Liverpool's legendary Bill Shankly. Turning towards the Kop end of Anfield, Shankly gets an ovation from the fans who idolised him when Liverpool became League champions.

Classic Liverpool FC Quotes

Last updated: 27th January, 2023

The best Liverpool FC quotes from former players and managers.

Bill Shankly

“Liverpool Football Club exists to win trophies”.

“I want to build a team that’s invincible, so that they have to send a team from bloody Mars to beat us!”

“For a player to be good enough to play for Liverpool, he must be prepared to run through a brick wall for me then come out fighting on the other side.”

“I always said we had the best two teams on Merseyside… Liverpool and Liverpool Reserves.”

“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

“A football team is like a piano. You need eight men to carry it and three who can play the damn thing.”

“The word fanatic has been used many times…I think it’s more than fanaticism. It’s a religion to them. The thousands who come here, come to worship…it’s a sort of shrine, [Anfield] isn’t a football ground.”

“It’s there to remind our lads who they’re playing for and to remind the opposition who they’re playing against!”

On the ‘This is Anfield’ sign

“Take that bandage off! And what do you mean your knee? It’s Liverpool’s knee!

To an injured Tommy Smith

MARCH 22ND : On this day in 1888 The English Football League was established. This image from 1973 shows Liverpool manager Bill Shankley holding aloft the League Championship Trophy. Liverpool manager Bill Shankly holds aloft the League Championship trophy at Anfield today, and the joy on the face of the young supporter says it all. Liverpool just clinched the title by drawing 0-0 with Leicester.

“If Everton were playing at the bottom of my garden, I’d shut the curtains.”

“If you are first, you are first. If you are second…you are nothing.”

“The trouble with football referees is that they know the rules but they don’t know the game!”

Kenny Dalglish

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 10, 2016: Former Liverpool player Kenny Dalglish before the FA Premier League match against Leicester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The people who come to watch us play, who love the team and regard it as part of their lives, would never appreciate Liverpool having a huge balance in the bank. They want every asset we possess to be wearing a red shirt.”

“The saddest and most beautiful sight I have ever seen.”

On Anfield’s post-Hillsborough tribute

“Put ‘WE LIED’ on the front page of your newspaper.”

On how the S*n could make amends to Liverpool

“There is no one anywhere in the world at any stage who is any bigger or any better than this football club.”

Bob Paisley

Bob Paisley, Manager - Picture by: Peter Robinson / EMPICS Sport

“We have a marvellous backroom team at Anfield who share the work-load wonderfully well. No club has a more able and closely-knit staff than ours. The Anfield boot-room has become legendary, and we have a full and frank exchange of views in there in a leisurely atmosphere every Sunday morning. It’s just like popping down to the local.”

“The whole of my life, what they wanted was honesty. They were not concerned with cultured football, but with triers who gave one hundred percent.”

On Liverpool supporters

“I said that when I took over that I would settle for a drop of Bell’s once a month, a big bottle at the end of the season and a ride round the city in an open top bus!”

“It’s not about the long ball or the short ball, it’s about the right ball.”

“If you’re in the penalty area and aren’t quite sure what to do with the ball, stick it in the net and we’ll discuss your options afterwards!”

“I’ve been here during the bad times too – one year we came second.”

Gerard Houllier

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 5, 2003: Liverpool's manager Ge?rard Houllier walks out to face Manchester United during the Premiership match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“There are those who say maybe I should forget about football. Maybe I should forget about breathing.”

“Football is my oxygen.”

“We don’t destroy our heroes today when we worshipped them yesterday.”

Rafa Benitez

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - WEDNESDAY JUNE 16 2004: Rafael Benitez poses for a photograph with the famous 'This is Anfield' sign in the tunnel at Anfield as he is unveiled as Liverpool FC's new manager. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Before, I said that they were maybe the best supporters in England. Now maybe they are the best supporters in Europe.”

“To work hard and have our supporters behind us and believing until the end, you run a little bit more.”

Jurgen Klopp

DORTMUND, GERMANY - Wednesday, April 6, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a press conference at Westfalenstadion ahead of the UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match against Borussia Dortmund. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“We have to change, from doubters to believers—now.”

On arriving at Liverpool in 2015

“The last half an hour against Dortmund [in the Europa League at Anfield] is the best I’ve ever had. I felt nobody could stop us. I wasn’t sure we would score a goal but it was crazy.”

“If you had Wikipedia or Google and put in ‘European nights’ the answer must be: Anfield.”

“Only silly idiots stay on the floor and wait for the next defeat.”

“I said to the boys, ‘I think it’s impossible but because it’s you we have a chance.’ And we believed in this chance…I don’t know how the boys did it. These boys are f***ing mentality giants, it’s unbelievable.”

After 4-0 win vs. Barcelona in 2019

“Let’s talk about six, baby, let’s talk about you and me, let’s talk about all the good things and all the bad things there may be.”

After winning Champions League in 2019

“I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things.”

“This is the best club in the world, don’t care what other people think.”

During Liverpool’s trophy parade in 2022

Liverpool Legends

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th, 2005: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard lifts the European Cup after beating AC Milan on penalties during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“When I die, don’t bring me to the hospital. Bring me to Anfield. I was born there and will die there.”

Steven Gerrard

“Sometimes I feel I’m hardly wanted in this Liverpool team. If I get two or three saves to make I’ve had a busy day.”

Ray Clemence

“If Shankly was the Anfield foreman, Paisley was the brickie, ready to build an empire with his own hands.”

Tommy Smith

“Liverpool are magic. Everton are tragic.”

Emlyn Hughes

Liverpool captain Emlyn Hughes holds aloft the European Cup along with his victorius teammates after the English club beat German side Borussia Moenchengladbach in the final held in Rome, Italy.

“Liverpool without European football is like a banquet without wine.”

Roy Evans

“I don’t like champagne, don’t smoke cigars, haven’t any real jewellery at all apart from the 8 pieces of gold I picked up at Anfield. The most important relationship at a football club is not between the manager & chairman, but the players and the fans.”

John Toshack

“Cut my veins open and I bleed Liverpool red. I love Liverpool with a burning passion.”

Steven Gerrard

“When they start singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ my eyes start to water. There have been times when I’ve actually been crying while I’ve been playing.”

Kevin Keegan

“Theres no noise like the Anfield noise…”

Ian St John

Other Liverpool Players & Managers

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th, 2005: Liverpool's Xabi Alonso celebrates winning European Cup after beating AC Milan on penalties during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“It’s forever. It’s not just about a football club, it’s about family, how you live.”

Xabi Alonso

“Liverpool spoke to me and explained everything. They said I was really important. That made me very proud and at that point I focussed my thoughts on Liverpool.”

Dirk Kuyt

“The Anfield atmosphere is difficult to explain, you just have to experience it. Every player should try it at least once in his career.”

Alvaro Arbeloa

“The most important relationship at a football club is not between the manager and the chairman, but the players and the fans.”

John Toshack

First published: 26th December, 2001