Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish awarded knighthood

Published: June 09, 2018 11:17:48 | Updated: June 10, 2018 19:08:01

Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool vs Manchester United - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - October 14, 2017 Kenny Dalglish waves to the fans before the match. Reuters.

Liverpool and Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The 67-year-old, who won the European Cup three times while playing for the Reds and later managed the club, said he was "humbled but gratified".

He was also recognised for supporting Hillsborough victims and his charity work with the Marina Dalglish Appeal, reports the BBC.

"I thought it was a tax bill," Dalglish said. "For the family, it's a huge honour."

Dalglish, who started his career at Celtic, is Scotland's most-capped player, having made 102 appearances for his country.

He said: "It won't make any difference to me, I'll just maybe need to change my passport!

"But just because we're a wee bit embarrassed about it doesn't underestimate how pleased and proud we are to have received it.

"I hope everyone who came into our lives enjoys it as well."

Dalglish is the only sporting figure knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua and two-time Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold are appointed OBEs, as is Bournemouth's former England striker Jermain Defoe.

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