A Brief History of Liverpool and the Champions League

It’s been 39 years since Liverpool played FC Bayern Munich in the old European Cup. Liverpool, of course, went on to beat Real Madrid in the final in Paris that year in the wondrous Parc des Princes. Although this year’s final takes place in the ultra-modern Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, the objective remains the same.

So, with this in mind, we’ve decided to take a closer look at Liverpool’s historic, almost mystical relationship with the Champions League.

1977 – Liverpool vs Borussia Mönchengladbach

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Final Score: 3-1

Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

When these two teams met in the final in Rome their paths to the Stadio Olimpico couldn’t have been more dissimilar. Liverpool had won their matches with relative ease while Udo Lattek’s men, on the other hand, had scraped their way to Rome. The ’77 final took place in The Eternal City only four days after Liverpool had lost the FA Cup Final to Manchester United at Wembley.

Liverpool’s 3-1 win was the first time the club became European Champions, however, had it not been for their arch-rivals Manchester United, they would have also been the first team to win the treble; a feat United achieved 22 years later.

1978 – Liverpool vs Club Brugge

Final Score: 1-0

Stadium: Wembley

Liverpool returned to the competition, on home soil, as champions in 1978 and faced first-time finalists Club Brugge – a team they had already defeated in the UEFA Cup Final in ’76. The final was a tense affair, yet the Reds broke the deadlock in the second half with a strike that went on to be known as one of the best in European history.

Liverpool won the match 1-0 and became the first team in history to retain the European Cup. They did, however, lose the Super Cup to Anderlecht later in the year.

1981 – Liverpool vs Real Madrid

Final Score: 1-0

Stadium: Parc des Prince

Another year, and another final. On this occasion, Liverpool faced Real Madrid in the Parc des Prince. Liverpool and Los Blancos couldn’t be separated until the 81st minute when Alan Kennedy found the back of the net. The Red’s held on until the final whistle and won their third European Cup.

Bob Paisley mirrored Liverpool’s success that year as he became the first man to win three consecutive European Cups with one team.

Not for the first time had one strike secured Liverpool the trophy.

1984 – Liverpool vs Roma

Final Score: 1-1 (aet)

Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Seasoned European champions by this point, their fourth European Cup final saw Liverpool take on Roma in the Stadio Olimpico in The Eternal City.

Liverpool had won their matches with relative ease on their way to the final, while Roma’s journey was littered with controversy. It had been rumoured that the Italian’s had bribed the referee in the semi-final versus Dundee United.

Despite Liverpool’s past performances, Roma were the favourites to win. Indeed, the match went to penalties.

Liverpool won 4-2 on penalties, however, the star of the show was Bruce Grobbelaar who famously wobbled his limbs throughout the shootout. The South African ultimately set a precedent that would win Liverpool their 5th Champions League 21 years later.

2005 – Liverpool vs AC Milan

Final Score: 3-3 (aet)

Stadium : Atatürk Stadium

Liverpool barely scraped through the knock out rounds of the 2004/5 Champions League.

After seeing off European competition in the knock out stages, Liverpool faced Chelsea in the semi-finals and scored what was dubbed the “ghost goal” by Chelsea manager José Mourinho, a strike that gave Liverpool a 1-0 lead to take them through to their sixth Champions League final.

They would be facing six-time European Champions AC Milan, who were favourites to win and were quickly leading the match 3-0 before halftime.

Liverpool pulled off one of their extraordinary comebacks in this all-important match and went on to score 3 goals in under six minutes.

The match went to penalties. Liverpool triumphed thanks to a save from goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek against Andriy Shevchenko. Dudek famously imitated Grobbelaar’s goalkeeping style throughout the shootout.

The game was nicknamed “The Miracle of Istanbul” and lasts long in the memory of many Liverpool fans as one of the best matches they’ve ever witnessed. And, because this was the 5th time Liverpool had won the Champions League, they were allowed to keep the trophy.

We Were the Champions

Liverpool went on to face AC Milan again in the 2006/7 final but lost.

Old opponents Chelsea knocked Liverpool out of the running in both 2008 and 2009 and then, in 2010, Liverpool failed to qualify for the competition for the first time since 1999.

It wasn’t until 2015/16 that the team managed to get back to Europe’s top table and reached the Europa League semi-finals against Villarreal. The match sparked yet another comeback that saw Liverpool fight back from 1-0 down to win 3-1 on aggregate. After this win, Liverpool had once again made it into the final and went up against Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park in Basel but lost 3-1.

The Red’s went on to face Real Madrid in the 2017/18 Champions League final but lost 3-1.

The Champions League at The Shankly Hotel

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As they did 39 years ago, Liverpool have made it into the next round after a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich.

Moreover, at The Bastion Bar and Restaurant within The Shankly Hotel, every time Liverpool take to the field the action is screened on our enormous monitors, evoking an electric atmosphere that can’t be matched anywhere else.

Join us every matchday and enjoy exclusive prizes and in-play deals that recreate that winning feeling and get you in the party mood.

The Champions League Club even lets you earn loyalty points for every game you attend. In return, you’re provided with exclusive access to unbeatable rewards, be it weekend stays in our luxurious football-themed rooms or unprecedented access to unseen Liverpool merchandise.

So, whether you want to watch the match or book a stay in one of our spectacular football-themed rooms, our friendly team can’t wait to hear from you on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com. Also, follow us on Facebook for loads of Liverpool and hotel updates.

Celebrate National Pie Week at The Shankly Hotel

There aren’t many sports that have their own savoury staple. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the oldest, most celebrated sport in the country has adopted one of the world’s oldest snacks as its emblematic meal: the humble pie epitomises a world immersed by oversea owners and social media.

