As part of our Shankly Week celebrations we've put together a Kop 10 of what we believe are the most defining games of the great Scot's tenure.
1) Cardiff (H) L0-4, December 1959
Okay, so it may seem a bit strange to include this in a Kop 10 of Bill Shankly's finest matches.
Perhaps it is, but if the Scot needed a reality check to help assess the size of the task ahead of him, then his first competitive match in charge did just that.
To put it simply, Liverpool were humbled.
They made a decent start to the proceedings but soon found themselves behind and trailed 2-0 at the break.
There was a brief resurgence after the interval, but the visitors assumed control and added another two goals before the final whistle.
"Naturally I'm disappointed but it's just as well that I've seen the team give an off-form display in my first match," said a subdued Shankly. "I've learned quite a few things this way."
2) Southampton (H) W2-0, April 1962
Liverpool did not enjoy immediate success under Shankly.
There was no Midas touch in the first few years of his Anfield revolution, but after some near misses, they welcomed Southampton to L4 knowing that a point would be enough to clinch promotion back to the First Division.
So who was going to be the hero?
All eyes were on goal machine Roger Hunt, particularly as his partner in crime, Ian St John, was ruled out of the clash through suspension.
However, it was a young striker by the name of Kevin Lewis who would step into the Saint's trusty boots and fire Liverpool to promotion with a brace.
It's not a name that springs to mind when you consider the long list of greats to have represented the Reds, nor is it one that would go on to have a major impact on Liverpool's fortunes in the future.
But at that one point in time, he was the hero of the hour, the man who clinched promotion back to the topflight with six games remaining.
Writing in the ECHO after the game, Michael Charters said: "The skies wept, the atmosphere was grey and dismal, but it was still a glorious unforgettable day at Anfield on Saturday."
Fittingly, the last word on what would prove to be a defining season in LFC history, went to Shankly.
He said: "We won the championship in the first month when we were fitter competitively than our rivals. We beat Sunderland and Newcastle twice in that spell and we never looked back."
3) Arsenal (H) W5-0 April, 1964
With Liverpool now back amongst England's elite, Shankly set about securing the club's first title since 1947.
A solid eighth place finish had given them a platform to build on and they duly accomplished the target with three games to spare.
The BBC's Panorama programme was there to witness the Kop in all its glory, but it was the 11 men on the pitch that stole the show with a mesmerising performance that quite simply blew the Gunners away.
Ian St John got the Reds off to a flyer with the opener on seven minutes but they were left thanking the agility of Tommy Lawrence on the half hour mark when he managed to deny George Eastham from the spot.
With nerves jangling the title edged ever closer when Alf Arrowsmith bagged the second just before half-time.
An air of celebration began to creep into the stadium as the second period got underway and any fears of an Arsenal comeback were vanquished before the hour courtesy of Peter Thompson's quick-fire double.
Roger Hunt made it five, minutes later and they even had the luxury of missing a penalty when Ian Callaghan's effort was kept out by former Liverpool stopper Jim Furnell.
4) Knattspyrnufelag Reykjavikur (a) W5-0, August 1964
A first ever foray onto the continent marked a historic day for both Liverpool Football Club and Bill Shankly.
It would be a stage upon which the Reds would later go on to carve out a rich and unparalleled history - at least amongst their English counterparts anyway.
The names of Real Madrid, AC Milan, Barcelona and Borussia Moenchengladbach would all hold their own unique chapters in the future of our European exploits, but when it all got underway in August 1964, it was the little known Icelandic side of Knattspyrnufelag Reykjavikur who were the Reds' opposition.
The minnows weren't expected to pose too much threat to the English champions and it wasn't long before the Reds were in front.
Gordon Wallace had the honour of being Liverpool's first ever goalscorer in European competition and his strike ensured the visitors went in ahead at the interval.
After a tight first period, the home side's resistance began to wane and Shankly's men took full advantage.
A Roger Hunt double, another goal from Wallace and Phil Chisnall's first in a red shirt completed a 5-0 rout and ensured our European odyssey got off to the perfect start.
5) Leeds United, FA Cup final W2-1 aet, May 1965
Pre-Shankly, Liverpool's FA Cup final record read...two appearances, two defeats.
It was something the great man was determined to put right and a year after landing the title he led his side out at Wembley for the biggest showpiece occasion in English football.
The Reds faced Don Revie's rising Leeds United side and, despite the burden of seeing Gerry Byrne play through the pain barrier with a broken collar bone, they would eventually prevail 2-1 after extra-time.
Roger Hunt and Ian St John were the goalscorers as we finally ensured the famous old trophy would make its way to Anfield.
Shankly later wrote in his autobiography, "Grown men were crying and it was the greatest feeling any human being could have to see what we had done.
"There have been many proud moments. Wonderful, fantastic moments. But that was the greatest day, the one I treasure the most".
6) Inter Milan (H) W3-1 May 1965
A first ever European Cup semi-final match at Anfield was always going to inspire an impressive reaction from the home faithful.
Add to that the fact it came just three days after the club's inaugural FA Cup success and you can see why it is a date many Kopites believe heralded the birth of the famous 12th man.
Reigning European champions and Italian aristocrats, Inter Milan were the visitors, but they soon lost their swagger amidst a red roar so overpowering that it took Liverpool just four minutes to open the scoring.
Roger Hunt was the man who lit the touch paper for one of our greatest ever nights, after Shanks had produced another masterstroke to unsettle the Nerazzurri.
With the Italians already on the pitch, the Reds boss sent Gerry Byrne and Gordon Milne out to parade the FA Cup. The sight of our latest addition to the trophy cabinet saw the atmosphere reach fever pitch and was the perfect appetizer ahead of a feast of football.
