☑ [FCB] | 5 things you should know about Liverpool FC
We take a long look at some of the history behind Barça’s Champions League semi-final opponents.
(1) This is Anfield
Originally home to city rivals Everton FC before their move to Goodison Park, Anfield has hosted the club’s home fixtures since 1892 and has recently been redeveloped to extend its capacity to over 54,000 with plans for a further extension on the horizon
2) 29 years without having won the Premier League
For many Liverpool fans, if forced to choice between Champions League success and Premier League success, the latter would be the more attractive option.
3. US Owners
Hard as it may be to believe, Liverpool FC faced severe financial difficulties in 2010 before the sale of the club to the Fenway Sports Group, the US based owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball franchise.
4. When we were kings
Liverpool may have struggled for silverware in recent years but there was a time that their dominance in domestic and European competition rivalled that of FC Barcelona in more recent memory.
Between 1974 and 1983 under coach Bob Paisley Liverpool FC won no less than 21 trophies, including three European Cups (the previous name of the Champions League), 1 UEFA Cup, 6 English league titles and 3 consecutive League Cups.
5. The darkest days in their history
In 1985, just moments before the European Cup final between Italian giants Juventus and Liverpool a wall collapsed within the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, the venue for the game, and 39 fans, mainly Italian, lost their lives.
The aftermath of the disaster led to UEFA imposing a long ban on English clubs in European competition thus ending Liverpool’s run of success on the Continental stage.
Less than four years later, on 15 April 1989, 96 Liverpool fans were killed in a crush prior to an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, the worst disaster in British sporting history.