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Liverpool Football Club are an English football club founded in 1892 by John Houlding. The club's history started with controversy as a dispute between the landholder of Anfield (Houlding) and the Everton FC committee, the original tennants to Anfield resulted in Everton moving to Goodison Park and Liverpool FC being formed. The early periods of Liverpool FC went without much succes as from 1892 until 1947, the club yo-yo'd between divisions and claimed just five trophies, although they were five of their eighteen League Championship's. In December 1959, the future of this football club changed forever....

The Bill Shankley Era (1959 - 1974)

Honours Won: League Championship (1964, 1966, 1973), FA Cup (1965, 1974), UEFA Cup (1973), Charity Shield (1964, 1966, 1974)

Bill Shankley was appointed as Liverpool manager in December 1959 and over the next fifteen years he transformed the club and turned them into one of the most feared and biggest in Europe. Under Shankley's management utilised the now famous 'Anfield Boot Room' for the location of coaches meetings. This would be a tradition that would follow the club for many years. Within Shankley's first year he released twenty four players as well as bringing in future legends, and fellow Scots Ian St. John and Ron Yeats. In Shankley's third season in charge the club (1961/62) won the Second Division title by eight points thus gaining promotion to the First Division, a place they have been ever since, never finishing below eigth place.

In 1964, Shankley guided the club to the League Championship, a year they also adopted their now famous all red strip. Despite failing to retain the title the following season, the club claimed its first ever FA Cup trophy thanks to a 2-1 win over Leeds. The club also played in Europe for the first time that season, exiting at the Semi-Final stage to Inter Milan, a double header which is still remembered to this day by many on Merseyside.

The Following season the club regained the league title, and also reached their first ever European Final, losing 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund in the Cup Winners Cup Final. Shankley, now a highly rated manager continued to bring in the finest players around with the signings of Emlyn Hughes, John Toshack and Kevin Keegan. In 1973, the club claimed its last League Championship under Shankley, but they also won their first ever European trophy in the form of the UEFA Cup. An FA Cup followed the following season before Shankley announced stepped down as manager, despite city-wide protests.

The Bob Paisley Era (1974 - 1983)

Honours Won: League Championship (1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983), European Cup (1977, 1978, 1981), UEFA Cup (1976), League Cup (1981, 1982, 1983), Charity Shield (1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982)

Unkown at the time, but the appointment of 55-year-old Bob Paisley, Bill Shankley's former assistant, would take Liverpool Football Club onto new heights as he went on to become the clubs most successful manager ever. In just his second season in charge, the club won the League Championship, a title they would retain just a year later, but that same year the club also won their first ever European Cup thanks to a 3-1 win against Borussia Monchengladbach. They retained the European Cup a year later thanks to a 1-0 win over FC Brugge.

In the 1978/79 season, the club set a new record in the league, winning the title with 68pts and conceding just 16 goals in 42 matches. The following season the club won another League Championship and in 1981 claimed their third, and last European Cup under Paisley thanks to a 1-0 win over Real Madrid. The only domestic trophy to elude Liverpool, the League Cup was also won that season, a trophy they would win three years in a row.

Such was the success under Paisley who won six of the nine league titles under his management he once quoted himself: 'Mind you, I've been here during the bad times too - one year we finished second.'

Paisley left the club at the end of the 1982/83 season having claimed a massive 21 trophies. The question now was, where would the club go from here?

The Joe Fagen Era (1983 - 1985)

Honours Won: League Championship (1984), European Cup (1984), League Cup (1984)

Liverpool continued their tradition of appointing from within as long-serving coach Joe Fagen was appointed as their new manager following Paisley's retirement. In Fagen's first season in charge, despite some choice results the club were top of the league by November and remained their for the rest of the season. They collected their first trophy of the season, beating rivals and neighbours Everton 1-0 in a League Cup Final Replay. The League Championship was sealed on 12th May and 18 days later they became the first ever English club to win three major trophies in one season when defeating AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on penalties.

The following season, Fagen's second and last at the club saw them finish second in the league to Everton and were knocked out of the FA Cup in the Semi-Final by Manchester United, but the season was infamously remembered for their fifth European Cup Final appearence. The game, a 1-0 defeat to Juventus, known as the Heysel Disaster saw the death of 39 football fans who were crushed to death when a wall collapsed. Fagen announced his retirement from football shortly after the Heysel Disaster, an incident which had a massive effect on him.

