Past Managers

William Barclay

1892 - 1896

After the defection, Houlding and Barclay were left with a football ground and no team, but together rapidly and successfully created a brand new one - Liverpool Football Club. More

William Barclay / John McKenna

1892 - 1896

John McKenna

1892 - 1896

When Everton left Anfield following a disagreement over rent John Houlding was left with a football ground and no team. More

Tom Watson

1896 - 1915

One of the great figures of the early Football League, Tom Watson led Liverpool to their first two Division One titles and our first ever FA Cup final. More

David Ashworth

1919 - 1922

He may have only graced Anfield for three years but during that time David Ashworth still managed to lead the club to its third First Division title. More

Matt McQueen

1923 - 1928

When David Ashworth suddenly and surprisingly left Anfield for Oldham Athletic early in 1923, Liverpool turned to one of their directors as a temporary answer. More

George Patterson

1928 - 1936

George Patterson's eight year spell in charge of Liverpool will be best remembered for being somewhat uneventful. More

George Kay

1936 - 1951

Despite leading Liverpool to a First Division title and an FA Cup final, few would argue that the most memorable feat of George Kay's spell in charge of Liverpool was the signing of one Billy Liddell. More

Don Welsh

1951 - 1956

The 1950s was not a particularly good decade for Liverpool Football Club. More

Phil Taylor

1956 - 1959

Phil Taylor has a somewhat unfortunate place among the elite few to have held the Anfield hot-seat. More

Bill Shankly

1959 - 1974


Bob Paisley

1974 - 1983

Twenty trophies in nine seasons - not bad for a man who was loathe to make the step into football management. More

Joe Fagan

1983 - 1985

It was almost inevitable that the successor to Bob Paisley's reign as Reds boss would come from within the confines of the club's famous Bootroom. More

Kenny Dalglish

1985 - 1991

When Kenny Dalglish was installed as the club's first-ever player/manager in the summer of 1985 he was already regarded as the undisputed King of the Kop. More

Graeme Souness

1991 - 1994

In six highly successful seasons as a Liverpool player Graeme Souness was at the heart of some of the Reds' finest triumphs. More

Roy Evans

1994 - 1998

In August 1974 Liverpool made an addition to their backroom staff that led chairman John Smith to say: "We have not made an appointment for the present but for the future. One day Roy Evans will be our manager." More

Roy Evans / Gerard Houllier

1998 - 1998

Gerard Houllier

1998 - 2004

The summer of 1998 heralded the beginning of a French revolution at Anfield. More

Rafael Benitez

2004 - 2010

He was hailed as our Spanish messiah, a genial tactician who restored our reputation as one of Europe's biggest clubs and led us to one of the greatest triumphs in our history. More

Roy Hodgson

2010 - 2011

Following the departure of Rafael Benitez, Liverpool installed Roy Hodgson as manager in the summer of 2010 - but his Merseyside tenure would ultimately last little more than six months. More

Kenny Dalglish

2011 - 2012

Having possessed a delicate touch and the ultimate football brain, Kenny Dalglish is regarded by the majority of Liverpudlians as the club's greatest ever player. More

Brendan Rodgers

2012 - 2015