Liverpool Ranked First as 'Greatest Football Club in Britain' While Man City and Chelsea Finish Outside Top Five

Nov 19, 2020, 3:43 PM GMT+5:30
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Liverpool are the greatest football club in Britain right now | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
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Liverpool won the Premier League title for the first time in 30 years last season and that took Jurgen Klopp's side back to the top of the list of the most successful English sides in history.

The Reds have won more trophies (42) than rivals Manchester United, but the Red Devils still lead with most league titles, with 20 compared to Liverpool's 19.

Twitter user @FootballInT80s has devised a ranking system for revealing who the top clubs in England are. The system gives each club two points for each season they've played in the top tier until now, and five points for each league title since the league began.

These are the top 23 most successful sides in Britain right now:

23. Nottingham Forest - 56 seasons, 1 title - 117 points

Honours: English First Division (1977-78), FA Cup (1898, 1959), League Cup (1978, '79, '89, '90), European Cup (1979, 1980)

Brian Clough's Forest side won the English league title, three League Cups, and two European cups within three years of getting promoted from the Second Division in 1977.

22. Leeds United - 51 seasons, 3 titles - 117 points

Honours: English First Division (1968-69, '73-74, '91-92), FA Cup (1972), League Cup (1968), Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (1968, '71)

Leeds is a big one-club city, who have had some serious success in their recent past, and got to the semi-finals of the Champions League in this century. They were promoted back to the PL at the start of this season.

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Leeds United won the Sky Bet Championship last season and were promoted to the Premier League | Michael Regan/Getty Images

21. Middlesbrough - 61 seasons - 122 points

Honours: League Cup (2004)

Boro have only spent one of the last ten seasons in the top flight after a long unbroken run, but they've got a good fanbase and a lot of nostalgia behind them.

20. Stoke City - 62 seasons - 124 points

Honours: League Cup (1972), Football League Trophy (1992, 2000)

They've fallen off a cliff in the last couple of seasons, but the Potters have a long history of top-flight presence.

19. West Ham - 63 seasons - 126 points

Honours: FA Cup (1964, '75, '80), European Cup Winners' Cup (1965)

Despite having a cracking fan base, a great stadium, and attracting top players for decades, the Hammers have never finished in the top two in the top flight.

18. Burnley - 58 seasons, 2 titles - 126 points

Honours: English First Division (1920-21, '59-60), FA Cup (1914)

It's been well over 50 years since the Clarets topped the table, even if they were 30 years absent by the time they made their Premier League debut in 2009.

17. Sheffield United - 62 seasons, 1 title - 129 points

Honours: English First Division (1897-98), FA Cup (1899, 1902, '15, '25)

Sheffield made it back as a top side last season, and have had an instant impact on the game. Chris Wilder has been good for the side who were largely absent from the Premier League for years.

16. Derby County - 65 seasons, 2 titles - 140 points

Honours: English First Division (1971-72, '74-75), FA Cup (1946)

The only season they've spent in the Premier League since 2002 was the worst season any club has ever had in the division. Four playoff appearances since then haven't brought them back up.

15. Bolton Wanderers - 73 seasons - 146 points

Honours: FA Cup (1923, '26, '29, '58)

The magic of the FA Cup and players like Eidur Gudjohnsen, Jay-Jay Okocha, Fernando Hierro, Nicolas Anelka, Youri Djorkaeff, Ivan Campo. Bolton have never been the same in years.

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Nuno Espírito Santo has done a brilliant job with Wolves in the top flight | Pool/Getty Images

14. Wolverhampton Wanderers - 66 seasons, 3 titles - 147 points

Honours: English First Division (1953-54, '57-58, '58-59), FA Cup (1893, 1908, '49, '60), League Cup (1974, '80)

Molineux's a decent stadium with a lot of history, Wolves have won the domestic titles a few times in the past and they're back in the top flight and looking strong now.

13. Sheffield Wednesday - 66 seasons, 4 titles - 152 points

Honours: English First Division (1902-03, '03-04, '28-29, '29-30), FA Cup (1896, 1906, '35), League Cup (1991)

Maybe the peak of the 'intangibles' club. Wednesday haven't won a league title for the best part of 90 years, or the FA Cup for about 85. They haven't been in the Premier League since the turn of the century.

