Anfield is home to one of the greatest football clubs in the world, Liverpool FC. Over the years, countless historic matches have taken place in this hallowed stadium. Liverpool has won numerous domestic trophies and they are one of the most successful clubs in Europe.
Under current manager Jurgen Klopp, thousands flock to Anfield at every opportunity from all over the world. The desperation for tickets means that tourists from all corners of the globe make the pilgrimage to Liverpool to watch the reds play.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at what makes Anfield so special, and how this ties into the colorful history of both the city and the club itself. So without further ado, let’s take a look back at the history of Anfield.
The stadium is named after the area in which it resides, the Anfield suburb of Liverpool. In 1884, Everton FC moved into the stadium because the crowd noise at their previous ground, Priory Road, was so loud and they needed a larger venue.
It was widely considered to be one of the most impressive stadiums available at the time, hosting a number of large-scale sporting events. Everton won their first League championship at Anfield in 1891, but a year later they left the stadium due to disagreements with the owner.
At this point, Liverpool FC was created and began to compete at the top level. In 1906, a new stand was built and named the Spion Kop.
It was named after a famous Boer War site in which 300 men lost their lives (with many of them being from Liverpool). The Kop has gone on to become the most notorious stand in Anfield, representing the team more than any other.
In 1928 the ground was extended to hold 30,000 spectators. At this point, seating in stadiums was rare, so the majority of spots were designed for standing. Since then the site has expanded exponentially due to the increased demand for seating.
If you take a walk through the streets surrounding Anfield, or the ground itself, you will come across various landmarks from throughout history.
For example, the topmast of an old ship named the SS Great Eastern can be seen flying high alongside the Kop. This is just one of the many features that make Anfield worth a visit for Liverpool fans and general historians alike.
Anfield currently holds 53,394 spectators and is said to have one of the best atmospheres in world football. Whether Liverpool are performing well or not, no one wants to play against them at Anfield due to the reputation that the fans and ground have gained over the years.
Whilst visiting Anfield, there are all sorts of things to see in the surrounding areas. You can experience a wide variety of fun activities even if you don’t have a ticket to the match.
The Arkles pub is just a few minutes away from Anfield and is beloved by locals and tourists alike. If you step into this bar on matchdays, you’ll be blown away by the electric atmosphere and friendly nature of the people inside.
The Arkles is a great place to go if you don’t have tickets to the match but would like to experience a slice of the world-famous atmosphere that Anfield is known for. Rumour has it they do some pretty good pints too!
Dividing Anfield and Goodison Park, Stanley Park is an idyllic segment of nature placed right in the center of the two stadiums. Stanley Park is a lovely place to go for a walk and take in the sights.
Featuring a large pond, you can easily sit back and enjoy watching the world go by in this delightful spot. And within this great spot, there is another fantastic attraction: the Isla Gladstone Conservatory.
This iconic spot is full of breathtaking Victorian architecture. In the daytime, the conservatory uses natural light to create an amazingly vibrant view. And if you get a chance, try and catch a glimpse of this place at night time when it’s lit up.
Available for private functions and public events, the Gladstone Conservatory is an incredibly designed spot nestled right in the heart of Stanley Park.
After winning the Champions League and the Premier League in back-to-back seasons, Liverpool is a force to be reckoned with right now.
Due to injuries and various other factors, their form dipped slightly last season. Despite this, they still managed to finish third after an impressive run of games that saw them go undefeated in the latter part of the season.
This year they look set to challenge for the title once again, and as always they have a decent chance of winning the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp's red men play some of the most impressive, expansive, “heavy metal” football in the world, and no team wants to come up against world-class players such as Mo Salah.
Anfield will undoubtedly be host to numerous important home games and tantalizing European nights this season.
The stadium has a reputation for hosting some of the most incredible nights in European football, such as the relatively recent comeback against Barcelona that saw them stay in the competition and go on to win it. Can they replicate their success once again?
Liverpool has a whole host of exciting home games coming up over the next few months against the likes of Arsenal, Porto, Leicester City, and more. They’re fighting for a League title, into the knockout stages of the Champions League, and still present in the Carabao Cup.
There’s a high chance they could win silverware this season, and it could happen at Anfield!