The Kenny Dalglish Era (1985 - 1991)

Honours Won: League Championship (1986, 1988, 1990), FA Cup (1986, 1989), Charity Shield (1986 - Shared, 1988, 1989, 1990 - Shared)

In 1985, Fagen left, and the reigns were handed to Kenny Dalglish who took on the roll in a Player/Manager capacity. Liverpool were trailing in the league for much of the season in Dalglish's first season in charge, but Dalglish, who hadn't played himself very often put himself back in the side and his presence in the side had a massive effect as the club went on to win eleven and draw one of their remaining twelve games to clinch the league title on the final day of the campaign. It was a perfect first season for Dalglish, marred only by the fact that they were banned from Europe following their involvement in the Heysel Disaster who also claimed the FA Cup after defeating Everton. Liverpool went on to claim the League Championship in 1988 and once again in 1990, which to this date is their last ever League Championship. Liverpool surprisingly missed out on the FA Cup in 1989, losing 1-0 to Wimbledon.

During Dalglsh's reign, and to be specific, the 15th April 1989 marred the biggest disaster in the history of Liverpool FC and one of the worst tragedies to hit sport when during an FA Cup Semi-Final, 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives during a stadium crush known as the Hillsborough Disaster following overcrowding in the Leppings Lane end of the ground. To this day, Liverpool FC and fans fight for justice for the 96. Liverpool did go on to lift the FA Cup that season after the FA decided the competition would go on. That season also saw Liverpool miss out on the League Championship with the last kick, of the last game of the season when Arsenal's Michael Thomas netted the goal which broke Liverpool hearts. The following season however saw Liverpool once again claim the League Championship.

The Decline (1991 - 1998)

Honours Won (Souness): FA Cup (1992)

Honours Won (Evans): League Cup (1995)

Following the departure of Kenny Dalglish, former player Graeme Souness was appointed as manager. His first season saw the club win the FA Cup thanks to a 2-0 win over Sunderland at Wembley. However, the tide turned for Liverpool under Souness as he sold numerous key players from under Dalglish and spent big money on average players which quickly saw Liverpool decline as a major force. Many fans see Souness' reign as making to many changes to quickly. Souness' reign however did see the club produce excellent youngsters such as Robbie Fowler, Dominic Matteo and Steve McManaman as well as bringing through two of Dalglish's last signings, Jamie Redknapp and Don Hutchinson.

In the first ever Premier League season the club finished sixth. In 1992, Souness suffered a heart attack which indirectly led him to falling out of favour with Liverpool fans as he sold a story on his recovery to The Sun, a newspaper boycotted by many in Liverpool (regardless of football allegiance) following a report made on the Hillsborough Disaster.

'Boot Room' veteran Roy Evans took over from Souness in 1994. Evans had been at the club for some 30 years, first as a player and moving all the way to now manager. Under Evans, many saw Liverpool as the 'Spice Boys' due to off field antics, but Evans put together a fine squad of young players, as well as winning the League Cup in 1995.

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The Gerard Houllier Era (1998 - 2004)

Honours Won: FA Cup (2001), UEFA Cup (2001), League Cup (2001, 2003), Charity Shield (2001), UEFA Super Cup (2001)

Houllier was originally drafted in to work alongside Evans, but that failed to work and Evans left the club of his own accord. Houllier saw a major club overhaul, selling players such as David James and Paul Ince and bringing in the likes of Sami Hyypia and Stephane Henchoz. Many players stated under Houllier that everything at the club changed for the better as the Continental way of things such as diets and training came to Anfield.

The 2000/01 season was Liverpool's best for many years as the club went on to claim the Treble, winning the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup before going on to win the Charity Shield & UEFA Super Cup at the start of the following season. Liverpool won their second League Cup under Houllier in 2003 thanks to a 2-0 win over Manchester United at the Millenium Stadium. Houllier's regime began to decline and many of his signings were criticised, as were his tactics, often seen as conservative. Disappointing results followed and Houllier was dismissed at the end of the the 2003/04 season.

The Rafa Benitez Era (2004 - 2010)

Honours Won: UEFA Champions League (2005), FA Cup (2006), UEFA Super Cup (2005), Community Shield (2006)

Spaniard Rafa Benitez took over from Houllier but in his first season the club finished a disappointing fifth. They did however manage to complete one of the most remarkable European seasons ever. In the Champions League Final in Istanbul, the club were 3-0 down to AC Milan at half time but made a dramatic comeback in the second half, taking the match all the way to penalties. The heroics of Jerzy Dudek helped the club lift their fifth European Cup.

