Liverpool Football Club has been associated with renown and achievement since its inception in 1892. Liverpool is the most successful British club of all time on an international level, having won several European titles. With almost 200 fan groups in at least 50 countries, they are one of the most beloved football teams in the world. Nonetheless, two of the biggest stadium catastrophes in history, Heysel and Hillsborough, will forever mar their illustrious legacy.
Following Everton‘s move to Goodison Park in 1892, John Houlding, the club’s then-president, found himself with the rights to Anfield Stadium but no team to play on it. Houlding, being the practical guy, swiftly resolved to solve the situation by founding his own club, Liverpool (should not be confused with Liverpool Ramblers AFC that was founded ten years earlier).
The club was promoted to the top level after one season in the second division after joining the Football League in 1893. Liverpool established themselves as one of England’s finest clubs early on, winning the Premier League in 1901, 1906, 1922, and 1923.
The Bill Shankly era
Liverpool FC, while being a very popular team at the time, were inconsistent in the post-World War II era. After winning their fourth League championship in 1947, the team sank into mediocrity, eventually being relegated to the Second Division in 1954. When Bill Shankly was recruited as manager, though, things began to improve; Shankly’s first order of business was to release the whole first-team roster. He then transformed the club’s storage area into the renowned “Boot Room,” which would become the coaches’ secret gathering spot for the next three decades.
Shankly’s unconventional techniques paid off quickly. Liverpool won the League two years after regaining their place in the First Division in 1962. They won a further two League championships (1966, 1973), two FA Cups (1965, 1974), and their first European trophy – the 1973 UEFA Cup – during Shankly’s term as manager. Shankly departed from the club in 1974 owing to a desire for a sabbatical, putting his assistant, Bob Paisley, in charge.
The Hillsborough and Heysel disasters
In the 1985 European Cup final, Liverpool met Juventus. Unfortunately, the match is now remembered as the Heysel catastrophe, in which 39 supporters were crushed to death when some rowdy fans forced a perimeter wall to collapse. Because the catastrophe was primarily blamed on Liverpool supporters, all English teams were barred from participating in European tournaments for the following five years.
Liverpool began to concentrate on domestic tournaments in the absence of European fixtures. But tragedy struck again after winning two more League championships in 1986 and 1988, as well as an FA Cup in 1985. Only six minutes into the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, 94 spectators were killed in a crowd crush. Hillsborough is the greatest stadium tragedy in English football history to this day.
Liverpool began a downward spiral after winning their seventh League championship in 1990. Liverpool’s star looked to have faded throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, with just a few of Cup titles and some dismal league results. Nonetheless, they demonstrated their mettle in the most thrilling manner conceivable when, after reaching the Champions League final in 2005, they came back from a 3-0 half-time deficit to overcome Milan on penalties.
This incredible triumph turned out to be the club’s farewell song. With just two Cup victories and a second-place league result to show for their efforts over the following decade, Liverpool was usually viewed playing second fiddle to other English teams.
Increasing the number of trophies in the collection
Dominance was not slowed much by the change of personnel. Liverpool were a surprisingly steady squad under Paisley’s leadership, winning six league crowns and three League Cups in his nine years in command. Between 1976 and 1981, Liverpool won one UEFA Cup and three European Cups, extending their dominance across Europe. Paisley’s assistant Joe Fagan carried on the great trend after Paisley’s departure in 1983, guiding the club to a Triple Crown in his first season in command.
Liverpool Football Club’s Logo
1892 – 1940
Liverpool Football Club Logoa The city of Liverpool’s coat of arms was chosen as the club’s first symbol. Neptune, the Roman deity of freshwater and the sea, and Triton, the Greek god and messenger of the sea, are included in the artwork. They are flanked by two Liver birds, or cormorants, with the Latin words “God has given us this ease” above them. A crimson ribbon with the wordmark “LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB” is at the bottom.
1940 – 1980
The club also had an alternate crest by the late 1940s, which was used on goods, match day programs, letterheads, and other items. The Liver bird is featured in the middle, with two footballs on each side and an arch wordmark “LIVERPOOL” written in white on top and “FOOTBALL CULB” written in red on the bottom.
1950 – 1955
By the 1950s, the club had switched to a simpler design with a single Liver bird. The Liver bird holds a white leaf in the simplified design, which is now red with a white accent shield.
1955 – 1968
The letters “L.F.C.” were added to the crest below the Liver bird in a 1955 redesign. Add a red oval circle around the Liver bird now.
1968 – 1987
In 1968, Liverpool decided to modify the crest once again. The oval that had previously surrounding the Liver bird was removed in this version. The arching initials “L.F.C.” are written in red underneath the Liver bird.
1987 – 1992
The 1987 Liverpool FC shirts featured a revised Liverpool FC emblem, which included the shield form as well as the words “Liverpool Football Club” in red.
1992 – 1993
This commemorative crest was commissioned to commemorate the club’s 100th anniversary and was used during the 1992–93 season. Another notable addition was The Shankly Gates, which had the words of the club’s hymn “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
1993 – 1999
Following the club’s centennial year, a new badge was created with the addition of the color yellow. In an updated crest used from 1993 to 1999, the everlasting flames were added in honour of the victims of the Hillsborough catastrophe.
2017 – 2018
FC Liverpool has a new symbol for the 2017–2018 season, which was produced to commemorate the club’s 125th anniversary. Apart from the years “1892” and “2017,” which are positioned on each side, the complete shield appears identical to its predecessor. The first date corresponds to the year the club first played a game, while 2017 marks the club’s 125th anniversary. In addition, the red phrase “125 years” appears underneath the shield.
1999 – Present
In 1999, Liverpool put a stylised representation of the Shankly Gate arch from the Enfield Stadium to the top of the symbol, along with the most famous lines from the club hymn, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The blazing flames on the sides of the shield are a representation of the lights at Sheffield’s Hillsborough memorial.