be more appropriate to toast Liverpool’s success than a venue which overlooks the city that shares their name.

Shed a tear on top of The Shankly as there will be no more worlds to concur when Liverpool win the league.

We hope that Liverpool can be crowned champions this summer so we can throw our epic party on May 12. We hope to have more information about the event soon, so keep an eye on our Facebook and be ready to celebrate come May.

The Greatest Liverpool Teams Never to Win a League Title

Manchester City and Tottenham are snapping at Liverpool’s heels as Jurgen Klopp tries desperately to hold them at arm’s length. As the season enters its penultimate chapter Liverpool look ready to mount one final assault, one last hurrah. Now not to curse anything but, this got us thinking: Who are the greatest Liverpool teams never to win a league title?

From ruckuses and rants, to 1-point shootouts – Liverpool have come so close to success on numerous occasions.

Liverpool 1996/97

Liverpool wrapped up the season seven points behind champions Manchester United in 1997. Liverpool also completed the season level on points with both Newcastle United and Arsenal while Manchester United’s sum of 75 points is the lowest ever recorded by a Premier League winner.

Despite leading the Premier League for much of the season, a culmination of too many red cards and even more mistakes contributed to this Liverpool teams’ ultimate demise – an opportunity missed, nonetheless by one of the best, albeit undisciplined Liverpool teams ever.

Liverpool 2008/09

When Liverpool’s 2008-09 season is discussed, two faces and one word in particular spring to mind: those of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres and the word “fact.”

The potent duo combined on an almost weekly basis to demolish teams, forming a powerful, two-headed monster that was supported by superstars such as Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and Javier Mascherano. It seemed almost inevitable that Liverpool would become champions.

But too many draws in January and February, in addition to Rafa Benitez’s remarkable “facts” rant, saw Liverpool hand Manchester United the trophy in spectacular fashion.

This Liverpool team finished the season strongly, but the damage had already been done – some would claim by their own manager.

Liverpool 1971/72

In 1971-72, Shankly’s Liverpool team succumbed to Derby County by one point and missed out on the coveted crown.

Despite the talents of Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and Roy Evans, Liverpool were unable to catch Derby County; however, this season isn’t remembered for Liverpool’s inadequacies but rather for the manager they yielded to: Brian Clough.

Shankly and Clough’s tussles would go on to epitomise an era when splender and eminence abounded across Europe in the shape of Liverpool, Derby County and Nottingham Forest. However, it was in 1972 when one of Shankly’s best Liverpool teams lost the league by a lonesome point.

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Despite Steven Gerrard’s numerous achievements, formidable one-man performances’ and impenetrable status as a Liverpool legend, one lamentable moment comes to mind when remembering a season defined by a blunder. We know what happened, it needs no description nor explanation; it is, what it unfortunately is.

Nonetheless, over the course of the 2013-14 Premier League season, Brenden Rodgers’ Liverpool team won 26 matches, scored in excess of 100 times, while a resurgent Daniel Sturridge and a demented Luis Suarez combined for 52 goals and 19 assists.

Ultimately, however, it wasn’t enough. Concerned about an inferior goal difference to Manchester City, Liverpool threw everything they had and more at Crystal Palace only to draw 3-3.

Manchester City finished above Liverpool by two points.

Liverpool 2018/19?

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So, how does Klopp’s team compare to those Liverpool teams of yesteryear who couldn’t cross the line? Can this team do what previous Liverpool teams couldn’t do and finish top in May? We think so.

Provided Liverpool can avoid the senseless suspensions that plagued the 1996-97 team, assuming they can steer clear of any “fact” based meltdowns, and if nobody takes a tumble then maybe, just maybe, Klopp’s team can be crowned champions at the end of the season.

The Shankly Hotel

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Celebrate every Liverpool win at the stunning Shankly Hotel. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the hotel while also making the most of the memorabilia covered Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

The hotel is ideal for overnight stays or just watching the Liverpool match – you could be here to watch Liverpool be crowned Premier League champions.

Sound good? Get in touch with our helpful team today by contacting us on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Keep up to date with everything happening at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook Page and check back to the blog soon.

The Ultimate Liverpool Quiz of 2018

2018 included numerous new signings and departures, incident, frustration, the good, bad and everything in between and therefore, a wealth of material for a Liverpool quiz.

We’ve compiled 15 questions to test your memory and knowledge of everything Liverpool from the previous 12 months.

