Cannot be denied, The Reds is one team with a long history. They successfully won 12 titles in Europe. The football club was found by John Houlding in 1892, Liverpool football club was transformed into a fearsome one in England, even Europe. Their golden age is during the era of Joe Fagan, Bob Paisley, and Bill Shankly.
At that time, the club achieved unparalleled dominance in British football for about twenty five years. Liverpool won 18 titles in league championship, seven wins in FA Cups, five victories in European Cups and took eight trophies of the League Cups (record). Well, there are five unforgettable moments along with the turn of the generation of players.
The great Bill Shankly
Liverpool’s successful era began in 1959 when Bill Shankly arrived. The man from Scotland came by changing the image of Liverpool football club forever. He became manager of Liverpool while managing the team in 2nd division league; signed in a five-year contract. During Shankly’s time, Liverpool was really messy both on and off the field. They are not counted in England. He ordered a full overhaul soon after his arrival. The field was rearranged, creating talents like Ron Yeats, Ian St John, and to promote talented young players like Gerry Byrne and Roger Hunt greatly.
After raising the Division II champion title (1962), Liverpool started dominance in the premier class. The club won three league titles during the Shankly’s era. During the Shankly’s era, Liverpool also won two FA Cups, four wining in Charity Shields, and took the champion title in UEFA Cup.
He had an excellent achievement on Merseyside until immortalized on one of the gates of Anfieled Stadium in 1982. Based on all of his great achievements, the greatest Shankly left a solid impression on the club like forever.
The First Victory of Europe in 1977
The great vacancy left by Bill Shankly, gave rise to the name of Bob Paisley. He successfully continued Shankly’s work perfectly in Liverpool. Of all Paisley’s brilliant successes, the most important was probably on 25 May 1977 when Liverpool, the English champion, faced German champions Borussia Monchengladbach in the European Cup final in Rome.
Terry McDermott gave Liverpool the lead in the 28th minute, but Allan Simonsen’s goal after the first half made Monchengladbach equalize. However, goals from Tommy Smith and Phil Neal (from the penalty) in the 64th and 82nd minute brought The Reeds to win the first European Cup.
The 1977 victory was the first of five European Cup wins for Liverpool. Paisley then won two more European Cups and made him the only European manager to win the trophy on three occasions until his record was equaled by Carlo Ancelotti in 2014.
The wonders of Istanbul
Memories in Istanbul are indeed quite painful for Milan supporters, but a miracle for Liverpool. Because, at that Milan actually already winning three goals in the first round.
Milan has scored a goal when the game runs one minute through Paolo Maldini. Then Hernan Crespo distanced advantage through two goals 39 and 44 minutes. However, in the second half of Liverpool was able to rise. They even successfully equalized through Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Simcer, and Xabi Alonso. The match then continued until the penalty shootout.
1989 FA Cup Final
The 1989 FA Cup final was very reminiscent of the prestige of the city. Moreover, Liverpool vs. Everton’s match just five weeks after the tragic Hillsborough Disaster.
The atmosphere before kickoff is very touching, with both supporters singing beautifully two songs, namely ‘You’ll never walk alone’ and ‘Abide with me’. Both Merseyside clubs show the world that unity and love prevail over even the bitterest competition.
With a difference of flags both clubs are proudly displayed by both sides of the fans. They showed everyone that at that time there was no Liverpool or Everton, only one English stood in solidarity with each other.
The 1984 European Cup Final
The list of great moments in Liverpool’s history is not complete without a glance at the 1984 European Cup final between the Reds and AS Roma. The Merseyside club before the match was terrorized all-out by Roma fans,
Yet their steel mentality is evident. Liverpool showed their ambition by winning ahead thanks to a goal from Phil Neal, in the 13th minute. But, their happiness was short-lived because Roberto Pruzzo equalized for Roma in the 42nd minute. The spirit of the Roma players is very high after part-time. But Liverpool’s defense was less than perfect so the match extended to extra-time and finally a penalty.
The Spaghetti technique Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar shocked the Roman executioners. So Grobbelaar succeeded in making two rescues that ultimately proved decisive. Liverpool who initially failed because of the execution of Nicol soared, but so on successful, namely Neal, Souness, Rush, and Kennedy. Score-end penalty was won by Liverpool 4-2 over AS Roma.
The legendary Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard is Liverpool, and he always does. Since his debut with Liverpool in 1998, especially since replacing Sami Hypia as captain, Gerrard has won many titles. Two FA Cup trophies, three League Cup trophies, one Champions League trophy, one UEFA Cup trophy, and two Super European trophies to be his collection with Liverpool. In July, Gerarrad will officially join the MLS member club LA Galaxy.
Since debuting with Liverpool in 1998, especially since replacing Sami Hypia as captain, Gerrard has won many titles. Two FA Cup trophies, three League Cup trophies, one Champions League trophy, one UEFA Cup trophy, and two Super European trophies to be his collection with Liverpool. In July, Gerarrad will officially join the MLS member club LA Galaxy.
The Merseyside derby between Liverpool facing Everton is one of the unforgettable moments for Gerrard. In English Premier League 2012, the captain managed to destroy the Blue with three beautiful goals. At that time the Reds coached the same living legend Kenny Dalgish.
For the first time, Gerrard was appointed captain of the team in 2003. He was appointed by coach at the time, Gerard Houllier to become team captain, replacing Sami Hyypia. For Gerrard, who was then 23 years old, holding the Liverpool captain’s armband was like a dream come true. Regardless of the judgment that Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen deemed more viable, yet it seems that Gerrard was destined to be the true leader of the Reds.