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In this nerve-jangling crisis, Bill Shankly's seminal 'life and death' vignette appears just a little unhinged 

Roy Curtis


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Liverpool manager Bill Shankly receives the acclaim of the Kop after Liverpool clinched the Football League Championship with a draw against Leicester City in 1973

Liverpool manager Bill Shankly receives the acclaim of the Kop after Liverpool clinched the Football League Championship with a draw against Leicester City in 1973

Liverpool manager Bill Shankly receives the acclaim of the Kop after Liverpool clinched the Football League Championship with a draw against Leicester City in 1973

AS the planet shivers with apprehension and society embarks on a perilous journey into some dark unknown, that seminal Bill Shankly line hurtles across the years. 

Often misquoted, the exact words of Liverpool's beloved Yoda read: "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death... I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."

The last week – our world turned upside down – has delivered an unanswerable verdict on the brilliant father of Anfield's most remembered words.