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Liverpool Football Club (also known simply as Liverpool) is an English football club based in the North-West of England. It is the most successful team ever to have played in the English league. Since its founding in 1892, Liverpool has won five European Cups, the most recent in the 2004-5 season, and eighteen Football League titles. The club's home ground is the 45,362 capacity Anfield stadium, which is about three miles from the centre of Liverpool.

The club was founded on March 15 1892 by John Houlding, the owner of Anfield. Houlding decided to form his own team after Everton left Anfield in an argument over rent. The original name was to be Everton F.C. but was changed to Liverpool F.C. (after the F.A. refused to recognise the team as Everton).

The club was present at two of the biggest tragedies in European football — at Heysel in 1985 and Hillsborough in 1989. UEFA banned all English clubs from European competition for a period of five years after the Heysel disaster but Liverpool F.C. was banned for six years as an extra punishment.

Liverpool Football Club is not to be confused with Liverpool (Rugby) Football Club which was formed in 1858 and is now known as Liverpool St. Helens.

History

Liverpool F.C. were formed by John Houlding in 1892, being elected to the Football League alongside Woolwich Arsenal two years later. In 1901 Scottish international Alex Raisbeck was the first Liverpool captain to collect the Football League championship, and Liverpool were league champions again in 1906.

Liverpool lost their first FA Cup final to Burnley in 1914. In 1922 and again in 1923, captained by England full back Ephraim Longworth, Liverpool were champions. In 1946-7, the first season after World War 2, Liverpool were surprise League champions. Over a decade of mediocrity was to follow.

Bill Shankly is largely credited with bringing Liverpool from relative obscurity to the forefront of English football. He was appointed manager of Liverpool before the start of the 1959-60 season when they were in the Football League Second Division. Promotion to the Football League First Division was achieved in 1962 when Liverpool won the Second Division championship. Liverpool won the First Division Championship in 1964 and regained it two years later (1966), winning their first FA Cup in the season between their two title triumphs (1965). Liverpool won their first European trophy, the UEFA Cup, in 1973.

Bob Paisley, Liverpool's most successful manager, succeeded Shankly from the 1974-75 season. In the nine seasons until his retirement in May 1983, Liverpool had won six Football League Championships, three European Cups, one UEFA Cup, three successive League Cups, one European Super Cup and three Charity Shields - a total of 21 trophies. Paisley's achievement remained unsurpassed in English football until Sir Alex Ferguson won the Premiership title with Manchester United in 2001.

Success continued under Joe Fagan whose first season (1983-84) saw Liverpool set some of the most impressive records in English football. They won their fourth successive League Cup and their third successive League Championship as well as winning the European Cup for the fourth time in eight seasons.

Joe Fagan's second and final season as Liverpool manager had a traumatic ending when 39 supporters attending the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus were killed in the Heysel Stadium disaster. Kenny Dalglish succeeded him, clinching a Football League Championship/FA Cup double success in his first season, only the fifth team in English football to achieve such a feat. Two seasons later, Liverpool regained the League Championship, before a shocking 1-0 FA Cup final defeat against minnows Wimbledon.

Despite his successes, Dalglish's stint as manager was overshadowed by the tragic death in 1989 of 96 Liverpool supporters at the FA Cup semi final against Nottingham Forest, commonly referred to as the Hillsborough disaster. That season Liverpool dramatically lost the League Championship to Arsenal in the final match of the season. Liverpool's most recent league title was won in 1989-90, Dalglish's last full season in charge.

The past fifteen years have been relatively barren for Liverpool, with the domestic game being dominated by Manchester United and Arsenal. The major exceptions to this are the remarkable 2000-01 season, when Liverpool won three major cups, and the 2004-05 season when they won the European Cup under current manager Rafael Benítez.

New Stadium

On July 30, 2004, Liverpool City Council granted the club planning permission to build a new 60,000 seat stadium, nearby at Stanley Park. Despite pressure from Governmental and funding bodies, Liverpool refused to share the new ground with their local rivals Everton and "final" talks on a groundshare failed in January 2005. At that time the club was hoping to start construction in summer 2005 and open the ground in 2007, but finance has not yet been obtained and the likely completion date is not currently known. The old stadium will become a public plaza surrounded by apartments, offices, bars, restaurants and a hotel, and possibly including a memorial garden. Treatment of the old stadium requires sensitivity as a number of deceased fans have had their ashes officially scattered on the pitch over the years.

