Reykjavik to Rome

The inside story of Liverpool’s quest to be crowned kings of Europe for the first time     Published 2017     £8.

(Available at selected bookshops and mail order from 07773 715666)

Liverpool FC, led by Bill Shankly, first entered the European Cup in August 1964 in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. But the biggest club prize in world football eluded Shankly’s side.

Their first attempt was ended by Inter Milan in the second leg of a semi final mired in corruption and bizarre refereeing decisions.

When Liverpool returned to the competition in 1966-67 their journey lasted only two rounds before the fast emerging but largely unknown Ajax, inspired by a young Johan Cruyff, were too good for them.

Shankly’s final bid for the big pot, in 1973-74, again spanned only two rounds, losing home and away to Red Star Belgrade in what become a landmark in Anfield history, prompting the decision to scrap the stopper centre half and build from the back.

When they re-entered the European Cup in 1976-77 Shankly’s successor Bob Paisley was embarking on his third season in charge. And what a season it was…..ending with the dream realised on an atmospheric May evening in Rome……Liverpool were champions of Europe at last.

This book, celebrating the 40th anniversary of their 3-1 conquest of Borussia Moenchengladbach in the final, revealingly charts Liverpool’s 13-year journey, featuring the views of the players, the managers and the fans blended with the eye-witness recollections of author John Keith.

Available at Broadhursts Bookshop, Market Street, Southport (Tel: 01704 532064), Pritchard’s Bookshop, Moor Lane, Crosby (0151 931 1642), Literally Books, New Brighton (07914 737887). Also inquiries and mail order: 07773 715666.   E-mail: john.s.keith@hotmail.co.uk