From Shankly to Klopp – How Well Do You Know our Greatest Managers?

In the history of English football, there have been 24 clubs which have won the top division at least once and of these 24, only six have managed to lift the Premier League trophy since its inception in 1992. The football odds from Betfair suggest that current champions Manchester City are likely to be one of the favourites to win the title once again next season along with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Liverpool are one of the most successful teams in English football, winning the top flight 18 times. Our first title win came in the 1900-01 season where we managed to win the league by two points. Over the next four decades, the club would win the title four more times. However, it wasn’t until the arrival of Bill Shankly in 1956 when Liverpool transformed into one of the biggest clubs in English football. When he arrived at the club, we were languishing in the second division and had just suffered an embarrassing 2-1 defeat in the FA Cup against non-league Worcester City. His arrival at the club immediately led to huge changes with 24 players placed on the transfer list, with all of these 24 players leaving the club within one year after being listed for transfer.

Despite the immediate improvement following his arrival, the club would have to wait until 1962 for promotion to the First Division. However, once we managed promotion to the First Division they wouldn’t have to wait long to win their first top division title in just under 20 years. Our title win in the 1963-64 season was Liverpool’s sixth top division trophy, and the first of three in Shankly’s career. During his remaining time at the club, Shankly would win two more league titles, two FA Cup’s, four Charity Shields, and one UEFA Cup. Despite Shankly leaving Liverpool in 1974, the club continued to dominate the English game and win 10 more First Division titles, multiple domestic cup honours and 5 Champions League titles.

Our most recent Champions League title came in 2005, but there could potentially be another win coming this season after our 5-2 victory against Roma in the first leg of the semi-finals.

The club has failed to recapture the same heights of the 1970s and 80s, but under Jurgen Klopp there is a feeling that we could be transformed yet into a team that is consistently challenging for trophies in all competitions.

This quiz tests your knowledge of different English football clubs and their managers which have won the top division title in their history at least once. Are you able to figure out the last manager which managed to win the top division in English football each club? Try this quiz out and see how many questions you can get correct:

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