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Why Manchester United are a more successful club than Liverpool

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Throughout much of the 1970s and 1980s, Liverpool FC were the envy of all English football fans. Nobody would have envisaged that the club moulded by Bill Shankly and brought to European dominance with Bob Paisley at the helm would ever be toppled as the country's most dominant superpower.

Most Liverpool fans argue that this still has yet to happen. Indeed - 25 years after the Reds' last league triumph - Manchester United are the only English club who have elevated their history to a level that is even comparable with that of the Merseyside giants.

With five European Cups to their name, Liverpool remain the most successful British side on a continental level. However, Manchester United - despite trailing by two in this department - lead by the same margin in terms of league titles.

League titles a better measure of success

The sheer length of the league season makes domestic dominance a more notable mark of success than European Cup glory. Whilst Liverpool's last Champions League win was one of the most astonishing stories, few would argue that their 2004/05 side was anywhere near as impressive as that of Chelsea - who finished a staggering 37 points above them in the Premier League.

Similarly, the Chelsea side that won the Champions League in 2012 finished sixth in the league that year - a full 25 points behind Manchester City's title-winning squad at the time.

Liverpool's easier path to success

As ex-Manchester United player Gary Neville recently implied in a tweet aimed at his former Liverpool counterpart, Jamie Carragher, the Anfield club played far fewer games in their first four European Cup winning seasons than the 15 a club would have to play to win the competition now.

The Reds played 34 games in total throughout the four competitions - three less than the cumulative number Manchester United had to play en route to their three triumphs.

United more successful than Liverpool

There is no doubting that Liverpool are Britain's most successful club on the continent - and, indeed, they played 15 games in their most recent triumph. However, one cannot compare what the European Cup was during Paisely's time to what it is today

Whilst recent failure has not altered Liverpool's status as a historical giant of European football and nobody can discount their success, it is fair to say that Manchester United's rise under Sir Alex Ferguson truly did knock them off their perch.

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