The FA Cup is one of the most prestigious cup competitions in the world, and it isn’t much of a surprise that one of the most famous clubs in the world, Liverpool, have had a fantastic record in the competition throughout their history. Since the competition was first introduced in the 1871-72 season, only four teams have won more FA Cups than Liverpool. Those teams are Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal; who have eclipsed the Red’s record of seven FA Cup victories.

In fact, only United and Arsenal have competed in more finals in the competition. However, Liverpool haven’t reached an FA Cup final since 2012, and haven’t been successful in the competition since 2006. This is largely down to the club preferring to win the Champions League and Europa League and saving their best players for those competitions; therefore, fielding a weakened team in the prestigious cup competition.

These tactics were on full display by Liverpool in FA Cup action last season as Jurgen Klopp rested Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Alison for the third round defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 2018-19 season. The betting markets for the coming season will have Liverpool among the favourites as Klopp has stated that the Reds will play a stronger team in the competition for the 2019-20 season, therefore placing a bet on Liverpool would be a logic move for many online bettors.

Liverpool FA Cup History

  • 1892–93: QR3
  • 1893–94: R3
  • 1894–95: R2
  • 1895–96: R2
  • 1896–97: SF
  • 1897–98: R3
  • 1898–99: SF
  • 1899–1900: R2
  • 1900–01: R1
  • 1901–02: R2
  • 1902–03: R1
  • 1903–04: R1
  • 1904–05: R1
  • 1905–06: SF
  • 1906–07: R4
  • 1907–08: R3
  • 1908–09: R2
  • 1909–10: R1
  • 1910–11: R2
  • 1911–12; R2
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  • 1912–13: R3
  • 1913–14: RU
  • 1914–15: R2
  • 1915–19: No competition due to World War I
  • 1919–20: R4
  • 1920–21: R2
  • 1921–22: R2
  • 1922–23: R3
  • 1923–24: R4
  • 1924–25: R4
  • 1925–26: R4
  • 1926–27: R5
  • 1927–28: R4
  • 1928–29: R4
  • 1929–30: R3
  • 1930–31: R3
  • 1931–32: R6
  • 1932–33: R3
  • 1933–34: R5
  • 1934–35: R4
  • 1935–36: R3
  • 1936–37: R3
  • 1937–38: R5
  • 1938–39: R5
  • 1939–45: No competition due to World War II
  • 1945–46: R4
  • 1946–47: SF
  • 1947–48: R5
  • 1948–49: R5
  • 1949–50: RU
  • 1950–51: R3
  • 1951–52: R5
  • 1952–53: R3
  • 1953–54: R3
  • 1954–55: R5
  • 1955–56: R5
  • 1956–57: R3
  • 1957–58: R6
  • 1958–59: R3
  • 1959–60: R4
  • 1960–61: R4
  • 1961–62: R5
  • 1962–63: SF
  • 1963–64:: R6
  • 1964–65: W
  • 1965–66: R3
  • 1966–67: R5
  • 1967–68: R6
  • 1968–69: R5
  • 1969–70: R6
  • 1970–71: RU
  • 1971–72: R4
  • 1972–73: R4
  • 1973–74: W
  • 1974–75: R4
  • 1975–76: R4
  • 1976–77: RU
  • 1977–78: R3
  • 1978–79: SF
  • 1979–80: SF
  • 1980–81: R4
  • 1981–82: R5
  • 1982–83: R5
  • 1983–84: R4
  • 1984–85: SF
  • 1985–86: W
  • 1986–87: R3
  • 1987–88: RU
  • 1988–89: W
  • 1989–90: SF
  • 1990–91: R5
  • 1991–92: W
  • 1992–93: R3
  • 1993–94: R3
  • 1994–95: R6
  • 1995–96: RU
  • 1996–97: R4
  • 1997–98: R3
  • 1998–99: R4
  • 1999–2000: R4
  • 2000–01: W
  • 2001–02: R4
  • 2002–03: R4
  • 2003–04: R5
  • 2004–05: R3
  • 2005–06: W
  • 2006–07: R3
  • 2007–08: R5
  • 2008–09: R4
  • 2009–10: R3
  • 2010–11: R3
  • 2011–12: RU
  • 2012–13: R4
  • 2013–14: R5
  • 2014–15: SF
  • 2015–16: R4
  • 2016–17: R4
  • 2017–18: R4
  • 2018–19: R3
 
 

Liverpool FA Cup Wins

Liverpool in FA Cup 1964-65

It wasn’t until the 93rd instalment of the FA Cup competition when Liverpool finally got their hands on the famous trophy at Wembley. The club had twice finished the competition as runners-up; in 1914 and 1950. The club didn’t make it to the final the easy way after being forced to replays in the third and fifth rounds by Stockport County and Leicester City respectively. They also overcame West Bromwich Albion and Bolton Wanderers on their route to the semi-finals where they met Chelsea. Liverpool were the heavy favourites in the betting for that tie, as Chelsea were priced as high as 10/1 with some bookmakers at the time. After a tense hour of football, the deadlock was broken by Peter Thompson, before William Stevenson made sure of the win from the spot.

The final itself was lamented as one of the worst in recent memory; as a 0-0 draw forced extra time. However, the additional 30 minutes were full of drama as Roger Hunt put the Reds ahead before William Bremner equalised for Leeds United. However, ten minutes from time Ian St John ensured a first FA Cup success for Liverpool when he scored the winner. It was to be their first of seven famous FA Cup wins.