Honours

* More than any other English club
+ Title shared

Miscellaneous Facts and Figures

Match statistics

Club culture

Other Popular Chants Include:
Fields of Anfield Road, Poor Scouser Tommy, Liverbird Upon My Chest, We've Won it Five Times, Ring of Fire.

Reserve squad

Other

Current First Team squad

Liverpool squad as of 31 August, 2005:

No. Player Position Year Signed Previous Club
Goalkeepers
1 Template:Flagicon Jerzy Dudek GK 2001 Feyenoord Rotterdam
20 Template:Flagicon Scott Carson GK 2005 Leeds United
25 Template:Flagicon Pepe Reina GK 2005 Villarreal
Defenders
3 Template:Flagicon Steve Finnan RB 2003 Fulham
4 Template:Flagicon Sami Hyypiä CB 1999 Willem II
6 Template:Flagicon John Arne Riise LB/LM 2001 AS Monaco
17 Template:Flagicon Josemi RB 2004 Málaga CF
21 Template:Flagicon Djimi Traore CB/LB 1999 Laval
23 Template:Flagicon Jamie Carragher CB/RB 1995 Academy
28 Template:Flagicon Stephen Warnock LB/LM 2003 Academy
31 Template:Flagicon David Raven CB 2004 Tranmere Rovers
36 Template:Flagicon Antonio Barragan RB 2005 Sevilla FC
37 Template:Flagicon Zak Whitbread CB 2004 Academy
-- Template:Flagicon Jack Hobbs CB 2005 Lincoln City
-- Template:Flagicon Miki Roque CB/CM 2005 Sevilla FC
-- Template:Flagicon Godwin Antwi CB/CM 2005 Real Zaragoza
Midfielders / Wingers
7 Template:Flagicon Harry Kewell LM 2003 Leeds United
8 Template:Flagicon Steven Gerrard CM 1994 Academy
10 Template:Flagicon Luis Garcia RM/CM/CF 2004 FC Barcelona
12 Template:Flagicon Mark González LM 2005 (subject to work permit) Albacete Balompie
14 Template:Flagicon Xabi Alonso CM 2004 Real Sociedad
16 Template:Flagicon Dietmar Hamann CM 2000 Newcastle United
22 Template:Flagicon Momo Sissoko CM 2005 Valencia CF
30 Template:Flagicon Bolo Zenden RM/CM 2005 Middlesbrough
34 Template:Flagicon Darren Potter CM 2004 Academy
38 Template:Flagicon David Mannix CM 2003 Academy
-- Template:Flagicon Besian Idrizaj LM 2005 Linzer ASK
Forwards
9 Template:Flagicon Djibril Cisse CF 2004 Auxerre
15 Template:Flagicon Peter Crouch CF 2005 Southampton
19 Template:Flagicon Fernando Morientes CF 2005 Real Madrid
24 Template:Flagicon Florent Sinama-Pongolle CF 2001 Le Havre
33 Template:Flagicon Neil Mellor CF 2002 Academy
-- Template:Flagicon Ramon Calliste CF 2005 Academy
Manager
- Template:Flagicon Rafael Benítez - 2004 Valencia CF

Players out on loan

Reserve players


See Also: List of Liverpool FC players

Staff

Manager Rafael Benítez
Assistant manager Pako Ayesteran
First team coach Alex Miller
Reserve team manager and coach Paco Herrera, Hughie McAuley
Goalkeeping coach Jose Ochotorena
Chief scout Paco Herrera
Scout Ron Yeats
Academy director Steve Heighway
Assistant Physiotherapist Mark Browes
Club Masseur John Wright
Masseur Paul Small, Stuart Welsh
Club Doctor Mark Waller
Kit Manager Graham Carter

Stars

1892 to 1959:

1960 to 1990

1990 to present

See also: List of Liverpool FC players

Managers

W. E. Barclay 1892 - 1896
Tom Watson 1896 - 1915
David Ashworth 1920 - 1923
Matt McQueen 1923 - 1928
George Patterson 1928 - 1936
George Kay 1936 - 1951
Don Welsh 1951 - 1956
Phil Taylor 1956 - 1959
Bill Shankly 1959 - 1974
Bob Paisley 1974 - 1983
Joe Fagan 1983 - 1985
Kenny Dalglish 1985 - 1991
Graeme Souness 1991 - 1994
Roy Evans 1994 - 1998
Gerard Houllier 1998 - 2004
Rafael Benítez 2004 - Present

Statistics

Main article: Liverpool F.C. - Statistics

Famous Liverpool fans

See also

External links

Unofficial

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