Liverpool is a famous city of England which is known for football and pop music. As you might already know, Liverpool FC is the team that won the UEFA Champions League 2019. In this article, we will learn about this amazing football team.
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#1: Liverpool FC’s famous home ground-Anfield stadium
One of the most famous football grounds in the world is Anfield. It was originally home to city rivals Everton FC until they moved to Goodison Park. Since 1892, the stadium has hosted Liverpool FC and has recently been reconstructed. At the moment, its capacity is extended to over 54,000 seats and the stadium is also planned for a further extension on the horizon. For a while, there was a rumour about a possible new stadium for the club which is nearer to the city centre. However, according to the US-based Fenway Sports Group-current owner of Liverpool FC, the idea has been rejected for fear of losing the unique atmosphere that surrounds Liverpool’s home games.
If you are a football fan or have watched a Liverpool home game, you should know that Anfield is famous for the Spion Kop stand behind one of the goals. That is often considered to be the catalyst for the impressive wall of noise when the teams come out on the field. The stadium is full of memories and is a place where all the victories and distinguished history of the club belong. For example, at the stairs that lead the players out onto the pitch from the dressing rooms, there is a “This is Anfield” sign which was installed by legendary manager Bill Shankly in the 1960s. He wanted this sign to bring good luck to his players before each game and to intimidate the opposition.
From then on, it became a tradition for the Liverpool team to reach up and touch the sign when they headed for the pitch. However, since 2015, Liverpool FC’s current coach Jurgen Klopp has broken with that tradition. He did not allow his players to touch the well-known sign until they have won a trophy. Thanks to the German coach, Liverpool FC has come close on several occasions and the UEFA Champions League 2019 has added one more silverware to the club’s impressive trophy cabinet.
#2: They haven’t won the Premier League
For a football team, it is hard to succeed in both the Champions League and the Premier League, they often have to make a choice to focus on which success. As a matter of fact, the Reds won the Champions League in 2005 against AC Milan, was runners-up in 2007 and 2018. They also claimed the Champions League title in 2019 in Wanda Metropolitano where they defeated Tottenham Hotspur.
However, the Merseyside club hasn’t won the Premier League for 29 years. Their last winning was in 1990. They went so close back in 2014 when they lost it to Manchester City despite Luis Suárez’s 31 goals that season gave him the Golden Shoe award for Europe’s top league goalscorer.
# 3: Fenway Sports Group-the US owner
Before Liverpool was sold to the Fenway Sports Group, the US-based owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball franchise, the club went through severe financial problems in 2010. With this change in ownership, the club has been stable on and off the field. The Fenway Sports Group made a much-needed extension to the stadium which lifted the capacity to over 54,000.
In 2012, the Reds claimed the League Cup title and in 2014 they came close to a 19th league title. The German coach Jurgen Klopp in 2016 took the team to the UEFA Europa League final but then they lost it to Spanish side Sevilla. Again, in 2018 Klopp took the team to the final of the Champions League where they were denied by Real Madrid. Finally, in 2019, they made it to the Champions League title.
#4: The victories of Liverpool FC
You might see Liverpool struggled for silverware in the past few years until they won the Champions League in June, 2019. In their history, there was a time that they dominated in domestic and European competitions. In particular, from 1974 to 1983 under coach Bob Paisley, the Reds won no less than 21 trophies. There were three European Cups (the previous name of the Champions League), six English league titles, one UEFA Cup, and three consecutive League Cups.
After Paisley’s retirement in 1983, Liverpool FC was coached by Joe Fagan who claimed the treble in his first season, including winning the league, the European Cup and the League Cup. For the rest of the decade, they continued to succeed in domestic competitions with a league and FA Cup double in 1986. They also claimed the league title in 1988, the FA Cup in 1989 and the last league title (until now) in 1990.
#5: They also have the darkest days
In the 1980s when Liverpool FC dominated in Europe and at home, there were some tragedies. The first one was in 1985, just moments before the European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, a wall collapsed within the venue for the game. In that tragedy, there were 39 fans lost their lives, most of them were Italian.
After the disaster, there was a long ban on English clubs in European competition. It also ended the Liverpool’s run of success on the Continental stage. The second tragedy happened about four years later, on 15 April 1989. It was called the darkest day in the history of Liverpool FC. Right before an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, 96 Liverpool fans were killed in a crush. This is the worst disaster in British sporting history which will never be forgotten.
Hopefully, with all the information we provided above, you will expand your knowledge about this sport in general and get to know the Reds better.