12. Blackburn Rovers - 72 seasons, 3 titles - 159 points

Honours: English First Division (1911-12, '13-14, '94-95), FA Cup (six times), League Cup (2002)

They might've dropped down (briefly) to League One a couple of years ago, but they won the Premier League in the last century. Although, they've been out of the top flight in more recent years.

11. West Bromwich Albion - 82 seasons, 1 title - 169 points

Honours: English First Division (1919-20), FA Cup (1888, '92, 1931, '54, '68), League Cup (1966)

The Baggies made it back to the PL this season, but hopes of winning silverware any time soon will require a lot of work.

10. Tottenham Hotspur - 86 seasons, 2 titles - 182 points

Honours: English First Division (1950-51, '60-61), FA Cup (eight times), League Cup (1971, '73, '99, 2008), UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1963), UEFA Cup (1972, 1984)

It's been 12 years since Spurs won any silverware. They've come close on occasion in the past, but haven't been able to get their hands on any trophies. This season, with Jose Mourinho in charge, ambitions are high at Tottenham Hotspur Park.

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Tottenham are hoping to win some silverware with Jose Mourinho | Julian Finney/Getty Images

9. Newcastle United - 89 seasons, 4 titles - 198 points

Honours: English First Division (1904-05, '06-07, '08-09, '26-27), FA Cup (six times), Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (1969)

No trophies for half a century despite a near-constant presence in the top flight – the Magpies have always been good. They just keep not being quite good enough.

8. Chelsea - 86 seasons, 6 titles - 202 points

Honours: English First Division (six times), FA Cup (eight times), League Cup (five times), European Cup (2012), Europa League (2013, '19), UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1971, '98)

You might want to attribute Chelsea's successes to the influx of cash by Roman Abramovich, but history shows that they won six trophies in seven seasons before the Russian billionaire took over. Like Spurs though, the Blues have a long and sustained history of being a good football team.

7. Sunderland - 86 seasons, 6 titles - 202 points

Honours: English First Division (six times), FA Cup (1937, '73)

Sunderland had never been outside the top two divisions for a single season in their entire history until they were relegated to the third tier in 2018.

6. Manchester City - 92 seasons, 6 titles - 214 points

Honours: English First Division (six times), FA Cup (six times), League Cup seven times), UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1970)

Based on trophy count, City are one of the most successful teams in England. However, European glory continues to evade them, and Pep Guardiola is still on the hunt for that elusive Champions League trophy.

5. Aston Villa - 107 seasons, 7 titles - 249 points

Honours: English First Division (seven times), FA Cup (seven times), League Cup (five times), European Cup (1982)

The most successful club in the Midlands, the former European champions, have spent the best part of 90% of their Football League life in the top flight.

Arsenal are the capital's most decorated club
Arsenal are the capital's most decorated club | Getty

4. Arsenal - 104 seasons, 13 titles - 273 points

Honours: English First Division (13 times), FA Cup (14 times), League Cup (1987, '93), UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1994)

The Gunners are London's most successful club. They've also had the Premier League's only unbeaten season, and the best part of a decade of the Premier League's greatest ever striker.

3. Everton - 118 seasons, 9 titles - 281 points

Honours: English First Division (nine times), FA Cup (five times), European Cup Winners' Cup (1985)

Only three clubs have won more English league titles than Everton. The Toffees have 13 FA Cup final appearances – also topped by just the three clubs.

2. Manchester United - 96 seasons, 20 titles - 292 points

Honours: English First Division (20 times), FA Cup (12 times), League Cup (five times), European Cup (1968, '99, 2008), UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1991), Europa League (2017), FIFA Cup World Cup (2008)

United aren't just the biggest club in Britain, they – alongside Real Madrid – have a claim to be the biggest football club in the world. Unfortunately, things haven't gone according to plan since Sir Alex Ferguson left, and the club are still trying to get back their glory days.

1. Liverpool - 106 seasons, 19 titles - 307 points

Honours: English First Division (19 times), FA Cup (seven times), League Cup (eight times), European Cup (six times), UEFA Cup (1973, '76, 2001)

Liverpool's most successful decade was the 1980s, when the club won six League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups, one Football League Super Cup, five Charity Shields (one shared), and two European Cups. Last season, they finally got their hands on the Premier League trophy, after 30 long years.

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