Liverpool Football Club is a professional football club in Liverpool, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. Domestically, the club has won nineteen league titles, seven FA Cups, a record eight League Cups and fifteen FA Community Shields. They are also the only British team to have won the European Cup/UEFA Champions League multiple times.
Liverpool was founded in 1892 by John Houlding, a butcher's son from Northwich. The club initially played its home games at various locations around Liverpool including St James's Park, Melwood, and Larch Grove before settling in Anfield in 1909. They have been competitive ever since, with their first trophy win coming in the FA Cup in 1895. The club's highest ranking in the UEFA rankings is fourth, which they achieved in September 2011.
After two decades of declining success, Liverpool regained their place as English football's pre-eminent team under manager Bob Paisley in 1975. Over the next decade, he led them to five more league titles, three FA Cups, and one European Cup/UEFA Champions League. He was succeeded by his assistant, Joe Fagan, who continued to develop the team alongside young managers such as Ron Atkinson and Mike Gatting. In August 1991, Fagan left to take over at West Bromwich Albion and was replaced by former player Graeme Souness.
A Winning Tradition Liverpool Football Club is England's most successful top-flight club. The club has won more league titles than any other club, with the exception of Manchester United, which broke the record only this season. Liverpool has also won the most FA Cups and League Cups of any team, seven in all. Its achievements include the first ever league title in 1887-88, the last ever championship in 1990, and four other top-flight titles in between.
The team is known as "the Reds" and its fans are called "Liverpool FC supporters". The club was founded in 1892 by a group of local businessmen who wanted to create a new team after the demise of another local outfit, Notts County. They started out in the Northern Union League before joining the English Football League in 1895. In 1909, they became the first British team to be invited to play in America when they went on tour down south. They returned home victorious from that trip too, winning $10,000 (about $150,000 in today's money).
In 1913, the club moved into a new stadium, Anfield, which has been their home since then. It is one of the most famous stadiums in Europe and has been described as the "Coca-Cola Stadium" because of its distinctive color scheme of red and white. John Henry Lloyd owned the football club at the time of his death in 1914 and will be remembered for revolutionizing the game with his use of technology and innovation.
Liverpool has 59 trophies to their name. Liverpool is the most successful English club in European football, having won five European Cups, tying them with Barcelona and Bayern Munich on the all-time list. In addition, the Reds have won three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups.
Barcelona has 57 trophies to their name. Barca is the most successful Spanish club in European football, having won six European Cups, tying them with Real Madrid and Juventus on the all-time list. In addition, the Blaugrana have won four UEFA Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.
It's Barcelona. The Catalan club was founded on November 11, 1893, by a group of friends who played for different teams during the week as a means of sharing expenses. They first entered the national competition in 1895/96 and have never been outside the top flight since then. Their best season so far was in 1956/57 when they finished second in the league behind Real Madrid. That year, they also reached the final of the European Cup but were defeated by Benfica 4-3 on aggregate.
Barça has always been a major force in Spanish football and during its golden era from 1959 to 1975, it won five leagues, two Copas del Rey, one European Cup and one Intercontinental Cup.
Liverpool went on to win two more Champions Leagues. Their sixth European title was won in 2019 when they defeated Tottenham 2-0. Since winning the league title in 1990, Liverpool has won 14 trophies in all, including two Champions Leagues, the UEFA Cup, the Club World Cup, and two FA Cups.
After losing the 1989-90 season opener 1-0 at home to Wimbledon, Liverpool won their next nine games by a margin of at least three goals. The club's lead in the league was increased to five points after just seven matches. They went on to win the championship by eight points over Manchester United. This remains their most recent championship victory.
Since then, they have not been as successful. Although they have made it to the UEFA Champions League final every year since 1991-92, they have only won it once. In addition, they have never won the FA Cup again after being victorious in 2009. However, they have won the League Cup four times since its inception in 1995. Additionally, Liverpool has won the UEFA Super Cup twice, the Intercontinental Cup once, and the Charity Shield six times.
They have also reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup on five occasions (1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, and 2006).
Overall, Liverpool is one of the most successful clubs in Europe. The team has won several major titles throughout their history.
The club has won six European Cups, an English club record, three UEFA Cups, four UEFA Super Cups, 19 league crowns (including one Premier League), seven FA Cups, an English club record eight EFL Cups, and one FIFA Club World Cup. Liverpool is the most illustrious English club, having won 48 recognised trophies in total.
They have also been finalists of two other competitions: the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which formed part of the UEFA Cup/Europa League from its inception in 1955 until its conclusion in 1971; and the FA Charity Shield, which was first played in 1872 and is currently held by Manchester City. The club's overall international success is much more modest: they have reached one Champions League final but have been defeated by a single goal. They have also lost one Cup Winners' Cup final.
Liverpool's greatest season was 1989-90. That year, they won the First Division title with 100 points, a record score for most wins in a season. Their other successes that season included reaching the European Cup final for the only time in their history, where they were beaten by Milan 1-0 after extra time. The club also reached the FA Cup final but were defeated by Wembley winners Tottenham Hotspur 2-1.
Another notable season for Liverpool was 2001-02. That year, they won the First Division title with 103 points, a record score for most goals scored in a season.