|Tragedy has featured large in Liverpool’s history, much of which brought a sad end to a period of dominance in the English game that spanned nearly 10 years in the 1970s/1980s.
However, it all started a long time ago, when a group of kids played football on a piece of green just outside the City at Calme Downe. They went to to get a team together, but an argument over a new ground, saw the side split into Everton and Liverpool. The owner of the ground could not secure the name of that part of Liverpool (Everton) and so they played under the name of the city. They should have played under the name of Liverpool Scottish, because in their first game, the only player who wasn’t from North of the border was the goalkeeper. And that was only because Scottish goalkeepers had a reputation even back then !!
An early FA Cup saga developed, when they met Sheffield United in the semi-final. After a 2-2 draw, they played out a 4-4 stalemate, before the third game was abandoned because of too many fans being in the ground and they kept coming onto the field of play. This meant that the first half of that match had already gone on for 105 minutes !!
Goalkeeper Cyril Sidlow was an innovator, as he was regarded as the first keeper to throw the ball out to his team-mates, rather than kick it. Further on in the history of the club, Zimbabwean international Bruce Grobbelaar became the first goalkeeper to throw the ball into the back of his own net !! In the 1920s, the team had God on their side … well one of his messengers anyway. The Reverend James Jackson turned out for the side and he was know as “the Parson” to his team-mates, because he had a nose for sniffing out a goal. Much like Robbie Fowler … who also had a deity based nickname.
Bill Shankly’s management of the club had a big impact, in more ways than one. His thoughts on the existing kit of red shirts and white shorts was to change it to all red, because he thought it made the players look bigger. Not something that was necessary for signing giant centre half Ron Yeats, who Shankly said it would take an afternoon to walk around !! Joining in 1959, he took the club to the First Division championship within six years and went on to win two more Div. 1 titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup.
In 1964, they beat Arsenal 3-2 in the first match on “Match of the Day” on BBC TV.
In 1971, despite having two players with degrees (Steve Heighway and Brian Hall), things got so bad in their youth ranks, that youngsters were invited to enter a competition run by the Liverpool Echo to win a place as a professional at the club. It was won by Tommy Tynan, who failed to make an appearance for the first team, but went on to have a long career at Plymouth Argyle and Rotherham United.
In 1974, Kevin Keegan became the first Englishman to be sent off at Wembley, when he and Billy Bremner had a fight in the FA Charity Shield match. They both took their shirts off in disgust … which is exactly what the watching nation felt at seeing their naked torsos.
Shankly’s replacement came from the famous Boot Room, so named because it was where managers and players were taken to be told they were no longer required by the club. Bob Paisley won 13 trophies including three European Cups, but the only one he failed to take back to Anfield was the FA Cup. His successor, Joe Fagan won one European Cup, one league championship and the League Cup – all in his first season in charge, but the tragedy when 39 people died in trouble at the Heysel stadium at the European Cup Final in 1985 ended his love affair with the game. It was left to legend Kenny Dalglish to take over and he went and won the Double in his first season in charge.
Coming after him Souness and Roy Evans found it hard to live up to the success that had gone before, but then in 1989, another disaster, this time at Hillsborough, when 96 fans died, hit Liverpool hard. The memory of those fans lives being taken lives on today.
And it was Gerard Houllier, who’s job it was to try and bring back the silverware. He’d done OK with two League Cups, an FA Cup and a UEFA Cup – one of each of them achieved in the same season, but the League eluded him and the money being spent to get there has not been inconsiderable. Blowing most of it on Emile Heskey probably didn’t help him though !!
So, in came Spaniard Rafael Benitez from Valencia and in an up and down first league season, he managed to take his side past Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final and beat AC Milan on penalties after being 0-3 down at half-time. It was a great start for Rafa, but what a start to move the team up from in future years !! While failing to reproduce the same form in the Premier League, their European performances continue to impress with a losing final appearance in 2007 and a semi-final slot in 2008. Maybe, they are years ahead of their time and are just waiting for a European league to start !!
