A Beginner's Guide to Liverpool Football Club

A Beginner’s Guide to Liverpool Football Club

First, the obvious, Liverpool Football Club is based in Liverpool, England. The club was founded in 1892. Liverpool’s stadium is called Anfield, which is located on Anfield Road in Liverpool. 

Traditionally there are 6 clubs in the Premier League that are perennially dominate and almost always finish towards the top of the table. Three in the southern England: Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal and three in the north: Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City.

Here is an overview of Liverpool's dominance: 

There are two clubs in Liverpool, Liverpool and Everton. And, as you can see, they are quite close in proximity.


Bill Shankly is Liverpool's most successful manager and heralded as a god to Liverpool supporters. He was the manager from 1959-1974 and at Anfield the way into the stadium is through the "Shankly Gates" (pictured below)


The 96 and the Hillsborough Disaster

On April 15th, 1989 Liverpool were set to play Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Semi- Final at Sheffield Wednesday's ground Hillsborough. Due to a calamity of errors in planning, preparations, and an ineptitude of decision making on the day, the decision was made by local law enforcement to open an exit gate to alleviate a bottle neck of fans trying to get into the stadium. This proved to be a devastating error in judgement and allowed nearly 3,000 Liverpool supporters to file into a standing room only section built to only hold a capacity of 1,600. The tragic decision resulted in 96 individuals to be crushed to death, or so badly injured that they died in the moments of waiting for medical services to arrive. Along with The 96, hundreds of others were severely injured. In the following days, as investigations took place, local authorities and media branded the cause of the disaster as a result of drunk and unruly Liverpool supporters, when in actuality, they were doing all they could just to try and stay alive, and save each other. After 27 years of fighting a smear campaign by government, law enforcement, and the media, the 96 lost lives were found to be unlawfully killed due to gross negligence of law enforcement. The 96 are remembered annually with services held at Anfield, along with the Hillsborough Memorial outside of stadium that can be visited daily. The memorial list all the 96 who sadly lost their lives and are joined by an eternal flame. The 96 are Liverpool, and Liverpool is the 96.

Liverpool's current manager Jürgen Klopp is quite the personality and generally loved by Liverpool supports, but we will get to the current team and manager later.

The Liverpool Reds have a slogan and song that defines the team, the supporters, and the culture around the club: You'll Never Walk Alone. At the beginning and end of match all Liverpool supporters sing this song. Know it, love it, sing it loud.

When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high

And don't be afraid of the dark

At the end of the storm, there's a golden sky

And the sweet, silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind

Walk on through the rain

Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your hearts

And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your hearts

And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone


Walk on.