The Greatest Liverpool Teams Never to Win a League Title

Manchester City and Tottenham are snapping at Liverpool’s heels as Jurgen Klopp tries desperately to hold them at arm’s length. As the season enters its penultimate chapter Liverpool look ready to mount one final assault, one last hurrah. Now not to curse anything but, this got us thinking: Who are the greatest Liverpool teams never to win a league title?

From ruckuses and rants, to 1-point shootouts – Liverpool have come so close to success on numerous occasions.

Liverpool 1996/97

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Liverpool wrapped up the season seven points behind champions Manchester United in 1997. Liverpool also completed the season level on points with both Newcastle United and Arsenal while Manchester United’s sum of 75 points is the lowest ever recorded by a Premier League winner.

Despite leading the Premier League for much of the season, a culmination of too many red cards and even more mistakes contributed to this Liverpool teams’ ultimate demise – an opportunity missed, nonetheless by one of the best, albeit undisciplined Liverpool teams ever.

Liverpool 2008/09

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When Liverpool’s 2008-09 season is discussed, two faces and one word in particular spring to mind: those of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres and the word “fact.”

The potent duo combined on an almost weekly basis to demolish teams, forming a powerful, two-headed monster that was supported by superstars such as Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and Javier Mascherano. It seemed almost inevitable that Liverpool would become champions.

But too many draws in January and February, in addition to Rafa Benitez’s remarkable “facts” rant, saw Liverpool hand Manchester United the trophy in spectacular fashion.

This Liverpool team finished the season strongly, but the damage had already been done – some would claim by their own manager.

Liverpool 1971/72

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In 1971-72, Shankly’s Liverpool team succumbed to Derby County by one point and missed out on the coveted crown.

Despite the talents of Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and Roy Evans, Liverpool were unable to catch Derby County; however, this season isn’t remembered for Liverpool’s inadequacies but rather for the manager they yielded to: Brian Clough.

Shankly and Clough’s tussles would go on to epitomise an era when splender and eminence abounded across Europe in the shape of Liverpool, Derby County and Nottingham Forest. However, it was in 1972 when one of Shankly’s best Liverpool teams lost the league by a lonesome point.

Liverpool 2013/14

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Despite Steven Gerrard’s numerous achievements, formidable one-man performances’ and impenetrable status as a Liverpool legend, one lamentable moment comes to mind when remembering a season defined by a blunder. We know what happened, it needs no description nor explanation; it is, what it unfortunately is.

Nonetheless, over the course of the 2013-14 Premier League season, Brenden Rodgers’ Liverpool team won 26 matches, scored in excess of 100 times, while a resurgent Daniel Sturridge and a demented Luis Suarez combined for 52 goals and 19 assists.

Ultimately, however, it wasn’t enough. Concerned about an inferior goal difference to Manchester City, Liverpool threw everything they had and more at Crystal Palace only to draw 3-3.

Manchester City finished above Liverpool by two points.

Liverpool 2018/19?

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So, how does Klopp’s team compare to those Liverpool teams of yesteryear who couldn’t cross the line? Can this team do what previous Liverpool teams couldn’t do and finish top in May? We think so.

Provided Liverpool can avoid the senseless suspensions that plagued the 1996-97 team, assuming they can steer clear of any “fact” based meltdowns, and if nobody takes a tumble then maybe, just maybe, Klopp’s team can be crowned champions at the end of the season.

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool teams

Celebrate every Liverpool win at the stunning Shankly Hotel. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the hotel while also making the most of the memorabilia covered Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

The hotel is ideal for overnight stays or just watching the Liverpool match – you could be here to watch Liverpool be crowned Premier League champions.

Sound good? Get in touch with our helpful team today by contacting us on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

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BBC to Broadcast Feature Length Documentary on the Life of Bill Shankly

The BBC is set to release a full-length Bill Shankly Documentary before the end of the year, exploring the life and legacy of Liverpool Football Club’s most famous manager.

Bill Shankly was a hero to many people across the city and the film will look at his career and his goal to make Liverpool a ‘bastion of invincibility’. Shankly: Nature’s Fire finished filming at the end of May this year and is due to air within a few months.

The Scottish manager was a true character on the streets of Liverpool and the new documentary will follow his story from start to finish, showcasing his charisma, strength, uniqueness and charm.

Shankly: Nature’s Fire – A Bill Shankly Documentary Like No Other

Bill Shankly Documentary

The Bill Shankly Documentary has received a great amount of support from the footballing community, with former players from Scotland and Liverpool Football Club acting as contributors. His family, fans and journalists, including Sports writer Hugh Mcillvanney and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, have also taken part to make this the best tribute to the legend himself.

The film was two years in the making and Peter Hooton, producer of the film and lead singer of local band The Farm was determined to do the story justice.

He said: “Shankly epitomised a different set of values that I think are still admired to this day. I agreed to be involved in the making of this documentary because Shankly was my boyhood hero”.

Shankly: Nature’s Fire will feature archive footage and interviews with those who knew the man best, footage from matches and from his day to day life to give a great representation of the personality and charm that the man himself was known for.

Liverpool FC’s Hero

Bill Shankly Documentary

Bill Shankly was the saviour of Liverpool football club, he took the club from a dwindling position in Second Division to a team that had a trophy cabinet to be proud of, as well as a solid place in First Division.

His now legendary quote, “my idea was to build Liverpool into a bastion of invincibility. My idea was to build Liverpool up and up until eventually, everyone would have to submit and give in’, epitomised his attitude and determination to turn the club around.