The club weren't as fortunate the following season, exiting in the last-16, although they did claim the UEFA Super Cup at the start of the campaign. In Benitez' second season in charge the club won the FA Cup, another game which saw a dramatic comeback. Trailing 3-2 in the 91st minute, Steven Gerrard rifled in a remarkable volley to take the game to extra time. Liverpool went on to win the match 3-1 on penalties.

Liverpool reached their second Champions League Final in 2007, once again against AC Milan, but despite being the better side they lost 2-1. Under Benitez' reign, the club came as close as it had for some time to finally winning the League Championship in the 2008/09 season when they came within 4pts of claiming the Premiership. The following season however was a failure as Liverpool failed to build on their second place finish and ended up finishing a disappointing seventh.

Benitez was constantly at war with the clubs then American owners George Gillett & Tom Hicks and he was often quoted as saying that they failed to back him in the transfer market.

The Managerial Hot Potato (2010 - 2013)

Honours Won (Dalglish): League Cup (2012)

Following the departure of Rafa during a difficult time financially for the club, Roy Hodgson was brought in to 'steady the ship' but he was never really accepted from the start. His negative tactics, along with poor signings and long ball style of play. Hodgson was also in charge during the media frenzied takeover of the club, but even after that, poor displays resulted in Hodgson being sacked after half a year in charge.

Kenny Dalglish returned as manager after Hodgson's reign in another 'steady the ship' move. Dalglish's prescence at the club and attacking style of play saw Liverpool's fortunes turn dramatically. When Dalglish returned, Liverpool were in 12th place in the league and he helped guide 6th place. Following his successful half-year in charge, Dalglish was handed the job on a full time basis. A disappointing league campaign followed although there was success in the domestic cups as Liverpool reached the Final of both the FA & League Cup. Liverpool won the League Cup, beating Championship side Cardiff City on penalties after a 2-2 draw, but lost out in the FA Cup Final, going down 2-1 to Chelsea. Dalglish was sacked at the end of the season as another new era began at Liverpool.

In the Summer of 2012, Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers arrived at the club and instantly got rid of the higher earners at Liverpool and replaced them with young, hungry players. The 2012/13 season was a stop start one with Liverpool producing good displays, but struggling to finish off their opponents. Liverpool finished the season in ??? place.

The New Era Begins (2013 - )

This is where you enter.


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Centenary Stand - The Kop - Main Stand - The Anfield Road Stand

Capacity: 45,276

Record Attendance: 61,906 vs Wolves, 2nd February 1952


Anfield was opened in 1884 with its previous tennants being Everton Football Club. Following the formation of Liverpool FC in 1892, they became the sole tennants of the club after Everton moved to Goodison Park. Liverpool played their first match at Anfield on the 9th September 1893 against Lincoln City, a game which Liverpool won 4-0 in front of 5,000 supporters.

Over the years, Anfield has gone a lot of changes with one of the significant changes coming in 1928 when The Kop was redesigned to hold 30,000 spectators. Many stadiums around the country had stands named after the Spion Kop, but Anfield's was the largest. In the same year the topmast of the SS Great Eastern, one of the worlds first iron ships, was rescued from the ship breaking yard at nearly Rock Ferry and erected outside the new Kop where it stands to this day, serving as a flag pole.

Floodlights were installed at Anfield for the first time in 1957 and they were switched on for the first time on October 30th for a match against Everton to commemorate the 75-year anniversary of the Liverpool County Football Association. The stadiums biggest redevelopment at the time came in 1973 when the old Main Stand was demolished in order to construct a new one. The new stand was opened by the Duke of Kent on 10th March 1973. In 1982, the Shankley Gates were erected, a tribute to former manager Bill Shankley. His widow Nessie unlocked the gates for the first time on the 26th August that year.

Following the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989, the Taylor Report recommended that all grounds in the country should be converted to all-seater grounds by May 1994. The Kop was rebuilt in 1994 following the Taylor Report and became an all-seated, single tier stand. In December 1997, a bronze statue of Bill Shankley was unveiled at the visitors centre outside The Kop.


Plans to replace Anfield were first initiated in May 2002. The proposed stadium was to be a 55,000 capacity stadium, later revised to 61,000. Several attempts were made between 2003 and 2007 by the Liverpool City Council to instigate a groundshare between Liverpool and Everton but these plans failed as both clubs rejected the idea. In July 2004, Liverpool were granted permission to build a new stadium just 300-yards away from Anfield at Stanley Park. In September 2006, the Liverpool City Council agreed to grant Liverpool FC a 999-year lease of the land on the proposed site.

