Liverpool Team Profile – Club History, Players, Managers & More

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This is our complete guide to Liverpool FC. Read on to discover everything you need to know about the famous English team, including a full list of Liverpool Football Club (LFC) honours won, information on players past and present, rivalries and managers. You can also check in regularly for the latest Liverpool FC news.

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Liverpool FC Logo & History

A dispute between the committee of Everton and the club president John Houlding, who owned the land at Anfield where Everton played at the time, saw the birth of Liverpool FC. Everton moved to Goodison Park in 1892 and Houlding founded Liverpool FC to play at Anfield.

The city symbol of the liver bird was adopted as the main focus Liverpool FC badge in 1901. It did not appear on the Liverpool FC shirt until 1955. While most of their success dates back before Premier League teams were a thing, they did finally win the title again in 2020.

Liverpool FC Kit

Liverpool FC wear an all red home kit. When the club was founded in 1892, they originally wore blue and white quartered shirts , with white shorts and socks. The club switched to red shirts in 1901, but the white shorts and socks remained until 1964, when the then manager Bill Shankly decided to change to an all red kit.

For away games, Liverpool FC have traditionally won yellow or white shirts with black shorts. However, in recent years a variety of colours have been used for the away kit.

Club Honours

  • Premier League / English Football Championship – 19 times: 1900–01, 1905–06, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1946–47, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90, 2019–20
  • Second Division4 times: 1893–94, 1895–96, 1904–05, 1961–62
  • FA Cup8 times: 1964–65, 1973–74, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1991–92, 2000–01, 2005–06, 2021–22
  • EFL Cup / Football League Cup – 9 times: 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1994–95, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2011–12, 2021–22
  • FA Community Shield / FA Charity Shield – 16 times: 1964*, 1965*, 1966, 1974, 1976, 1977*, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986*, 1988, 1989, 1990*, 2001, 2006, 2022 (*shared)
  • UEFA Champions League / European Cup – 6 times: 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1983–84, 2004–05, 2018–19
  • UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup – 3 times: 1972–73, 1975–76, 2000–01
  • UEFA Super Cup / European Super Cup – 4 times: 1977, 2001, 2005, 2019
  • FIFA Club World Cuponce: 2019

Liverpool FC have won more trophies than any club in England. They have the second most English league titles, with only their rivals Manchester United having won more.

They are the most successful English club in Europe, with six European Cup / Champions League wins and three UEFA Cup / Europa League victories. In 2019 they were crowned as world champions for the first time.

Current Liverpool Odds & Betting

Liverpool FC came close to winning a quadruple in the 2021-22 season, ending up with two cup wins. How many trophies will they win this season? Here are their odds to win every competition that they’re involved in, including the latest Premier League betting and Liverpool FC Champions League odds for this season:

Competition Best Liverpool Odds Bookmaker
Premier League 8/1 BetUK logo
FA Cup 6/1 logo parimatch
EFL Cup 8/1 Bet365 logo
Champions League 6/1 SBK logo

Liverpool FC Squad

Liverpool FC has been home to some of the most talented played in football history. In this section we’re going to run through each position, highlighting some of the greats that have played for the club in the past in those roles and the present options for the Liverpool FC team.

Liverpool Goalkeeper Options

Great teams are built on a great goalkeeper and Liverpool FC have had plenty. Ray Clemence, Jerzy Dudek, Bruce Grobbelaar, Tommy Lawrence and Pepe Reina are amongst the former keepers of the club. Here are the current first-team goalkeepers for Liverpool FC.

  • 1. Alisson (Brazil)
  • 13. Adrian (Spain)
  • 62. Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland)

Liverpool Defenders

Liverpool FC have had some brilliant full-backs and central defenders. Amongst the best include Jamie Carragher, Alan Hansen, Sami Hyypia, Alan Kennedy, Chris Lawler, Mark Lawrenson, Phil Neal, Steve Nicol, Tommy Smith, Phil Thompson and Ron Yeats, many of whom were Liverpool FC captain. This is the current list of defenders.

