Just as everyone has "their" Doctor Who, every Liverpool fan has "their" manager, the one who symbolised the club just as they were starting to become interested in football.
I'm 43, which means Bob was 'my' manager. I knew all about Shankly of course, but I was 2 years old when he retired. It was Bob who won the trophies during my formative years. When I was 10, my mum took my cousin and me on a guided tour of Anfield. We were absolutely buzzing, I bought an autograph book (this was in the days before selfies!). Phil Thompson was our guide, and I remember we met Craig Johnston, Ian Rush, Phil Neal amongst others. When we saw the footballers, we gathered round in a big circle, shoving our autograph books at them.
Then, as we were walking out of Anfield and into the car park, a car pulled up, and Bob climbed out. We all immediately formed an orderly queue and waited patiently while Bob signed our books. The respect and love for the man, even from kids who were young enough to be his grandchildren was immense.
Thank you Bob for everything.