So, with National Pie Week on the horizon, we’ve decided to take a closer look at why, when you’re at the match, you always choose that meat and potato treat.

A Match Made in Pastry Heaven

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The humble pie has popped up on numerous occasions at some of the most important matches. From 20 stone men to the Sunderland forward who, when a pie was thrown at him from the stands picked it up and devoured it, the pie is a Saturday staple.

So eminent is the connection that in 2008 a man vowed to tour the UK in search of the best savoury snack. He ate a mammoth 92 pies and even penned a book about his experiences named, wait for it, “92 Pies.”

It seems somewhat proper to rate the pies and so, that’s where the team at Pierate come to the fore. Because of them, we now know that Morecambe is the home of the nation’s most loved pie.

Everton’s attempt at a pie, however, was described as: “Goodison, but not good enough.”

But, to our horror and distaste, Liverpool are nowhere to be seen. The cheek of it.

Hombaked Anfield

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Founded in 2010, Homebaked is a co-operative bakery situated in the shadow of Liverpool’s stadium. Some even say that the current eatery that provides supporters with their pre-match pie was inspired by the kindness of Shankly himself.

This delicious bakery has provided the community and countless supporters from across the world with pies and snacks for almost a century, and, is the ideal place to celebrate National Pie Week.

Since 2010, the cues at Homebaked have snaked out the door and around the street as it has become traditional to purchase a pie to either keep your hands warm or, more importantly, support the local community.

Many believe that Homebaked was inspired by Liverpool’s iconic leader and that could be why their trademark pie is aptly named: “The Shankly Pie” made with steak, bacon, mushroom and onion.

Today, Homebaked use their massive matchday profits to help educate and train their bakers. They also hold classes and communal courses and any surplus food is donated to food banks and homeless shelters.

So, why not pop in and support them this National Pie Week.

National Pie Week 2019

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So, to celebrate National Pie Week, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant at The Shankly Hotelwhich has recently been nominated for Hotel of the Year at the LEP Liverpool Tourism Awards – has created a delicious pie to mark the event.

From chicken and onion to Shankly’s favourite steak and kidney, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the place to be this March.

Our pies are made entirely from scratch and baked fresh each day to ensure maximum flavour and maximum enjoyment.

Indeed, why not make the most of National Pie Week and book a stay at the hotel. The Shankly is ideal for romantic stays or weekends away – and what could be more romantic than a pie dinner for two.

Our friendly and helpful team can’t wait to hear from you. Contact us on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Also, keep on top of the action over on our Facebook as we’re set to star in our very own BBC documentary.

The Ultimate Liverpool Football Club Fan Hotel

The Shankly Hotel is the number one destination in the North West for any Liverpool Football Club fan.

We pride ourselves on providing the most electric match day atmosphere, in addition to superb drinks deals, a unique environment that is sure to impress any Liverpool fan, and luxurious football-themed rooms that are perfect for group stays.

So, with Liverpool on the cusp of greatness, maybe it’s time you started planning your next stay in one of our amazing football-themed rooms.

The Only Place to Watch the Game

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Dedicated to Liverpool’s icon leader, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the best place in Liverpool to watch the Reds. Located inside the spectacular Shankly Hotel, this wonderful restaurant enables diners to delve deeper into the personal and professional exploits of the ex-Liverpool boss.

Unearth some of Shankly’s most treasured memorabilia – which is displayed throughout the restaurant – and explore Liverpool’s remarkable history.

Every time the team take to the field the action is screened on our enormous monitors, evoking an electric atmosphere that can’t be matched anywhere else.

Join us every matchday and enjoy exclusive prizes and in-play deals that recreate that winning feeling and get you in the party mood.

Moreover, the amazing Premier League Club and Champions League Club lets you earn loyalty points for every game you attend. In return, you’re provided with exclusive access to unbeatable rewards, be it weekend stays in our luxurious football-themed rooms or unprecedented access to unseen Liverpool merchandise.

Soak up the eclectic atmosphere as you devour delicious home cooked meals from a delectable menu, expertly crafted by our talented chefs.

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the ideal destination for a Liverpool Football Club fan.

The Ultimate Liverpool Football Club Fan Hotel

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The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool provides luxurious accommodation that’s as iconic as its namesake.

The perfect place to rest your head if you’re a red, The Shankly Hotel is an ideal tribute to the career of one of the games finest managers and a Liverpool hero.

The hotel is home to never-before-seen memorabilia which has been donated by The Shankly family and exhibited around the restaurant and rooms.

Our personal favourite is the assortment of handwritten notes by Shankly himself. The notes cover numerous topics such as tactics and match reports.

We are the ideal destination for those who appreciate luxury, fun and comfort, providing visitors with the ultimate hotel experience in Liverpool.

Situated close to numerous transport links, The Shankly Hotel is the perfect place to stay if you’re going the game, or if you’re looking for somewhere to watch the action unfold.

 

Football-Themed Rooms

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Our football-themed rooms and suites have been designed with comfort and luxury in mind, featuring inspirational quotes and memorabilia from the main man himself.

For comfort, elegance and unprecedented luxury, look no further than our Shankly inspired rooms. Shankly was a man of the people – and there’s no finer way to bring people together than with our spacious football-themed rooms.

Perfect for those party weekends away or Liverpool matchdays, our football-themed rooms are a must stay for those looking to explore the football capital of the country.

Sound good? Our helpful team can’t wait to hear from you. Contact us on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Experience a Football Tour With a Difference

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Always wanted to learn more about Liverpool and one of their most iconic and cherished managers? The Shankly Experience is the perfect tour for you. With a wide range of routes and themes to choose from, we can promise you won’t be disappointed.