The Ultimate Liverpool Quiz of 2018

There are questions on Klopp, goals, opponents, quotations and plenty of other conundrums that are sure to cast doubt on how much you were really paying attention to Liverpool in 2018. Enjoy!

The Shankly Hotel

The Liver Birds

One way in which you can improve upon your score in our Liverpool quiz is by staying in the spectacular Shankly Hotel and basking in the memorabilia covered walls of the unique Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

The astonishing hotel is perfect for overnight stays or just watching the Liverpool match.

Sound exciting? Get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook.

Why Liverpool are the Rightful Owners of The Liver Birds

It is rumoured that the Liver Birds oversee separate sections of Liverpool. One looks inwards and watches over the locals, while the second statue stares outwards and watches over the Scouse sailors.

However, it is also rumoured that the two seabirds are an argumentative couple, facing away from each other because of an ongoing dispute. It is this fable that best epitomises Everton and Liverpool’s ongoing feud: Who has the largest claim to the Liver Birds? Everton or Liverpool.

Below, we’ve put forward our argument for Liverpool Football Club.

Liverpool and The Liver Birds

Liverpool is a city of two’s: two cathedrals, two tunnels and, in 1892, two football teams. Following the formation of the club which bores the name of the city, Liverpool Football Club adopted the Liver Bird as the team’s emblem and thus, a 126-year argument ensued.

The National Field newspaper wrote on September 19, 1892 – following Liverpool’s match with Bury – “A flag floated on the old staff, bearing the letters L.F.A surmounted with the Liver. Right proudly did it wave over the field of battle and seemed to beam on its patrons with a hopeful smile.” It seems that the “beaming” seabird was a constant fixture at Anfield – much like the banners that “wave over” the Kop today.

If any doubt or confusion remained about the seabird’s owners, when Liverpool were crowned champions for the third time in 1922, a new banner was unwound with the Liver Bird brazenly tacked in the centre even more ardently than before.

This presentation seemed like a premeditated plan to claim the civic emblem as their own and, in 1950, Liverpool began to use a club badge which featured a certain domestic seabird.

The Club Crest

It was in the 1950 FA Cup Final when the Liver Bird first featured on Liverpool’s Spice Boy-esc white shirt.

The Liverpool badge has had various makeovers since then; in 1955 the monogram ‘LFC’ was added to the emblem. Then, in 1992, The Shankly Gates and the maxim “You’ll Never Walk Alone” were included. And finally, in 1993, two eternal flames were added in memory of the 96.

But, the one constant has always been the unchanged Liver Bird.

Unsuccessful Counter Arguments

In November 2008, Liverpool Football Club unsuccessfully attempted to trademark the Liver Bird.

“The Liver Bird belongs to all the people of Liverpool, [it] is a symbol of the city,” said Flo Clucas, while a man from North Liverpool argued that the seabirds were a wider symbol of Liverpool and not Liverpool Football Club.

One of the rather more unusual arguments came from Keith Wilson, an Everton shareholder who attempted to “reclaim” the Liver Birds. Keith argued that the seabirds should be on both kits “because they’re both from Liverpool.” As one could imagine, this idea didn’t go down particularly well.

It is undeniable that the Liver Birds are Liverpool’s. However, when it comes to football, the Liver Bird is synonymous with Liverpool Football Club.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

The Liver Birds

The Liver Bird is blazoned across the memorabilia covered walls of the unique Bastion Bar & Restaurant located within the Shankly Hotel.

The spectacular hotel is ideal for overnight stays, watching Liverpool matches and basking in and enjoying unseen memorabilia.

Sound exciting? Get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook.

Celebrate Shankly’s Birthday With His Best Moments Caught on Film

On 2 September, it would have been Bill Shankly’s birthday. For the special occasion, we thought it would be a great chance to look back at Shankly’s best moments caught on film and celebrate the legacy of the renowned Liverpool FC leader.

Famously reserved, the glimpses of his grace and humour shine through on the few clips we have of the legendary manager, as does the down-to-earth manner, and no-nonsense straight talking he became famous for.

Here are our favourite moments of Shankly on film, showing the true gentlemen he was and his immeasurable connection to the city of Liverpool…

Shankly celebrating the ’73 Championship with The Kop

“This is the man they love. The Kop rise and Shankly responds. A great day for him and a great, great day for them.”

The coverage of Anfield celebrations after the Reds took the Championship in ‘73 reveal the special bond between Shankly and LFC fans.

