Liverpool FC is the most successful club in English football history. They have won five Uefa Champions League titles, three Uefa Cups, 18 Football League titles, seven FA Cups, and eight League Cups.
Formed in 1892, Liverpool took over the Anfield Stadium, which was previously the home of Everton Football Club, and enjoyed much success until just after World War II. The Fifties, however, brought frustration and Liverpool struggled to reclaim their lost horizon. Only when Bill Shankly arrived as manager in 1959 did Liverpool look capable of fulfilling their potential.
Shankly made Liverpool one of the best teams in the Sixties and he built the foundations on which the club build an empire. Bob Paisley replaced Shankly in 1974 and made Liverpool the most consistent team in Europe from 1976-81. After Paisley retired in 1983, Joe Fagan took over and won a treble of European Cup, Football League, and League Cup in 1984.
Further success came under Kenny Dalglish but by the beginning of the Nineties, there were signs of decline. Not until the beginning of the Twenty-first Century did Liverpool evoke memories of their best days. In 2000-01, under Gerard Houllier, Liverpool won the Uefa Cup, FA Cup, and League Cup, and in 2004-05, under Rafael Benitez, the club won their fifth European title on a memorable night in Istanbul – coming back from 3-0 down against AC Milan to win on a penalty shoot-out.
The Benitez era ended in disappointment, and the club flirted with Roy Hodgson and Dalglish, before the summer of 2012 ushered in the beginning of the Brendan Rodgers era.
The club's supporters have been involved in two major tragedies. The first was at Heysel, Brussels, before the 1985 European Cup final, in which Liverpool fans caused a wall to collapse, killing 39 Juventus supporters. In 1989, 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives in a crush against perimeter fencing at Hillsborough.
Anfield was built in 1884 and was originally owned by Everton FC. It is one of the most famous stadiums in world football with the Spion Kop, one of the most atmospheric places to watch a football match. The record crowd was 61,905 for a match against Wolves. The current capacity is 45,276 however there are plans to redevelop the ground to hold 60,000.
European Cup/Champions League 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005