However, wrangling among the cowboy American owners saw Liverpool fall from grave and changes in management from Benitez to Roy Hodgson saw them dwell near the bottom of the table at the start of the 2010-11 season, until the former Fulham boss was deposed and replaced by King Kenny, who guided them back towards the top six and failed, so was out-ed for Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers, who had to make do with a squad that money had been thrown at but without a lot of thought, which was something some of the purchases suffered with. Despite mounting a challenge for the title that came closer than they had for a considerable number of years, only scuppered by Steven Gerrard’s slip that let Chelsea through for a goal at Anfield, Rodgers failed to get the team to perform despite the Fenway Sports Group spending lots of money on their moneyball system. Rodgers had eight games at the start of the 2015-16 season and left after a 1-1 draw at Everton to be replaced by the charismatic Jurgen Klopp. He left the fans with a grin like the Cheshire Cat he is with wins in the Champions League and the Premier League, which Klopp won at a canter.
Famous Players : – Roger Hunt, Peter Seek, Ian Rush, Gerry Dawdle, Kenny Dalglish, Michael Owen, Howard Gayle, Ian Ross, Al Fresco, Micky Windy, Billy Liddell, Ray Clemence, Torben Piecnik.
Famous Fans : – the late Cilla Black (Singer/entertainer); Jimmy Tarbuck (Comedian); Stan Boardman (Comedian); Esther McVey (Conservative MP and former Morning TV presenter – GMTV); Ian Brodie (Musician – The Lightning Seeds), Graeme Smith (South African cricketer); Melanie Chisholm = Mel C (singer – “Sporty Spice” in the Spice Girls), DJ Spoony (Radio 1 DJ); Phil Redmond (TV producer – “Brookside” [Channel 4]); Alan Bleasdale (TV and film writer – “Boys From The Blackstuff”); Elvis Costello (musician); Chris De Burgh (Singer); Daniel Craig (Actor – James Bond); Michael Howard (MP); John Bishop (Comedian); Paul Sinha (Comedian)
|Formed||3rd June 1892|
|Became a Limited Company||1892|
|Nickname||“The REDS” or “‘POOL”|
|Club Colours||HOME : All Red with white trimAWAY : Shirts – white with red trim
Shorts – Black
Socks – Black
|Record Premier League Win||7-0 v Crystal Palace Away 19.12.2020|
|Record Premier League Defeat||1-5 v Coventry City Away 19.12.1992|
|Record Football League Win||10-1 v Rotherham Town Div. 2 18.02.1899
9-0 v Crystal Palace Div. 1 12.09.1989
|Record Football League Defeat||1-9 v Birmingham City Div.2 11.12.1954|
|Record Cup Win||11-0 Stromsgodset Drammen ECWC R1L1 17.09.1974|
|Record Fee Paid||£75 million to Southampton for Virgil van DIJK (1st January 2018)|
|Record Fee Received||£142 million from Barcelona (Spain) for Philippe COUNTINHO (6th January 2018)|
|Record Appearances||867 – Ian CALLAGHAN (1960-78)|
|Record League Appearances||640 – Ian CALLAGHAN (1960-78)|
|Record Premier League Appearances||240 – Steve McMANAMAN (1992-99)|
|Record League goalscorer||244 Roger HUNT (1959-69)|
|Record Premier League goalscorer||106 – Robbie FOWLER (1993-99)|
|Record goalscorer in a Premier League season||32 – Mohamed SALAH (2017-18)|
|Record goalscorer in a season||47 – Ian RUSH (1983-84)|
|Record goalscorer in a League season||41 – Roger HUNT (Division 2 1961-62)|
|Record all-time goalscorer||346 Ian RUSH (1980-1987 and 1988-1996)|
|Most goals in a game||5 – Andy McGUIGAN v Stoke City (Division 1) 04.01.1902
5 – John EVANS v Bristol Rovers (Division 2) 15.09.1954
5 – Ian RUSH v Luton Town (Division 1) 29.10.1983
|Record Attendance (all-time)||61,905 v Wolverhampton Wanderers
FAC R4 02.02.1952
|Record Premier League Attendance||44,702 v Manchester United 05.05.1999|
