Football is the most popular sport around the world, with millions of fans spread in every continent. Hundreds of clubs compete for prestigious titles worldwide, but few can boast of the international success that Liverpool is enjoying at the moment. As they are fondly known, the Reds are internationally known for their love of the game and team loyalty.
Liverpool FC is a renowned and professional football club in Liverpool, England. It is one of the teams that compete in the English Premier League and has won several league titles and FA Cups. The club is very successful, dating from the 1970s, and it has garnered a massive fan base worldwide. So, how much do you know about this top tier football club?
- Club full name: Liverpool Football Club
- Nickname: The Reds
- Date Established: June 3rd, 1892
- Ground: Anfield Stadium
- Ground capacity: 53394
- League: Premier League
- Liverpool Owner: Fenway Sports Group
- Chairman: Tom Werner
- Manager: Jurgen Klopp
The club was founded on June 3rd, 1982, by John Goulding following a disagreement with the Everton committee. Houlding was the club president, and he owns the land that Anfield currently sits on. Everton moved to Goodison Park after playing in Anfield for eight years.
Shortly after, John Goulding founded Liverpool FC. The name is from its place of origin, Liverpool City. It was initially known as Everton Athletics but later changed to Liverpool FC. The club played its first game in September 1892 against Rotherham Town, which the Reds won 7-1.
One of the many Liverpool facts about the city is that it is the most prosperous city in England in terms of football. It has won, among others, 27 championships, six European cups, and many more.
The team gained significant recognition in the 1970s and 1980s after winning four European Cups and eleven league titles. At the time, the team managers were Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Kenny Dalglish, and Bill Shankly.
In 2005, Liverpool won the European Cup under manager Rafael Benitez. The current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp led the team to secure the European Cup in 2019.
Klopp is credited in leading the team to a nineteenth league title in 2020, a first for the team since the Premier League formation.
As with every successful team, many have asked who owns Liverpool FC. Fenway Sports Group owns the club. It is an American sports company founded in 2001 and is said to have an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion. The Liverpool owner rakes in millions of dollars every year from the teams' success, especially from sponsors like Nike and Standard Chartered.
Anfield is home to Liverpool FC since 1892. Previously, it belonged to Everton from 1884 to 1891 before relocating to Goodison Park. The Liverpool stadium can seat 53,394 people and is the seventh-largest stadium in England. It is considered the best Premier League arena because of the overall experience the fans get during a tournament.
Jurgen Klopp is the man behind the recent success of the Reds. He joined Liverpool in October 2015 after a short break from Borussia Dortmund, a team in Germany's Bundesliga. The 53-year-old is one of the best football managers in the world.
In May 2017, under his guidance, Liverpool returned to Champions League for the first time since the 2014-15 season after winning against Middlesbrough.
Klopp then led Liverpool to successive UEFA Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019. The 2019 Champions League win was his first title in the completion and the club's sixth title.
Klopp is well celebrated for his contributions to the sport. He was named The Best FIFA Men's Coach for 2019. In October the same year, Klopp was the Manager of the Month for September, an award he won for the second month in a row.
Liverpool has had its share of managers since its formation. Since its formation, Liverpool trophies have continued to pile thanks to the team managers. Below are some managers who have helped put the team on the map.
- John McKenna - 1882 to 1896
- Tom Watson - 1896 to 1915
- David Ashworth - 1922 to 1923
- Matt McQueen - 1923 to 1928
- George Patterson - 1928 to 1936
- George Kay - 1936 to 1951
- Don Welsh - 1951 to 1956
- Phil Taylor - 1956 to 1959
- Bill Shankly - 1959 to 1974
- Bob paisley - 1974 to 1983
- Joe Fagan - 1983 to 1985
- Kenny Dalglish - 1985 to 1991
- Ronnie Moran - 1991
- Graeme Souness - 1991 to 1994
- Roy Evans - 1994 to 1998
- Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier - 1998
- Gerard Houllier - 1998 to 2004
- Rafael Benitez - 2004 to 2010
- Roy Hodgson - 2010 to 2011
- Kenny Dalglish - 2011 to 2012
- Brendan Rodger - 2012 to 2015
A team is as good as its players. Liverpool FC has some of the players in the world who ensure the team delivers. Virgil Van Dijkomez is the highest-paid player in the team after agreeing to a £220,000 a week. Below is a comprehensive list of the Reds in 2020.
- Loris Karius
- Caoimhin Kelleher
- Kamil Grabara
- Virgil Van Dijkomez
- Andrew Roberston
- Joel Matip
- Trent Alexander Arnold
- Neco Williams
- Konstantinos Tsimikas
- Nathaniel Phillips
- Sepp van den Berg
- Rhys Williams
- Georginio Wijnaldum
- James Milner
- Naby Keita
- Jordan Henderson
- Alex Oxlade Chamberlain
- Marko Grujic
- Curtis Jones
- Harry Wilson
- Harvey Elliott
- Xherdan Shaqiri
- Roberto Firmino
- Sadio Mane
- Mohamed Salah
- Takumi Minamino
- Rhian Brewster
- Divock Origi
- Ben Woodburn
- Diogo Jota
Last month, they signed Thiago Alcantara, a player from Bayern Munich, for an initial £20 million. Thiago made his debut during their match against Chelsea in which the reds won 2-0.
Others signed in by Liverpool in this season are Diogo Jota from the Wolves for £45 Million and Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos for £11.7 million.
Liverpool FC is one of the most followed teams on social media worldwide. Going by the statistics, Liverpool's fan base has been growing over time due to its success in the Premier League.
This season, the Reds Instagram account has grown dramatically to reach 28 million followers. Their Facebook page stands at a whopping 36 million while their Twitter page has a massive following of 15 million. You can follow the team through their social media handles below.
It has been a very successful season for the Reds after winning the 2019-2020 Premier League through the guidance of the phenomenal manager Jurgen Klopp. Let's see if they can defend their title in the next season.
Briefly.co.za reported that Pitso Mosimane had resigned as the head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns after eight years. In a video posted on his twitter handle, Mosimane described his time with the team as an incredible journey and thanked the Club’s President Patrice Motsepe for the time he was with the Sundowns.
His Achievements with the club attracted the interest of Al Ahly, an Egyptian team who took him in as the head coach.