The monopoly that Liverpool had over the top flight in England was unrelenting and an achievement that had never been equaled until Manchester United in the Premier League. United overtook the most league titles won by an English club, and Liverpool have been yet to respond with a Premier League title of their own. The 2019/20 season will mark 30 years since the Reds last top-flight win in England, but very rarely had they come closer than last season.
Jurgen Klopp and his team were buoyed following reaching the final of the Champions League; ultimately they were defeated in the final by Real Madrid, but the sense that a Premier League title may not be far away was overwhelming. However, the Reds were unfortunate to miss out on the top honour despite recording the third-highest point’s tally of the Premier League era and breaking multiple club records in the process.
The 2019/20 season will begin with a sense that Liverpool can once again take on Manchester City, but this time go one better than last season. The bookmakers will make Liverpool the second favourites to win the honour; behind Manchester City. While, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will be among the favourites to reclaim the golden boot that they won last season, after scoring 22 goals each. There will be a serious challenge on City’s hands, and there will be a sense among Liverpool fans that the 2019/20 season will be their year.
Liverpool Premier League Positions
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Liverpool in Premier League 90’s
In the early years of the Premier League, Liverpool’s form was extremely poor. The club only managed to finish in the top four on three occasions before the turn of the millennium and struggled to adapt to the Premier League. Their lowest league finish during this time was an eighth place in the 1993-94 season. On this occasion, they finished below Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United, Arsenal, Leeds United, Wimbledon and Sheffield Wednesday.
However, this form never picked up until the new century began when younger players were given a chance in the first time. Bookmakers often priced Liverpool at odds of around 50/1 to win the league title during the early days of the Premier League.
Liverpool in Premier League 1999-03
Following the 1998-99 season, the Liverpool squad went under massive changes; with David James and Paul Ince both sold, and Robbie Fowler handed more responsibility as vice-captain. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Emile Heskey were tasked with bringing a fresh look to the side. The debut season for this team ended up with a fourth-place finish in the league, but the following season would be when the anticipation would grow much higher.
The 2000-01 season will forever go down as one of the greatest in the club’s history; however, that wasn’t down to their league performance. The club won an unprecedented treble consisting of the UEFA Cup, League Cup and FA Cup, but could only finish third in the Premier League. But it did, however, turn out to be enough to qualify for the next seasons Champions League.
This would become the season which Houllier would come the closest to winning the Premier League; as they finished seven points behind Arsenal. Michael Owen recorded 28 goals to finish the campaign as the Liverpool Premier League top scorer. However, it was the six defeats the club suffered, which meant they ultimately fell short in their challenge. Two of these losses came in their opening three fixtures of the season, and the club also suffered over a terrible festive period; winning just once in nine Premier League fixtures.
Liverpool Premier League Stats
- Liverpool Premier League Titles – 0
- Liverpool Best Premier League Finish – 2nd (2001/02, 2008/09, 2013/14, 2018/19)
- Liverpool Worst Premier League Finish – 8th (1993/94, 2011/12, 2015/16)
- Liverpool Most Premier League Points – 97 (2018/19)
- Liverpool Fewest Premier League Points – 52 (2011/12)
Liverpool in Premier League 2003-08
There was a feeling among bookmakers that Liverpool would become serious contenders for the top prize in the 2002-03 season; with the best midfielder and striker in the league combination working perfectly for the club in Europe. Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen had built up a strong relationship, and that ensured that Owen started the season among the favourites to win the golden boot.
However, despite recording 19 and 16 goals in respective seasons; the club were only able to win a solitary League Cup as a reward. A fifth and fourth place finish was deemed not good enough by the board, and Houllier was subsequently fired in the summer of 2004. Spanish manager Rafael Benitez replaced him. Like the previous manager, he once again failed to get momentum in the Premier League, and the club finished in fifth place. Their top scorer in the season was Milan Baros, who was handed extra responsibility following the departure of Michael Owen; however, Baros struggled and only scored nine goals. Benitez was given another chance after he led the club to their fifth Champions League triumph, and promised Liverpool fans that they would attempt to mount a domestic challenge.
That never materialized as the club finished the next two seasons in third place. However, fans liked the Spaniard, and he had yet to end a season without at least one piece of silverware. That was until the 2007-08 season. Fernando Torres finished the season as the top scorer for Liverpool in this campaign, as his 24 league goals couldn’t guide the club to any higher than fourth place in the league. There was a sense, however, that they were close.
Liverpool in Premier League 2008-09
Boasting a midfield of Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso and a forward in the prime of his career in Fernando Torres; it was little surprise that bookmakers have Liverpool as the second favourites to win the Premier League title. The signs were good as Liverpool went into the New Year with a four-point lead over the reigning champions Manchester United.
