5 Facts about Liverpool F.C to prove you’re their biggest, reddest fan
As one of the Premier League’s Big Six, Liverpool F.C’s history is filled with cool trivia that even the most dedicated of Reds fans might not know!
Like the other clubs in the Premier League, Liverpool Football Club, otherwise known as Liverpool F.C has a long and storied history centred around guys kicking balls for 90 minutes. Sure, it’s a rather crude way of describing the sport, but it certainly isn't wrong.
Descriptions aside, as the annual Premier League season heats up moving into April and May, we thought we’d dig a little deeper into some of the participating clubs, especially the ever-present Big Six teams - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs.
Now, we’ve chosen to start off with Liverpool seeing as the Reds have just played a game on their home turf, and coincidentally, our first little trivia piece happens to be about Anfield stadium too.
1. Anfield didn’t always belong to the Reds.
While Liverpool Football Club has always called Anfield Stadium home, Anfield Stadium wasn’t home to just Liverpool F.C.
Specifically, the iconic Merseyside stadium was once Everton’s home turf, until a spat between then-club president John Houlding and Everton’s senior management committee in 1891 led to the Toffees relocating to their current stronghold at Goodison Park. Following the split, Houlding decided to build a new club from scratch, growing into what we now know as Liverpool F.C.
Speaking of names though, what’s even more amusing about this is that Liverpool F.C wasn’t originally called Liverpool F.C.
Rather, its current name only came about because The Football Association wouldn’t formally recognise Houlding’s new team as Everton F.C and Athletic Grounds Limited (shortened to Everton Athletic). Accordingly, he had to come up with something else, and so, here we are!
2. Liverpool F.C only started wearing all-red uniforms in 1964.
We’re sure this might be hard to believe considering the team in question has mostly been referred to as “the Reds”, but before donning their signature coloured garb, Liverpool used to play ball at Anfield in blue and white.
All that changed in 1964, when Bill Shankly walked into the players’ changing room and casually tossed then-captain Ron Yeats a pair of red shorts to try on.
After slipping into them, Yeats made a jab to the manager about going with an all-red kit, and in their next match against Anderlecht, Liverpool strutted onto the pitch in their trademark fiery colour for the very first time.
Despite the eye-catching attire, it still took a while for “The Reds” nickname to take off. The term was first attributed to them a year later in 1965, and it was also during this period that the club saw many of its greatest football victories.
3. Legendary manager Bill Shankly isn’t the one who put the most trophies in the club’s cabinet.
While Shankly is historically (and rightly) credited for spear-heading Liverpool’s metaphorical Renaissance, he’s not actually the manager with the most trophies to his name.
Instead, that honour goes to his assistant and eventual successor Bob Paisley, who put a total of 20 trophies into the cabinet during his tenure. For reference, that’s nearly double Shankly’s count of 11 trophies, though he (Shankly) is still regarded as the Reds’ greatest manager of all time.
Catapulting a languishing club from the bottom of the barrel all the way back to the top dogs is certainly no mean feat, and Shankly was known to personally respond to fans’ letters with his trusty typewriter too.
Either way, both men worked different types of wonders under the Reds’ roof, and in recognition of their work, they’ve now got statues of themselves standing tall outside Anfield Stadium.
4. Former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard adores Italian food.
Just like you can’t imagine Disney without Mickey Mouse, there’s no way an article about Liverpool excludes its true-blue (or in this case, red) poster boy.
Arguably the most prominent and prolific Reds player of all time, Steven Gerrard is your textbook example of homegrown football fan-turned-local hero down in Merseyside. He spent a total of 17 years on the pitch as a midfielder with Liverpool, following which he retired from professional play to begin a managerial stint with the Villans.
According to a Q&A segment he (Gerrard) had with The Overlap host Gary Neville in 2022, the Liverpool legend and then-Aston Villa manager shared that the Covid-19 lockdown had, among other things spurred him to greater heights…of dietary indulgence.
Specifically, he mentioned how he “let himself go” during the pandemic in terms of food, and that he’d prefer to have his last meal feature a wide spread of Italian fare - “the Full Monty”, as he put it. Who knew he was such a big fan of pasta? You do now, apparently.
5. Liverpool F.C has never won a league without a Scot on its roster
If you’re looking for “consistent racial representation” or something along that line, then you probably need not look further than Liverpool. After all, ever since the club was founded in 1892, the team has never bagged a league trophy without a Scottish player in its line-up.
In fact, when founder John Houlding assembled his first team in March that year to play a pre-season friendly against Rotherham Town, Liverpool’s roster was entirely Scottish. This was what earned them the famous “team of Macs” nickname, and though this amusing bit of info has become generally irrelevant over the years, it’ll probably earn you a point or two on football trivia nights.
6. Liverpool F.C has not lost a Premier League game at Anfield to a Big Six opponent since January 2016.
That’s a whole lot of sixes in a single sentence, and if you thought this list would include just 5 interesting bits of trivia, it seems we’re situationally bad at math.
Speaking of numbers, it’s widely known that in the context of the Premier League, the Big Six refers to the clubs who have contested every single season of the Premier League since its inception, and it’s quite amazing that since January 2016, the Reds have NOT lost a single home game at Anfield to any of the five others.
The most recent attempt to break this record was made by current top dog Arsenal on Sunday, 9 April 2023, but the latter squandered an early 2-0 lead, allowing Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino to go even and close out the game with a 2-2 draw.
Unpredictable and exciting – that’s why we love Premier League football
Notably, this draw shocked a lot of fans (on both sides) seeing as the Gunners absolutely dominated the Reds in the first half, and it’s a solid reminder of how anything can happen on the pitch within those 90-odd minutes.
But that’s why football is great. Whether you’re right there in the stands, or watching the match live from the comfort of your living room, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your favourite team dominate the pitch or come back from a supposed defeat.
Rivalries aside, every Premier League club has an impressive history filled with quirky bits in the same fashion as Liverpool, and we’ll definitely take a look at the other members of the Big Six as the Premier League season continues to unfold. So, for all you Liverpool fans out there, take care, and remember that “You’ll Never Walk Alone”!