|Record match receipts||£604,048 v Celtic (UEFA Cup) 30.09.1997|
|Record total of goals in a Premier League season||101 – 2013-14 38 games|
|Record Premier League points total||99 – 2019-20 38 games|
|Record total of goals in a League season||106 – Division 2 1895-96 30 games|
|Record League points total||3 points for a win : 99 – Premier League 2019-202 points for a win : 68 – Division 1 1978-79|
|Youngest player||Jerome SINCLAIR 16 years and 6 days v West Bromwich Albion 26.09.2012|
|Oldest player||Ned DOIG 41 years and 165 days v Burton ALbion 01.09.1904|
|Most Capped player while at club||Steven GERRARD 114 (England)|
Address : Anfield Road, Liverpool L4 0TH
Capacity : 53,394
Away Allocation :
Pitch size : 101m x 68m (110.5 yards x 74.4 yards)
Official website : www.liverpoolfc.com
|Premier League Champions||2019-20|
|Premier League Runners-up||2001-02, 2008-09, 2013-14, 2018-19|
|Division One Champions||1900-01, 1905-06, 1921-22, 1922-23, 1946-47, 1963-64, 1965-66, 1972-73, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1989-90|
|Division One Runners-up||1898-99, 1909-10, 1968-69, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1977-78, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1990-91|
|Division Two Champions||1893-94, 1895-96, 1904-05, 1961-62|
|FA Cup Winners||1965, 1974, 1986, 1989, 1992, 2001, 2006|
|FA Cup Finalists||1914, 1950, 1971, 1977, 1988, 1996, 2012|
|League Cup Winners||1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2012|
|League Cup Finalists||1978, 1987, 2005, 2016|
|League Super Cup Winners||1986|
|European Cup Winners||1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005|
|European Cup Finalists||1985, 2007, 2018|
|European Cup Winners Cup Finalists||1966|
|UEFA Cup/Europa League Winners||1973, 1976, 2001|
|UEFA Cup Runners-up||2016|
|SportScreen Super Cup Winners||1986|
|European Super Cup Winners||1977, 2001, 2005, 2019|
|European Super Cup Runners-up||1978, 1984|
|World Club Championship Winners||2019|
|World Club Championship Runners-up||1981, 1984, 2005|
|FA Charity Shield Winners||1964 (shared), 1965 (shared), 1966, 1974, 1976, 1977 (shared), 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990 (shared), 2001, 2006|
|W.E. BARCLAY/John McKENNA||15th February 1892 – 16th August 1896|
|Tom WATSON||17th August 1896 – 6th May 1915|
|David ASHWORTH||18th December 1919 – 12th February 1923|
|Matt McQUEEN||13th February 1923 – 15th February 1928|
|George PATTERSON||7th March 1928 – 6th August 1936|
|George KAY||6th August 1936 – January 1951|
|Don WELSH||23rd March 1951- 4th May 1956|
|Phil TAYLOR||May 1956 – 17th November 1959|
|Bill SHANKLY||1st December 1959 – 12th July 1974|
|Bob PAISLEY||26th August 1974 – 1st July 1983|
|Joe FAGAN||2nd July 1983 – 29th May 1985|
|Kenny DALGLISH||30th May 1985 – 21st February 1991|
|Ronnnie MORAN||21st February 1991 – 1994|
|Graeme SOUNESS||16th April 1991 – 28th January 1994|
|Roy EVANS||31st January 1994 – 16th July 1998|
|Roy EVANS & Gerard HOULLIER||16th July 1998 – 12th November 1998|
|Gerard HOULLIER||16th July 1998 – 24th May 2004|
|Rafael BENITEZ||16th June 2004 – 3rd June 2010|
|Roy HODGSON||1st July 2010 – 8th January 2011|
|Kenny DALGLISH||8th January 2011 – 16th Mary 2012|
|Brendan RODGERS||1st June 2012 – 4th October 2015|
|Jurgen KLOPP||8th October 2015 –|
|Elected to Division Two||1893|
|Division Two (second tier)||1893-1894|
|Division One (first tier)||1894-1895|
|Division Two (second tier)||1895-1896|
|Division One (first tier)||1896-1904|
|Division Two (second tier)||1904-1905|
|Division One (first tier)||1905-1954|
|Division Two (second tier)||1954-1962|
|Division One (first tier)||1962-1992|
|Premier League (first tier)||1992-|