He wasn’t always about the football, he was a stable family man who was loved by the community and his relatives alike. His grandson, Christopher Carline, credits his Nan, Bill’s wife, with the success and unfaltering determination of his Granddad. Agnes Wren Shankly supported the Scottish native through everything and is an icon and role model for the modern-day WAG.

A Lasting Tribute

Bill Shankly Documentary

The Shankly Hotel was a collaborative effort with the Shankly family to bring the people of Liverpool a lasting tribute to a Liverpool legend.

Offering fans a journey through the life and career of the man who changed the face of Liverpool’s football, The Shankly Hotel is a truly unique hotel and dining experience. From letters penned by Shankly himself to handwritten tactic sheets to private memorabilia, The Shankly Hotel is a one of a kind tribute to the man who was made for Liverpool.

Call and book your visit today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk and start planning your stay at The Shankly Hotel today. 

Relax this January at The Shankly Hotel

When the Christmas celebrations come to an end, it’s inevitable for the January blues to creep in. So, if you’re falling into that post-Christmas slump, why not make the next month more memorable than miserable at the stunning Shankly Hotel?

Whether you’re looking to book your first stay with us, searching for group accommodation in Liverpool or you’re simply planning your return, we’ve compiled some of the Shankly’s top features so that you can make the most of your next visit from check in to check out.

Luxury rooms and features

What sets us apart form other hotels across the city is our luxury rooms and studios, equipped with high-quality features. Designed to suit both couples and larger groups, rooms and suites at the Shankly include comfortable double beds, whirlpool Jacuzzi baths for calming your mind and of course, free WiFi to enjoy at your leisure.

The décor and design evoke a nostalgic ambience with modern twists, capturing the story of footballing legend Bill Shankly’s life with a sleek and stylish finish.

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Wining and dining at the Bastion

We understand that wining and dining are two of the most important parts of any getaway! That’s why The Bastion Bar & Restaurant offers a unique space for our guests to enjoy a delicious range of food, timeless wines and much-loved cocktails at 2 for £10.

At the Bastion we have something for everyone. Our carefully crafted menus offer a variety of dishes, including our famous Shankly Burger, Homemade Beef Brisket Hash and lighter options including our refreshing Halloumi and Artichoke Salad.

Not forgetting, you can choose from unmissable desserts featuring our Selection of Local Cheeses, tasty Coffee and Walnut Cheescake and dreamy Baked Chocolate Fondant. You’ll leave feeling replenished and ready for a busy day of exploring or a cosy night in.

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The theme

Undoubtedly one of the biggest attractions of our hotel is our one of a kind theme. Overnight guests and restaurant visitors can take advantage of the exclusive Bill Shankly memorabilia interwoven thoughtfully around the hotel and restaurant area.

Received from the Shankly family themselves, our memorabilia displays feature Bill Shankly’s original LFC contract, beloved typewriter and even letters from fans. So, if you’re a football fanatic yourself or someone special springs to mind, January is the perfect time for treating yourself or a loved one to an unforgettable break.

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A dynamic location

While everything you could hope for can be found within our hotel, we know many of our guests enjoy exploring Liverpool’s world famous sights and hidden gems. Located on Victoria Street, we’re right in the centre of the city’s vibrant nightlife, array of shopping areas and restaurants, and we’re even within walking distance from the incomparable Albert Dock.

So whether you fancy hitting Liverpool One’s shops, drinking in independent bars loved by locals, or soaking up some history in The Beatles Museum, we can guarantee that the Shankly is the perfect place to rest your head after an exciting day of adventure.

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To make your January memorable, you can book your stay today!

Shankly’s Greatest XI Event Celebrates The Footballing Legend

Bill Shankly is often referred to as one of the greatest footballing managers of all time.

He transformed Liverpool Football Club and coached some of the most famed players in the world ensuring he is celebrated by fans for an eternity.

Earlier in the year, we set out on a quest to find Shankly’s Greatest XI, made up of former players from his 15 years at LFC. We wanted to bring these iconic men together to celebrate Shankly and all he did for football and the Liverpool community.

Using a 4-3-3 formation, we asked the public to vote in players based on positions, over the course of a few weeks, the votes poured in and we eventually found Shankly’s Greatest XI.

Players included Lawrence, Lawler, Smith, Yeats, Hughes, Callaghan, Hall, Thompson, St John, Hunt, Keegan. Roy Evans was also in attendance as an original member of the boot room.

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On Thursday 8th December, we hosted an incredible dinner in the beautiful Garden of Eden at The Shankly Hotel where these former players along with the families of Emlyn Hughes and Brian Hall were in attendance. Members of the public were able to buy tickets to the event with 330 people overall enjoying this remarkable event.

Each former player was formally inducted into the XI with Kevin Keegan himself hosting the evening and welcoming each player.

Guests had the option to book specific tiers depending on what they wanted their ticket to include, for those with a red tier ticket, they were invited to a private meet and great with the players in Baby Eden before the main event.

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As well as a delicious three-course meal, there were lots of old stories shared around each of the tables with unique tales from the former players, Shankly’s grandson Chris Carline and live entertainment.

There was furthermore a silent auction which saw memorabilia such as a Luis Suarez signed shirt and signed Steven Gerrard Boots and framed photographs.

It was a memorable night and absolutely incredible to have all of these amazing players in one place.

We’d like to thank all former players who were in attendance and we hope to be hosting more events like this in the future.