Liverpool Football club, also known as Liverpool F.C. and nicknamed The Reds, is a professional football club in Liverpool, England that competes in the Premier League which is the highest tier of English football. The F.C. has taken home three UEFA Cups,three UEFA Super Cups, five European Cups, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, 15 FA Community Shields, and 18 League titles.
Liverpool F.C. was founded in 1892 following a dispute between the Everton committee and landowner at Anfield stadium. The very next year, they went on to join the Football League. In the 1970s and 80’s, Liverpool established themselves as major threats in English and European football when Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley led the club to 11 League titles and seven European trophies. In 2005, Liverpool became European champions for the fifth time. The club has been rivals with Manchester United and Everton for as long as anyone can remember. Liverpool’s rivalry with Manchester United stems from the cities’ competition in the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century. The two clubs alternated as champs for three years starting in 1964, then Manchester became the first English team to win the European Cup, in 1968, followed by Liverpool’s four European Cup wins.
Up until 1894, the club wore blue and white shirts, but then they adopted the city’s color red. From then on out, the home colors have been all red. The city’s symbol of the liver bird was adopted and made the club’s badge in 1901, although it wasn’t actually incorporated into the kit until 1955. In the past, the bird had been placed inside a shield. Liverpool’s away look has mostly been all yellow or white shirts and black shorts, but there have been a few exceptions. An all grey kit was introduced for their away colors in 1987 and was used up until 1992, then that was replaced by a combination of green shirts with white shorts, which is what they currently wear.
After the dispute over rent with Anfield owner John Houlding, Houlding founded Liverpool in 1892 and the club has played at Anfield ever since. The stadium could hold 20,000 people back then when only 100 fans visited Liverpool’s first match at Anfield. Today, Anfield stadium can hold up to 54,000 spectators and has since been completely redeveloped, making it the sixth largest football stadium in England. The stadium has four stands; the Spion Kop, the Main Stand, the Kenny Dalglish Stand, and Anfield Road. There are plans to expand Anfield Road Stand which would bring the stadium’s capacity to over 60,000.
Liverpool is one of the most supported clubs in Europe and the club takes advantage of this support through it’s world renowned summer tours. Liverpool F.C. has over 200 Official Supporters Clubs in over 50 separate countries all over the world. The Official Clubs provide a valuable service to loyal Liverpool F.C. supporters that live locally. The Supporters Clubs also provide a great way of meeting fellow fans who are obsessed with following the F.C. no matter where they live in the world. Liverpool fans and supporters often refer to themselves as Kopites, which is said to refer to the fans that once stood, but now sit on the Kop at Anfield. The club’s anthem is ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ which is from the song recorded by Liverpool musicians Gerry & The Pacemakers. This anthem has been sung by Anfield supporters since the early 1960’s. Since that time it has really gained popularity by fans of other clubs around the world.
Even though Liverpool of England has plenty of wins under their belt, they have yet to win the World Cup, however, they’ve come extremely close in the past. England went up against Brazil for the FIFA World Cup in 2005, held in Japan. A crowd of over 66,000 fans watched the match between the two. England took the lead in the first half and England missed numerous chances to equal the score in the first half. In the second half, England had the majority of the possession and also had three goals disallowed. Despite their determined attempts, they just weren’t able to score and England won the match 1-0. Even though England lost, they played a great game. Today, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been named in Egypt’s World Cup squad and will play for Egypt, who hasn’t been to the World Cup in 28 long years. There are many winning predictions as to which squads will meet head to head to compete for the cup, but for now, all we can do is set back and wait!