Former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen has revealed his admiration for former team-mate, captain and manager Kenny Dalglish's conduct in the aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster. Around 28,000 people descended upon Anfield on Wednesday to attend a service honouring the 96 lives lost at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium on April 15 1989 at an FA Cup semi-final tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Both former and current Reds players were in attendance, including John Barnes, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Fernando Torres, as was Dalglish - Liverpool's manager in 1989 - who spoke during the ceremony. And Hansen, who was the Merseysiders' club captain and returned from a nine-month injury layoff to play in the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough, said the Scot heroicly led from the front when Liverpool needed him most. "I have to say Kenny was absolutely fantastic after Hillsborough. Somebody had to lead from the front and it was Kenny and Marina (Dalglish’s late wife) who did it," he told LFC Magazine on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. “Kenny had to organise everything and he stood up at the time when Liverpool needed him to and was counted. "He took the respects and wishes of the families on board, he was in the players lounge at Anfield every day and continued to manage the football club at the same time. “To do that speaks volumes for him. To go in every day and give counselling was hard enough but to organise other stuff and focus on managing the club as well was incredible. “Everybody knew it was leadership of the highest quality. You don’t get better leadership than that.” Hansen believes the terrible events that occurred during that fateful day in 1989 united Liverpool as a whole community. “The aftermath of Hillsborough strengthened the bond between the players and fans,” he said. “People can talk about this, that and the next thing but Liverpool and it’s supporters have got a bond and a unity that is different to any other football club. Long may it continue. “I think Hillsborough strengthened everything in the Liverpool community. The way the supporters, the players, the manager, everybody reacted was fantastic. “I honestly don’t think any other community would have been as good in such tragic circumstances as Liverpool and its supporters were.” BLOG: The Hillsborough Disaster: One fan's story LIVERPOOL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Ian Rush, Craig Johnston Q&A Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres One on One Michael Owen, Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Keegan Boy's A Bit Special Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes, Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia, John Aldridge Perfect XI Jamie Carragher What Happened Next? Julian Dicks And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Liverpool players (and others) on Talentspotter
15 April 2009
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