Built in 1884, it was original the home of Everton F.C. before they moved due to a dispute over rent. In 1906, the Kop was born. It's a bit old, but filled with history. The tunnel that leads to the pitch has a red sign that reads "THIS IS ANFIELD" and when the teams go trough it while the Kop sings its heart out, it becomes one of the most impressive stadiums in the world.
This is where the most intense Liverpool fans once stood and now sit. The Kop is such a strong part of the club, that it was said the Kop could suck the ball into the net.
The greatest of all the Liverpool players
The stadium features tributes to two of the club's most successful managers. The Paisley Gateway is a tribute to Bob Paisley, who guided Liverpool to three European Cups and six League Championships in the 1970s and '80s. The gates were erected at the Kop; their design includes representations of the three European Cups Paisley won during his tenure, the crest of his birthplace in Hetton-le-Hole, and the crest of Liverpool F.C. The Shankly Gates, in tribute of Bill Shankly, Paisley's predecessor between 1959 and 1974, are at the Anfield Road end. Their design includes a Scottish flag, a Scottish thistle, the Liverpool badge, and the words "You'll Never Walk Alone".
Liverpool F.C. was founded following a dispute between the Everton committee and John Houlding. After eight years at the stadium, Everton relocated to Goodison Park in 1892 and Houlding founded Liverpool F.C. to play at Anfield. Originally named "Everton F.C. and Athletic Grounds Ltd", the club became Liverpool F.C. in March 1892. The team won the Lancashire League in its début season, and joined the Football League Second Division at the start of the 1893–94 season. After finishing in first place the club was promoted to the First Division.
In 1966, the club won the First Division but lost to Borussia Dortmund in the European Cup Winners' Cup final. Liverpool won both the League and the UEFA Cup during the 1972–73 season, and the FA Cup again a year later. Bill Shankly, the appointed manager, retired soon afterwards and was replaced by his assistant, Bob Paisley.
“(I was) made for Liverpool (where) the people that matter most are the ones who come through the turnstiles” — Shankly
In 1976 the club won another League and UEFA Cup double. The following season, the club retained the League title and won the European Cup for the first time. During Paisley's nine seasons as manager Liverpool won 21 trophies, including three European Cups, a UEFA Cup, six League titles and three consecutive League Cups.
Paisley retired in 1983 and was replaced by his assistant, Joe Fagan. Liverpool won the League, League Cup and European Cup in Fagan's first season, becoming the first English side to win three trophies in a season. Liverpool reached the European Cup final again in 1985, against Juventus at the Heysel Stadium. That’s where the lowest moment in Liverpool history happened.
Before the kick-off of the European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool, fans breached a fence which separated the two groups of supporters, and charged the Juventus fans. The resulting weight of people caused a retaining wall to collapse, killing 39 fans, mostly Italians. The incident became known as the Heysel Stadium disaster. The match was played in spite of protests by both managers, and Liverpool lost 1–0 to Juventus. As a result of the tragedy, English clubs were banned from participating in European competition for five years; Liverpool received a ten-year ban, which was later reduced to six years. Fourteen Liverpool fans received convictions for involuntary manslaughter.
In 2010, a plaque for the fans that died in the disaster was unveiled.
It's one of two permanent memorials in Anfield. The other one is for the Hillsborough tragedy.
In an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989, hundreds of Liverpool fans were crushed against perimeter fencing. Ninety-six fans died. Liverpool players and staff were accused of being the cause of the tragedy.
Days after, The Sun used “THE TRUTH” as their headline and sub-headlines that said "Some fans picked pockets of victims", "Some fans urinated on the brave cops" and "Some fans beat up PC giving kiss of life”. The story accompanying the Sun headlines claimed "drunken Liverpool fans viciously attacked rescue workers as they tried to revive victims" and "police officers, firemen and ambulance crew were punched, kicked and urinated upon". A quotation, attributed to an unnamed policeman, claimed a dead girl had been "abused", and that Liverpool fans were "openly urinating on us and the bodies of the dead”. These allegations contradicted the behaviour of many Liverpool fans, who helped security personnel stretcher away a large number of victims and gave first aid to many of the injured. After The Sun's report, the newspaper was boycotted by most newsagents in Liverpool and many readers cancelled orders and refused to buy it from newsagents.
