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Since its inception in 1892, Liverpool FC has been one of the greatest clubs in English football history. Many will argue based on the club’s domestic and European successes, that Liverpool is England’s most excellent club. With 5 European cups and 18 league titles, along with a slew of FA Cup and League Cup victories, Liverpool is easily in the conversation. The club’s great success required great players. Some of soccer’s greatest players have suited up for the Reds. Whether they were shrewd transfer purchases or local lads, the best players in Liverpool history are international icons due to the club’s popularity.

If you were to ask Liverpool fans who were the greatest players to shake the Kop, opinions would be split among all the famous legends in club history, including strikers, midfielders, defenders, and keepers. One thing you can agree on is that Kenny Dalglish is Liverpool fans’ king, between his stint as a player and manager, he oversaw one of the most successful periods in club history. As for this generation’s icon, no one can question Steven Gerrard’s commitment and his list of accolades. While many players have come and gone, Gerrard, for nearly two decades, has been Anfield’s most consistent performer. Not only is he one of Liverpool’s favorite sons, but he is a proven winner.

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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, Liv

John Aldridge

Background John William Aldridge is a former football player and manager who was born on 18 September 1958. The player was a prolific record-breaking striker best known for his time with English club Liverpool in the late 1980s. His tally of 330 league goals is the 6th highest in the history of English football. Born in England, he represented Ireland at international level. Liverpool John Aldridge may have been at Anfield for only a short time, but it is a testament to his ability that he is considered one of the best goalscorers to wear a red jersey. Aldridge, or ‘Aldo’ as he is affectionately known, was signed by Liverpool in January 1987 for £750 000 to fill the boots of the soon to be departed Ian Rush. He grew up supporting the Reds and indeed became a crowd favorite during the two and a half years he spent at the club. The born and bred Scouser began his career at amateur side South Liverpool before signing for Newport County, where his impressive goalscoring record attracted the attention of Oxford United, for whom he signed in March 1984. The arrival of Aldridge coincided with a period of success for United as they enjoyed promotion from the Third Division to the First in the space of three years - and their top scorer certainly caught the eye of Kenny Dalglish. The new boy got his Liverpool career off to a dream start by scoring the only goal of the game on his full debut against Southampton in February 1987. It was the following season that the Republic of Ireland international indeed left his

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