Principal owner John Henry has spoken further about the decision to appoint Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish to the club's board of directors.

The Reds announced on Friday evening the Scot would return to Anfield with immediate effect.

The news was greeted with delight by supporters, while manager Brendan Rodgers spoke of his belief that the appointment would prove 'brilliant' for the future of the club.

Now, Henry has expressed his joy at Dalglish's Reds reunion and outlined why the 62-year-old will play an important role in helping move Liverpool forward towards their goals.

"I am delighted to welcome Kenny Dalglish back to Anfield," he told

"Kenny is a towering figure in the history of Liverpool Football Club. Along with Bill Shankly, he embodies what the club stands for.

"As a player and a manager, Kenny established his position as a football great. But that is only half the story. His compassion and leadership in the immediate aftermath of Hillsborough brought great solace to the families of the 96. His support of the campaign for justice since 1989 has been unfailing and inspirational and has given him a status that goes far beyond that of a mere sporting figure.

"However, the return of Kenny Dalglish is not about the past. We are building for the future. From the dressing room to the boardroom, we are creating a structure that will take Liverpool back to the top. It is not an easy task. Kenny brings the sort of intelligence, experience and knowledge that will help us reach our goals.

"Tom, Ian, Brendan and I along with every single Liverpool supporter, staff member and player want to welcome back Kenny with the same warmth and depth of feeling that he has shown for his club over these decades."