On the 20th anniversary of the disaster, government minister Andy Burnham called for the police, ambulance and all other public agencies to release documents that had not been made available in 1989. This action led to the formation of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which in September 2012 concluded that no Liverpool fans were responsible for the deaths, and that attempts had been made by the authorities to conceal what happened, including the alteration by police of 116 statements relating to the disaster. The conclusion that the police had been responsible and had tried to blame innocent fans prompted immediate apologies.
Trevor Hicks, chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, rejected the apology of Kelvin MacKenzie, then-editor of The Sun, saying it was "too little, too late”. The sales of The Sun remain poor in Merseyside and a boycott is still practiced today. Its articles are not published on Liverpool's official website. Posts with The Sun as the source are also banned in ontd_football. (really? yes, really)
DON'T BUY THE SUN
Kenny Dalglish, former Liverpool player, was the manager at the time. He was replaced by another former player, Graeme Souness. Under his leadership Liverpool performances slumped resulting in his dismissal in 1994. Souness was replaced by Roy Evans, and Liverpool went on to win the 1995 Football League Cup Final. Third place finishes were the best the team could manage, and so Gérard Houllier was appointed co-manager and became the sole manager after Evans resigned. In 2001, Houllier's second full season in charge, Liverpool won a "Treble": the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup.
Houllier was replaced by Rafael Benítez at the end of the 2003–04 season. Liverpool won the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League, beating A.C. Milan in one of the most exciting football matches in European football history.
3–2 in a penalty shootout after the match ended with a score of 3–3
American businessmen George Gillett and Tom Hicks became the owners of the club during the 2006–07 season. The club reached the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final against Milan, as it had in 2005, but this time Liverpool lost 2–1. During the 2008–09 season Liverpool finished as runners up to Manchester United.
In the 2009–10 season, Liverpool finished seventh in the Premier League and failed to qualify for the Champions League. Benítez was replaced by Fulham manager Roy Hodgson. At the start of the 2010–11 season Liverpool was on the verge of bankruptcy and the club's creditors asked the High Court to allow the sale of the club, overruling the wishes of Hicks and Gillett. John W. Henry bid successfully for the club and took ownership in October 2010. Poor results during the start of that season led to Hodgson leaving the club by mutual consent and former manager Kenny Dalglish took over. He didn't last much, after finishing in 8th position in the 2011–12 season, Dalglish was sacked. He was replaced by Brendan Rodgers. In 2013–14 Season, Rodgers second season in charge, Liverpool returned to the UEFA Champions League after finishing second behind Manchester City.
Ian "857" Callaghan:
Callaghan holds the record for most appearances. He played in Liverpool from 1960 to 1978.
King Kenny Dalglish
He was a Liverpool striker from 1977 to 1991. His great partnership with Ian Rush brought the team many victories. While still a player, he became manager of the team and what he archived with Liverpool made him a legend. He quit in 1991, only to come back 18 years later.
Ian Rush: The greatest goalscorer in Anfield history
Goals, goals and more goals. 346 to be exact. It actually took nine games for him to score for the first time, but once he did, he didn't stop. When it was announce that he would leave the club to go to Juventus, a futile "Rushie must stay" campaign began. His stay at Juventus, however, was not very successful so Rush ended up coming back. "It was like living in a foreign country" he joked.
He got himself a twitter a few days ago.
He was called god by all the fans that fell in love with him to his ruthlessness in front of goal and his cheeky personality. He left for Leeds in November 2001 for £11m but he made an astonishing return to Liverpool in January 2006 when he was signed by Rafa Benitez. He never recaptured the glory days of his first spell at the club and was not a first team regular, but did add 12 goals to his already huge tally, making him Liverpool's fifth leading goalscorer. *
We All Dream Of A Team Of Jamie Carraghers
Former Liverpool Vice-captain, Jamie Carragher retired last year after playing 17 years for Liverpool. He's a one-club man and even though some might have thought they need subtitles to understand his scouse accent, after retiring he decided to pursue a broadcaster career. These days he has a column in the Daily Mail and answers questions on twitter.