In the video, the winning team runs towards the Kop to a resounding cheer, with the cup thrust above their heads. Shankly himself then heads towards the Kop as the emotionally-charged singing of You’ll Never Walk Alone fills the stadium.

The legendary manager waves to the crowds, raising his fists in triumph. His admiration for the fans is clear but, as the commentator says, “It’s difficult to say who admires who most now”.

Shankly’s View on Working Hard

“No football club is ever successful without hard work”.

 

In this short interview clip, Bill Shankly sets out where his ethos as a football manager stems from. Remembering his time in the armed forces, Shankly reveals how he’s adapted his work ethic in the army for his footballing career.

Just as the tough jobs of cleaning floors and latrines in the forces was matched by hard work and determination to do the best job possible, Shankly suggests that playing football can be defined by the same ideas. “If everyone thinks along these lines and does the small jobs to the best of their ability,” he says, “then the world will be better.”

Talking to the people of Liverpool

“I’ve drummed it into our players time and again that they are privileged to play for you.”

We often talk of Shankly being the greatest ever, but it’s also true to say that Liverpool fans are also some of the best supporters in the world. The legendary football manager knew that the dedication Reds put into their team was second to none.

Shankly once described his intimate connection with fans in a typically eloquent way: “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool”.

The above video was taken on 9 May 1971 after Liverpool had just lost the 1971 FA Cup Final against Arsenal. Despite the score of 2-1, Reds fans still filled the square outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool city centre, giving the frustrated team a hero’s welcome.

On seeing the throng of fans, Shankly apparently held his arms wide and declared: “Chairman Mao has never seen the greatest show of red strength!” to cheers from the crowd.

He then went on to express the privilege it was for LFC footballers to play for their fans, to chants of ‘Shankly, Shankly’ from the whole square.

 

“Natural Enthusiasm!”

“It’s the greatest thing in the world, natural enthusiasm. You’re nothing without it.”

In this short clip of a Shankly interview, the King of the Kop reaffirms his belief in hard work being the deciding factor for success in life, singling out ‘natural enthusiasm’ as his most important trait.

Much of Shankly’s childhood was defined by working hard and to the best of your ability – he grew up in a remote and poverty-stricken village in Scotland, who’s only exports were coal and footballers.

The community of Glenbuck, in East Ayrshire, strove to do the best job possible in helping out their neighbours. According to former inhabitants of the tiny village, the mining settlement had a collective attitude to life and were happy to help any family in need.

This community spirit followed Shankly into his career as a manager, where he instilled a belief that footballers should play as a team and not as a group of individuals, and that the best footballers were the hard-working ones.

On The Kop

“If you’re a member of The Kop, you feel as though you’re a member of a big society, where you’ve got thousands of friends all about you. They’re united and loyal.”

At the beginning of this clip, Bill Shankly describes his admiration for The Kop and the loyal fans who count themselves as part of the famous fan group.

The football manager always had a special place in his heart for Anfield’s best-loved stand: allegedly, after The Beatles asked for tickets to a FA Cup final at Wembley, Shankly replied saying “I have never seen any of The Beatles standing on The Kop. Any ticket I have spare will be going to my mates on The Kop.”

It was a relationship that went both ways: as the rest of the clip shows, when Shankly sadly past away in 1981, it was The Kop that lead the mourning for the father of football in Liverpool.

Happy Birthday Shanks!

On behalf of everyone at The Shankly Hotel, we’d like to say Happy Birthday to Bill Shankly – a legendary football manager like no other.

The Shankly Hotel is dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of LFC’s greatest leader. We like to say that a night at The Shankly isn’t a stay, but an experience. The stories of Shankly’s successes and his ethos in life are woven into the design of the hotel, with each suite based around a quote or anecdote celebrating the legendary manager.

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With unseen memorabilia throughout the hotel, including Shankly’s own typewriter, a Telegram wishing him luck from The Beatles, and much more, a night at The Shankly is the perfect present for any Liverpool fan looking to discover more about the Reds legendary manager.

To book, call our friendly team today on 0151 909 3635

Get Ready for the 18/19 Season with The Shankly’s Match Day Package

After the excitement and heartbreak of last season’s Champion’s League Final, Liverpool is buzzing with anticipation for a fresh chance to shake things up in the beautiful game. Here at The Shankly, we’re excited to see what the new season brings for the Reds.

Liverpool’s Premier League journey kick-offs on Sunday 12th August with a match against West Ham and there’s no where better to catch all the action than at The Shankly Hotel, the premier destination for a first-class football viewing experience.