Liverpool in FA Cup 1973-74

Nine years later and Liverpool added a second FA Cup to their trophy cabinet at Anfield. But, like their first success, they had to get to the Wembley final the hard way. They had to endure three replays against Doncaster Rovers, Carlisle United and Leicester City in the third, fourth and semi-final rounds to make the showpiece event against Newcastle United.

The Reds headed to Wembley as the favourites to easily beat Newcastle United. The only market which would have potentially stood out to the punters would have been the handicap markets since the difference in quality between themselves, and the Toon was so big. After a tense and cagey first half of football, the quality of the Reds came to the front in the second period as they scored three unanswered goals. Kevin Keegan scored a brace, while Stephen Heighway added the third for the Anfield club to improve the Liverpool FA Cup record.

Liverpool FA Cup Stats

  • Winners: 7 (1964-65, 1973-74, 1985-86, 1988-89, 1991-91, 2000-01, 2005-06)
  • Runners-Up: 7 (1913-14, 1949-50, 1970-71, 1976-77, 1987-88, 1995-96, 2011-12)

Liverpool in FA Cup 1985-86

The dominant era of Liverpool in the FA Cup began in the 1985-86 season, as the club would win three competitions in the space of ten years, and reach a further two finals. The first of these successes came after the club had beaten Norwich City, Chelsea, York City and Watford to set up a semi-final clash with Southampton. Despite going into the fixture as the heavy favourites among bookmakers, the Reds were forced to work hard and eventually overcame the Saints 2-0 after extra time. This set up a Merseyside derby for the showpiece event.

At the time the two local clubs were deemed the most prominent sides in English football, but Liverpool had few problems in dispatching their rivals. They did fall behind in the first half when Gary Linekar found the net, but two goals from Ian Rush and a single goal for Craig Johnston ensured a comfortable 3-1 win and a third FA Cup success for the club.

Liverpool in FA Cup 1988-89

The Reds began the 1988-89 campaign after disappointment in the 1988 FA Cup final, where the headlines were made by the Liverpool FA Cup suits which were worn prior to their embarrassing loss to the unfancied Wimbledon. However, that loss was put behind the club as they added a fourth FA Cup final success in the 1989 final. The Reds were dominant as they made their way to the final by beating Carlisle United, Hull City, Brentford and Nottingham Forest.

Once again they met their fierce rivals, Everton, with Liverpool the fancied side within the betting to add to their 1986 win over the Toffees. The game was forced into extra time after Andrew McCall equalised in the dying seconds of the game after John Aldridge had put the Reds ahead. In a pulsating period of extra time, it was the reds that capitalised on the nervous Toffees. Rush scored five minutes into the additional 30 before McCall scored his second of the game seven minutes later. However, it was to be Rush that was the hero, as he scored his second of the final two minutes after Everton had drawn level. It will forever go down as one of the best extra periods of all time — a real FA Cup classic.

Liverpool in FA Cup 1991-92

The final success of this dominant period for the club came in the 1991-92 season, as they overcame Sunderland in the final at Wembley. The Reds entered the final as the heavy favourites to add to their trophy cabinet; as Sunderland were as high as 10/1 with some bookmakers to win the game. Liverpool were professional throughout the game as goals from Ian Rush, and Michael Thomas ensured the comfortable win over the team from the second division.

This was to be the one and only FA Cup success for Graeme Souness; who would resign within two years of collecting his winners’ medal due to health issues, and Liverpool wouldn’t taste success in the competition again for nine years.

Liverpool FA Cup Records

  • Most FA Cup appereances: Bruce Grobbelaar, 48
  • Most FA Cup goals: Ian Rush, 29
  • Most FA Cup assists: Steven Gerrard, 15
  • Most FA Cup yellow cards: Jamie Carragher, 5
  • Most FA Cup red cards: Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Steve McMahon, Glenn Hysen, Neil Ruddock and Antonio Nunez, 1

Liverpool in FA Cup 2000-01

Liverpool were forced to wait for nine years until another win in the prestigious competition, but the success was a famous one among fans at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The Reds added the FA Cup to their trophy haul for the season that also included the League Cup and UEFA Cup. The club reached the final after beating Leeds United, Manchester City and Wycombe Wanderers. Their opponents in the final were Arsenal.

The match itself wasn’t a classic, with Liverpool outplayed for significant periods of the game. Freddie Ljungberg opened the scoring for the Gunners before Michael Owen rescued the Reds. The English striker scored two remarkable goals in the final two minutes to cement another FA Cup success for Liverpool.

Liverpool in FA Cup 2005-06

The most recent win by the club in the competition came in the 2006 FA Cup final in Cardiff. The game will forever go down as one of the best ever FA Cup finals of all-time. The Reds had to overcome Manchester United, Birmingham City and Chelsea on their way to the final, where they met a confident West Ham United side.

The Hammers led twice in the game; including a 2-0 lead at half time and a 3-2 advantage after 65 minutes. However, the game is remembered for a famous last-minute strike from Steven Gerrard to force the period of extra time. West Ham had a glorious chance to upset all the betting odds in the additional 30 minutes, but it was missed and meant that the final would be decided from the spot. Dietmar Hamann, Steven Gerrard and Jon-Arne Riise scored their spot kicks, and the miss from Anton Ferdinand meant that the Reds were successful in bringing another FA Cup to Anfield.

However, this remains the last success in the competition, and despite reaching one FA Cup final since 2006, the club will be looking to build on their success in the competition. The 2019-20 season could present their best chance to date, and the Reds will lead the market alongside Manchester City in terms of the favourites to win the competition. Liverpool are still likely to field a few younger players in the tournament due to the Premier League being their desired trophy. However, the talent that the club has in their depths will ensure that they will be able to compete with the best for the new season of the FA Cup.