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| 01.06.2013

As the most successful team in the history of the Champions League, Liverpool’s odds for Europe’s premier club competition are often worth a second look.

However Brendan Rodger’s side failed to qualify for the 2013/14 event due to only finishing in seventh place last season.

The Merseyside team got off to a bad start but improved under Rodgers towards the end of the campaign and they have taken that progress into the next season.

Nicknamed ‘The Reds’, Liverpool have five Champions League (or European Cup as it was formerly known) titles to their name, winning the tournament most recently in 2005.

Liverpool won have won the Champions League five times

They were three-nil down to AC Milan in the final in Istanbul, however second-half goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer, and Xabi Alonso forced the game to go to penalties.

Liverpool fans across the globe were then sent into a frenzy by Jerzy Dudek’s crucial save of Andriy Shevchenko’s penalty, winning them the trophy against all the odds.

Whilst those three goals came from midfielders, the club have been synonymous with high-class strikers over the years.

Ian Rush scored a remarkable 39 FA Cup goals, and 48 in the League Cup, and the Welsh striker scored a total of 346 goals in all competitions for Liverpool between 1980 and 1996.

Ian Rush scored 346 goals in all competitions for Liverpool

During that period, they won seven league titles – part of a record-breaking run of 11 league titles in 18 years – and were usually at the head of betting before the season started.

Other modern-day forwards who have captured the hearts of the passionate Anfield faithful include Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.

Owen was the club’s youngest goalscorer aged 17 in 1997, whilst Fowler scored a four minute hat-trick against Arsenal in 1994.

Liverpool have won the top-flight division on 18 occasions

Both players represented England at international level, however the Scot Kenny Dalgleish has played a bigger part in Liverpool’s success.

He scored 172 goals for the club but he also guided them to six league titles, two FA Cups and four league cup wins as Liverpool’s manager.

Those wins came between 1985 and 1991 and were much more successful than his recent spell in charge of the club between 2011 and 2012.



Nic Doggett