And this season, we’re bringing back our Match Day package, ensuring a game day like no-other for every domestic Liverpool match!

What to Expect from the Premier League

The fixtures for all 92 clubs in the Premier League were were released right back in June, and Reds fans were pleased to see that the first match of the season for Klopp’s team is being played at Anfield on Sunday 12th August – something that’s not happened since 2014.

And although dates might change to fit with TV scheduling, we know the rough dates that Liverpool will be facing off their biggest rivals.

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The Reds will be playing their first Premier League match at Anfield on Sunday. Source: Instagram | @lucykehoe

Jurgen’s boys will be battling it out at Anfield on Saturday 6 October against last season’s League toppers, Man City, while neighbourhood rivals Man United will be heading to Liverpool on Saturday 15 December.

The  excruciatingly exciting Merseyside-derby is starting at Anfield, with the Reds taking on the Blues on Saturday 1 December, and Liverpool won’t be returning the visit to Goodison Park until Saturday 2 March next year.

Meanwhile Everton, who finished 8th in the Premier League last season, are set to play Wolves away this Saturday (11 August) in their first match, before welcoming Southampton to Goodison Park for the first home game on Saturday 18 August.

Eyes on the Transfers

All eyes are on Liverpool’s latest transfers, after Alisson Becker became the most expensive goalkeeper ever bought. Following his move to the Reds for a cool £65 million, the Brazilian goalie is set to start against Torino in the final friendly before the season tonight.

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Klopp has also brought in Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to Anfield, creating a strong spine for the team.

And it looks set that the Blues will be signing Brazilian international Bernard today, after new manager Marco Silva played a key role in persuading the attacker to join him at Everton.

The Toffees have also signed Lucas Digne from Barcelona.

Is it the Year of the Reds?

Numerous pundits have suggested that this season might be the moment that Liverpool tops the Premier League.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, writing for The Daily Mail, said: “I’m going to put my neck on the line and say Liverpool to win it”, while the Mirror’s Mike Walters has said that the Reds are the only team equipped to stop Manchester City and take the title.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has been more hesitant in predictions of the future, however, telling the media that he thinks the team still has room to improve after their 5-0 thumping of Napoli last week.

Football at The Shankly Hotel – The Match Day Package

Dedicated to celebrating and preserving the legacy of the Liverpool legend, The Shankly Hotel is a living, breathing museum to Liverpool Football Club and the beautiful game.

At the Bastion Bar & Restaurant, we’ll be showing all the Premier League matches on our large screen TVs, with a fully stocked bar and a delicious menu to indulge in while you watch.

Liverpool Fixtures

And this year, we’re bringing back our incredible Match Day Package!  For just £12.95 per match, you’ll get a match day experience like no other.

Get stuck into a feast of food and drink from The Bastion Restaurant before the game and enjoy our live entertainment and prize giveaways.

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Then, watch the Reds play their rivals on our large TV screens and enjoy exclusive drinks offers only available on match days.

Plus, we’re bringing back In Play Drinks Deals, where events on the pitch create crazy drinks offers at the bar! These incredible offers include:

  • 2-for-1 shots if LFC score first
  • 2-for-1 on the bar at half time if LFC are winning
  • 2-for-1 for an hour after full time whistle if LFC win.

For more information, visit our Match Day Experience page here. To book you place today, call 0151 541 9999.

Stay at The Shankly

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As the only football-themed hotel in Liverpool, The Shankly is the best place in the city to catch all the season’s games.  Whether you’re watching the match here, or heading off to Anfield, make sure you book one of our luxury suites and have the ultimate football weekend.

Each of our suites is inspired by Bill Shankly’s illustrious football career and we like to say that a night at The Shankly isn’t a stay – it’s an experience.

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All our rooms includes ultra-comfortable double beds, spa baths and walk-in showers, as well as 50” flat screen TVs. Air conditioning and free Wifi access.

To book a room or reserve your place for a Match Day Experience Package, call 0151 541 9999 today.

Who is Liverpool’s Newest Signing, Alisson Becker?

Last week, Liverpool agreed to a recording-breaking deal when they signed Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker. The Reds paid a rumoured £65 million for the Brazilian, who has agreed to a six-year contract.

