5 Fascinating Facts About Liverpool FC That You Probably Didn’t Know

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Love them or loathe them, Liverpool is a powerhouse of a Premier League footballing site with an epic history. Here are 5 fascinating facts you probably didn't know about the red half of Merseyside.

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You probably already know Liverpool FC is one of the most most popular, successful and well supported sides in English footballing history.
You probably already know they play their home football at Anfield, that they’re over 129 years old and maybe even that they’re owned by Fenway Sports Group.
But we think there’s a few fascinating facts that would surprise even the super fans. So here are 5 bits of trivia you probably didn’t know about Liverpool FC.

1. The Reds… Used to Play in Blue (and White)

While their Merseyside rivals, Everton, now play their football in blue, it was actually the reds that used to don that colour.
Liverpool played in blue and white until 1896!

2. Kenny Dalglish was the First Player/Manage to Lead Liverpool

The first player/manager to lead the Liverpool Football Club was Kenny Dalglish. Born on the 4th of March 1951 in Scotland, Kenny Dalglish played for LFC as a striker. Overall, Kenny Dalglish scored a total of 172 goals during his time as a striker from 1977-1990. Kenny is widely considered the greatest player in Liverpool’s history and is regarded highly for the success he bought to the club. Kenny Dalglish signed a three-year deal in 2011 to become the manager for the second time in his Liverpool career.

3. Anfield was Once Home to Everton

You won’t find much love for Everton around the hallowed turf of Anfield these days. But that wasn’t always the case. Before Liverpool came to Anfield, it was home to the Everton Football Club.

This iconic stadium was constructed in 1884 and has a capacity of over 53,000!

Bill Shankly was the man who introduced the ‘This is Anfield’ sign.

The goal of the sign was to remind the football team who they are playing for and remind the opposing team who they are playing against.

4. Liverpool Are the Most Successful English Club in Terms of European Championships

Ok, we admit it! You might have known this fact if you’re a fan of the reds. But we can’t possibly share Liverpool trivia without mentioning that their 6 European cups is a record for any English club.

The first Champions League trophy came on the 25th May 1977. This match took place in the Stadio Olimpico Rome where Liverpool played against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Liverpool won 3-1 with Terence McDermott scoring the first goal in the 28th minute of the match. This was then followed by Thomas Smith scoring in the 65th minute and Phillip George Neal scoring a penalty in the 83rd minute. 

Liverpool fans didn’t have to wait too long as the next Champions League Cup came just a year later in 1978 at Wembley Stadium against Club Brugge.

Kenny Dalglish scored a goal in the 64th minute of the game bringing the score to 1-0 against the opposing team.

3 years later Liverpool’s next Champions League Cup came about in 1981. This match took place in Parc des Princes Paris where Liverpool scored 1-0 against Real Madrid. Alan Kennedy scored a goal in the 82nd minute.

13th May 1984 was the year Liverpool won another Champions League Cup at the Stadio Olimpico Rome against Roma. Liverpool drew 1 all with Roma. Phillip George Neal scored a goal in the 13th minute followed by a goal from their opponent by Roberto Pruzzo.

The game finished with a score of 1-1 which therefore lead to penalties. Phillip George Neal, Graeme Souness, Alan Kennedy and Ian James Rush all scored a goal during the penalty shoot-out. The opposing team Roma however, only scored two goals during penalties.

The next Champions League Cup came 21 years later with a score of 3-3 at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium Istanbul against Milan. Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso Olano and Vladimír Šmicer each scored a goal for Liverpool.

However, Milan also scored three goals resulting in a penalty shootout which Liverpool went on to win 3-2.

Finally, we have the 2019 Liverpool VS Tottenham Hotspur Champions League. Liverpool won this Champions League Cup with a score of 2-0. This match took place in the Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid. Mo Salah and Divock Origi both scored a goal for Liverpool resulting in another Champions League victory!

5. Liverpool Have Scored Over 10,200 goals

We get it. This stat will be out of date in no time! But as of the beginning of May 2023, the reds have scored 10,219 goals in 5,858 games. That makes for an average of 1.74 goals per game.

So…

Love them or loathe them, there’s no denying the prominence and popularity of the red half of Merseyside!

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