In 1892, John Houlding founded the Liverpool Football Club and moved the club to Anfield, where it has remained ever since. The Liverpool Football Club, or the Reds as they later became known, went on to achieve a highly successful record. The Reds were valued at $982 million in 2015, making them one of England's most valuable football clubs.
Liverpool has had its share of tragedies. Prior to the kick-off in the 1985 European Cup final at Heysel Stadium, Liverpool supporters climbed over a barrier and rushed towards the fans of the opposing team, Juventus, and in the process a retaining wall collapsed and 39 people were killed. As a result, English clubs were banned from European matches for five years. Liverpool was banned for even longer, but later the ban was reduced to six years. Fourteen Liverpool fans were convicted of manslaughter.
The second disaster occurred just four years later at Hillsborough Stadium. The occasion was a Liverpool and Nottingham Forest semi-final match for the Football Association Cup. Almost 100 Liverpool fans lost their lives and 766 others were injured as a result of being crushed against the perimeter fencing. Consequent to an investigation of the disaster, the landmark Taylor Report ruled that all spectators at top-division teams must have a seat in the stadium.
Liverpool's success continued under a number of managers until the 2006-07 season when it was acquired by two Americans, George Gillett and Tom Hicks. Gillett and Hicks paid the £218.9 million debt that the Reds had incurred. During the Americans' tenure, Liverpool made it to the UEFA Champion League final but was beaten by Milan 2 1. The 2007-08 season saw Liverpool obtain 86 Premier League points, which was the highest ever for the club and beaten only by the Reds long-standing rival, Manchester United.
In the 2015-2016 season with manager Brandan Rodgers, the Reds marked their 124th year as a football club and their 24th season in the Premier League. For 53 consecutive years, Liverpool resided in the top-flight of English clubs, which is the main reason football fans from all over the world are eager to buy Liverpool tickets. Between July 2015 and June 2016, Liverpool competes in the Premier League, Football Association Cup, Football League Cup, and UEFA.
The top goal scorer in the 2014- 2015 season was the legendary midfielder Steven Gerrard with a total of 13 goals. Gerrard is arguably Liverpool's best known player. He became team captain in 2003 and remained at Anfield for 17 seasons. Kenny Dalglish, originally from Scotland, is another Liverpool favourite. King Kenny, as he is known to his fans, is regarded as being responsible for the Reds most successful years. In total, King Kenny made 515 appearances for the Reds and scored at total of 172 goals.
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