Liverpool Football Club are one of the most successful clubs in English football since they were founded in 1892, with 18 top flight titles and 15 domestic trophies, alongside five impressive Champions League trophies and three UEFA Super Cups. The Reds play at the famous Anfield, which has seen a number of historical moments over the years. Liverpool fans also create an electric atmosphere such as the iconic ‘You’ll never walk alone’ chant, which people often go to just to experience. They play are passing, aggressive style of football which is some of the most attractive to watch. They have the enthusiastic Jurgen Klopp as manager and he has brought a new lease of life to the club, and has contributed in making Anfield one of the must visit stadiums.
Based in Merseyside, Liverpool have gone on to become one of the most successful clubs in English football, having won a record five European Cups, three UEFA Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, 17 League titles, seven FA Cups, a record eight League Cups and 15 FA Community Shields. The Reds were founded after a dispute between the Everton committee and club president as well as land owner of Anfield, John Houlding. The Merseyside club have played at the world famous Anfield since their formation and people come from around the world to embrace the experience of the atmosphere and quality of performance on show. They were only a club for a year before joining the Football League, whilst Everton relocated to Goodison Park.
Liverpool won the Lancashire League in their first season and joined the Football League second division in the 1893-94 season, where they also took the league by storm, finishing top of the league and been promoted to the first division. They then went on to win the First Division in 1901 and 1906. Liverpool won back to back League titles in 1922 and 1923, but despite this, did not win another trophy until the 1946-47 season where manager at the time, George Kay, guided them to another League title. However, in the 1953-54 season they were relegated to the Second Division and had a change in manager in club legend Bill Shankly.
They returned to the First Division in 1962, and then quickly went on to win it again in 1964 and in 1965, won their first of many FA Cups. Liverpool completed the League and UEFA Cup double in 1973, followed by the FA Cup again the following year. Shankly soon retired and was replaced by his assistant at the time, Bob Paisley. In his second season, brought another League and UEFA Cup double and had more success the following season, retaining the league and finally winning the European Cup.
Paisleys achievements continued throughout his role, winning a total of 21 trophies with the club and retired in 1983 becoming one of the best managers in the club’s history. He was then replaced by his assistant Joe Fagan who was also successful, being the first ever English club to win the League, League Cup, and European Cup treble. However, disaster struck in 1985 after what was meant to be an exciting European Cup final against Juventus at the Heysel stadium, fans charged down a fence which separated fans. This caused a retaining wall to collapse leading to 39, mostly Italian, deaths prior to kick off and is now known as the Heysel Stadium disaster.
Liverpool went on to lose the match 1-0. Because of the incident, English clubs were banned from the competition for five years, whilst Liverpool received a 10-year ban, although it was reduced to six. After Fagan announced his retirement, Kenny Dalglish was appointed player-manager and despite winning five trophies, his tenure was overshadowed by the Hillsborough disaster on 15 April 1989. Overall 96 people died after the incident against Nottingham Forest, as hundreds of fans crushed others into the fencing and leading to them losing their lives. Because of this, the all-seater stadium for top-division clubs was introduced to ensure the disaster does not happen again.
Due to the disaster, Dalglish retired and was replaced by Graeme Souness and went on to win the 1992 FA Cup. After a couple of managerial changes, Liverpool landed Gerard Houllier as their boss, and won a treble in his second full season in charge in the way of the FA Cup, League Cup, and UEFA Cup, but after failing to mount a real title challenge in the 2003-04 season, he was replaced by Rafael Benítez.
Under his managerial control, Liverpool took part in one of the most exciting games in UEFA Champions League history, famously beating AC Milan on penalties after coming from 3-0 down to draw with the Italian side. They then won the FA Cup the following season in yet another entertaining final, also beating West Ham in a penalty shootout. In the 2006-07 season, Liverpool were taken over by American businessmen Tom Hicks and George Gillett, but failed to win a Premier League title under their ownership. After Benitez then guided Liverpool to one of their worst league finishes since the Premier League began and failing to qualify for the Champions League, he was sacked and replaced by Roy Hodgson.
The club then went into more financial trouble and were on the verge of bankruptcy at the start of the 2010-11 season and therefore the owners were forced to sell the club to John W. Henry. Hodgson however left the club shortly later after a poor start to the season and was replaced by Dalglish for a second time. Despite winning the League Cup and reaching the FA Cup final, an eighth placed finish led to his dismissal and former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers took over. Rodgers mounted a real title charge in the 2013-14 season, which came as a shock to football fans, but the famous slip by club legend Steven Gerrard and a loss of momentum restricted them to settle for second to Manchester City.
In the following season, disappointment continued as they finished sixth and Rodgers was dismissed early in the 2015-16 season. The charismatic Jurgen Klopp was given the job and guided them to both the League Cup and UEFA Cup finals respectively, but failed to win either. He brought an intense passing and pressing style of play to Anfield, which is admirable to watch when it is perfected. Liverpool had a slow start to the 2017/18 campaign but have quality with in their ranks with electric players like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool continue to be one of the most successful clubs in England and they hope to mount a title challenge to silence the doubters of Klopp’s ways. The Reds are bound to excite for years to come.