Tens of thousands of Kopites will journey to Anfield this weekend for the latest instalment of the legendary fixture that is Liverpool versus Newcastle United.
The supporters will be greeted by a new mural of Liverpool legend, Bill Shankly. The mural is being painted by local one-armed artist John Culshaw, as reported by the Liverpool Echo. The Scouser and ardent Liverpool fan lost his arm when he was hit by a speeding car aged nine.
Shankly’s new mural will appear on the wall of The Park Pub, just a hop, skip and a jump Anfield. It is only fitting that an iconic Liverpool manager be emblazoned on an iconic Liverpool pub.
Bill Shankly wrote himself into Liverpool folklore as the man who made the club what it is today. When he first arrived on Merseyside, Liverpool were languishing in the second division and the club’s facilities were in a state of disrepair.
The Scotsman made a number of sweeping changes to the side, ranging from the foundation of the famous Boot Room, to the This is Anfield sign and the introduction of the all-red kit. When Shanks took over Liverpool played in a red shirt and white shorts. The new gaffer thought it psychologically beneficial to line up in all red, right down to the socks.
During his tenure, Shankly turned Liverpool from second division also rans into first division champions. He collected three top flight titles and a UEFA cup among other honours.