  • 2. Joe Gomez (England)
  • 4. Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands)
  • 5. Ibrahima Konate (France)
  • 21. Kostas Tsimikas (Greece)
  • 22. Calvin Ramsay (Scotland)
  • 26. Andrew Robertson (Scotland)
  • 32. Joel Matip (Cameroon)
  • 47. Nat Phillips (England)
  • 66. Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
  • 72. Sepp van den Berg (Netherlands)

Liverpool Midfielders

A mixture of brains and brawn are needed in midfield. Liverpool have been able to boast of midfielders of the quality of Xabi Alonso, John Barnes, Ian Callaghan, Philippe Coutinho, Steven Gerrard, Steve Heighway, Emlyn Hughes, Ray Kennedy, Steve McMananman, Javier Mascherano, Terry McDermott, Jan Molby, Graeme Souness, Ronnie Whelan and Georginio Wijnaldum. Here is the present midfield roster.

  • 3. Fabinho (Brazil)
  • 6. Thiago Alcantara (Spain)
  • 7. James Milner (England)
  • 8. Naby Keita (Guinea)
  • 14. Jordan Henderson (England)
  • 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (England)
  • 17. Curtis Jones (England)
  • 19. Harvey Elliott (England)

Liverpool Strikers

Liverpool FC have had many fine forwards to provide and score their goals. This include the likes of John Aldridge, Peter Beardsley, Kenny Dalglish, Robbie Fowler, Roger Hunt, Kevin Keegan, Billy Liddell, Sadio Mane, Michael Owen, Ian Rush, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres and John Toshack. These are the current crop of forwards you will see in the Liverpool line-up.

  • 9. Roberto Firmino (Brazil)
  • 11. Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
  • 20. Diogo Jota (Portugal)
  • 23. Luis Diaz (Colombia)
  • 27. Darwin Nunez (Uruguay)
  • 28. Fabio Carvalho (Portugal)

Liverpool FC Players with Most Appearances

Liverpool’s most successful teams were built on core personnel that remained in place for many years. Consequently, these players racked up many hundreds of Liverpool FC match appearances. Here are the ten players who have played the most games for Liverpool FC.

Rank Player Name Years League Games FA Cup Matches League Cup Appearances European Games Other Matches Total
1 Ian Callaghan 1960-1978 640 79 42 89 7 857
2 Jamie Carragher 1996-2013 508 40 35 148 6 737
3 Steven Gerrard 1998-2015 504 42 30 129 5 710
4 Ray Clemence 1967-1981 470 54 55 80 6 665
4 Emlyn Hughes 1967-1979 474 62 46 79 4 665
6 Ian Rush 1980-1987, 1988-1996 469 61 78 38 14 660
7 Phil Neal 1974-1985 455 45 66 74 10 650
8 Tommy Smith 1962-1978 467 52 30 NA NA 638
9 Bruce Grobbelaar 1980-1994 440 62 70 38 18 628
10 Alan Hansen 1977-1991 434 58 68 46 14 620

All Time Liverpool Top Scorers

The many years of domestic and European domination saw Liverpool players score lots of goals. The following list shows the footballers that have scored the most goals for Liverpool FC.

Rank Player Name Years League Goals FA Cup Goals League Cup Goals European Goals Other Goals Total
1 Ian Rush 1980-1987, 1988-1996 229 39 48 20 10 346
2 Roger Hunt 1958-1969 244 18 5 17 1 285
3 Gordon Hodgson 1925-1936 233 8 0 0 0 241
4 Billy Liddell 1938-1961 215 13 0 0 0 228
5 Steven Gerrard 1998-2015 120 15 9 45 1 185
6 Robbie Fowler 1993-2001, 2006-2007 128 12 29 14 0 183
7 Kenny Dalglish 1977-1990 118 13 27 11 3 172
8 Mohamed Salah 2017-Present 120 4 0 34 1 159
9 Michael Owen 1996-2004 118 8 9 21 2 158
10 Harry Chambers 1915-1928 135 16 0 0 0 151

Biggest Liverpool Signings & Transfers

Liverpool’s success has been in large part built on bringing through youth players and unearthing gems for very little money in the transfer market. Yet they have also spent big over the years and balanced the books by regularly selling players for large fees. In this section we’re going to examine Liverpool’s transfer history.

Most Expensive Liverpool Transfers

Liverpool FC today are one of the richest clubs in the world. Here are their top ten biggest ever signings.

