Manager: – Brendan Rodgers
Captain: – Steven Gerrard
Owners: – Fenway Sports Group (Since 2011)
Club Anthem: – You’ll Never Walk Alone (YNWA)
Rivals: – Everton & Manchester United.
18-time League Champions, 7-time FA cup champions, 8-time league cup champions, 5-time Champions League winners and 3-time UEFA cup winners the list of honors are endlessly for Liverpool FC who has amassed an impressive 59 trophies including 41 major trophies in their 122 year old history.
Liverpool F.C is undoubtedly one of the most successful clubs in the world. Nicknamed “The Reds” Liverpool F.C. plays their home matches at the iconic Anfield Stadium. Liverpool F.C. is one of the most supported clubs in the world having official fans in over 50 countries.
The iconic stadium of Anfield was not always the home of Liverpool F.C. it was in fact the home of Liverpool’s fierce derby rivals Everton F.C. till 1892.
History of Formation – Liverpool F.C
Liverpool’s home town derby rivals were once the inhabitants of Anfield. Everton was one of the founding teams of the football league in 1888 and played their initial years at Anfield. Everton even won the league once while playing at Anfield.
It was an internal dispute between the Everton F.C. board members and club president John Houlding that led to Everton moving away from Anfield to Goodison Park in 1892. John Houlding instead decided to create a new team based in Anfield and thus Liverpool F.C was born.
The team was initially named “Everton F.C & Athletic Ground Ltd” but the name was rejected by FA and renamed as Liverpool F.C. in March, 1892.
Road to Greatness
Liverpool’s first match at Anfield was a friendly against Rotherham which they won. The club’s first scorer and captain was Malcolm Mcvean.
Liverpool’s first trophy came in its debut season as they won the Lancashire league in 1892. They went on to win the Football league´s second division the very next season and got promoted to the major football league, first division.
Liverpool’s first major trophy came in 1901 when they won the football league. It was a feat they repeated again five years later in 1906. Liverpool won their 3rd, 4th and 5th league titles in 1922, 1923 and 1946 season.
After the start of the 1950’s the team started to struggle and as result were relegated back to the second division at the end of the 1953 season. The team continued to struggle in the second division finding it difficult to get promoted back. This led to the appointment of Bill Shankly during the end of 1959 season.
A statue of Bill Shanky
Immediately after the appointment of Shankly he went on to give the axe to 24 first team players and the team managed to get promoted back in 1962. Within two years of doing so Liverpool managed to win the league for the sixth time.
Bill Shankly retired in 1974 after winning a total of 10 trophies including the English first division title Premier League, English Second division title, FA Cup, UEFA Cup and FA Charity Shield with the club.
Shankly was replaced as the manager by one of his assistants Bob Paisley who continued on with the good work at the club. Paisley won his first trophy with the club after winning the Premier League title in 1976 along with the UEFA Cup. Double championships during the Paisley era and Liverpool went on to win a total of 21 trophies including three European Cups, a UEFA Cup, six Premier League titles and three consecutive league cups.
Paisley retired in 1983 and was replaced by Joe Fagan, another one of Shankly’s assistants who managed to win the League Cup, Premier League and European Cup in his first season.
The difficult times
Joe Fagan retired during the 1985 season and this saw the appointment of Kenny Dalglish as player manager. During the European Cup final in the same year against Juventus the Liverpool, fans rushed towards the Juventus supporters before kick-off and as a result the retaining wall from the stadium collapsed causing 39 deaths from crushing and asphyxia. This incident was known as the Heysel Stadium disaster.
As a result of this incident Liverpool and all English Clubs were banned from European competitions, Liverpool for 10 years and the other English Clubs for 5 years. Though Dalglish was successful as a manager at the club, his tenure saw another disaster strike the club, The Hillsborough tragedy. In 1989 during a FA cup semi-final tie vs Nottingham Forest the Liverpool fans got crushed against the fencing resulting in the death of 96.
The ban imposed on Liverpool after the Heysel Tragedy was reduced to 6 years but Kenny Dalglish eventually retired in 1991.
The Premier League Era
Liverpool was one of the founding members of the Premier League in 1992, and has played in every season of the league till date. Unfortunately they couldn’t replicate the success they had in 70’s and 80’s. They haven’t won the league once, but have finished runner’s up in 2002, 2009 and in 2013 seasons.
They did win the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in the 2001-2002 under Graeme Souness, but the big achievement during the premier league era and recent years is undoubtedly the “Miracle of Istanbul”, becoming champions in 2005 under Rafa Benitez.
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The Season So Far 2014-2015
Liverpool were easily the most entertaining team in the Premier League 2013-2014 season, when they finished second in the league just two points behind eventual winners Manchester City.
But the transfer of Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the summer and the influx of new names that came into the team left the team in a bit of a mess and has seen them struggling in the league and the Champions League this season.
Liverpool got relegated from the Champions League after they finished third in their group behind Real Madrid and Basel F.C. However they have put together a run of 11 games unbeaten since December and now lie at 8th place in EPL table with 32 points of 21 games. Five points behind 4th spot team Manchester United (As of January 11 2014). They have also managed to reach the semi-finals of the league cup and will play Chelsea in two legs ,first of which is on 20th of January.
Most Appearances – Ian Callaghan (857)
Most goals – Ian Rush (346)
More Updates including details of the current squad and other fun facts in February.
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