Former Liverpool star Charlie Adam joined talkSPORT to pay tribute to his outdated boss and Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Thursday.
And he informed the station he acquired a shock cellphone name from the Reds icon only a few weeks in the past, with Dalglish calling the midfielder out of the blue after listening to of his current private troubles.
The soccer world is paying tribute to Liverpool and Scotland soccer nice Dalglish as he turns 70, reflecting on his outstanding profession as each a participant and supervisor.
And it’s clear he holds a particular place in lots of hearts not just for what he achieved on the pitch and within the dugout, but in addition for a way he touched their hearts as a totally respectable man who genuinely cared about individuals.
Dalglish was a genius footballer however gained as many supporters for his conduct off the pitch as his performances on it, significantly for his response to the Hillsborough tragedy and his assist of the victims’ households.
And Adam has revealed how Dalglish nonetheless goes the additional mile for individuals related to the Merseyside membership, regardless of the size of time since they final pulled on the well-known pink shirt.
“It’s not simply his capacity as a participant or his man administration as a coach, I feel it’s away from the sport you realise how particular he’s,” the previous Redman stated on Thursday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I hadn’t heard from Kenny in eight or 9 years; I’d seen him round on golf days and issues like that, however I by no means spoke to him for any size of time.
“I had a couple of troubles off the pitch with my mum passing away not too long ago, and two weeks in the past I had a missed name from someone, there was no quantity, I didn’t have a clue who it was.
“So I acquired a voicemail, ‘Hello Charlie, Kenny right here’, and I used to be like, ‘wow’.
“So I acquired his quantity and spoke to him on the cellphone for 20 minutes, simply asking about life and asking how all people was, my household.
“Simply to take that point out simply reveals the individual he’s. When he truly telephones you up himself, when someday he’s fascinated about what you’re going by means of in life, he’s only a particular man.
“He’s simply unimaginable. To do what he did after the Hillsborough catastrophe, even now he’s an iconic determine on the soccer membership, not only for supporters but in addition for the gamers, each now and in previous generations, he nonetheless takes care of them and finds time to talk to them.
“He’s in all probability going by means of his personal points and well being issues himself, however he was in nice fettle on the cellphone. I requested him how he was and he stated, ‘properly the physician’s not phoned me so I’ve nothing to fret about’. That’s simply how he’s.
“I used to be trying again, seeing each image I had with him, he was at all times smiling, laughing, joking and that’s his character.
“He had a depraved sense of humour, he may shoot you down with only one line, however he at all times appears to be in a great temper and they’re the sort of individuals you wish to be round.”
Adam additionally revealed his first private expertise with ‘The King’, and the way it was instantly apparent why he’s thought-about not solely one of many recreation’s nice gamers but in addition one in all its best gents, too.
“Once I first acquired the decision from Kenny it was fairly humbling,” added the Scot, who was signed by Dalglish from Blackpool in 2011 and spent one season at Anfield, the place he gained the League Cup.
“He’s all people’s dad’s hero, and clearly he was my dad’s hero, and once I acquired the chance to go and converse to him and get invited spherical his home…
“That was the most important factor for me. He invited me spherical to his home to talk to him about signing for Liverpool, and it was an unimaginable event as a result of he was so relaxed.
“For what he had achieved as a supervisor but in addition as a participant, he’s the king, he’s the cream on the highest of the cake in Scotland, he’s in all probability the best participant we’ve ever had and to be in his firm, I used to be in awe of him.
“I had nice instances on the membership and it was nice for me to signal for him.”