It did the trick too, with Hunt expertly converting Ian Callaghan's cross with the first real attack of the game.
However, Inter were an experienced outfit and they overcame their poor start to draw level after Sandro Mazzola took advantage of a rare mistake from Ron Yeats to fire home.
Lesser sides would have folded after that, but not Shankly's Liverpool. They soon regained their rhythm and snatched the lead 10 minutes before half-time courtesy of Callaghan.
A cagey second period followed and both sides had chances before Ian St John gave the Reds a two-goal cushion to take to Italy when he found space to fire in at the Kop end.
As the clock ran down chants of "Go back to Italy" echoed long into the night, leaving the visitors to return to their homeland, with tails firmly wedged between their legs.
7) Chelsea (H) W2-1, May 1966
By the spring of 1966 Shankly's first great Liverpool team were on the verge of another League Championship.
The troubles that had hindered the Reds in the Second Division were now little more than a distant memory and picking up the biggest trophies in English football was developing into a habit that would extend long beyond his Anfield tenure.
When Chelsea came to town in the penultimate match of 65-66 campaign, title number two was all-but in the bag.
The Londoners certainly thought so as they took to the field and formed a guard of honour for the champions-elect.
Victory would confirm the inevitable and it was no surprise that Roger Hunt would prove to be the hero of the day, netting twice in a 2-1 victory.
As the players began their lap of honour, Shankly reached out and shook the hand of each one of his troops. Another triumph had been secured, but the boss knew surgery would be required sooner or later to ensure the Reds continued to win silverware in the future.
8) Everton, FA Cup semi-final (n) W2-1, March 1971
Shankly's new-look Liverpool were beginning to emerge as a rising force and the 1970-71 FA Cup run would add further credence to suggestions that they would go on to dominate English football.
After five years without a trophy an FA Cup semi-final clash with Everton was the ideal opportunity to show the world that the Reds were back.
The prospect of the Old Trafford encounter had the city buzzing weeks in advance and when it finally came around, it was the Toffees who struck first courtesy of Alan Ball.
However, Liverpool's history is full of memorable fightbacks and they dug deep to level through Alun Evans just before the hour mark.
With a wealth of attacking talent on show, it seemed inevitable another goal would follow; the only surprise being the source of what proved to be a famous winner.
Brian Hall had yet to score for Liverpool prior to the clash, but that all changed in the 73rd minute when he volleyed home after Blues stopper Andy Rankin had failed to hold a cross under pressure from John Toshack.
It was a strike that set up a Wembley showdown with Arsenal, and although the Reds would go down 2-1 after extra-time, Shankly knew they now had the hallmark of a side destined to write their own unique chapter in the history of Liverpool.
9) Borussia Moenchengladbach (H) W3-0, May 1973
In terms of silverware won, the 1972-73 season would prove to be Shankly's finest as Liverpool manager.
A 2-0 win over Leeds United had secured his third and final title for the club, while Steve Heighway's goal in the UEFA Cup semi-final second-leg defeat at Tottenham ensured his team would progress to yet another final.
This time they would face Borussia Moenchengladbach, a team still regarded as one of the finest to ever come out of Germany.
It was set to be a huge test for the Reds and the first-leg at Anfield seemed to suggest that before torrential weather conditions led to the match being abandoned after less than 30 minutes.
Cue the type of decision that only a manager of Shankly's calibre would make.
With the game re-starting just 24 hours later, the Scot opted to replace Brian Hall with John Toshack after identifying a weakness at the heart of the German defence.
It was an inspired move, as the big Welshman terrorised the Moenchengladbach rearguard, allowing strike partner Kevin Keegan to bag a brace before the interval.
The diminutive forward also missed a penalty before Larry Lloyd gave the home side a 3-0 advantage to take to Germany.
Jupp Heynckes also failed from the spot as Ray Clemence denied the visitors a consolation that would have proved crucial to the outcome of the tie.
In stark contrast to the game at Anfield, the return leg saw Borussia race into a two goal lead, leaving Liverpool to rely upon sheer determination and willpower to triumph 3-2 on aggregate.
As Tommy Smith lifted the cup, Shanks looked on with a satisfied smile. He had overseen the construction of his second great side and with it, landed the club's first ever European trophy.
10) Newcastle United, FA Cup final, W3-0, May 1974
It was somewhat fitting that one of Bill Shankly's last competitive matches in charge of Liverpool Football Club ended with another trophy and one of the finest exhibitions of football in our history.
As the visibly proud Shanks led his side out at Wembley for yet another showpiece occasion, few Reds would have imagined that within two months he would have resigned from his post.
Such was Liverpool's dominance against the Magpies, that had they notched up five or six, it would not have been an injustice. Indeed, the 3-0 score was rather flattering on those donning the black and white shirts in one of the FA Cup's most one-sided finals.
The only surprise was that it took the Reds until the 57th minute to break the deadlock when Kevin Keegan controlled Tommy Smith's right-wing centre before drilling the ball beyond Willie McFaul.
The opener could and should have arrived a few minutes earlier when Alec Lindsay was the scorer of what many believe to be the greatest cup final goal that never was. A magnificent counter attack and a rasping shot ended with celebrations that were wrongly cut short by the linesman's flag.
The injustice spurred Liverpool on and after 'Mighty Mouse' had notched the first, Steve Heighway made sure of the victory with 15 minutes left.
Keegan then put the icing on the cake with a sublime third late on to secure 'Mr Liverpool's' sixth major trophy in 10 glorious years.