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Founded: 1892

Address: Anfield Road, Liverpool L4 0TH England

Phone: 0151.26.32.361

Fax: 0151.26.08.813

Email: customercontact@liverpoolfc.tv

Official URL: http://www.liverpoolfc.tv

Chairman: Tom Werner

Club Director: Ian Ayre

Stadium: Anfield

Club History
Adding to their record 18 English titles with a first-ever Premier League championship is an itch that Liverpool have been desperate to scratch for well over a decade, and the sense of urgency intensified when arch-rivals Manchester United closed to within two titles by winning the Premiership crown again in 2006-07. Two Champions League finals (one triumph) and the FA Cup in the first three seasons of Rafael Benitez's Anfield reign have secured the Spaniard a place in the affections of the red half of Merseyside, but the Holy Grail for Liverpool remains the league title. They haven't won it since 1990; but following the acquisition of the club by US business tycoons George Gillett and Tom Hicks during the course of the 2006-07 season, and the co-owners' willingness to back Rafa's squad-strengthening plans with hard cash, Liverpool's prospects have never looked brighter in the Premier League era. After the Reds lost the Champions League final in Athens last May - their second against Milan in three years - Benitez demanded both the money and the decisiveness from the board to compete for the biggest stars in the transfer market if Liverpool were to mount a credible challenge to United and Chelsea domestically. He was granted his wish, and the Reds spent lavishly in the summer, bringing in the likes of Fernando Torres, Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Sebastian Leto, Lucas Leiva and Andriy Voronin. Benitez now effectively has two top class players in every position - and Liverpool have begun the 2007-08 season more strongly and purposefully than any other Premier League campaign. There is a lot riding on this season. Benitez must show a return on player investment by winning trophies - ideally the domestic title at last - and leading the club on a wave of success into a new era that will be symbolised by the building of a spectacular stadium in nearby Stanley Park. The Spanish tactician looks more confident than ever before that he now has the squad to deliver. Last season he had to settle for another distant third place finish in the Premier League - with no repeat of 2005's heroics in Istanbul against Milan.  His expanded and strengthened squad offers plenty of scope for his favoured rotation policy, and should help iron out the tendency for f inconsistent results. Liverpool remain very definitely one of England's top four clubs, and can never be under-estimated in European competition. Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster may gracelessly have described their football as 'ugly,' but there has been little evidence of that so far this season, especially at Anfield. Indeed, there is a growing sense that the club is on the verge of great things again.  That is fitting for the English club with the most successful history of them all.  Yet ironically, that history began thanks to a row between Everton Football Club and their landlord at Anfield in 1892. The dispute - over a proposed rent increase - persuaded the majority of Evertonians to abandon Anfield for Goodison Park - leaving the landlord, Mr John Houlding, to form a new club. His intention was to retain the name "Everton", but when his attempt to do this failed, he founded Liverpool Association Football Club on 15th March, 1892. They were elected to the Football League the following year, winning the Second Division championship - and promotion - in their first season. They fluctuated between the two Divisions until 1905, when they embarked on a 49-year stay in the top flight. After relegation to the Second Division in 1954, the club turned to Bill Shankly to restore their fortunes. He did more than that, bringing the club unprecedented success and founding a dynasty from the fabled Anfield Boot Room that kept the silverware rolling in long after Shankly himself had retired in 1974. Shankly brought the club the Second Division title and three First Division titles, plus two FA Cups and one Uefa Cup. His successor, Bob Paisley, was even more successful, leading the Reds to three European Cups, one Uefa Cup, six League Championships and three League Cups. When Paisley retired, his assistant Joe Fagan continued the trend, winning the League, European Cup and League Cup in his first season in charge. But he stepped down a year later in the wake of the Heysel disaster. Kenny Dalglish became player-manager and won the Double in his first season as boss. Dalglish delivered three League titles and two FA Cups, but the emotional strain following the Hillsborough tragedy of 1989 took its toll on him, and he stunned the football world by resigning early in 1991 with the Reds locked in another battle with Arsenal for the championship. Graeme Souness, Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier have all tried to recapture the phenomenal succcess enjoyed by Liverpool in the 1970s and 1980s. But the advent of the Premier League, the rise of rivals Manchester United - and more recently Arsenal and Chelsea - all conspired against Liverpool"s quest to become a dominant force in the League again. Houllier led them to a unique cup treble in 2001, but the club could not build on that and land the big one - the Premiership title. Champions League qualification by virtue of finishing fourth in the Premiership was considered inadequate compensation by the club"s legion of fans. And that relative failure prompted Liverpool to sack Houllier at the end of the 2003-04 season. Rafael Benitez, fresh from success with Valencia, succeeded Houllier. He marked his first season with a stunning triumph in the Champions League, followed that by putting the FA Cup on the Anfield sideboard and then took the club to another Champions League final. But the urgent priority - as it has been for every manager since Kenny Dalglish - is to deliver Anfield"s first League title since 1990.  Will this be the year?.
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