But who is Alisson Becker? From his footballing history to his friendship with Liverpool forward Firmino, here’s the low-down on LFC’s new goalkeeper…

He’s the Most Expensive Goalkeeper on the Planet

The rumored £65 million Liverpool paid for the Alisson makes him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

Before this deal, the record-holder was Ederson Santana de Moraes, Alisson’s teammate and rival. Manchester City paid £35m for Ederson last year. The pair were both tipped to be Brazil’s starting goalkeeper at the World Cup, but it was Alisson who made the cut.

Alisson is likely to be paid well above the average Premier League wage of £2.4 million a year – a far cry from the years of Bill Shankly’s managerial reign, when the average wage was just £20 a week.

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He’s Only 25

Alisson was born in Novo Hamburgo, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil on 2 October 1992. The city is an industrial settlement in the south of Brazil which was named by German migrants in 1927.

It’s now famous for its shoe-making industry, and is called the capital of Brazilian footwear.

A Former Goalkeeping Coach Called Alisson ‘the Messi of Goalkeepers’

The ex-Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo made the statement back in February, when rumours suggested that Alisson would be sold for €50 million, which Negrisolo thought was well below the Brazilian’s worth.

The ex-coach said:

“I don’t think many people have realized who Alisson is. This guy is a phenomenon. He is the Number One of Number Ones. He is the Messi of goalkeepers, because he has the same mentality as Messi. He is a goalkeeper who can mark an era.”

 

He’s Set to Make his Liverpool Debut in August

Alisson will start his Liverpool career playing a friendly against Napoli in Dublin on 4 August this year, before walking out onto Anfield for the first time on August 7 in the club’s final warm-up game against Torino.

The goalie wanted to join the Liverpool squad immediately after signing and take part in their tour of the United States, but the Red’s manager Jurgen Klopp revealed in an interview that he’d had to persuade the goalkeeper to finish his holiday before joining the team.

“He is desperate to play”, said Klopp, “He could have joined us here [in the USA], he wanted to stay that day, but it made absolutely no sense. He had a long year. As Brazil No 1, it was quite an intense year!”

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He’s a Family Man, Like Bill Shankly

Liverpool’s legendary former manager Bill Shankly was famous for being a family man, and it seems that Liverpool’s latest signing is following in the footsteps of the LFC legend. Becker is married to Natália Loewe Becker and the couple have a daughter, Helena.  Judging by his Instagram, there’s nothing Alisson likes more than spending time with his family.

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And His Wife is a Qualified Doctor

Natália graduated from medical school just five months before the pair moved to Rome. She completed her degree at the Catholic University of Pelotas, in Brazil, and has worked as a paediatrician.

LFC has a history of strong women supporting their footballing partners, including Agnes Wren Shankly. ‘Nessie’ Shankly was Bill Shankly’s famously supportive and outspoken wife, who followed the former Liverpool manager around the country.

Her grandson, Chris Shankly-Carline, has previously written about how the First-Lady of Football was a true philanthropist and people-person, who supported Bill throughout his managerial career at Liverpool and beyond.

He Signed to a Club’s Youth Team at Just 11 Years of Age

The 25-year old Becker started out for Brazilian club Internacional’s youth side at the tender age of 11, making his first-team debut for them just 10 years later in 2013.

He went on to make 83 appearances for Internacional. During his time there, he helped the side top the Campeonato Gaucho – the Brazilian equivalent of the Premier League – four years running.

Before the Liverpool move, Alisson been playing at Roma for two seasons.

Si continua a lavorare!! #AB1 #forzaRoma

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He’s Good Friends with Bobby Firmino

The two Brazilian footballers are good friends. The Liverpool forward was even behind Alisson’s decision to join the Reds.

The new goalie revealed that his Brazil team-mate spoke positively about life in Merseyside, telling him good things about both LFC and the city, encouraging him to make the move.

In the same interview, Alisson also revealed that Liverpool’s Mo Salah nagged him to join the team, sending him a text asking what the goalie was waiting for during advanced stages of the negotiations.

He Comes From a Footballing Family

Footballing, and more specifically goalkeeping, evidently runs in the Becker family blood. Alisson’s older brother, Muriel, is also a goalkeeper who plays for the Portuguese side Belenenses.

 

Here at The Shankley Hotel, we can’t wait to welcome Alisson and his family to Merseyside. We’ll be watching all the televised LFC games at our Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

If you’re travelling to Anfield to watch a match from afar, why not stay at The Shankly Hotel? Situated in the centre of Liverpool, the hotel is a tribute to one of football’s greatest managers and offers spacious rooms, luxurious facilities and unseen Bill Shankly memorabilia  just a stone’s throw away from the city’s main transport links.

