LFC has two rivals, Manchester United and Everton.While Everton is from the Merseyside, just like Liverpool, Manchester United is a club from the Manchester of England.
Liverpool has a derby game against Everton.There is no cultural, religious difference between the two places.The games used to be quite peaceful before the premier league.In the premier league, the fixture is notorious for having seen the most number of red cards.It is also known as the ‘bloody derby’.Even in such a background, the two clubs supporters do not have any bad blood between them.It is normal to find both Liverpool and Everton fans from the members of the same family.
The game between Manchester United and LFC is known as the North-West Derby.The two clubs have a history.In the industrial era, there was fierce competition between the two cities to control the trade.Liverpool had the famous and strategically located port, the Port of Liverpool while Manchester was the manufacturing hub.Liverpool often placed heavy tariffs for Manchester’s industries to use the canal.
To overcome this roadblock, the Manchester Ship Canal was built from 1893.It connected Manchester with the Irish Sea.It started at the Mersey Estuary and followed the paths of rivers Mersey & Irwell.
This competition also spilled over to football.The two clubs haven’t been successful at the same time.While LFC conquered Europe in the 70s and the 80s, United’s Golden era coincided with Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.Currently, both clubs are in a transition phase.
Liverpool is also known for one of the most famous clubs of all time, The Beatles.The club’s anthem, You’ll Never Walk Alone is known around the world and has been adopted by many other clubs, most notably by Borussia Dortmund of Germany.
Liverpool’s fans have also featured in the Pink Floyd song, Fearless.They sang excerpts from YNWA in the song.Recently, a movie, One Night in Istanbul was produced depicting the club’s historic fifth European success.A documentary written on the Hillsborough disaster by Jimmy McGreen was made in 1996.
Badge and Kit
The club’s batch features the native Liver Bird.The Liver Bird is also depicted on the Shankly Gates which provide entrance to LFC’s stadium, The Anfield.The five stars depict the five European crowns the club has to its name.The two flames are in remembrance of the Hillsborough disaster.
LFC started with blue and white as the color of its kit, reminiscent of Everton.The blue shirt was replaced by a red one in 1894.The all-red kit, which is now adorned by the players has a story behind it.Ian St John revealed it in his autobiography.
He [Shankly] thought the colour scheme would carry psychological impact—red for danger, red for power. He came into the dressing room one day and threw a pair of red shorts to Ronnie Yeats. “Get into those shorts and let’s see how you look”, he said. “Christ, Ronnie, you look awesome, terrifying. You look 7ft tall.” “Why not go the whole hog, boss?” I suggested. “Why not wear red socks? Let’s go out all in red.”
Shankly approved and an iconic kit was born.
96 is written behind the collar of LFC kit.It signifies the number of deaths in Hillsborough disaster and commemorates the contribution of the supporters.