Liverpool Football Club is an institution steeped in history.
A club with names of legends who roll off the tongue, with managers and coaches who have led their side to glory year after year and fans who like no others can inspire their team to super-human efforts, even when it seems the whole outside world is against them.
But more than anything else, Liverpool FC is a club which was built and mastered towards a dedication of winning trophies.
In those terms, the club has excelled: a magnificent haul of 40 major competition wins include 18 League Title Championships, a UK record-breaking five European Cups, seven FA Cups, seven League Cups and three UEFA Cups.
Added to that the plethora of Charity/Community Shields, European Super Cups and lower-league titles, and it is easy to see why the history and tradition of the club is much admired and even envied by those around the country and indeed the globe.
True, in recent years such silverware has been in short supply—Liverpool have not won a major final since the 2006 FA Cup—but the Reds are never far from the top and in the midst of a major rebuilding under new stewardship at both boardroom and training ground level few would bet against them adding to their vast numbers of trophies in the near future.
Of course, no one single man can take all credit for any trophy win. Even in those matches where an outstanding individual display wins a prestigious cup final, there would still be games in previous rounds when his team mates did the business to get the team anywhere near the final.
And in the course of a final match, any number of saves by a goalkeeper or great set-piece delivery can go largely ignored in the annuls of time, despite being thoroughly key to the triumph of the team on the day—though of course, we should always strive to remember such performances.
But in the end, only the most tangible of footballing commodities can win a team a cup final title.
We pay homage now to those Liverpool heroes who, Liver Bird upon their chest, took their chances when it mattered most to help the Reds on the path to glory—or despairing, defeated agony.