Rank Player Name Year Signed Club Signed From Reported Fee
1 Virgil van Dijk 2018 Southampton £76,190,000
2 Darwin Nunez 2022 Benfica £67,500,000
3 Alisson 2018 Roma £56,250,000
4 Naby Keita 2018 RB Leipzig £54,000,000
5 Luis Diaz 2022 Porto £42,300,000
6 Christian Benteke 2015 Aston Villa £41,850,000
7 Fabinho 2018 Monaco £40,500,000
8 Diogo Jota 2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers £40,230,000
9 Mohamed Salah 2017 Roma £37,800,000
10 Sadio Mane 2016 Southampton £37,080,000

Club’s Most Expensive Sales

The Liverpool FC transfer budget has been given a major boost over the years, by player sales. Here are the top ten biggest fees received by Liverpool FC when selling players.

Rank Player Name Year Sold Club Sold To Reported Fee
1 Philippe Coutinho 2018 FC Barcelona £121,500,000
2 Luis Suarez 2014 FC Barcelona £73,550,000
3 Raheem Sterling 2015 Manchester City £57,330,000
4 Fernando Torres 2010 Chelsea £52,650,000
5 Xabi Alonso 2009 Real Madrid £31,050,000
6 Sadio Mane 2022 Bayern Munich £28,800,000
7 Christian Benteke 2016 Crystal Palace £28,080,000
8 Mamadou Sakho 2017 Crystal Palace £25,380,000
9 Danny Ings 2018 Southampton £22,590,000
10 Dominic Solanke 2019 Bournemouth £19,080,000

Liverpool FC Managers List – Head Coaches Past & Present

For a club that was founded way back in 1892, a relatively small number of men have been employed as Liverpool manager over the years. This speaks of two things. The loyalty of their employers and the fact that many managers of the club have been successful and long-serving. Here is the full list of Liverpool FC managers.

  • William Barclay & John McKenna (1892-1896)
  • Tom Watson (1896-1915)
  • David Ashworth (1919-1923)
  • Matt McQueen (1923-1928)
  • George Patterson (1928-1936)
  • George Kay (1936-1951)
  • Don Welsh (1951-1956)
  • Phil Taylor (1956-1959)
  • Bill Shankly (1959-1974)
  • Bob Paisley (1974-1983)
  • Joe Fagan (1983-1985)

  • Kenny Dalglish (1985-1991)
  • Ronnie Moran (1991-1991)
  • Graeme Souness (1991-1994)
  • Roy Evans (1994-1998)
  • Roy Evans & Gerard Houllier (1998)
  • Gerard Houllier (1998-2004)
  • Rafael Benitez (2004-2010)
  • Roy Hodgson (2010-2011)
  • Kenny Dalglish (2011-2012)
  • Brendan Rodgers (2012-2015)
  • Jurgen Klopp (2015-Present)

Liverpool FC Stadium - This is Anfield

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Home Liverpool FC fixtures are played at Anfield. It’s been the home of the club since it was founded in 1892, having previously played host to Everton.

The record attendance at Anfield is the 61,905 spectators that watched Liverpool’s match with Wolves in 1952. These days it holds 53,394, but redevelopment of the Anfield Road Stand will increase the total capacity to around 61,000.

Liverpool Rivalries

Liverpool have many rivals. Some of these rivalries are built upon local antagonism, while others have developed while competing for trophies, both at home and abroad. In this section we’re going to examine some of the fiercest rivalries that Liverpool FC enjoy.

Liverpool vs Everton - The Merseyside Derby

The closes rivals of Liverpool FC are Everton, who also hail from the city of Liverpool. There is less than a mile between Liverpool’s home of Anfield and Everton’s Goodison Park. In the eighties it was dubbed ‘the friendly derby’, with the 1984 League Cup Final between the teams and the 1986 FA Cup Final, seeing a lack of segregation between fans and scenes of Liverpool and Everton supporters watching the game side by side.

In both the sixties and the eighties, Liverpool FC and Everton competed for trophies against each other. In recent decades Liverpool have been far more successful, but the Merseyside derby has remained a competitive match. Here is the full record of Liverpool FC results against Everton.