However, the Reds choked with back to back draws allowing United to climb above them. Despite the Reds winning ten of their last eleven fixtures; including a famous 4-1 at Old Trafford against United; they ultimately fell short by four points. It was agonizing for the club and was something that Benitez never recovered from at Anfield.
Liverpool in Premier League 2009-13
The subsequent seasons were some of the most disappointing for Liverpool fans as the club failed to finish in the top four in each of the next four seasons. Along with this, there was a merry-go-round of managers going in and out of Anfield which didn’t end until the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
Benitez was fired by the club after finishing seventh in the season following their tight title loss, before the winter departure of Torres in the following season derailed any hope that the club had of finishing in the top four under then-manager Kenny Dalglish. The 2010-11 season had begun with Roy Hodgson in charge, but the Englishman was fired from the club after a poor run of results just six months into his contract. Dalglish did remarkably well to steer the club to a sixth-place finish in the league and was rewarded with an extended contract.
However, the 2011-12 season didn’t bring the good times back to Anfield as fans had expected, and the club finished with a record low of league points in eighth position. The one bright spark came in the form of Luis Suarez who ended his first full season at the club at the top goal scorer. Despite winning the League Cup and finishing runners-up in the FA Cup; King Kenny was fired, and replaced by Brendan Rodgers.
The tenure of Rodgers started with encouraging signs, as the Reds despite finishing seventh had captured a new style of play. Suarez was at the focal point of that and ended the season as the league’s top scorer. Another title push was coming.
Liverpool Premier League Player Stats
|Most appearances||Jamie Carragher||508|
|Most goals||Robbie Fowler||128|
|Most assists||Steven Gerrard||70|
|Most yellow cards||Jamie Carragher||69|
|Most red cards||Steven Gerrard||3|
Liverpool in Premier League 2013-14
Prior to last season, the closest that Liverpool had come to winning their maiden Premier League title came in the 2013-14 season. Bookmakers had Liverpool Premier League odds as rank outsiders, but they defied those odds to present a stern task for Manchester City. Liverpool won ten straight fixtures to set up a grand finale to the season. Their front three of Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge each recorded over ten goals in the season; with Suarez netting 31 league goals.
After beating City 2-0 at Anfield, the title was within their grasp. However, a 2-0 defeat including a slip by Captain Steven Gerrard, which has become an iconic Premier League moment, followed by a 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace meant that the title was in the hands of City, and they didn’t slip.
Liverpool in Premier League 2014-2018
Much like the period between their title challenge under Benitez and the 2013-14 season; the club endured another four years without sustaining any consistent league form. The 2014-15 season saw Liverpool lose Suarez in the summer and that was reflected in the Liverpool betting odds that their chances had been diminished because of that. Rodgers managed to lead the club to the semi-finals in the FA Cup and League Cup, but a sixth place in the league was an anti-climatic finish from the season prior.
Following a poor start to the following season, Rodgers was shown the exit door, as Jurgen Klopp was brought in. Despite having seventh months of the season to salvage Liverpool’s domestic season; Klopp could only manage an eighth-place finish in the league. However, there were signs that he was looking to build the team that we have come to notice nowadays.
The 2016-17 and 2017-18 season both secured fourth-place finishes; meaning successive Champions League qualification for the club for the first time since Benitez. The latter of the seasons saw the Reds become the first team to beat Manchester City and end the season losing just four games in five months.
Liverpool in Premier League 2018-19
The previous season will go down as one of the finest that Liverpool has ever achieved. Domestically they were superb and unfortunate to end the season without the Premier League title. They matched a club record of 30 wins and only tasted defeat on one occasion. However, they ultimately fell short in their pursuit of the Premier League despite recording the third-highest points tally in the history of the Premier League. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane ended the season with the golden boot after they both scored 22 goals in the league. However, bookmakers will be offering competitive prices for Liverpool to go one better in the 2019-20 season. It would be the perfect way to break their Premier League hoodoo; on the 30th anniversary of their last domestic title.
Liverpool Premier League fixtures 2019-20
- Friday 9 – Norwich City (H)
- Saturday 17 – Southampton (A)
- Saturday 24 – Arsenal (H)
- Saturday 31 – Burnley (A)
- Saturday 14 – Newcastle United (H)
- Saturday 21 – Chelsea (A)
- Saturday 28 – Sheffield United (A)
- Saturday 5 – Leicester City (H)
- Saturday 19 – Manchester United (A)
- Saturday 26 –Tottenham Hotspur (H)
- Saturday 2 – Aston Villa (A)
- Saturday 9 – Manchester City (H)
- Saturday 23 – Crystal Palace (A)
- Saturday 30 – Brighton and Hove Albion (H)