Call our team on 0151 909 5729 or book a room online today.

 

Featured photo source: Instagram | @alissonbecker

Liverpool FC History: How Bill Shankly Led Liverpool to Greatness

Liverpool FC weren’t always in the top half of the footballing league tables, before Bill Shankly took over as manager, the club were struggling. When Shankly arrived at Anfield on Monday 14th December 1959, Liverpool had been in the Second Division for five years and had been beaten by non-league Worcester City in the 1958 – 59 FA Cup.

However, their success all came down to a pivotal year when Bill Shankly led Liverpool to promotion from Division Two, showcasing both Shankly’s shrewd ability in the transfer market and his outstanding management skills.

We take a look back at some fascinating Liverpool FC history and discover how Shankly built the club into the force we know it as today.

Building a New TeamShankly training

When Shankly arrived at Anfield, the team and ground was in disrepair. There was no means of watering the pitch, the training ground at Melwood was a shambles and the Liverpool squad consisted largely of average players, with a few promising reserves.

Shankly quickly decided that he needed to strengthen the team through the middle, they needed a strong goalkeeper, a centre half who could stop goals and somebody up front who could create and score goals.

Shankly highlighted a list of 24 players that he wanted to replace, all were placed on the transfer list and had left the club within a year. One of the men on the list was legendary Billy Liddell, a player that was so loved that for a short time Liverpool were referred to as ‘Liddellpool’.

Liddell had played for the club for 22 years and remains the oldest goalscorer in the Reds’ history. Although the decision may not have seemed too hard to make, as Liddell was now an aged player, it was still difficult to replace a man of that stature within the club. But, Shankly knew the squad needed a change and he needed to build a whole new team of his own.

Gaining Financial Support

Bill Shankly was aware that Liverpool FC were struggling for money. They hadn’t won a trophy for 13 years and had spent six years in Division Two, meaning that the Board of Directors were reluctant to invest any money in them.

However, with the help of Eric Sawyer, Shankly was able to secure the signatures of the two players at the top of his transfer wish list, Ian St John and Ron Yeats. These two players, as well as goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, were described as the backbone of the new team.

St John was a hugely important influence at Liverpool and played for the team for 10 years. Similarly, Yeats proved to be a great signing for Shankly and went on to captain Liverpool, lifting seven trophies during his career with them. Both players instantly went down in Liverpool FC history.

Unrivalled Managerial Ability

When Shankly first came to Liverpool, he had orchestrated a lot of departures from the team. However, those that showed real talent and success stayed at Liverpool, which showed Shankly’s real skill as a manager.

Liverpool FC’s key striker, Roger Hunt, was a driving force in the club’s improved performance. He scored 41 goals in 41 league appearances in the 61/62 season and Shankly used Hunt extensively in the two previous seasons, too, showing the strength in his judgement.

It was clear that Shankly was not just selling players to make a profit for a whole new squad, he was remoulding the one he had and making them into a Division One side.

And that is exactly what he did, in the 61/62 season Shankly lifted Liverpool out of Division Two forever. Shankly had built a squad that the fans had no fear would lose, they won their first six games and won the league title in April with five games to spare.

Liverpool FC Become Champions

When Liverpool made the leap from Division Two to Division One, it was a hugely significant event in Liverpool FC history. It kick started the golden age for football on Merseyside, the promotion saw Liverpool gain access to a better level of football and much more prestigious trophies were now up for grabs.

After their second season in Division One, Shankly won the league title with Liverpool FC and the following year they won the FA Cup for the very first time.

In his autobiography, Shankly recounted that among his many achievements, winning the 1965 FA Cup was his “greatest day”.

By the end of Bill Shankly’s management career at the club, Liverpool FC had become a First Division club that had won two FA Cups (1965 and 1974), the UEFA Cup (1973) and the FA Charity Shield in 1964, 1965 and 1966.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our look back some Liverpool FC history and how the legendary Bill Shankly developed LFC into the amazing football team they are today. If you’d like to delve into his fascinating life more, visit the Shankly Hotel and check out the never-seen-before memorabilia in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant. Or, why not try a Shankly Tour Experience and see the Liverpool Shanks loved.

We hope to see you soon!

Football Legends Take a Tour of Liverpool with Shankly Tours

The Shankly Tours are one of the most popular experiences our guests can enjoy when they stay with us at The Shankly Hotel, but it’s not just the public that have been enjoying our truly unique and exciting tour of Liverpool.

