Liverpool F.C. in European football
Liverpool have won 14 European and Worldwide trophies, more than any other British club. They have won the UEFA Champions League six times, the UEFA Europa League three times, and the UEFA Super Cup four times. Bob Paisley is the club’s most successful manager in Europe, with five trophies. Jamie Carragher holds the club record for the most appearances, with 150. The club’s record goalscorer, with 41 goals, is Steven Gerrard.
About Liverpool F.C. in European football in brief
Liverpool have won 14 European and Worldwide trophies, more than any other British club. They have won the UEFA Champions League six times, the UEFA Europa League three times, and the UEFA Super Cup four times. Liverpool won the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in 2019. Bob Paisley is the club’s most successful manager in Europe, with five trophies. In European competitions, Jamie Carragher holds the club record for the most appearances, with 150. The club’s record goalscorer, with 41 goals, is Steven Gerrard. Liverpool’s biggest-margin win in Europe is an 11–0 victory over Strømsgodset in the 1974–75 European Cup Winners’ Cup. Liverpool competed in European competitions for 21 consecutive seasons until the 1985 European Cup Final, the occasion of the Heysel Stadium disaster. The first continental competition organised by UEFA was the European Cup in 1955. Since the 2009–10 season, the competition has been known as the UEFA Europa League. The Intercontinental Cup was jointly run by UEFA and the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol. It ran until 2004, when it was replaced by the FIFA World Cup, which includes the winners of all six confederations’ regional championships. The Champions League is considered the most prestigious European football competition. Only Barcelona and Milan have won more Champions Leagues than Liverpool – Real Madrid and A. C. Milan with 13 and 7 respectively. The European Cup was first played in the 1964–65 season, and Liverpool were in the Second Division, following relegation from the First Division after the 1953–54 season.
In the following years, further European competitions were inaugurated, including the Inter Liberadores Cup and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. During their time in the second division, two further competitions were created: the Inter Cities Fairs Cup and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. The UEFA Cup was later re-branded as the UEFA Cup when it came under the auspices of UEFA in 1971. It has been contested between winners of the Champions League and the Europa League, following the amalgamation into the latter in 2000; since then, it has been played between the winners of the Cup Winners’ Cup and Inter Liberadores Cup. Liverpool were the first team to play in the European First Division, qualifying for the competition by winning the previous season’s First Division championship. The team’s first opponents were Knattspyrnkjavík, who won 11–1 on aggregate on the first round of the preliminary round. The next round saw Liverpool qualify for the European Cup by winning the First Division first round by beating the Icelandic First Division champions Knattspurkurk on aggregate on the next round. Liverpool have won three European Cups, the most recent of which was in the 2010–11 season. They also won the European Champion Clubs’ Cup trophy outright and were awarded a multiple winner badge.