Liverpool Football Club is one of the most successful soccer clubs in English history, with a mighty record of honors and trophies.
Since 1900, Liverpool FC has won 66 major honors or trophies in the men’s first team.
This significant number of awards is made up of:
- 19 English First Division/Premier League titles
- 8 FA Cups
- 9 League Cups
- 16 Charity/Community Shields
- 6 UEFA Champions League European Cups
- 3 UEFA Europa League Cups
- 4 UEFA Super Cups
- 1 FIFA Club World Cup
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Liverpool’s trophy cabinet and how they became one of the most successful clubs in history.
Liverpool Football Club, founded in 1892, is one of the most successful and iconic soccer clubs in the world.
The club has a rich history of domestic successes, let’s take a glance at every cup they’ve won on home soil.
English First Division/Premier League Titles
Liverpool has had a long and successful history in England’s First Division and Premier League, having won the title a record 19 times across both—the most of any English club.
Let’s look at each year Liverpool FC were the champions of England:
- 1900/01—The Football League/EFL
- 1905/06—The Football League/EFL
- 1921/22—The Football League/EFL
- 1922/23—The Football League/EFL
- 1946/47—The Football League/EFL
- 1963/64—The Football League/EFL
- 1965/66—The Football League/EFL
- 1972/73—The Football League/EFL
- 1975/76—The Football League/EFL
- 1976/77—The Football League/EFL
- 1978/79—The Football League/EFL
- 1979/80—The Football League/EFL
- 1981/82—The Football League/EFL
- 1982/83—The Football League/EFL
- 1983/84—The Football League/EFL
- 1985/86—The Football League/EFL
- 1987/88—The Football League/EFL
- 1989/90—The Football League/EFL
- 2019/20—Premier League
Their first title came in just the 13th season of The Football League/EFL and they went on to be the dominant team up until the birth of the Premier League in 1992.
Close to two decades of ups and downs in the Premier League, Liverpool finally restored prime status as one of the best clubs in England by winning the Premier League title in the 2019/20 season.
The club has had many legendary players who helped them secure trophies, including Steven Gerrard, Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, and John Barnes.
Among many more, each of them has played a crucial role in helping rack up the number of Liverpool titles.
FA Cup Victories
Alongside their success in the English First Division/Premier League, Liverpool has also raised the FA Cup several times, the world’s oldest soccer competition.
These are the years Liverpool lifted that historic FA Cup:
- 1965—def. Leeds United 2-1
- 1974—def. Newcastle United 3-0
- 1986—def. Everton 3-1
- 1989—def. Everton 3-2
- 1992—def. Sunderland 2-0
- 2001—def. Arsenal 2-1
- 2006—def. West Ham United 3-1 on penalties after extra time
- 2022—def. Chelsea 6-5 on penalties after extra time
The club has won the competition 8 times, with their first victory coming in 1965, and their most recent triumph in 2022 after a nail-biting penalty shootout with Chelsea.
Liverpool has also been runners-up in the competition seven times and ranked 4th of all English clubs for appearing in a total of 15 FA Cup finals.
Liverpool’s success in the FA Cup has been down to their ability to consistently perform on the big stage, with many moments of cutting it down to the wire.
One of the most iconic moments in the club’s history came in the 2006 final when Liverpool came back from 3-0 down to rescue a 3-3 draw and beat West Ham United on penalties.
As he has done many times, Steven Gerrard scored a stunning goal to help inspire the comeback and lead the team to more Liverpool trophies.
League Cup Triumphs
Liverpool has also had significant success in the League Cup, having won the competition 9 times—a record for the competition.
Each year of Liverpool FC’s League Cup wins are:
- 1981—def. West Ham United 2-1 in the replay
- 1982—def. Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 after extra time
- 1983—def. Manchester United 2-1 after extra time
- 1984—def. Everton 1-0 in the replay
- 1995—def. Bolton Wanderers 2-1
- 2001—def. Birmingham City 5-4 on penalties after extra time
- 2003—def. Manchester United 2-0
- 2012—def. Cardiff City 3-2 on penalties after extra time
- 2022—def. Chelsea 11-10 on penalties after extra time
The club’s first victory came in 1981 and most recently in 2022 after two full rounds of the penalty shootout to decide a winner.
Liverpool has also been runners-up in the competition four times, making them also hold the record for reaching the final with a total of 13—Manchester United behind with 10.
The League Cup has always been an important competition for Liverpool, with the club viewing it as an opportunity to give their younger players a chance to shine.
Many of Liverpool’s most successful players also contributed significantly to the cup, with the likes of Ian Rush still holding the record for the most goals scored in the cup with 49.
Community Shield Wins
The Community Shield has also been a useful trophy-hunting ground for Liverpool over the years.