Following the 2007 takeover of Liverpool FC by then American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks it was mentioned by the American owners that 'the shovel had to be in the ground within 60-days', something which never happened. Following their takeover the proposed stadium plans were redesigned. In November 2007 the redesigned plans were approved by the Council and construction was due to start in early 2008. The construction of the new stadium was delayed following the economic crisis of 2008 and the subsequent recession which directly affected the American owners. The situation worsened as the club was bought with borrowed money, not the owners capital, and interest rates were higher than expected. They had trouble financing the estimated £500m needed for the new stadium, and that along with payments on the money they borrowed to buy the club meant the building never started.

Following the acquisition of Liverpool by the Fenway Sports Group in 2010, the new owner John Henry announced in February 2011 that they had a preference for the club to remain at Anfield and expand the stadiums capacity. After attending a number of games at Anfield, Henry stated that the 'Kop was unbelievable' and further adding that 'it would be hard to replicate that feeling anywhere else'. On October 15th 2012, the Liverpool City Council announced plans to regenerate the Anfield area after securing a £25m grant.

What will the Future hold?




Building for the Future



Following reign of George Gillett and Tom Hicks, Liverpool FC were finally purchased by the Fenway Sports Group whose principal owner is John Henry. This sale didn't come without a battle though as the sale only went through after the Royal Bank of Scotland took the former owners to court in order to force them to allow the board to proceed with the sale of the club. It took the ruling of a High Court Judge, Mr. Justice Floyd to pave the way for the sale of the club to the Fenway Sports Group (formerly New England Sports Ventures). The club was sold to the Fenway Sports Group on 15th October 2010 for £300m.

Liverpool FC are described as a global brand. A 2010 report valued the club's trademark and associated intellectual property at £141m, an increase of £5m from the previous year. In April 2010, the business magazine Forbes listed Liverpool as the sixth most valuable football team in the world behind Manchester United, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, valuing the club at £532m, excluding debt.

John Henry, the principal owner of both Liverpool FC and American Baseball team the Boston Red Sox has a history of building a side and took the Red Sox from a period of not having won anything for a long spell to World Series Champions. Henry has openly said that he likes the club to sign young players in order to build for the future, something which Liverpool have been doing in the transfer market.


The Kit

Ensuring you wear your Heart on your Sleeve


For much of Liverpoo's history, the club have played in their iconic red kit, but when the club was first founded they played in a kit more similar to Everton. The club played in blue and white quartered from when they were founded until 1894 whe the club adopted the city's colour of red. The city's symbol of the Liver Bird was adopted as the clubs badge in 1901, although it was not incorperated into the kit until 1955. Liverpool continued to wear red shirts and white shorts until 1964, when then manager Bill Shankley decided to change to an all red strip, a strip which Liverpool have played in since.

The away kit has changed a lot over the years, but has more often than not been either a yellow or white shirt with black shorts, although there have been several exceptions. An all grey kit was introduced in 1987 and was used until the clubs centenary season in 1991/92 when it was replaced by a combination of green shirts and white shorts. Liverpool also use a third kit which is designed for away European matches, although it is used for away matches domestically.

The clubs current kit is designed by Warrior Sports who became the clubs kit provider from the start of the 2012/13 season. The only other branded shirts the club have worn were made by Umbro until 1985 when it was replaced by Adidas who produced the kits until 1996 when Reebok took over. They produced the kits for ten years until Adidas once again manufactured the clubs kits from 2006 until 2012.

Liverpool Football Club were the first ever English professional football club to have a sponsor logo on their shirts when they agreed a deal with Hitachi in 1979. Since then the club has been sponsored by Crown Paints, Candy, Carlsberg and Standard Chartered Bank. The contract signed with Carlsberg, which was signed in 1992 was the longest lasting agreement in English top-flight history. The association with Carlsberg ended at the start of the 2010/11 season when Standard Chartered Bank became the club's sponsor.

The club's badge is based on the city's Liver Bird, which in the past has been placed inside a shield. In 1992, to commemorate the centennial of the club, a new badge was commissioned which included a resentation of the Shankley Gates. The following year, twin flames were added at either side of the crest and are symbolic to the Hillsborough memorial outside of Anfield. In 2012, Warrior Sports who produced their first kit for Liverpool FC removed the shield and the gates, returning to the badge which was used on Liverpool shirts during the 1970s.

