Delighted Liverpool players (from left) Graham Souness, Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen celebrate with the Milk Cup trophy after they defeated Manchester United 2-1 in extra time at Wembley. It was Liverpool's third successive triumph in the competition, giving manager Bob Paisley a winning farewell to Wembley etires at the end of the season.

Liverpool named among ‘most hated teams in British football’

If we’re being honest, it’s not actually a bad thing if your football team is loathed by everyone else. After all, how many rubbish sides are truly hated? (Pipe down at the back there, Millwall.)

It’s basically a backhanded compliment if you think about it, as supporters of the world’s elite teams (see Real Madrid, New York Yankees – yet to have a go at football, admittedly – and Manchester United) will attest. have compiled their list of the 30 most hated football teams of all time, starring horrible hatchet men, awful owners, despicable fans and bona fide, downright filthy villains. Then there’s just the plain old winners – and Liverpool were certainly that team for a very long time.

The Reds actually feature in the list twice, but we’ll let you discover the other to see if you agree.

Make a start on the full list here, chuckling at the chief villains and dirty deeds along the way. You’ll certainly agree with some of the rival choices…

The top 10 part of the list is here.

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