Liverpool are the second most successful team in English history, with 41 major titles to their name. Founded in 1892 as a breakaway group from their local rivals Everton. They dispute over who owned their current ground of Anfield. Soon they were successful, winning the league in 1901 and again in 1906.
They won the league again twice at the start of the 1920s, and again in 1947. Shankly rebuilt the team on the pitch, whilst, off it, he created a coaching dynasty “the boot room” which would carry the side forward for nearly three decades. Promoted to the First Division in 1962, they were league champions within two years. Also two years later, they were winners of the FA Cup and UEFA Cup.
Another league title followed in 1973, at which point Shankly retired, leaving his successor Bob Paisley to establish Liverpool as the dominant team of the 1970s and 1980s, winning six league titles, four league cups, the UEFA Cup twice, and, most famously three European Cups.
When Paisley in turn retired, Joe Fagan took over, and he won the European Cup for the 4th time, before the first of two stadium disasters that leave an indelible mark on the club and its fans. In 1985, at the Heyssel Stadium in Brussels, rioting Liverpool fans caused the deaths of 39 Juventus fans. Four years later, 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death because of overcrowding at Hillsborough during an FA Cup semi-final.
The following year Liverpool won the league title again, but have not done so since. They did, however, famously win the Champions League again in 2005, overturning a three-goal deficit to AC Milan in the final. There have also been FA Cup and League Cup successes to celebrate.
Last season they reached the Champions League final again, only to lose to Real Madrid. They are in the quarter-finals of the competition again, and are vying with Manchester City for the Premier League title.