The city has been lucky enough to host special charity matches at the legendary Anfield Stadium over the years, featuring some of the biggest names in international football.

Whilst here on charitable business, it only seemed right that the legends would explore the city and find out more about the culture that makes Liverpool the best city in the world.

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Real Madrid Legends’ Tour of Liverpool

In 2017, Anfield welcomed Real Madrid legends to our great city to play an amazing game of football and explore Liverpool. Following the mighty Reds’ 4-3 victory over the Spanish giants, the Real Madrid legends were treated to an unforgettable tour around the home of the Liver Bird.

Having collaborated with Real Madrid Football Club and LFC, the Shankly Experience team crafted an exciting city tour for the visiting footballers. Embarking on a cultural journey around the city, the team were able to experience everything Liverpool had to offer, from Mathew Street, The Cavern Club and The Beatles’ homes, to footballing beacons like The Shankly Playing Fields and Melwood.

Topped off with an incredible private lunch in our stunning Baby Eden function room at The Shankly Hotel, the tour was one that will surely stick with the Real Madrid legends for years to come.

Welcoming Bayern Munich Legends

This year, it was Bayern Munich’s turn to attempt to defeat the legendary Red heroes, but both teams played incredibly well and came up evens with a 5-5 draw.

The German team’s legends enjoyed a similar experience to Real Madrid’s team last year, with a luxurious meal in the coveted Garden of Eden at The Shankly Hotel. Some of Bayern’s most well-loved players took a seat in the beautiful venue and enjoyed the spectacular views over the iconic skyline.

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Our hotel is the perfect place for legends to visit. It stands proud as a lasting monument to one of football’s biggest heroes, Bill Shankly, the man who changed Liverpool Football Club forever.

Take a Tour of Liverpool with Shankly Tours

A fantastic tour of Liverpool isn’t just for footballing legends, Shankly Tours operate throughout the year and are perfect for both football fans and those visiting the city.

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Our Memorabilia Tours are a big hit with guests, locals and tourists. This unique experience includes an exciting guided tour of the exclusive Bill Shankly memorabilia on display with a member of Bill Shankly’s family. Here, guests will discover incredible stories and family anecdotes about the great man and team, before receiving a free drink and getting their photo taken with Shankly via Augmented Reality Technology.

The Shankly Experience also offer unique, tailor made football-themed tours and experiences that feature visits to footballing landmarks across the city, bespoke trips to Anfield stadium and exclusive access to memorabilia in The Shankly Hotel, with lots of added extras.

No group is too large for our Shankly Experience team, the more the merrier! Get in touch with our dedicated coordinator, Ashley, by emailing info@shanklyexperience.com and arrange the best tour you’ll ever experience.

Bill Shankly and Dixie Dean: Friends Until the End

Bill Shankly and Dixie Dean: Friends Until the End

On March 1st 1980, the football world lost one of its greatest sons, and Dixie Dean’s death ended a long-standing friendship with Liverpool Football Club’s Bill Shankly. Despite their friendship being one of the more unusual football friendships, with the two having allegiances to the city’s rival clubs, Bill Shankly and Dixie Dean remained friends following their careers in opposing clubs.

The Day of Dixie Dean’s Death

Dixie had cemented himself as an Everton legend when he became a record goalscorer during his time with the club and became firm friends with Bill Shankly when Shanks retired from Liverpool Football Club in 1974.

It’s famously reported that Shankly was more warmly welcomed at Goodison Park than at Anfield in the years following his retirement and the legendary Reds managed frequently attended Everton games in his twilight years.

On the morning of Dixie Dean’s death, on March 1st 1980, the two enjoyed lunch together in the run-up to the 1980 Goodison derby match. They chatted and laughed at Liverpool’s Moat House Hotel on Paradise street and Dixie was given high praise from the man that changed Liverpool football club.

Bill Shankly said: “Dixie was the greatest centre-forward there will ever be. His record of goal scoring is the most amazing thing under the sun.He belongs in the company of the supremely great, like Beethoven, Shakespeare and Remembrandt.”

Little did Shankly know, these were the last words he’d speak of Dixie in public while the Everton legend was still with us.

At the Place He Cherished Most

Dixie Dean had not been in good health for a while in his final years, having had a leg removed due to an unfortunate condition and he hadn’t been to watch his team play for several years.

The Liverpool Derby was his first time being back at Goodison for a while but decided to attend to support his team against their friendly rivals.

