'Away from working, there has never been a problem with him' - Kenny Dalglish welcomes Alex Ferguson to stand ceremony
At the peak of their powers, they were feuding foes symbolising the bitter rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United. Today, Kenny Dalglish and Alex Ferguson will stand side by side in tribute to the Kop legend.
Anfield's Centenary Stand will become the Kenny Dalglish Stand, and ahead of tomorrow's match between Liverpool and United, Ferguson will accompany Bobby Charlton as a VIP guest at a renaming ceremony. Beneath their sporting enmity, Dalglish says there has always been respect between the two titans of the game.
"His actions speak louder than 1,000 words with him and Sir Bobby coming over," said Dalglish. "They did exactly the same after Hillsborough. They were over here early. There is rivalry on and off the pitch but when it comes to something like that there is not even a doubt about it - they will be over here supporting us and hopefully we would do the same for them.
"Away from working, there has never been a problem with him. Never, ever been a problem.
"We defended our clubs and our fans as best we could. How can you criticise someone who is totally supportive of his club? That is what you want as a supporter - someone who is defensive of your club and wants to make a contribution. He made a massive contribution to Manchester United. If someone came to manage Liverpool and never stood their corner, I don't think the punters would be happy with that. He was exactly the same for Manchester United."