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Record Win: 11-0 (vs Stromsgodset in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, 17th September 1974)

Record Defeat: 1-9 (vs Birmingham, 11th December 1954)

Most Games Won in a Row: 12 (21st April 1990 - 6th October 1990)

Most Games Lost in a Row: 9 (29th April 1899 - 14th October 1899)

Most Games Without Losing: 31 (4th May 1987 - 16th March 1988)

Most Games Without Winning: 14 (12th December 1953 - 20th March 1954


Highest Transfer Fee Paid: £35m (Andy Carroll from Newcastle, 31st January 2011)

Highest Transfer Fee Received: £50m (Fernando Torres to Chelsea, 31st January 2011)

Most League Appearences for the Club: 640 - Ian Callaghan

Most League Goals for the Club: 245 - Roger Hunt

Youngest Player: 17 years 143 days - Michael Owen (vs Wimbledon, 6th May 1997)

Oldest Player: 38 years 55 days - Billy Liddell (vs Stoke, 5th March 1960)

Fasted Goal: 10 seconds - Jack Balmer (vs Everton, First Division, 16th February 1938)


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Liverpool Football Club Playing Squad


Since the arrival of the Fenway Sports Group, John Henry has made the priority of Liverpool FC sign young players as they build for the future. Since their arrival, they have spent big on many players including Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderon abd Stewart Downing to name a few, all whom cost the club in excess of £15m.

Following the arrival of Brendan Rodgers in 2012, the club saw a major overhaul of the squad with the departures of experienced faces such as Dirk Kuyt, Craig Bellamy, Maxi Rodriguez, figures who had played their part for Liverpool Football Club over the years. These were players who were approaching the twilight years of their careers and were on high wages. Rodgers replaced them by bringing young stars like Raheem Sterling into the first team as well as signing players like Philippe Coutinho, Fabio Borini and Joe Allen. These signings, along with the arrival of Brendan Rodgers as manager saw the club move towards the Tika-Taka style of football which is used famously by FC Barcelona.


First Team


1. Brad Jones

25. Pepe Reina

42. Peter Gulacsi

52. Danny Ward


2. Glen Johnson

3. Jose Enrique

5. Daniel Agger

16. Sebastian Coates

23. Jamie Carrager (vice-captain)

34. Martin Kelly

37. Martin Skrtel

38. Jon Flanagan

43. Ryan McLaughlin

45. Stephen Samba

47. Andre Wisdom


8. Steven Gerrard (captain)

10. Philippe Coutinho

11. Oussama Assaidi

14. Jordan Henderson

19. Stewart Downing

21. Lucas Leiva

24. Joe Allen

30. Suso

31. Raheem Sterling

33. Jonjo Shelvey

35. Connor Coady

40. Krisztian Adorjan

44. Marc Pelosi

51. Jordan Ibe


7. Luis Suarez

15. Daniel Sturridge

29. Fabio Borini

36. Samed Yesil

48. Jerome Sinclair

50. Adam Morgan

51. Jordan Ibe

Out on Loan

22. Danny Wilson (on loan at Heart of Midlothian until 31st May 2013)

49. Jack Robinson (on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers until 30th June 2013)

- Andy Carroll (on loan at West Ham United until 30th June 2013)

- Dani Pacheco (on loan at SD Huesca until 31st May 2013)

- Jay Spearing (on loan at Bolton Wanderers until 30th June 2013)

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thx for feedback everyone! i'll continue at Genk & see how it goes. I'll keep the Marseille save for later use perhaps :)

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I know you've decided already but I think you have to stay at Genk and see how far you can take them.

Your league must seem a bit dull though with no challenge so, at the end of the season, see what jobs are available and, if none take your fancy, go to your other save and try and get Marseille up the table and also into the Europa League.

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the league has gotten a bit boring in a way yes. The other big clubs have all sold their best players & gotten nothing in return. The teams that usually battle for top 3 are now on places 14 etc..

i've currently played 21 games & have 61 points, so still only 1 draw, 20 wins (EDIT; the number 2 in the league have 38 points. Luckily points get cut in half due to a playoff system, small chance that it can still get exciting in the closing stages :) )

won every group stage match in the CL as well. The return against barcelona, in nou camp, turned out 2-5. Unlike the first game, this time Messi & Sanchez did start the game (there's no more xavi..in fact he's a coach for my team. Iniesta is benched, fabregas did start) , both scoring. Half time was 2-2, then i decided to man mark Messi & Sanchez. result; 2-5 :) next round i've drawn R.Madrid .. Bit bummed with that draw since Barcelona drew Lyon. Will see how it goes

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