Tour Anfield and soak up plenty of Liverpool’s impressive culture, or maybe you’ve always wanted to see Shanks’ house – it doesn’t matter if you can’t decide, we also provide packages that let you book a tour tailored to your interests.

At the end of every tour explore the Shankly museum, set within our remarkable hotel. Bask in Shankly’s first ever Liverpool contract, the key to The Shankly Gates or his telegram from Neil Armstrong.

No matter if you’re a fan of culture, architecture, sport, music or history, The Shankly Experience is ideal for any Liverpool Football Club Fan.

The World’s First Football Quarter

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Last year, it was announced that a new hotel dedicated to the Everton icon Dixie Dean would be opening opposite The Shankly Hotel. And recently, the Dixie Dean family put pen to paper on a deal that would see them work closely with the hotel.

Set to celebrate the friendly rivalry that unites – and sometimes divides – the city, the quarter is to be decorated with statues of Everton and Liverpool icons.

So, whether you want to watch the match or book a stay in one of our spectacular football-themed rooms, our friendly team cant wait to hear from you.

Shankly’s Grandson Shares His Thoughts on Sunday’s Derby

It’s that time of year again; and I’m not talking about Christmas!

The Merseyside Derby is both my most favourite and yet most feared fixture of the season. There is often debate amongst Liverpool fans about who you would rather seal a win against, Everton or Utd but for me, it is hands down our blue brothers from over the park.

Liverpool Everton Derby

Oddly enough I grew up in an era where our record against them was actually quite poor. My school years saw me encounter game such as the one where Kanchelskis tore apart a fairly average Liverpool side that was quite a common sight in the early to mid 90’s and our record at Goodison was one not to be envied. I remember the fear Duncan Ferguson instilled in us, with every corner or set piece a lottery for a Liverpool side whose back 4 or 5 during that era left a lot to be desired. Perhaps that is what gave rise to my choice that a win against the old enemy is one which tastes sweeter than any other.

With the onset of the Houllier era of course our record in derbies began to turn, and we find ourselves in a situation now where the blue half of Merseyside now clamour for the holy grail of a derby victory. There have of course been the odd anomaly to that statement over the years achieved solely at Goodison Park. Memories of Andy Johnson terrorising us, Lee Carsley bagging winners at Gwladys Street, Cahill and Arteta turning the tables and Dan Gosling evoking the magic of the cup, but these have of course been too few and far between for Evertonians.

The wait for a Derby victory at Anfield, the sweetest of tastes for any blue is now in its 19th year and the pessimist in me says that the law of averages surely dictates a win soon? On paper this is the best Everton side I have seen; and whilst that may not necessarily have transcended onto the pitch just yet, it surely gives rise for optimism. As a Liverpool fan, Richarlison is the main worry; the lad has ability no doubt, and he is the one to watch for me. On paper however, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Digne, Bernard should all carry a threat. We are however a form team, and it is beyond debatable that we are one of the best sides in Europe, meaning we go into the game in confidence and rightly as favourites.

Merseyside Derby’s have given me some of the greatest memories of my life as a Liverpool fan. Dancing jubilantly in the Upper Bullens when Gary Mac did the unthinkable, Fernando burying Robbie Keane’s cut back from the by line and gliding pat the Gwladys Street arms outstretched, Luis Suarez doing what Luis Suarez does best, John Arne Riise running down the wing, and Steven Gerrard fulfilling the dreams of y Liverpool or Everton fan. Even Djibril Cisse got in on the act!

We wait and wonder what the latest instalment brings round this Sunday!

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

The Shankly Hotel is home to one of the best bars in Liverpool to watch football. The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is a go-to spot for catching the action in style. The themed bar also showcases exclusive Bill Shankly memorabilia, perfect for soaking up some football history. What better venue for LFC fans?

Christmas With The Shankly Family

Every household has their own special Christmas traditions and the Shankly family are no different. From special family rituals, to Bill’s favourite festive tipple and the ever-present beautiful game, discover what the festive period was like in the Shankly household.

We spoke to Jeanette Shankly, Bill’s second daughter, about what Christmas was like in the Shankly household with Bill, Nessie and her sister Barbara.

The Early Years

Despite his unwavering commitment to football; Bill Shankly was a big family man and loved to spend Christmas with his loved ones. One of 10 children born to John and Barbara Shankly, his nine siblings were named Alec, James, John Jnr, Bob, Netta, Elizabeth, Isobel, Barbara and Jean. Coming from a large, loving family, Shankly placed a lot of worth and tribute to the family unit and carried these values into his own family.

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The Shankly Family – Bill, Nessie, Nessie’s Father, Barbara and Jeanette

Bill met his wife ‘Nessie’, or Agnes Wren Fisher, whilst he was stationed as an RAF Corporal outside Glasgow at Bishopbriggs, she was serving in the WRAF. They were married in Glasgow in 1944 and had their first child, Barbara, in April 1945. It was another 6 years until Nessie gave birth to Jeanette in Carlisle, on 20 February 1951.

In these early years, the Shankly family did a lot of moving around due to Bill’s managerial career. However, a Shankly family Christmas was always a very traditional affair.

A Very Merry Shankly Family Christmas

Every year, the Shankly’s would spend Christmas at their home and Nessie would cook their traditional Christmas dinner.

It wasn’t until 1959, when Bill became the manager of Liverpool F.C, that they eventually put down permanent roots. They moved to a house in the West Derby area of the City, an area the family have never left to this day.

When she was young, Jeanette remembers their very traditional, happy family Christmases. However, on occasion, Bill would have to work.

