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Liverpool F.C. was founded following a dispute between the Everton F.C. committee and John Houlding, club president and owner of the land at Anfield. After eight years at the stadium, Everton relocated to Goodison Park in 1892 and Houlding founded Liverpool F.C. to play at Anfield. Originally named "Everton F.C. and Athletic Grounds Ltd" (Everton Athletic for short), the club became Liverpool F.C. in June 1892 after the Football Association refused to recognize the club as Everton. In its debut season, the team won the Lancashire League, before joining the Football League Second Division at the start of the 1893-94 season. After finishing in first place, the club was promoted to the First Division, which it won in 1901 and again in 1906. Liverpool reached its first FA Cup Final in 1914, losing 1-0 to Burnley F.C. It won consecutive League championships in 1922 and 1923, but did not win another trophy until the 1946-47 season, when the club won the First Division for a fifth time. Liverpool suffered its second Cup Final defeat in 1950, playing against Arsenal. The club was relegated to the Second Division in the 1953-54 season. Soon after Liverpool lost 2-1 to non-league Worcester City F.C. in the 1958-59 FA Cup, Bill Shankly was appointed manager. Upon his arrival he released 24 players and converted a boot storage room at Anfield into a room where the coaches could discuss strategy; here, Shankly and other "Boot Room" members Joe Fagan, Reuben Bennett, and Bob Paisley began reshaping the team. The club was promoted back into the First Division in 1962 and won it in 1964, for the first time in 17 years. In 1965 the club won its first FA Cup, before winning the First Division again in 1966. Liverpool won both the League and the UEFA Cup during the 1972-73 season, and the FA Cup again a year later; soon afterwards, Shankly retired and was replaced by his assistant Bob Paisley. In 1976, Paisley's second season as manager, the club won another League and UEFA Cup double. The following season, the club retained the League title and won the European Cup for the first time, but it lost in the 1977 FA Cup Final. Liverpool retained the European Cup in 1978 and regained the First Division title in 1979. During the nine seasons in which Paisley was manager, Liverpool won 21 trophies, including three European Cups, a UEFA Cup, six League titles and three consecutive League Cups; the only domestic trophy to elude him was the FA Cup. In the 2009-10 season, Liverpool finished seventh in the Premier League and failed to qualify for the Champions League. Benitez subsequently left by mutual consent and was replaced by Fulham manager Roy Hodgson. At the start of the 2010-11 season, Liverpool were on the verge of bankruptcy and the club's creditors asked the High Court to allow the sale of the club, overruling the wishes of Hicks and Gillett. John W. Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox and of New England Sports Ventures, bid successfully for the club and took ownership in October 2010. Former manager Kenny Dalglish has taken over control of the club. Liverpool's longest-established rivalry is with fellow Merseyside team Everton; the rivalry club contest between these clubs is called the Merseyside derby. Their rivalry stems from Liverpool's formation and the dispute with Everton officials and the then owners of Anfield. Unlike other rivalries, there is no political, geographical or religious split between Liverpool and Everton. The Merseyside derby is usually sold out. It is one of the few local derbies that does not enforce fan segregation, and hence was known as the "friendly derby". The rivalry has intensified both on and off the field in recent decades; since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, the Merseyside derby has had more players sent off than any other and explosive fixture in the Premier League. Liverpool's rivalry with Manchester United is seen by many Liverpool supporters as even more intense than the rivalry with Everton. Many Manchester United supporters feel the about their rivalry with Liverpool compared to that with their own local rivals Manchester City. The Liverpool-Manchester rivalry is viewed as a manifestation of the cities' competition during industrial times, when they competed for economic supremacy in north-west England; Liverpool was considered the world's pre-eminent port, while Manchester was famous for its textile industry. The rivalry between the clubs intensified from the 1960s onwards. In 1968, Manchester United became the first English team to win the European Cup, an achievement surpassed by Liverpool's winning four European Cups during the 1970s and 80s. Manchester United started to dominate English football during the 1990s, making the rivalry all the more intense. It is so intense that the last player to be transferred between the two clubs was Phil Chisnall, who moved to Liverpool from Manchester United in 1964.
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