1992–93 Liverpool F.C. season

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Liverpool
1992–93 season
Chairman England David Moores
Manager Scotland Graeme Souness
Premier League 6th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Ian Rush (14)
All: Ian Rush (22)
Highest home attendance 44,619 (vs. Everton, League, 20 March)
Lowest home attendance 12,533 (vs. Chesterfield, League Cup, 22 September)
Average home league attendance 34,741
Home colours
Away colours

The 1992–93 season was the 101st season in Liverpool F.C.'s existence, and their 30th consecutive year in the top-flight. Having won the FA Cup the previous season, Liverpool had qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

New members of the side for the 1992-93 season included goalkeeper David James, Hungarian midfielder Itsvan Kozma, Danish defender Torben Piechnik and attacking midfielder Paul Stewart. The close season had seen the departure of defender Barry Venison and winger Ray Houghton. A few weeks into the season, striker Dean Saunders also headed out of Anfield to sign for Aston Villa.

As founders members of the new FA Premier League, Liverpool finished sixth – a repeat of their performance in the previous season. But they failure to make an impact in the cup competitions meant that their season ended without a trophy and left them without any European football for the 1993–94 season.[1]

This article covers the period from 1 July 1992 to 30 June 1993.

Competition Result Top scorer
Premier League 6th Wales Ian Rush, 14
UEFA CWC Second round Wales Ian Rush, 5
FA Cup Third round Wales Ian Rush, 1
League Cup Fourth round England Mike Marsh, 3
Charity Shield Runners-up Wales Ian Rush, 1
Overall Wales Ian Rush, 22

First-team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Zimbabwe GK Bruce Grobbelaar
England GK Mike Hooper
England GK David James
Norway DF Stig Inge Bjørnebye (from December)
England DF David Burrows
England DF Steve Harkness
England DF Rob Jones
Scotland DF Steve Nicol
Denmark DF Torben Piechnik (from September)
England DF Nick Tanner
England DF Mark Wright (captain)
England MF John Barnes
England MF Phil Charnock
No. Position Player
England MF Don Hutchison[2]
Hungary MF István Kozma
England MF Mike Marsh
England MF Steve McManaman
Denmark MF Jan Mølby
England MF Jamie Redknapp
England MF Michael Thomas
England MF Mark Walters
Republic of Ireland MF Ronnie Whelan
England FW Robbie Fowler
Israel FW Ronnie Rosenthal
Wales FW Ian Rush
England FW Paul Stewart

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland FW Tony Cousins (to Middlesbrough)
No. Position Player
Wales FW Dean Saunders (to Aston Villa)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Pos Player From Fee Date
GK England David James England Watford £1,000,000 6 July 1992
FW England Paul Stewart England Tottenham Hotspur £2,300,000 29 July 1992
DF Denmark Torben Piechnik Denmark FCK £500,000 1 August 1992
DF Norway Stig Inge Bjørnebye Norway Rosenborg £600,000 18 December 1992

Out[edit]

Pos Player To Fee Date
DF England Barry Jones Wales Wrexham Free 10 July 1992
MF Republic of Ireland Ray Houghton England Aston Villa £825,000 28 July 1992
DF England Barry Venison England Newcastle United £250,000 31 July 1992
FW Wales Dean Saunders England Aston Villa £2,300,000 10 September 1992
FW Republic of Ireland Tony Cousins England Middlesbrough Free April 1993

Match results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Premier League[edit]

European Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers Attendance
R1 16 September 1992 Cyprus Apollon Limassol H 6–1 Stewart 4', 38', Rush 39', 50', 55', 74' 12,769 (Report)
R1 29 September 1992 Cyprus Apollon Limassol A 2–1 Rush 62', Hutchison 68' 10,000 (Report)
R2 22 October 1992 Russia Spartak Moscow A 2–4 Wright 65', McManaman 79' 55,000 (Report)
R2 4 November 1992 Russia Spartak Moscow H 0–2 37,993 (Report)

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers Attendance
R3 3 January 1993 Bolton Wanderers A 2–2 Winstanley 56' (o.g.), Rush 82' 21,502 (Report)
R3 Replay 13 January 1993 Bolton Wanderers H 0–2 34,790 (Report)