“When we were younger, sometimes we were lucky if he was at home to spend Christmas with us. This was because, depending on fixtures, he was usually playing or managing a team on Boxing Day. As a result, sometimes he would have to go away Christmas Eve or failing that, Christmas night.”

If by luck he wasn’t involved in football one way or another, he would spend the festive period with his family. To celebrate this, he would even stretch to having a bit of whiskey in his tea. Shankly wasn’t a big drinker, but on the rare occasion he did, it would always be a small whiskey.

Bill and Agnes Shankly

Bill and Nessie

Jeanette also remembers when Bill was managing Liverpool, every Christmas the Shankly family would receive a huge hamper full of festive food for the family to enjoy. It was always a treat that Jeannette remembered.

The Shankly family grew in size when both Barbara and Jean grew up and married. Barbara would go on to have three children, Karen, Pauline and Emma. Jeanette soon followed suit with Jenny and Claire.

Even then the whole family would usually go around to Bill and Nessie’s on Christmas Day or Boxing Day to celebrate the festive season together. However, it was still always touch and go whether he would be able to stay, as of course, football dominated his life!

Jeannette remembers many happy years spent in the Shankly household at Christmas, filled with presents, a beautiful tree and homecooked food. She would go on to have a third child, Bill’s sixth grandchild and his one and only grandson, Chris. Sadly however, Bill would pass away before he was born.

Right up until the end, Bill’s family was the most important thing to him. Before his death he said: “There’s nobody closer to you than your own kith and kin; your own blood. I’ve got my wife, my daughters, grandchildren, and my sons in law. They’re the closest to me and I would die for them.”

The History of Football at Christmas

Of course, The Shankly Family weren’t the only ones who knew that Christmas Day and football went hand in hand. Today, Christmas Day is football free, however up until the 1950s it was once as much of a Christmas Day staple as the Queen’s Speech and pigs in blankets.

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One of the great festive traditions that began in 1889 and remained very popular until the end of the 1950s, the Christmas Day home fixture was often the occasion when clubs attracted one of their highest home gates of the season.

But throughout the 1950s, attitudes changed towards playing sport on the 25th December. Christmas Day 1957 saw a near full round of fixtures: 37 out of a maximum 46 games took place; in 1959 there were just two games.

Understandably, Christmas Day football was very unpopular with the players, who felt it meant they could not enjoy the festivities and see their families. As transport systems declined and crowds began to dwindle, the fixture eventually disappeared from the football calendar.

The final December 25th programme of games in England was in the 1957/58 season. Today, games are still played on Boxing Day but Christmas Day football is a thing of the past.

A Shankly Christmas

We’ve hope you’ve enjoyed our look inside the Shankly family Christmas. If you and the family are looking for the perfect place to enjoy a festive meal or a Christmas retreat together, look no further than The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool.

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Offering a delicious home cooked menu, a relaxing and luxurious atmosphere and a range of festive entertainment, our hotel is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas as a family. Why not book a stay in one of our beautiful and unique rooms, or take in the fascinating memorabilia that is displayed around the hotel?

From festive afternoon tea experiences, to amazing football tours and wonderful festive events, a family Christmas at The Shankly is always memorable.

If you’d like to book a stay or a table, get in touch with our friendly team today by calling us on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Keep up to date with everything happening at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook.

Merry Christmas!

Get Ready for the 18/19 Season with The Shankly’s Match Day Package

After the excitement and heartbreak of last season’s Champion’s League Final, Liverpool is buzzing with anticipation for a fresh chance to shake things up in the beautiful game. Here at The Shankly, we’re excited to see what the new season brings for the Reds.

Liverpool’s Premier League journey kick-offs on Sunday 12th August with a match against West Ham and there’s no where better to catch all the action than at The Shankly Hotel, the premier destination for a first-class football viewing experience.

And this season, we’re bringing back our Match Day package, ensuring a game day like no-other for every domestic Liverpool match!

What to Expect from the Premier League

The fixtures for all 92 clubs in the Premier League were were released right back in June, and Reds fans were pleased to see that the first match of the season for Klopp’s team is being played at Anfield on Sunday 12th August – something that’s not happened since 2014.

And although dates might change to fit with TV scheduling, we know the rough dates that Liverpool will be facing off their biggest rivals.

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The Reds will be playing their first Premier League match at Anfield on Sunday. Source: Instagram | @lucykehoe

Jurgen’s boys will be battling it out at Anfield on Saturday 6 October against last season’s League toppers, Man City, while neighbourhood rivals Man United will be heading to Liverpool on Saturday 15 December.

The  excruciatingly exciting Merseyside-derby is starting at Anfield, with the Reds taking on the Blues on Saturday 1 December, and Liverpool won’t be returning the visit to Goodison Park until Saturday 2 March next year.

Meanwhile Everton, who finished 8th in the Premier League last season, are set to play Wolves away this Saturday (11 August) in their first match, before welcoming Southampton to Goodison Park for the first home game on Saturday 18 August.

Eyes on the Transfers

All eyes are on Liverpool’s latest transfers, after Alisson Becker became the most expensive goalkeeper ever bought. Following his move to the Reds for a cool £65 million, the Brazilian goalie is set to start against Torino in the final friendly before the season tonight.

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Klopp has also brought in Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to Anfield, creating a strong spine for the team.

And it looks set that the Blues will be signing Brazilian international Bernard today, after new manager Marco Silva played a key role in persuading the attacker to join him at Everton.

The Toffees have also signed Lucas Digne from Barcelona.

Is it the Year of the Reds?