Competition Liverpool Wins Draws Everton Wins
League Games 80 68 58
FA Cup Matches 12 6 7
League Cup Games 2 1 1
European Matches 0 0 0
Other Games 3 1 1
Total 97 76 67

Liverpool vs Man United

Liverpool FC and Manchester United are the two most successful clubs in England. Throw in the geographical antipathy between the two biggest cities in North West England and you have the recipe for a fierce rivalry.

It’s the biggest fixture in English football, comparable with El Clasico in Spain. Manchester United have won the English title more often, but Liverpool have been crowned as champions of Europe on more occasions. Here’s is the breakdown of results between the teams.

Competition Liverpool Wins Draws Manchester United Wins
League Games 60 50 69
FA Cup Matches 4 4 10
League Cup Games 3 0 2
European Matches 1 1 0
Other Games 2 3 1
Total 70 58 82

Liverpool vs Chelsea

In recent years, Liverpool FC have developed rivalries with English teams that they have been competing with for trophies. One such side is Chelsea, who due to an influx of investment, became one of the most successful clubs in the world over recent years.

The 2021-22 season saw Liverpool face Chelsea in both domestic cup finals and they won both of them on penalties. They have also met on several occasions in the Champions League over the years.

Liverpool beat Chelsea in the semi-finals in 2005, thanks to a disputed Luis Garcia goal and also beat them in the 2007 semi-finals. Chelsea gained revenge by knocking Liverpool out in the semi-finals in the following season, before beating them in the quarter-finals in 2009. Here is how the Liverpool FC and Chelsea head-to-head record stands.

Competition Liverpool Wins Draws Chelsea Wins
League Games 70 37 51
FA Cup Matches 4 1 7
League Cup Games 3 2 4
European Matches 2 6 3
Other Games 1 0 0
Total 80 46 65

Liverpool vs Man City

In recent seasons Liverpool’s main rivals in the pursuit of trophies have been Manchester City, rather than United. Only Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side have been able to challenge and sometimes get the better of Pep Guardiola’s Man City on a consistent basis.

Manchester City won their first Premier League title under Guardiola in 2018-19, before Liverpool won it in 2019-20 and then City responded by winning the title in both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 campaigns.

They’ve also met regularly in cup competitions. Manchester City beat Liverpool in the final of the 2016 EFL Cup, while Liverpool won both legs of their Champions League quarter-final in 2017-18. Here’s the full breakdown of their results.

Competition Liverpool Wins Draws Manchester City Wins
League Games 80 45 45
FA Cup Matches 4 2 2
League Cup Games 3 3 1
European Matches 2 0 0
Other Games 1 1 0
Total 90 51 48

Liverpool vs Arsenal

For a long time Arsenal were a bogey side for Liverpool in cup finals. The Gunners beat Liverpool FC in the FA Cup Finals of 1949-50 and 1970-71. They also defeated Liverpool in the League Cup Final of the 1986-87 season.

Liverpool FC took some revenge in 2000-01 when they came from behind to win 2-1 in the FA Cup Final. Here are the results between the club and Arsenal.

Competition Liverpool Wins Draws Arsenal Wins
League Games 78 52 65
FA Cup Matches 5 4 8
League Cup Games 7 5 6
European Matches 1 1 0
Other Games 2 0 2
Total 93 62 81

Liverpool vs Real Madrid

The Champions League has seen major European clubs meeting regularly and become rivals. One such example is Liverpool FC and Real Madrid, who first met in the European Cup final in 1981, which the Reds won 1-0. The clubs next met in the Champions League in 2008-09 with Liverpool winning both legs in the last-16.

That was the last time that Liverpool beat Real Madrid in the competition, with the Spanish giants winning five and drawing one of the subsequent encounters. This included the finals of the Champions League in both the 2017-18 season and in 2021-22.

Liverpool vs AC Milan

Another club that Liverpool have met more than once in a European final is the Rossoneri. Most famously, Liverpool FC fought back from being 3-0 down at half-time in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan, to draw 3-3 and then win the resulting penalty shootout.

AC Milan took some revenge when they beat Liverpool FC in the 2007 Champions League final. They next faced each other in the 2021-22 Champions League, with Liverpool FC winning both games in the group stage.

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Dan is a freelance journalist who has written for the likes of ESPN and FourFourTwo. Also a regular tipster for Betfair, Dan has been writing about sports betting for some of the biggest names in the industry, over many years.