Top 30 Best Bill Shankly Quotes

Best Inspirational Quotes of Bill Shankly

Bill Shankly Quotes

“In my time at Anfield, we always said we had the best two teams on Merseyside – Liverpool, and Liverpool reserves.”


“Yes, Roger Hunt misses a few, but he gets in the right place to miss them.”


“If Everton were playing down the bottom of my garden, I’d draw the curtains.”


“The socialism I believe in is everybody working for the same goal and everybody having a share in the rewards. That’s how I see football, that’s how I see life.”


“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.”


“What a great day for football, all we need is some green grass and a ball.”


“Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.”


“Train the right way. Help each other. It’s a form of socialism without the politics.”


“A football team is like a piano. You need eight men to carry it and three who can play the damn thing.”


“Ian Callaghan is everything good that a man can be. No praise is too high for him. Words cannot do justice to the amount he has contributed to the game. Ian Callaghan will go down as one of the game’s truly great players.”


“I’m just one of the people who stands on the Kop. They think the same as I do, and I think the same as they do. It’s a kind of marriage of people who like each other.”


“Tommy Smith wasn’t born, he was quarried.”


“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”


“Fire in your belly comes from pride and passion in wearing the red shirt. We don’t need to motivate players because each of them is responsible for the performance of the team as a whole. The status of Liverpool’s players keeps them motivated.”


“Forget the Beatles and all the rest. This is the real Liverpool sound. It’s real singing, and it’s what the Kop is all about.”


“The difference between Everton and the Queen Mary is that Everton carry more passengers!”


“When I’ve got nothing better to do, I look down the league table to see how Everton are getting along.”


“Football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple.”


“For a player to be good enough to play for Liverpool, he must be prepared to run through a brick wall for me then come out fighting on the other side.”


“Above all, I would like to be remembered as a man who was selfless, who strove and worried so that others could share the glory, and who built up a family of people who could hold their heads up high and say ‘We’re Liverpool’.”


“Tom Finney would have been great in any team, in any match and in any age, even if he had been wearing an overcoat.”


“The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they do not know the game.”


“If you’re not sure what to do with the ball, just pop it in the net and we’ll discuss your options afterwards.”


“If you are first you are first. If you are second, you are nothing.”


“A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are.”


“Although I’m a Scot, I’d be proud to be called a Scouser.”


“I have always had the deepest respect for Bill Nicholson as a person and as a manager. The Spurs boss is an honest Yorkshireman and you will go a long way before finding a straighter character than that. Bill has never wavered in his determination to give White Hart Lane fans the best.”


“At a football club, there’s a holy trinity – the players, the manager and the supporters. Directors don’t come into it. They are only there to sign the checks.”


“I want to build a team that’s invincible, so that they have to send a team from bloody Mars to beat us.”


“Football (soccer) is a matter of life and death, except more important.”


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