Numerous pundits have suggested that this season might be the moment that Liverpool tops the Premier League.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, writing for The Daily Mail, said: “I’m going to put my neck on the line and say Liverpool to win it”, while the Mirror’s Mike Walters has said that the Reds are the only team equipped to stop Manchester City and take the title.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has been more hesitant in predictions of the future, however, telling the media that he thinks the team still has room to improve after their 5-0 thumping of Napoli last week.

Football at The Shankly Hotel – The Match Day Package

Dedicated to celebrating and preserving the legacy of the Liverpool legend, The Shankly Hotel is a living, breathing museum to Liverpool Football Club and the beautiful game.

At the Bastion Bar & Restaurant, we’ll be showing all the Premier League matches on our large screen TVs, with a fully stocked bar and a delicious menu to indulge in while you watch.

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And this year, we’re bringing back our incredible Match Day Package!  For just £12.95 per match, you’ll get a match day experience like no other.

Get stuck into a feast of food and drink from The Bastion Restaurant before the game and enjoy our live entertainment and prize giveaways.

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Then, watch the Reds play their rivals on our large TV screens and enjoy exclusive drinks offers only available on match days.

Plus, we’re bringing back In Play Drinks Deals, where events on the pitch create crazy drinks offers at the bar! These incredible offers include:

  • 2-for-1 shots if LFC score first
  • 2-for-1 on the bar at half time if LFC are winning
  • 2-for-1 for an hour after full time whistle if LFC win.

For more information, visit our Match Day Experience page here. To book you place today, call 0151 541 9999.

Stay at The Shankly

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As the only football-themed hotel in Liverpool, The Shankly is the best place in the city to catch all the season’s games.  Whether you’re watching the match here, or heading off to Anfield, make sure you book one of our luxury suites and have the ultimate football weekend.

Each of our suites is inspired by Bill Shankly’s illustrious football career and we like to say that a night at The Shankly isn’t a stay – it’s an experience.

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All our rooms includes ultra-comfortable double beds, spa baths and walk-in showers, as well as 50” flat screen TVs. Air conditioning and free Wifi access.

To book a room or reserve your place for a Match Day Experience Package, call 0151 541 9999 today.

Who is Liverpool’s Newest Signing, Alisson Becker?

Last week, Liverpool agreed to a recording-breaking deal when they signed Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker. The Reds paid a rumoured £65 million for the Brazilian, who has agreed to a six-year contract.

But who is Alisson Becker? From his footballing history to his friendship with Liverpool forward Firmino, here’s the low-down on LFC’s new goalkeeper…

He’s the Most Expensive Goalkeeper on the Planet

The rumored £65 million Liverpool paid for the Alisson makes him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

Before this deal, the record-holder was Ederson Santana de Moraes, Alisson’s teammate and rival. Manchester City paid £35m for Ederson last year. The pair were both tipped to be Brazil’s starting goalkeeper at the World Cup, but it was Alisson who made the cut.

Alisson is likely to be paid well above the average Premier League wage of £2.4 million a year – a far cry from the years of Bill Shankly’s managerial reign, when the average wage was just £20 a week.

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He’s Only 25

Alisson was born in Novo Hamburgo, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil on 2 October 1992. The city is an industrial settlement in the south of Brazil which was named by German migrants in 1927.

It’s now famous for its shoe-making industry, and is called the capital of Brazilian footwear.

A Former Goalkeeping Coach Called Alisson ‘the Messi of Goalkeepers’

The ex-Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo made the statement back in February, when rumours suggested that Alisson would be sold for €50 million, which Negrisolo thought was well below the Brazilian’s worth.

The ex-coach said:

“I don’t think many people have realized who Alisson is. This guy is a phenomenon. He is the Number One of Number Ones. He is the Messi of goalkeepers, because he has the same mentality as Messi. He is a goalkeeper who can mark an era.”

 

He’s Set to Make his Liverpool Debut in August

Alisson will start his Liverpool career playing a friendly against Napoli in Dublin on 4 August this year, before walking out onto Anfield for the first time on August 7 in the club’s final warm-up game against Torino.

The goalie wanted to join the Liverpool squad immediately after signing and take part in their tour of the United States, but the Red’s manager Jurgen Klopp revealed in an interview that he’d had to persuade the goalkeeper to finish his holiday before joining the team.

“He is desperate to play”, said Klopp, “He could have joined us here [in the USA], he wanted to stay that day, but it made absolutely no sense. He had a long year. As Brazil No 1, it was quite an intense year!”

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He’s a Family Man, Like Bill Shankly

Liverpool’s legendary former manager Bill Shankly was famous for being a family man, and it seems that Liverpool’s latest signing is following in the footsteps of the LFC legend. Becker is married to Natália Loewe Becker and the couple have a daughter, Helena.  Judging by his Instagram, there’s nothing Alisson likes more than spending time with his family.

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And His Wife is a Qualified Doctor

Natália graduated from medical school just five months before the pair moved to Rome. She completed her degree at the Catholic University of Pelotas, in Brazil, and has worked as a paediatrician.

LFC has a history of strong women supporting their footballing partners, including Agnes Wren Shankly. ‘Nessie’ Shankly was Bill Shankly’s famously supportive and outspoken wife, who followed the former Liverpool manager around the country.

Her grandson, Chris Shankly-Carline, has previously written about how the First-Lady of Football was a true philanthropist and people-person, who supported Bill throughout his managerial career at Liverpool and beyond.

He Signed to a Club’s Youth Team at Just 11 Years of Age

The 25-year old Becker started out for Brazilian club Internacional’s youth side at the tender age of 11, making his first-team debut for them just 10 years later in 2013.

He went on to make 83 appearances for Internacional. During his time there, he helped the side top the Campeonato Gaucho – the Brazilian equivalent of the Premier League – four years running.

