After the moving of Everton to Goodison Park in 1892, the club’s at that time president John Houlding found himself with the rights to Anfield stadium and no team to play on it. Always a practical man promptly decided to solve this problem by forming his club – Liverpool. It should not be confused with Liverpool Ramblers AFC that was founded ten years earlier.
After becoming a member of the Football League in 1893, the team managed to get promoted to the first division after one season in the second division. Early on, Liverpool established itself as one of England’s top clubs, winning League titles in 1901, 1906, 1922, and 1923.
The Bill Shankly era
Even though representing an immensely popular club even then, Liverpool FC was not particularly consistent during the post-WWII period. After claiming their fourth League title in 1947, the club entered a period of mediocrity, which culminated with their relegation to the Second Division in 1954. Things took a turn for the better after Bill Shankly was hired as a manager; however, Shankly’s first order of business was to release the entire first-team squad. Bill then turned the club’s storage room into the famous “Boot Room” that would serve as a place where the coaches’ secret meeting was held for the next three decades.
Shankly’s unorthodox methods have resulted soon enough. After making their way back to the First Division in 1962, the club won the League two years later. During the Shankly’s tenure as manager, Liverpool claimed an additional two League titles in 1966 and 1973. Two FA Cups were received by the club (1965, 1974), as well as their first European trophy – the 1973 UEFA Cup. In 1974, Shankly resigned from his job due to needing a break, leaving the club in the hands of his assistant, Bob Paisley.