It goes by several names, the current active title is the Football Association Community Shield, previously the Charity Shield.
It’s a shield trophy opened up to teams that were FA Cup winners and runner-ups every year.
It’s also Liverpool FC’s second-best trophy collection with 16 wins:
- 1964—shared with West Ham United due to a 2-2 draw
- 1965—shared with Manchester United due to a 2-2 draw
- 1966—def. Everton 1-0
- 1974—def. Leeds United 6-5 on penalties
- 1976—def. Southampton 1-0
- 1977—shared with Manchester United due to a 0-0 draw
- 1979—def. Arsenal 3-1
- 1980—shared with Manchester United due to 1-1 draw
- 1982—def. Tottenham Hotspur 1-0
- 1986—shared with Everton due to a 1-1 draw
- 1988—def. Wimbledon 2-1
- 1989—def. Arsenal 1-0
- 1990—shared with Manchester United due to 1-1 draw
- 2001—def. Manchester United 2-1
- 2006—def. Chelsea 2-1
- 2022—def. Manchester City 3-1
The club has often used the competition as a way to prepare for the upcoming season.
Overall, Liverpool Football Club’s success in domestic competitions over the years has been down to their ability to consistently perform under pressure.
Liverpool’s loyal fanbase, the ‘Kop’, has supported the club through thick and thin, cheering and chanting at every single game to inspire their players and make winning so many trophies possible.
European and International Trophies
Let’s look further afield and see where Liverpool gets such international acclaim and respect in European and global tournaments.
UEFA Champions League/European Cup Titles
Liverpool FC is well known for its impressive track record in the UEFA Champions League/European Cup, often considered the most important trophy outside of playing for your country.
The club has won the competition six times, making them the 4th most successful club in the competition’s history:
- 1976-77—def. Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1
- 1977-78—def. Brugge 1-0
- 1980-81—def. Real Madrid 1-0
- 1983-84—def. Roma 4-2 on penalties
- 2004-05—def. Milan 3-2 on penalties
- 2018-19—def. Tottenham Hotspur 2-0
The 2004-05 victory over Milan is particularly memorable.
Liverpool came back from a 3-0 deficit at halftime to beat the Italian giants on penalties—often called the “Miracle of Istanbul” where the match was held.
Their most recent Champions League win over Tottenham Hotspur was a momentous step for the club to return to peak heights of soccer status.
Liverpool has also been runners-up, reaching the final four times in 1985, 2007, 2018, and 2022.
UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup Wins
When Liverpool missed out on a chance to secure a place in the UEFA Champions League, they also had success in the UEFA Europa League.
The club has won the Europa League 3 times between 1972-2000:
- 1972-73—def. Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-2 on aggregate
- 1975-76—def. Club Brugge 4-3 on aggregate
- 2000-01—def. Deportivo Alavés 5-4 after extra time
Clubs are selected for participation in the Europa League for placing as runner-ups in each country’s top leagues.
Liverpool have also placed as the runner-up in the Europa League once, ranking them 3rd in overall performance in the competition behind Sevilla and Inter Milan.
UEFA Super Cup Achievements
The UEFA Super Cup is a special annual match between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
Liverpool has won this cup 4 times in its history:
- 1977—def. Hamburger SV 7-1 on aggregate
- 2001—def. Bayern Munich 3-2
- 2005—def. CSKA Moscow 3-1 after extra time
- 2019—def. Chelsea 5-4 on penalties after extra time
This has placed the club as the second-most successful in the competition’s history.
Their most recent victory over London rivals, Chelsea, was a particularly momentous event as it was the first Super Cup to be held in Turkey that had more than 38,000 fans in attendance.
FIFA Club World Cup/Intercontinental Cup Trophies
The Reds have also tasted victory in the FIFA Club World Cup, winning it once in 2019 by defeating Flamengo 1-0 after extra time.
Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino scored the winning goal, proving how he could be depended on at clinch moments for the club. He ranked joint-third amongst all goalscorers in the competition with 2 goals.
Interesting Facts On Liverpool FC’s Trophy Cabinet
Finally, let’s look into some of the most fascinating aspects of Liverpool FC’s trophy cabinet and honors.
Dominance in The 70s/80s
Liverpool won the European Cup (now the UEFA Champions League) four times in just seven years between 1977 and 1984.
They established themselves as a dominant force in European soccer during this period and this is a big reason why the club has such a strong fanbase that passes down through generations.
The First European Treble
Liverpool became the first English club to achieve a treble of trophies in a single season when they won the League, FA Cup, and UEFA Cup (now known as the UEFA Europa League) in the 1972-73 season.
Domestic and European Double
In the 1976-77 season, Liverpool achieved a rare feat by winning both the English First Division (now the Premier League) and the European Cup.
They were the first English club to achieve this double since the 1961-62 season.