Before the Liverpool move, Alisson been playing at Roma for two seasons.

Si continua a lavorare!! #AB1 #forzaRoma

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He’s Good Friends with Bobby Firmino

The two Brazilian footballers are good friends. The Liverpool forward was even behind Alisson’s decision to join the Reds.

The new goalie revealed that his Brazil team-mate spoke positively about life in Merseyside, telling him good things about both LFC and the city, encouraging him to make the move.

In the same interview, Alisson also revealed that Liverpool’s Mo Salah nagged him to join the team, sending him a text asking what the goalie was waiting for during advanced stages of the negotiations.

He Comes From a Footballing Family

Footballing, and more specifically goalkeeping, evidently runs in the Becker family blood. Alisson’s older brother, Muriel, is also a goalkeeper who plays for the Portuguese side Belenenses.

 

Here at The Shankley Hotel, we can’t wait to welcome Alisson and his family to Merseyside. We’ll be watching all the televised LFC games at our Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

If you’re travelling to Anfield to watch a match from afar, why not stay at The Shankly Hotel? Situated in the centre of Liverpool, the hotel is a tribute to one of football’s greatest managers and offers spacious rooms, luxurious facilities and unseen Bill Shankly memorabilia  just a stone’s throw away from the city’s main transport links.

Call our team on 0151 909 5729 or book a room online today.

 

Featured photo source: Instagram | @alissonbecker

Looking Back at England in the World Cup Semi-Final 1990

Though choruses of ‘It’s Coming Home’ may have started with a hint of British sarcasm, the greatest plot twist of the World Cup 2018 is that football could actually be coming home.

With waistcoat sales soaring thanks to Gareth Southgate and the sunny backdrop of Britain’s heatwave keeping beer gardens busy, World Cup fever has been spreading thick and fast.

It’s been a competition to remember so far, and it’s safe to say that we’re clinging on to high hopes for the England vs Croatia semi-final.

To celebrate England’s success, we thought we’d take a step back in time to the last time England made it to the semi-final of the World Cup.

England vs West Germany Semi Final 1990

So, it’s back to 1990 we go. The World Cup semi-final of the new decade saw England take to the pitch against West Germany. It’s been 28 years since the game, and football fans who remember the highly anticipated match have been reminiscing on the atmosphere and moments that stood out most.

At the time, England were managed by Sir Bobby Robson. The team had played impressively throughout the competition, finally knocked out of the game by West Germany on penalties.

In Gazza Misses the Final, a collection of minute-by-minute reports written by Rob Smyth and Scott Murray, the classic World Cup match of 1990 is documented as it played out.

One extract summarises:

“England were the better side in normal time and West Germany in extra time. The Germans will go on to their third consecutive final, hoping to avenge their defeats in 1982 and 1986. England go into a third-place play-off with Italy on Saturday after a night of raw emotion and proud heartbreak that will live with us all for ever. Gazza has tears streaming down his reddened face as he salutes the England fans. Time to listen to ‘World in Motion’ on loop while drowning a million sweet sorrows.”

England World Cup 1990 Penalties

A bittersweet era for England supporters, fans shared some of their best memories of the 1990 World Cup with the East Anglican Daily Times.

Chris Wright recalled:

“I had a tough decision to make. Forego my ticket for the Rolling Stones Urban Jungle Tour at Wembley Stadium or stay at home and watch the game. I went to see the Stones and everyone brought along radios, so we were totally in touch with what was going on. Of course these days it would be possibly to watch the game on the phone and be at the gig.”

Though fans remembered the disappointment and heartbreak following the semi-final result, they were also quick to remember the highlights throughout the 1990 World Cup. A particular fond memory amongst fans was David Platt’s goal while playing against Belgium.

The timeless goal took place as extra time was heading towards a pentalty shoot-out. England got a free-kick with about a minute left to spare. Broadcaster John Motson describes the goal fondly in The Telegraph:

“Bobby Robson and the England bench were signalling frantically as to what they thought they should do with this free-kick but I don’t think Paul Gascoigne was paying any attention at all. Gazza floated his free-kick into the penalty area and David Platt, who was quite new then to international football, swivelled and volleyed it into the net.”

So, with England inching one step closer to the World Cup final once again, we can only hope this semi-final goes in our favour. Supermarkets such as Lidl and Aldi have already taken to social media to announce their employees will finish at 3:00pm should England make it the final on Sunday 15 July.

It seems this enthusiasm has filtered down to smaller workplaces. For example, AMI, a metalwork company in Sheffield has promised to offer all staff a paid day off on Monday 16 July if England really do win the World Cup.

Excitement is certainly building across the country, with nearly 20 million viewers tuning in to watch England beat Sweden in the quarter-finals last weekend.

We’re wishing the England boys the best of luck! Here’s to hoping football’s coming home.

Not sure where to watch the match? We’re showing the World Cup semi-final on our rooftop terrace at The Shankly Hotel. You can register for your spot on the roof here.

Football Legends Take a Tour of Liverpool with Shankly Tours

The Shankly Tours are one of the most popular experiences our guests can enjoy when they stay with us at The Shankly Hotel, but it’s not just the public that have been enjoying our truly unique and exciting tour of Liverpool.

The city has been lucky enough to host special charity matches at the legendary Anfield Stadium over the years, featuring some of the biggest names in international football.

Whilst here on charitable business, it only seemed right that the legends would explore the city and find out more about the culture that makes Liverpool the best city in the world.

Albert Dock Scene Liverpool

Real Madrid Legends’ Tour of Liverpool

In 2017, Anfield welcomed Real Madrid legends to our great city to play an amazing game of football and explore Liverpool. Following the mighty Reds’ 4-3 victory over the Spanish giants, the Real Madrid legends were treated to an unforgettable tour around the home of the Liver Bird.

