Liverpool become the latest club to star in our Vintage series and this is the first of five posts featuring retro images charting the three-decade rise of the Anfield club to domestic preeminence.
And such humble beginnings too. In the earliest years featured here the club was managed by Phil Taylor, lay mired in the Second Division and suffered the ignominy of a FA Cup exit to non-League Worcester City in 1959.
Bill Shankly took over that same year and began the long process of transforming the club into serial winners. In 1962 Liverpool won promotion with the Division Two title and have never finished lower than eight place in the top flight since.
After a splendid 3-0 start in the EPL, the Reds are being given a fighting chance in the Champions League, currently around 12/1 to win their first UCL title since 2005 as per sportsbettingdime.com. While their Premier League competition to date (West Ham, Palace, Brighton) hasn’t been strenuous, they have been held back by poor performances against bottom and mid-table sides all too often in recent history. A 7-0 goal differential through three matches is evidence of a renewed focus in their fourth year under Jurgen Klopp.