Liverpool FC is one of the best known premier league sides, playing at Anfield Stadium in the city. Founded in 1892, they have a fierce rivalry with local club Everton and the Merseyside derby featuring these two sides is fiercely competed being one of the highlights of the season. Liverpool's supporters are well known for their devotion to the club, gathering on the Spion Kop to display red banners and sing one of the most famous anthems in British football, 'You'll never Walk Alone' hence the continuind demand right through the season for Liverpool tickets. Their club shield bears the image of the iconic 'Liver Bird'.
Liverpool are currently managed by Brendan Rodgers, previously manager of Swansea FC and originally from Northern Ireland. He is the latest of a long line of well-known managers including Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Kenny Dalgleish and Raphael Benitez.
Liverpool's most successful period occurred in the 1980s, the team winning no fewer than 6 league titles and two FA Cup trophies as well as two European cups. Liverpool achieved the sought after league and cup double in 1986. Since then the Reds have struggled to match this success and have failed to win the Premier League since it was founded in 1992. They finished as runners up behind Manchester City in the 2013/14 season, despite their star striker Uruguayan Luis Suarez scoring 31 goals and being named as Player of the Season. He subsequently departed the club to join Barcelona in summer 2014, following an infamous and widely reported biting incident in the World Cup.
Following the long anticipated departure of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City and the retirement of long serving captain Steven Gerrard from English soccer, Brendan Rogers has strengthened his team over the summer. The club has purchased star players with a premier league pedigree such as the Belgian forward Christian Benteke from Aston Villa, to increase fire power up front and provide much needed goals. England international Jordan Henderson features in midfield and other home grown players include striker Daniel Sturridge. However the club faces a number of injuries in the opening weeks of the season with Christian Benteke and Henderon both out of action whilst undergoing treatment.
The club currently sits in mid table with the keenly awaited Merseyside derby fixture approaching on 04 October. So far this season the Reds have struggled to keep pace with nearby rivals Manchester City and Manchester United and are at present seven places below Everton, with no wins in their last five fixtures.