He suffered a heart attack before the final whistle and breathed his last breath at the stadium that he loved so much and in front of the team that helped shape him into who he was.

A Fitting Tribute

Dixie’s daughter, Barbara, later scattered her father’s ashes on the halfway line at Goodison so he would always be with the team he loved.

His funeral was attended by all the people who loved him and respected him, the day of mourning took place at St James’ Church on Laird Street, a fitting circle as the street was the place where he was born. At his funeral, Shankly light-heartedly remarked: “I know this is a sad occasion but I think that Dixie would be amazed to know that even in death, he could draw a bigger crowd than Everton can on a Saturday afternoon.”

Bill Shankly and Dixie Dean Together Again

Bill Shankly and Dixie Dean

The Shankly Hotel is already the most exciting football-themed hotel in Liverpool, but, just like the mighty Reds, it’s set to get a worthy competitor in The Dixie Dean Hotel.

The success of The Shankly Hotel has paved the way for Everton to get a hotel dedicated to one of their legends too. Bill Shankly and Dixie Dean will stand side by side once more once the development has been completed in the coming months. Victoria Street will become a mecca for football fans as it creates the world’s first Football Quarter, join us as we celebrate our city’s friendly rivalry and connect over the thing that brings us together: football.

Watch the Spectacular Merseyside Derby in the Famous Shankly Hotel

Join us in the Bastion at The Shankly Hotel this Sunday 10th December for the hotly anticipated Merseyside Derby.

Liverpool FC will be taking on fellow scouse rivals, Everton, in the first meeting of the season.

Starting at 2.15 pm, we will be showing the game in our famous Bastion Bar and Restaurant and offering exclusive offers to all fans.

We can’t wait to see who comes out on top in this historic fixture.

Amazing Derby Day Offers

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Make the most of this great contest with our derby day offers and watch the game in the amazing atmosphere of the Bastion.

For just £12.95 per person, you can enjoy delicious food and a drink, live entertainment, plus match day drinks offers at the bar.

From arrival and throughout the game we will be offering 4 pint pitchers for £10, 5 bottles for £12 and double up on house spirits for £1 extra.

We will also have some amazing bonus in-play drinks offers including:

  • 2 for 1 on shots if LFC score first
  • 2 for 1 on the bar at halftime if LFC are winning at halftime
  • 2 for 1 for an hour after the full-time whistle if LFC win

Hosted in our Bastion Bar and Restaurant surrounded by the exclusive Shankly memorabilia, the game will be shown live on numerous big screen TV’s.

If you enjoy your match day at the Bastion, which we’re sure you will, you can consider joining our Premier League club. Click the link for more information.

The Merseyside Derby

It is the longest running top-flight derby in England, having been played continuously since the 1962–63 season and is known around the world as the ‘friendly derby’.

Liverpool host the Blues in the 229th Merseyside derby this Sunday, looking to secure a fourth straight victory over their local rivals under Jurgen Klopp.

Saturday’s victory took Liverpool into the Premier League’s top four, with Klopp’s side having won five of their six fixtures since their 4-1 defeat to Tottenham in October.

However, the Blues will visit Anfield in good form, having recorded back-to-back victories to coincide with Sam Allardyce’s arrival as new manager.

It is sure to be a close contest and we can’t wait!

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant

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A beautiful bar and restaurant set in the heart of The Shankly Hotel, the Bastion is the perfect place to watch the Merseyside Derby.

You’ll find yourself surrounded by fans just as passionate as you are and have the chance to spend some time discovering memorabilia including Bill Shankly’s personal typewriter and original LFC contract.

We recognise the importance of football to the people of Liverpool and believe that the Bastion celebrates and pays tribute to one of the greatest managers Liverpool has ever seen.

Delicious Food

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This offer also includes a pre-match meal in the Bastion Restaurant.

The menu offers everything from delicious grilled Sirloin Steak to the Shankly pie of the day or a traditional beef burger, served with an array of delicious sides. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a pint and really make the most of match day.

Perfect for groups of family and friends, the Bastion offers an unrivalled atmosphere with a special buzz on match days.

Why not book an overnight stay and have the ultimate football celebration for the Merseyside Derby, The Shankly are here to make your experience the best it could be.

Recently voted the best sporting city in the UK, Liverpool has a long history with football and the Shankly Hotel are proud to be a part of it.

To book your place for this amazing match day offer, call our friendly team on 0151 541 9999.