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England’s most successful football club: Liverpool extend lead over Man Utd

By Chris Smith

Published: 11:29, 23 December 2019 | Updated: 14:38, 27 June 2020

Liverpool extended their lead over bitter rivals Manchester United as the most successful team in English football by becoming 2019/20 Premier League champions.

The running count of trophies won comes from a selective process that only includes league titles, the Champions League or European Cup, the Uefa Cup or Europa League, Uefa Super Cup, the now-defunct Cup Winners’ Cup, the FA Cup and League Cup, plus the Club World Cup, for which Liverpool are current holders after December’s victory in Doha.

England’s most successful clubs…

  1. Liverpool: 48
  2. Man Utd: 45
  3. Arsenal: 30
  4. Chelsea: 25
  5. Aston Villa: 21
  6. Man City: 20

Community Shields, as known as Super Cups in other major European nations, are discounted from this list. This is in large part due to the fact that in England are single-match affairs and not considered ‘major honours’, as is the case in other countries like Spain, Italy and Germany.

While Liverpool are English football’s most successful club, Manchester United would be accurate in calling themselves the most successful club in English football competitions. They have won 20 league titles, 12 FA Cups (both records) along with five League Cups. That makes 37, to Liverpool’s 34.

United have failed to win any silverware since their 2017 Europa League and EFL Cup wins and struggling for form this season, and their best chance of correcting this is the 2019/20 FA Cup. They will also take part in the Europa League