Liverpool Football Club – You’ll Never Walk Alone at Anfield.
Commemorative corner flash for 125 years of Liverpool. Photo: Liverpool FC
Origin of Liverpool FC and how it all started
“You’ll never walk alone” or just plain YNWA is the trademark slogan from Liverpool FC, be it new or old hardcore soccer fans that just join the game.
Liverpool Football Club is a Premier League football club that is established in Liverpool itself. Being one of the most accomplished clubs in England that has won more European trophies than any other English team which amounts to 5 European Cups, 3 Union of European Football Association (UEFA) Cups and 3 UEFA Super Cups. Furthermore, the club has also won a whopping total of 18 League titles, seven FA cups. But in spite of their successful history, they are facing a long drought of having yet to win a Premier League title since its inauguration in 1992. However, in the 2019-2020 season, they seem to have a big chance of clinching their first premier league title until an unfortunate event starts surfacing through 2020. As mentioned by Chris Hammer, journalist from sportlife.com, “Liverpool have a number of Premier League records in their sides as they stand on the brink of their first league title for 30 years. Assuming the season resumes, that is.”
The start of Liverpool FC actually did not come easy. Before that, there was Everton FC. Back then, Everton managed to win the title back in 1891 but failed to defend it in the following years. There were accusations from the directors that they had blamed the loss due to the team’s poor performance on the fact that they got adjusted to their kits at the Sandon pub in Anfield, choosing to savour the local entertainments instead of getting ready for their games.
Through the events after that, the board became suspicious of John Houlding , president of the board, that he was trying to swipe the club away from them, extorting profits while incurring expenses for them. As such, to support the motion to remove John Houlding from the presidential seat, the remaining board members called upon an “Extraordinary General Meeting”. A furious debate sent accusations across the room back and forth in all directions with accusations of underhanded deeds towards the president. In the very end, the motion to split was clear as the sky and on 15th March 1892, John Houlding broke off from the board of Everton to birth a new club – Liverpool FC. The club then was formally recognised by the Board of Trade on June 3, making it the official birthday of Liverpool FC.
Official Birth Certificate of Liverpool F.C. Photo: Thisisanfield
Records Through The Years
Being officially founded in 1892, Liverpool F.C has played at Anfield ever since its formation. The most successful period in the club’s history was the 1970s and 80s when the managers of Liverpool, Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley ,led the club to victories after vistories, in fact with a total of 11 league titles and 7 European trophies. Bob Paisley in fact left a mark in today’s world for younger athletes to carry on their legacy. “Bob Paisley is arguably one of the most successful English football managers of all time and led his team to greatness time and time again,”
Photo of Unveiling the Bob Paisley Sculpture. Photo: BBC
However the road for Liverpool was never smooth when the club was involved in two major adversities. Firstly, the faceoff between Liverpool and Juventus in the European Cup final in 1985. The match did not end up on a good note as due to the poor infrastructure of the stadium, it led to the collapsing of the perimeter wall, causing the unfortunate death of 39 victims. Liverpool fans were then blamed for the incident and all English clubs were banned from European competition for the following 5 years. Thus, making it a big name of the “Heysel Stadium Disaster”.
The second disaster occurred about 4 years later in 1989 at Hillsborough.It was the semi-finals of the FA between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Despite being a stadium of a safe capacity of 1,600, the police gave entrance to the playing grounds through the exit gate in order to lighten the situation of Liverpool fans trying to enter the venue. As such, with more than 3,000 fans being squeezed into a tight standing room only area, the disaster occurred only after 6 minutes into the game.What was described by the Taylor Interim Report as “The dead, the dying and the desperate became interwoven in the sump at the front of the pens, especially by the gates. Those with strength left clambered over others submerged in the human heap and tried to climb out over the fence…The victims were blue…incontinent; their mouths open, vomiting; their eyes staring. A pile of dead bodies lay and grew outside gate 3.” The end result was a total of 96 deaths, fans that were crushed under the perimeter fencing and till this day, marked as the “Hillsborough Stadium Disaster”.
Picture of the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster. Photo: Indiatvnews
After the aftermath of the incident had settled down, Liverpool proceeded on to competing in various leagues. After claiming their ninth League title in 1990, the club began to experience an downslope spiral. With only finishing and winning a couple of cup trophies and average league finishes in the 1990s and early 2000s, it seems to many that the club has lost its touch. Nonetheless, Liverpool continued to push on when they made their breakthrough in 2005. Proving that they still got what was in them, Liverpool recovered from a 3-0 down at half-time to Milan, eventually beating them on penalties. With that, securing themselves a victory in the Champion League title.
However, following the victorious triumph came a slow stop when Liverpool were mostly playing second fiddle to other big English Clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City, winning only two cup trophies and a second place league placement. The Premier League title was always within Liverpool‘s grasp, ending up as a runners up back in 2002, 2014 or in 2019. However, with a new german coach,Jürgen Klopp leading the charge, everything looks to be falling into place for Liverpool of achieving the Premier League title this year but was interrupted in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Picture of Jürgen Klopp as Liverpool Manager. Photo: This is Anfield
Present Day Liverpool
Liverpool winning the UEFA Champions League in 2019. Photo: Goal.com
As of the current day, Liverpool F.C still manages to fully satisfy the expectation of its long enduring supportive fans, delivering the UEFA Championship Trophy back to Anfield. Liverpool were awarded a penalty to which Mohamed Salah put on a show and transformed the less than 2 minutes timing window to a sealing of the deal by Divock Origi.
Mo Salah Scoring the penalty during the champions league final. Video: Youtube
While savouring the victory of the glamorous silverware trophy,the team even agreed that without the latest manager to the team, Jürgen Klopp, they would never be right here. In 2020, Liverpool continue to perform beyond expectation, placing themselves at the top of the table of the Premier League. What will entrail for our team in red , we will have to wait and see for ourselves in the months to come.
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