Liverpool Football Club is one of the most successful football clubs in the world, winning more European trophies than any other English team. As well as their 5 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups and 3 UEFA Super Cups they have also won 7 FA Cups, 18 League titles and 8 League Cups, a record number with no other club winning more than 5 times. They have also won the FA Community Shield, a charity match between the champions of the Premier League and the holders of the FA Cup, 15 times. The club was ranked as the 8th most valuable football club in the world in May 2015, at $982 million.
Liverpool Football Club is nicknamed "The Reds" due to their home colours which have been worn since 1894 when the club adopted the colour of the city of Liverpool. Previously wearing white shorts, the Liverpool home strip has been all red since 1964. According to the autobiography of Ian St. John the change was decided on by the manager Bill Shankly who thought it would have a psychological impact on the opposing team due to red being associated with danger and power.
In 1979 Liverpool Football Club signed a deal with Hitachi and became the first English professional club to have a sponsor's logo displayed on their shirts. The kit has also featured the club badge since 1955, which is based on the liver bird. The bird, a mythical creature which has represented the city of Liverpool for over 800 years, is thought to have originally been an eagle although it is depicted in many modern images as a cormorant. The bird that is used as the emblem of Liverpool Football Club has a short head and curved beak suggesting it is a bird of prey. The club badge has changed over the years, but its most recognised form is the liver bird in a red shield, behind a green ribbon reading "Est. 1892" and under the green title of Liverpool Football Club's anthem.
You'll Never Walk Alone
The club's anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone" is certainly fitting, with loyal fans travelling from all over the world to watch Liverpool play both away and at their home ground, Anfield. Around 40,000 Liverpool tickets are sold for each match, making Liverpool the club with the third highest supporter attendance in the English Premier League, of which they have been a part since its inception in February 1992, and one of the best supported clubs in Europe. "You'll Never Walk Alone" was originally a show tune from the musical "Carousel". It has been the club's anthem since the 1960s after it was covered by Gerry and the Pacemakers, a Liverpudlian Merseybeat group, in 1963. As well as featuring on the badge the anthem's title adorns the Shankly Gates, erected in memory of former manager Bill Shankly, which lead from Anfield Road to Anfield Stadium.
Anfield Stadium was built in 1884 in the district of Anfield in Liverpool and is now the seventh largest football stadium in England. It was originally used by Everton Football Club until a rent dispute with the owner, John Houlding, after which Everton moved to Goodison Park. Houlding founded a new club in 1892 to play at Anfield, originally calling it "Everton F.C. and Athletic Grounds Ltd" before renaming it Liverpool Football Club in order to gain official recognition from The Football Association. The club joined the Football League Second Division for the 1893-94 season after winning the Lancashire League in their debut season the year before. After finishing in first place in the Second Division in 1894 Liverpool were promoted to the First Division. In 2002 a new stadium to be built on adjoining land was proposed, however after many delays it was decided that the iconic Anfield stadium would be redeveloped instead. Liverpool still has a long-standing rivalry with Everton and the Merseyside derby between the two teams is usually sold out.
Liverpool Football Club has always boasted some of the top football players in the world, from Kenny Dalglish, who signed to the club in 1977, to players such as Steven Gerrard in more recent years. Kenny Dalglish was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002, joining many other footballers who have played for Liverpool, such as John Barnes, Graeme Souness and Alan Hansen. Steven Gerrard holds the record for the most international caps while a Liverpool player, with 114 caps for England, he has also appeared in the most World Cup games whilst being a Liverpool player, playing in 15 matches in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups. Many other players, such as Michael Owen, Roger Hunt, Ian Callaghan and Gerry Byrne have represented England at international football whilst playing for Liverpool Football Club. The standard of players is still very high, with some of the best football players of this generation playing for Liverpool today.
Due to its prestige Liverpool F.C has been involved with many T.V. firsts. On the 22nd of August 1964 Liverpool was featured in the first episode of Match of the Day. Almost 3 years later a match between Liverpool and West Ham United was the first game to be televised in colour in March of 1967. Liverpool matches still command a worldwide audience, however nothing beats the atmosphere and experience of attending a game in person. Unsurprisingly there is a high demand for tickets to watch Liverpool, so it is important to purchase tickets as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment. Ticket4Football.com is a secure, encrypted site where you can buy your tickets for the big game with confidence as soon as they are released to the public. They are guaranteed to be delivered by the match date.