By Si Steers.
This article originally appeared in the LFC fanzine ‘We are Liverpool’ in April 2014.
As a staunch socialist, Bill Shankly was very much a believer in the ideology of the strength of the collective. Shankly once said ‘Chairman Mao has never seen such a show of Red strength’ – a very deliberate nod to the one of the great Communist leaders of the 20th Century, and a man that Shankly shared a common view with.
Both men succeeded in building empires (on differing scales) that had a single philosophy at its core – and that philosophy was about people.
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