Liverpool is a club steeped in history and while they haven’t been as successful as some of their rivals in terms of English Premier League crowns claimed, they have dominated Europe in a way that few clubs have managed to do so.
The Merseysiders were in the doldrums during the mid-1990s, but over the past few years, they have virtually matched Manchester City stride for stride. With a huge fanbase too, Liverpool is one of the most recognized sides in the world, so ahead of the new EPL campaign, let’s tell you everything you need to know about Liverpool.
Liverpool’s Stadium – An Overview
Originally built in 1884, Anfield was initially rented by Liverpool’s arch- rivals Everton, but just seven years later, Everton moved out following a dispute over rent. Over the late 19th and early 20th Century, Anfield went through a series of changes, including the construction of the main stand, and by 1905, the infamous Kop was erected.
Once the Kop was expanded, Anfield was able to hold around 30,000 fans. The post-war period saw further capacity increases, and by the late 2000s, Liverpool contemplated leaving Anfield. But the reconstruction of the Main Stand which was completed before the start of the 2016/17 campaign means Anfield has a capacity of 59,000.
Liverpool Squad 2022/23
The crux of the Liverpool squad has stayed together bar Sadio Mane who left for pastures new when he joined Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window, and they replaced him with Darwin Nunez, who made an immediate impact in the recent Community Shield triumph over Manchester City.
Anyway, here’s who the Liverpool squad is shaping up ahead of the new EPL campaign:
- Alisson Becker
- Caoimhin Kelleher
- Joe Gomez
- Virgil van Dijk
- Ibrahima Konate
- Kostas Tsimikas
- Calvin Ramsay
- Andy Robertson
- Joel Matip
- Nathaniel Phillips
- Trent Alexander-Arnold
- Sepp van den Berg
- Thiago Alcantara
- James Milner
- Naby Keita
- Jordan Henderson
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
- Curtis Jones
- Harvey Elliott
- Roberto Firmino
- Mohamed Salah
- Diogo Jota
- Luis Diaz
- Darwin Nunez
- Fabio Carvalho
Liverpool By the Numbers
Liverpool has raised the bar in the EPL over the past few years and their tussle with Manchester City has made for compelling viewing. Here are a few numbers that define Liverpool’s time in the EPL:
- 7 – Matches Liverpool had to spare when they wrapped up their first EPL title in 2020.
- 23 – Goals Mohamed Salah netted last season as he shared the Golden Boot award with Tottenham striker Son Heung-Min.
- 609 – Wins in EPL history.
- 442 – Clean sheets kept during their time in the EPL.
- 60 – Red cards brandished to Liverpool in EPL matches.
How did Liverpool fare last season?
Liverpool came within a whisker of sealing their second EPL title, but they were denied by some late drama at the Etihad on the final day of the campaign, as Manchester City mounted a stunning comeback against Aston Villa to clinch the title. The Reds also harbored hopes of lifting the Champions League for the seventh time, but they were outdone in the final by Real Madrid. Instead, they settled for a domestic double of FA Cup and League Cup which came courtesy of penalty shoot-out wins over Chelsea.
What can we expect from Liverpool this season?
While Liverpool were hoping to complete a clean sweep last season with an unprecedented quadruple, they still had a magnificent campaign, and they still look like being City’s closest challengers. The Reds have been referred to as “mentality monsters” by their manager, and they are hungry for more success. They have carried out some clever deals in the summer transfer window and signing Nunez should cushion the blow caused by Mane’s exit. Although City signed goal machine Erling Haaland, there’s no reason to suggest why Liverpool can’t mount another serious title challenge and potentially win it.