Dalglish resigns, final day of the Kop, Spice Boys’ rise and fall – Liverpool FC in the 1990s

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Our recount of the best photos of the history Liverpool Football Club takes us to the 1990s, and a period of considerable change at Anfield.

After the highs and miserable lows of the 1980s, the following decade saw the Reds look to move forward, as the Premier League era loomed.

Liverpool celebrate winning the first division title. 1990.

Before the inception of England’s new top flight, however, Kenny Dalglish led the Reds to their 18th league title, finishing nine points above second-placed Aston Villa to seal glory in 1989/90.

Liverpool player/manager Kenny Dalglish holds up one of the two league championship trophies for the fans at Anfield, after helping his side to beat Derby County 1-0. Dalglish came on as a substitute after 71 minutes; 10 minutes later Gary Gillespie scored the only goal.

Midway through the following campaign, however, Dalglish made the shock decision to step down from his role as manager, with the trauma of the Hillsborough disaster weighing heavily on the Scot.

Graeme Souness, Liverpool manager, 1991 (Picture by Ross Kinnaird EMPICS Sport)

Dalglish was succeeded by Graeme Souness, with the ex-Reds captain attempting to oversee swift change on Merseyside, in what proved to be a dismal failure.

Bruce Grobbelaar clowns around as the Liverpool team celebrate their FA Cup win in 1992 (Picture by: Ross Kinnaird / EMPICS Sport)

Liverpool did secure one major honour under Souness, however, with goals from Michael Thomas and Ian Rush sealing a 2-0 victory over Sunderland in the FA Cup final in 1992.

Liverpool, England - Wednesday, November 27th, 1996: Liverpool's Robbie Fowler in action during the 4-2 victory over Arsenal during the 4th Round of the League Cup at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

During Souness’ time with the club, he adopted a youth-heavy policy, and this saw academy striker Robbie Fowler make his debut in 1993, marking the start of a sensational career for God.

The Kop last stand, Anfield: LIverpool vs Norwich, 1994 (PA Images)

The aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster saw the government demand standing terraces to be replaced by seated areas, with Anfield’s Spion Kop holding its last stand during a 1-0 loss to Norwich City on April 30, 1994.

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 6, 1996: Liverpool's manager Roy Evans against Coventry City during the Premiership match at Highfield Road. Coventry won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

By that time, Roy Evans had taken over as manager following Souness’ resignation, with the long-serving Bootroom figurehead assuming duties in the Anfield dugout.

Coca Cola Cup Final. Liverpool v Bolton. Steve McManaman with the trophy (Picture by Tony Marshall EMPICS Sport)

It was Evans’ expansive, attacking football that brought excitement back to Merseyside, and it remains a frustration that his only trophy in charge came in the League Cup final in 1995, when a brace from attacking star Steve McManaman earned a 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers.

London, England - Monday, December 2, 1996: Liverpool's Patrik Berger in action during the 2-0 Premier League victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

McManaman was one of a host of leading lights in a new era on Merseyside, joined by chiselled Czech winger Patrik Berger, who signed from Borussia Dortmund after an impressive Euro ’96.

Stan Collymore, Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle, 1996 (Picture by: David Kendall / PA Archive/Press Association Images)

That year, Evans oversaw arguably the best game in the history of the Premier League, the 4-3 win over Newcastle United at Anfield, with Fowler and Stan Collymore both scoring twice as McManaman pulled the strings.

Jamie Redknapp, FA Cup Final 1996

But while the Reds made the FA Cup final in 1996, their 1-0 loss to Man United, and the humiliation of their white-suited pre-match parade, signalled a shift in dominance in England.

Gerard Houllier (right), who has joined Liverpool Manager Roy Evans, to form a managerial partnership at Anfield, today (Thursday). See PA Story SOCCER Liverpool. PA Photos

Evans was joined in the dugout by Gerard Houllier in 1998, and the Frenchman’s arrival brought the end to the Spice Boys era, punctuated by Evans’ stepping down as joint-manager months later.

Liverpool's new signings back row (l to r) Erik Meijer, Sander Westerveld, Vladimir Smicer, Titi Camara and front row (l to r) Sammi Hyypia, coach Phil Thompson and manager Gerard Houllier and Stephane Henchoz - Picture by: Michael Steele / EMPICS Sport

Houllier kicked off a new regime on Merseyside, with McManaman among those to leave in the summer of 1999, and Sami Hyypia and Stephane Henchoz two of the faces brought in to lead Liverpool into the new millennium.

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