15 Weird and Wonderful Facts about Liverpool F.C.
Think of yourself as a Liverpool super-fan? See how many of these facts are news to you as we separate the fanatics from the bandwagon jumpers!
- Anfield was originally the home of Everton, but they fell out with the owners over the rent they were being charged and moved to Goodison Park in 1891. Which is why this site doesn’t have a completely different name!
- Liverpool may be known as The Reds today, but their original strip was actually blue and white quarters.
- The Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton may be known as ‘The Friendly Derby’ but it’s still produced more red cards than any other fixture in the league.
- In the history of the club, Liverpool’s worst record is against Man United with a win percentage of just 32%. Of the clubs currently in the Premier League, their best winning record is 73% versus Watford.
- Xavi Alonso held the record for longest Premier League goal by an outfield player (63 yards against Newcastle) until former Red Charlie Adam popped one in from 66 yards when playing for Stoke against Chelsea.
- Forbes Magazine recently valued Liverpool at £1.4 billion. That means even if you won the world record lottery jackpot you could barely afford a quarter of the club!
- The first ever game shown on Match of the Day was Liverpool vs Arsenal in August 1964. Liverpool also featured in the first-ever game televised in colour when they took on West Ham in November 1969.
- Kenny Dalglish was the first ever player-manager in professional English football. Not a bad appointment: during his five-year stint the club won the league three times and the FA Cup twice.
- Anfield was named after the Irish town of Annefield in Wexford, by the then Irish mayor of Liverpool who bought the land where the stadium now sits. The Kop is named after the Spion Kop, a hill in South Africa where many local soldiers died in the Boer War.
- At its peak, the Kop could hold 30,000 spectators – all standing. Today it holds just under 12,500 seated.
- The famous ‘THIS IS ANFIELD’ sign was erected by Bill Shankly to instil fear in the opposition players. Current Liverpool players are forbidden to touch the sign by coach Jurgen Klopp until the club wins a trophy.
- A 1915 fixture between Liverpool and Manchester United was rigged for United to win 2-0. 4 Liverpool and 3 Manchester players were banned for life when the betting scandal was uncovered.
- One of Liverpool’s least successful transfers was that of Danish keeper Michael He somehow managed to dislocate his shoulder while setting up an ironing board and was never able to play a game for the club as a result.
- Liverpool has been involved in four English record transfers: Keegan to Hamburg for £500K; Rush to Juventus for £3.2M; Collymore from Forest for £8.5M and most recently Coutinho to Barcelona for £105M.
- Liverpool finished 8th in their first season back in the top division in 1963 after being promoted. They have never finished lower than 8th since then.
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