Liverpool Football Club are one of the most successful teams in the history of English and European football, and the club enjoys massive support not only in England but also around the world, with the club probably numbering several million fans. Liverpool were founded in 1892 and have won 18 league titles, seven FA Cups, and famously they are five-time European Cup and Champions League winners combined.
The club badge or crest is the epitome of this famous club, and the badge on their jersey is often kissed by players when celebrating a goal or victory, as a sign of loyalty and love for the club. club. The badge has changed considerably since the club was founded over a hundred years ago, but today’s crest has a lot of significance on the history and tradition of this famous football club.
The club badge is primarily based on the city’s famous Liver Bird, which has represented the city for many centuries. The mythical bird, which many believe to have been derived from a cormorant, can be seen atop the clock towers of the Royal Liver Building, where two famous liver bird sculptures dominate the building and overlook the River Mersey, and they date back to 1911. Many modern myths have evolved regarding the origin of the liver bird, but it is widely believed that they watch and protect the people of Liverpool and the myth is that if they go the river Mersey would burst its shores and flood the city.
The liver bird dominates the center of the Liverpool badge, which is placed inside a shield. The image of the liver bird on the badge has a short head and a curved beak, which is more commonly associated with a bird of prey rather than a cormorant, but it retains the strand of seaweed, a type of seaweed in his mouth.
In 2008, Liverpool FC attempted to claim copyright for the image of the liver bird, but they were unsuccessful in their attempt as it was considered that the liver bird belonged to all of the inhabitants of Liverpool and not to any company or organization. The image of the liver bird is also used by several other organizations.
Above the shield is a depiction of the famous Shankly Gates, erected outside Anfield stadium in 1982, in homage to the former and most famous Liverpool manager, Bill Shankly, who had led Liverpool from mediocrity to the second division to win three league titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup. Bill Shankly is considered by most fans to be Liverpool’s greatest manager, for the way he has transformed the club.
At the top of the Shankly Gates, and depicted on the badge, are the words You will never walk alone, which is the title of the song by Gerry and the Pacemakers which was adopted by Liverpool fans as the club’s anthem, it again goes back to Shankly’s time as a manager, and is still sung with respect by the Liverpool fans today.
The twin flames on either side of the shield are symbolic of the Hillsborough Memorial outside Anfield, where an eternal flame burns in memory of the 96 Liverpool fans who tragically died in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, when fans were crushed due to overcrowding during the Liverpool FA. In the Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest, 766 supporters were also injured in the disaster.
The date of the club’s formation is clearly displayed below the shield, and although the club’s crest has changed several times over the years, it symbolizes some of the most significant events in club history, the badge is worn with honor and pride of players and fans.