Liverpool overtake Man Utd: Who are English football's most decorated clubs in history?


Liverpool celebrated their Premier League triumph in style at Anfield on Wednesday night.

The relief was palpable by the time Jordan Henderson got his hands on the silverware, marking an end to the club's 30-year drought and capping a season that COVID-19 threatened to derail.

It also signified the first time that Liverpool had conquered English football since the 1992 rebranding, which has largely been typified by Manchester United's dominance with 13 titles.

Liverpool vs Man Utd

However, the Reds now have the chance to draw level with their north-west rivals' overall collection of 20 league crowns if they can retain their title next season.

But regardless of whether Liverpool can join United on the magical number 20, their league triumph this season has been enough for them to become English football's most decorated club again.

Wrapping up the league trophy with one of the highest points tallies in history means that Liverpool have now won 43 majors honours, which is one more than what's been achieved at Old Trafford.


English football's most successful ever clubs

It's remarkable to think that the Premier League's two biggest clubs are separated by just a single trophy after more than a century of contesting leagues, cups and European titles.

But what would it take for another club to throw their hat into Liverpool and United's ring? Well, talkSPORT decided to answer that question by looking at England's 20 most successful clubs.

Only season-long competitions are included, so no Community Shield or UEFA Super Cup, while a minimum of one top-flight title is required and any lower-league championships are omitted.

Disclaimers aside, though, you can see whether your team makes the cut down below and if they do, how they shape up to the trophy-winning machines of United and Liverpool.


Four trophies

Leicester City - League title (x1) and League Cup (x3)

Portsmouth - League title (x2) and FA Cup (x2)

Preston North End - League title (x2) and FA Cup (x2)


Five trophies

Sheffield United - League title (x1) and FA Cup (x4)

Seven trophies

West Bromwich Albion - League title (x1), League Cup (x1) and FA Cup (x5)

Leeds United - League title (x3), FA Cup (x1), League Cup (x1) and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (x2)


Eight trophies

Sheffield Wednesday - League title (x4), FA Cup (x3) and League Cup (x1)

Sunderland - League title (x6) and FA Cup (x2)

Nine trophies

Nottingham Forest - League title (x1), FA Cup (x2), League Cup (x4) and European Cup (x2)

Wolverhampton Wanderers - League title (x3), FA Cup (x4) and League Cup (x2)


Ten trophies

Blackburn Rovers - League title (x3), League Cup (x1) and FA Cup (x6)

11 trophies

Newcastle United - League title (x4), FA Cup (x6) and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (x1)

15 trophies

Everton - League title (x9), FA Cup (x5) and European Cup Winners’ Cup (x1)


17 trophies

Tottenham Hotspur - League title (x2), FA Cup (x8), League Cup (x4), European Cup Winners’ Cup (x1) and UEFA Cup (x2)

20 trophies

Manchester City - League title (x6), FA Cup (x6), League Cup (x7) and European Cup Winners’ Cup (x1)

Aston Villa - League title (x7), FA Cup (x7), League Cup )x5) and European Cup x1


24 trophies

Chelsea - League title (x6), FA Cup (x8), League Cup (x5), European Cup (x1), Cup Winners’ Cup (x2) and Europa League (x2) 


30 trophies

Arsenal - League title (x13), FA Cup (x13), League Cup (x2), Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (x1) and European Cup Winners’ Cup (x1)


42 trophies

Manchester United - League title (x20), FA Cup (x12), League Cup (x5), European Cup (x3), Cup Winners’ Cup (x1) and UEFA Cup (x1)


43 trophies

Liverpool - League title (x19), League Cup (x8), FA Cup (x7), European Cup (x6) and UEFA Cup/Europa League (x3)


GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

So, the top six are the top six for a reason, I guess.

It's remarkable to see just how far Liverpool and United are ahead of some of English football's most historic clubs, while even Arsenal in third are comfortably above the chasing pack.

As far as I'm concerned, United should still be considered the dominant force of the modern era, while Liverpool were the undisputed number ones in the epoch that preceded it. 


But the question now is whether Jurgen Klopp can start to build a dynasty at Anfield that would really throw down the gauntlet to the club that knocked them off their perch.

Thirteen Premier League titles is obviously lightyears away from Liverpool's grasp, but pulling away from United's overall total of 20 is something I expect to see before 2025 rolls around.

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