Having collaborated with Real Madrid Football Club and LFC, the Shankly Experience team crafted an exciting city tour for the visiting footballers. Embarking on a cultural journey around the city, the team were able to experience everything Liverpool had to offer, from Mathew Street, The Cavern Club and The Beatles’ homes, to footballing beacons like The Shankly Playing Fields and Melwood.

Topped off with an incredible private lunch in our stunning Baby Eden function room at The Shankly Hotel, the tour was one that will surely stick with the Real Madrid legends for years to come.

Welcoming Bayern Munich Legends

This year, it was Bayern Munich’s turn to attempt to defeat the legendary Red heroes, but both teams played incredibly well and came up evens with a 5-5 draw.

The German team’s legends enjoyed a similar experience to Real Madrid’s team last year, with a luxurious meal in the coveted Garden of Eden at The Shankly Hotel. Some of Bayern’s most well-loved players took a seat in the beautiful venue and enjoyed the spectacular views over the iconic skyline.

garden of eden

Our hotel is the perfect place for legends to visit. It stands proud as a lasting monument to one of football’s biggest heroes, Bill Shankly, the man who changed Liverpool Football Club forever.

Take a Tour of Liverpool with Shankly Tours

A fantastic tour of Liverpool isn’t just for footballing legends, Shankly Tours operate throughout the year and are perfect for both football fans and those visiting the city.

bill shankly

Our Memorabilia Tours are a big hit with guests, locals and tourists. This unique experience includes an exciting guided tour of the exclusive Bill Shankly memorabilia on display with a member of Bill Shankly’s family. Here, guests will discover incredible stories and family anecdotes about the great man and team, before receiving a free drink and getting their photo taken with Shankly via Augmented Reality Technology.

The Shankly Experience also offer unique, tailor made football-themed tours and experiences that feature visits to footballing landmarks across the city, bespoke trips to Anfield stadium and exclusive access to memorabilia in The Shankly Hotel, with lots of added extras.

No group is too large for our Shankly Experience team, the more the merrier! Get in touch with our dedicated coordinator, Ashley, by emailing info@shanklyexperience.com and arrange the best tour you’ll ever experience.

The Art of Football Liverpool: See Vintage Bill Shankly Shirt

Set to celebrate the creative culture and social fabric of The Beautiful Game, don’t miss The Art of Football in Liverpool.

Coinciding with the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the season will run throughout June and come to a close on 15th July 2018.

The Art of the Football Shirt

When: 14 June – 28 June (Shankly shirt displayed over 2 selected dates)

Where: Camp & Furnace

We’re delighted to announce that The Shankly Family Experience will be contributing to The Art of the Football Shirt in Liverpool.  Hosted at Camp & Furnace, we’ll be showcasing an extremely rare football shirt worn by the one and only Bill Shankly.

The shirt we have chosen to feature in this spectacular free exhibition dates back to Bill’s early days of football at Preston North End Football Club. The vintage jersey will only be displayed for a limited number of set days.

The Shankly Hotel Preston

So, make sure you’re there on Wednesday 27th June or Thursday 28st June to see for yourself. The special shirt will be revealed from 4:30pm and available to see until 7pm.

Bill Shankly slipped on the famous jersey during the 1938 FA Cup Final. The victorious match saw Preston come out on tops over Huddersfield with a 1-0 win. The game was the pinnacle of Bill’s playing career.

The Art of Football Liverpool – What’s On

Brought to you by fashion historian Neal Heard of Bido Lito! Magazine and Culture Liverpool, this summer will see the city play host to major exhibitions.

Late June and early July will be filled with things to see and do. This is just some of what you can look forward to:

Disco Socrates

When: 30 June 2018

Where: Constellations

Hosted in one of Liverpool’s best-loved music venues, this insightful event will showcase live performances from artists drawn from the World Cup nations. The selection is set to reflect the power of musical movements for making a positive change.

I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me

When: 29 June – 15 July 2018

Where: Camp & Furnace

This special event will showcase football culture through the lens of graphic design and illustration. The artwork is taken from an international selection of talented graphic artists.

Soccerama Symposium

When: 12 – 13 July 2018

Where: Liverpool Central Library

Soccerama is a symposium exploring football in a whole new way. A mixture of clever conversations and debates will see football explored from a variety of angles; women’s rights, naturalist populism, LGBTQ, consumer culture, race and class politics will all be touched upon.

Shankly Experience Liverpool

To get your fix of Shankly memorabilia, look no further than The Shankly Family Experience. A fantastic treat for LFC fans, Shankly Tours offer unrivalled insight into the life of a football genius.

Brought to you by the Shankly family, our bespoke tour packages offer something special for everyone. From exclusive family anecdotes to fascinating memorabilia, why not take a browse of our tour packages?

the art of football liverpool

The Memorabilia Tour is a popular favourite amongst our lovely customers. You’ll be greeted by a member of the Shankly family at the start of the tour and treated to a personal, guided tour of the memorabilia by those who knew Bill best. We also provide a free drink and the day comes to a close with our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.

To get in touch for more information or to book your experience, please contact Ashley Bromilow on 0151 242 1522 or email info@shanklyexperience.com.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Where to Watch the FIFA Club World Cup Live in Liverpool

The FIFA Club World Cup has kicked off to a great start for England if you are wondering where you can catch all the live action, look no further than The Shankly Hotel. In the Garden of Eden, we will be screening each and every match live as it happens on our glorious rooftop terrace.

We inviting you to come and bask in the rare summer sunshine whilst cheering our lads onto glory in style, join us for all the FIFA Club World Cup action.

