Liverpool Football Club was founded by John Houlding in 1892 and the team immediately commenced playing at the vacant Anfield stadium; Everton had previously played their home games there but left after a rent dispute.
Liverpool is now one of the most famous football clubs in the world and in their impressive history have won the old Division One title 18 times, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup on the domestic front. In Europe, Liverpool's record is equally impressive having won the European Cup/Champions' League, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
First Division Champions
Liverpool FC was initially elected into the Second Division of the Football League in the 1993 and unbeaten in their first season. This was soon followed by the Division One Championship title in 1901. More Championships followed, but in 1954 Liverpool were relegated to the Second Division. However, in December 1959 Bill Shankly was appointed as manager and the rest, as they say, is history. Shankly was a superb manager and led Liverpool out of the Second Division and transformed them into one of the best teams in Europe. Under Shankly, Liverpool won the Division One title, the FA Cup, and Liverpool's first European trophy, the UEFA Cup. Shankly also introduced the world famous all-red kit.
By the time Bill Shankly retired the foundations had been laid. Bob Paisley, Shankly's assistant from the Boot Room, took charge and Liverpool Football Club went on to enjoy even greater success. During Paisley's nine seasons in charge, Liverpool notably won three European Cups and a UEFA Cup, as well as six Division One Championships and three League Cups.
Five-Time European Cup Winners
Another of the Boot Room staff, Joe Fagan, took over from Paisley, and in his first season Liverpool became the first English team to win three major trophies in a season - European Cup, Division One title and the League Cup.
In 1985 legendary Liverpool striker, Kenny Dalglish, became player-manager and Liverpool achieved the Double - League and FA Cup - in 1985/86.
Success was never as prevalent again but in the 2000/01 season, under Gerard Houllier, Liverpool secured a unique treble of the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup.
Then, at the end of the 2004/05 Liverpool won the European Cup for the fifth time and so followed in the footsteps of Real Madrid and AC Milan in being entitled to keep the prestigious trophy.