The History of Liverpool FC’s Journey to Success

Author: Mark Boyle

Date: Monday 16th April 2018

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Liverpool Football Club is one of England’s most successful teams having won 41 trophies including 18 League Titles and 5 European Cups since it was founded 126 years ago. But do you know the history of the club? It’s time to put your knowledge to the test…

The founding years of Liverpool FC

John Houlding - Founder of Liverpool FC

The iconic history of Liverpool FC begins in 1892, a number ingrained in the club’s famous crest. The club’s Anfield premises originally belonged to local rivals Everton FC until a dispute resulted in the blue team of Merseyside leaving to form a new ground at Goodison Park. With an empty stadium at hand, local businessman John Houlding made the decision to create a new football team – Liverpool FC. The rest they say is history.

The very first competitive match played by an LFC team was on September 3, 1892 where Higher Walton were handed a very comfortable 8-0 defeat. In the years to come, Liverpool were promoted to the First Division at first attempt and won their first Football League title in 1901. With more success following on and off the field, including back-to-back titles and an Anfield expansion, the club endured a more than stellar start to life.

The 1970s-1980s were fully of glory

Liverpool win the European Cup in 1984

It’s this timeframe that no doubt marks the club’s most successful period to date. Heading into the 70s, Bill Shankly’s love of the game and his charismatic approach brought a fresh lease of life to the club. Liverpool’s first taste of European success came in 1973 with a victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach in the UEFA Cup. Shankly’s resignation a year later was met with great sorrow but ushered in the Bob Paisley era where success came in many forms; 6 League Titles, 3 European Cups and 9 domestic trophies.

Paisley oversaw the beginning of Liverpool’s dominance in England and Europe and today remains the only manager to win three European Cups with a single team. Converting from player to manager, Kenny Dalglish took his hero status to a new level by leading the team to further success including their 18th and last League Title.

The 2000s brought joy & despair

Liverpool Champions League Match 2017/18 Versus Spartak Moscow

What better way to bring in the new millennium than with a treble win, claiming the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup under the leadership of Gerard Houllier. The Spaniard Rafa Bentiez took over in 2004 and his debut season will be remembered for delivering one of sporting’s greatest comebacks in Istanbul to win Liverpool’s fifth European Cup. Following a dismal turn of events both on and off the pitch, an intense battle for ownership reached fever point on October 15, 2010 when Boston-based Fenway Sports Group won the right to take over. Within a matter of months, FSG re-appointed Kenny Dalglish whom ultimately delivered Liverpool’s first trophy in six years.

The season of 2013/14 almost brought Liverpool fans the league title they’ve been desperately been waiting for but even the deadly combination of Suarez and Sturridge couldn’t get it over the line. Fast forward to the present and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are displaying some of the best attacking football fans have ever seen, all under the roof of a magnificent new Main Stand. The future is optimistic and all connected to Liverpool Football Club will be hoping for a return to Champions League glory in Kiev this May.

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