Here are some FAQ’s answered in detail.

Which Games Will Be Showing?

Let’s start with every England game, and let’s hope there are plenty this year.

England fixtures for FIFA Club World Cup

England’s competition started well with two goals in the back of Tunsia’s net by the final whistle blow. Now we look forward to seeing what else our lads can do as they face their next opponents.

We will also be showing all the other major contending team matchups as well as keeping you up to date with any exciting news and events surrounding the competition.

Where Is It All Happening?

Garden of Eden - where to watch FIFA Club World Cup

Our stunning Garden of Eden will be transformed into a World Cup spectators paradise complete with huge projector screen, comfortable seating and the chance to soak up some British summer sun.

What’s more, there’s enough space in The Garden of Eden to host your very own football match so the more the merrier.

If the weather allows it our very stunning rooftop terrace will also be opening its doors giving guests an exclusive place to catch all the World Cup action.

Will there be drinks?

Is the Pope a Catholic? Of course, there’ll be drinks!

Garden of Eden FIFA Club World Cup Live

Our Garden of Eden bar will be serving up some of our famous in play offers such as four-pint pitchers for £10, five bottle of Carlsberg for £12 and double house spirits for just £1 extra, if our England boys do well so does your bar tab.

Better still we’ve just unleashed a fabulous new summer cocktail menu which has been beefed up to include more cocktail options with a kick.

What Else Can You Look Forward To?

Well if the Champions League Final was anything to go by the atmosphere on our rooftop Garden of Eden will be a football fans paradise.

Garden of Eden FIFA Club World Cup Live

Those with a passion for the game will love visiting The Shankly Hotel and the unparalleled views over the stunning city skyline are enough to lift anyone spirits up to the heavens.

Did Shankly Ever Play in The World Cup?

The answer is no but he managed a few players who brought home the trophy in 1966.

Gerry Byrne, Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan were all members of the squad that led England to victory in 1966, the year that England hosted the FIFA Club World Cup and the year England beat Germany 4-2.

Callaghan remembers Shankly fondly and says that even after their success he remembers Shanks walking up to him and saying;

Well done, son. But you can forget about winning the World Cup because you’ve got more important things to think about!

To Shankly, all that mattered to the rest of the team, the people of Liverpool and the fans was that Liverpool came out on top again that season.

How Do I Book Tickets?

The best place to watch the FIFA Club World Cup in Liverpool is the Garden of Eden and rooftop access can be bought and pre-booked for just £10.

Once you’re in, you’re in, you can stay and watch as many matches as you’d like for just one entry fee.

Tickets to watch England vs Tunisia - FIFA Club World Cup Live

Everyone and their dog will want to be in The Garden of Eden to watch England play in the FIFA Club World Cup as well as all the other top contending teams. Every game will be screened to watch live as they happen so, to avoid disappointment, get your tickets booked for the games you want to see.

Why Not Make A Night Of It?

Instead of trying to get a taxi home after the match or struggling to get to the train, why not book to stay in the lap of luxury in The Shankly Hotel.

Accommodation for FIFA Club World Cup Live

The superb suites are just a few floors below The Garden of Eden and we have some excellent mid-week offers on during the FIFA Club World Cup this summer.

The Shankly Hotel have the best accommodation offers in Liverpool for groups, couples and families so call 0151 601 8801 to book a room or 0151 541 9999 to arrange your seats to watch the FIFA Club World Cup live in the Garden of Eden.

Book today for one of a kind football hotel experience in the heart of the Liverpool city centre.

Chris Shankly Carline – My Reflections on The Champions League Final

I don’t think we should be downbeat. Gutted losing the final of the biggest game in world football but we competed with Madrid all game. They weren’t better than us. It’s not rocket science to say they were gifted things at crucial points in the game.

Mo’s injury being the first, it rattled us and we lost our shape. Team wasn’t balanced as Lallana isn’t a wide player as hard as he may try. Mo and Sadio play as inside forwards almost.

Clearly Karius did what he did and we won’t say anything more on it. He cost us the game with what are inexplicable errors. I said from day one he wasn’t good enough and I said I preferred Mignolet out the two. He lacks the basic attributes to be a good goalkeeper. Poor decision making, terrible handling and no command of his penalty area. Just because he makes a few Hollywood saves now and then doesn’t mean he’s a solid good goalkeeper as when you lack those basics you’ll always always get found out. A goalkeeper is a must in the Summer and a world class one. I just hope Jurgen doesn’t fall into the same traps that other managers have at the club, displaying a stubbornness towards players they have signed who clearly aren’t good enough but whom continue to be pushed into the team in the hope there is a ‘Eureka!’ moment with them.

I think we have to take positives that the difference was the goalkeeper and that we competed well despite losing Mo.

The game showed things that we must learn from and address in the Summer, namely the lack of plan B and the fact the squad is way too thin in terms of quality. No disrespect to the bench but there was no real quality in it meaning when Bale scored what is a goal that you simply have to applaud, you got the sense we were spent. That needs sorting ASAP with the goalkeeper situation so we can mount the challenge again next year. It is good to see that we have already begun, with the signing of Fabiano who is a much needed real quality defensive centre mid. Keita coming will also be a fantastic signing meaning a midfield that has often been thin on the ground and most definitely devoid of genuine quality already has the makings of being able to stand toe to toe with the front 3 ahead of it and that of our top 4 rivals. I think Fekir plus a world class goalkeeper would represent fantastic business for the Summer ahead.

I’m proud of us though. They’ve given us some unbelievable moments this season and as everyone says, we’ve seen things they’ll never see. Proud of all the reds over there too who showed what real football fans are.