Liverpool Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside.
Liverpool were founded in 1892 and the club has played at Anfield stadium ever since. Anfield has a maximum capacity of 45,522 and is one of the most famous football venues in the world.
Historically, Liverpool are one of the most successful English clubs, winning the second most league titles with 18, as well as seven FA Cups and a record eight League Cups.
They have also won more European titles than any other English club in history, with five European Cups and three UEFA Cups.
Most of Liverpool's success came in the 1970s and 80s starting under the leadership of manager Bill Shankly when the club won three First Division titles, two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup.
Following Shankly's retirement, Bob Paisley took over as Liverpool manager and guided the club to six First Division titles, three European Cups, three League Cups and the 1976 UEFA Cup.
Paisley retired at the end of the 1983 season and was succeeded by assistant manager Joe Fagan, who led the club to League, European Cup and League Cup glory in his first campaign. Fagan announced he would retire just hours before the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985, which saw 39 Juventus fans die and 600 others injured after a large group of supporters breached a fence, culminating in a number of fans being crushed after a concrete retaining wall collapsed.
Fagan was succeed by Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, a player who was integral in the club's success during the 1970s and 80s.
During Dalglish's time in charge, Liverpool won a further three League titles and two FA Cups, although the club's success was overshadowed by the Hillsborough disaster, which saw hundreds of Liverpool fans crushed against the perimeter fencing and a total of 96 people killed.
Dalglish cited the Hillsborough disaster as the reason for his resignation in 1991 and was replaced by former Liverpool teammate Graeme Souness, whose only notable silverware was the 1992 FA Cup.
Following a three-year spell in charge, Souness was replaced by Roy Evans, who spent four years as manager. The 1995 League Cup was the only trophy the club won during his time in charge.
Evans was replaced by Gerard Houllier, who restored Liverpool back to winning ways during his early time in charge; winning a treble in 2001 consisting of the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup.
Houllier was sacked at the end of the 2003-04 season and was replaced by Rafael Bentiez and while Liverpool only managed a fifth placed finish in the Premier League, they went on to win the UEFA Champions League in his first season.
In 2006, Liverpool were purchased by American businessmen Tom Hicks and George Gillett and reached the Champions League final the same season. However, following a seventh placed finish to the 2009-10 season, Benitez was sacked and replaced with Roy Hodgson.
Shortly after Hodgson's appointment, Liverpool were sold to John W Henry; an American billionaire and owner of baseball franchise the Boston Red Sox. A poor start to the season saw Hodgson leave by mutual consent and replaced by former manager Dalglish.
The club have struggled in the league in Dalglish's first full season in charge and find themselves in eighth place, although they won the League Cup and will contest the FA Cup final with Chelsea next month.