Michael Owen played for Liverpool. He also played for Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City. He began playing in Liverpool's youth team and went to celebrate his 17 birthday by signing a professional contract with the club. He left for Florentino Perez's team in 2004.
Steven Gerrard Gerrard, he's big and he's fucking hard
Liverpool's current captain and another one-club man. When he was five years old, his cousin passed away in the Hillsborough tragedy and it drove him to become the player he is today. He was spotted by the club when he was nine years old. Eight years later he signed his first professional contract and in 1998, he made his debut. The rest is a history of love between him and the club he inspires. Recently he retired from international football so he could focus solely on Liverpool.
If you heard the term Gerlonso around this place, it's because Xabi's
This is the list of the current squad, with flags so you know where everyone is from. We're very british.
Fields of Anfield Road
"All round the Fields of Anfield Road
Where once we watched the King Kenny play
We had Heighway on the wing
We had dreams and songs to sing
Of the glory round the Fields of Anfield Road"
Justice for the 96
The song was made to remember the ones lost in the tragedy of Hillsborough and demand the truth about the police to be told. In 2007, when Arsenal and Liverpool met for the FA cup, the Kop sang Justices for the 96 for six straight minutes.
You'll Never Walk Alone
Originally written by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1945 for the Broadway musical Carousel, only became a terrace favourite after it was covered by Gerry and the Pacemakers in November 1963. Almost immediately - as footage from Panorama in 1964 shows - Liverpool supporters adopted it. Nowadays it's the most recognize football chant in the world. Even Pink Floyd song "Fearless" features Liverpool fans singing it.
Liverpool vs Manchester City - You'll Never Walk Alone
Liverpool fans have also enjoyed singing to the rhythm of the Beatles.
In recent years, an intense rivalry has started between the two clubs due to having had to play each other in so many occasions. When in 2010, Fernando Torres left Liverpool to go to Chelsea, it was not received well.
Our local rival
The rivalry with this blue team it's the complete opposite when it comes to history. Known as The Merseyside derby, it is the longest running top-flight derby in England, having been played at that level since the 1962–63 season. It’s also known to be one of the most ill-disciplined and explosive fixtures in british football.
Once upon a time it was a friendly rivalry, known for being one of the few top league derbies that didn’t segregate fans due to how common it was for a family to have fans of both teams. In the 80s, things changed it became much more intense, however relations improved after the Hillsborough disaster when both sets of fans rallied together, with Evertonians even joining in on the boycott of The Sun while Everton and Liverpool scarves were intertwined stretching across Stanley Park between Anfield and Goodison Park (Everton's stadium). Recently, after the murder of 11-year-old Evertonian Rhys Jones in a gun crime incident in 2007, Liverpool Football Club invited the victim's parents and older brother to Anfield for a Champions League match. The Z-Cars theme tune Johnny Todd, the song to which Everton traditionally run out, was played for the first time ever at Anfield while the victim's family stood on the pitch wearing Everton shirts and scarves. A standing ovation was given before You'll Never Walk Alone was played. Upon the complete vindication of Liverpool fans at the Hillsborough disaster in August 2012 Everton entertained Newcastle United at Goodison Park. The sides were lead out by two children wearing Everton and Liverpool shirts with the number 9 and 6 on the back. An announcer read out the names of all the 96 victims while He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by The Hollies was played to a standing ovation.
Who the f*ck are Man United?
One of the most successful England teams along side with Liverpool, together they have won 121 honors.
The most recent meeting was on March 6th where Liverpool won 3 - 0.
Even the players get intense about these rivalries. United striker Wayne Rooney, a product of Everton, described how he grew up hating the Reds, while Liverpool's Steven Gerrard took a film crew on tour of his home where he showed off a collection of football shirts he had swapped with opposing players as part of the after match routine; he pointed out that there were no Manchester United shirts in there and that he would never have one of them in his house.
I'll probably edit this a lot, but I just wanted to post it already.
Go make a post about your favorite team, if there isn't one already, or they'll lose their league