Coca-Cola Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers Attendance
R2 22 September 1992 Chesterfield H 4–4 Rosenthal 51', Hutchison 58', Walters 72', Wright 85' 12,533 (Report)
R2 6 October 1992 Chesterfield A 4–1 Hutchison 19', Redknapp 35', Walters 42', Rush 56' 10,632 (Report)
R3 28 October 1992 Sheffield United A 0–0 17,856 (Report)
R3 Replay 11 November 1992 Sheffield United H 3–0 McManaman 33', 42', Marsh 84' (pen) 17,654 (Report)
R4 1 December 1992 Crystal Palace H 1–1 Marsh 77' (pen) 18,525 (Report)
R4 Replay 16 December 1992 Crystal Palace A 1–2 Marsh 26' (pen) 19,622 (Report)

Other games[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

P Player Position PL FAC LC ECWC Total
1 Wales Ian Rush Striker 14 1 1 5 21
2 England Mark Walters Midfielder 11 0 2 0 13
3 Scotland Don Hutchison Midfielder 7 0 2 1 10
4 England Steve McManaman Midfielder 4 0 2 1 7
5 Israel Ronnie Rosenthal Forward 6 0 1 0 7

Season events[edit]

August[edit]

In the last season of the original Football League First Division before the creation of the FA Premier League, Liverpool had collected their fifth FA Cup but finished sixth in the league – the first time since 1981 that they hadn't finished champions or runners-up. They had returned to European competition in the UEFA Cup and reached the quarter-finals. Their disappointment in the league could largely be put down to the fact that key players Ian Rush and John Barnes had missed many games through injury. However, Rush and Barnes were back to full fitness for the 1992–93 season, accompanied by new signing Paul Stewart from Tottenham Hotspur, who could double as a midfielder or attacker, and 21-year-old Watford goalkeeper David James who was already an England under-21 international and widely tipped to be a full international over the next few years.

The season began on 8 August, when Liverpool faced league champions Leeds United in the FA Charity Shield, and an action packed game at Wembley Stadium ended in a 4–3 defeat. Eight days later, Liverpool travelled to the City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest in their very first Premier League game, but came away 1–0 losers after a Teddy Sheringham goal. Three days later, the Reds recorded their first win, goals and points at Anfield in a 2–1 win over Sheffield United, with Mark Walters opening the goalscoring followed by Paul Stewart in the second half. However, the visit of Arsenal to Anfield four days after that brought major disappointment as the North Londoners ran out 2–0 winners. The next two games (away visits to Ipswich Town and Leeds) both ended in 2–2 draws, with 70th minute penalties from Jan Molby in both of these games.

Liverpool's first month of the new Premier League had been a major disappointment, with one win, two draws and two defeats, leaving them a lowly 16th out of 22 clubs.[3]

September[edit]

The second month of Liverpool's season was similar to the first – bringing one draw (at home to Southampton), one win (at home to Chelsea) and three defeats (at the hands of Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Wimbledon). They were now 19th in the league, with only goal difference keeping them out of relegation places at the end of the second month of a season in a league where they had been expected to challenge for the title, which was currently being contested by some of the most unlikely sides including Norwich City, Coventry City and Queen's Park Rangers as well as big spending Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers.[4]

Liverpool's European adventure began on 16 September, with a 6–1 home demolition of Apollon Limassol (the Cypriot cup winners) in which Ian Rush scored four goals and Paul Stewart was on target twice in the first round first leg of the European Cup Winners' Cup. The return leg in Cyprus two weeks later saw Liverpool progress to the next stage with a 2–1 win thanks to another goal from Rush as well as another from Don Hutchison.

The Football League Cup quest began on 22 September, when Division Three Chesterfield gave the Reds a scare by drawing 4–4 with them at Anfield.

October[edit]

Liverpool's terrible start to the season gave way to a slight improvement in October. The month began well with a 1–0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday in which Don Hutchison scored the only goal, and two weeks later only a late equaliser from Mark Hughes denied them an away win over Manchester United, forcing a 2–2 draw. The following Saturday saw an impressive 4–1 home win over surprise title challengers Norwich, but the month ended with a return to Liverpool's losing ways as they were beaten 2–0 by Tottenham at White Hart Lane, where Spurs' first goal came from a spectacular volley by Nayim.

They ended the month in 14th place in the league – an improvement on the previous month but still well short of top spot.[5] Any hopes that Chesterfield might have had of achieving a giant killing feat over the Reds ended at Saltergate on 6 October, when Graeme Souness's men achieved a 4–1 win to put them through to the third round. They were drawn with Sheffield United, who held them to a goalless draw at Bramall Lane on 28 October,.

On the European scene, Liverpool's chances of glory in the Cup Winners' Cup took a severe blow when they were beaten 4–2 in Russia by Spartak Moscow.

November[edit]

Liverpool saw league action just three times in London – and won on each occasions. Middlesbrough visited Anfield on 7 November, and were on the receiving end on a 4–1 defeat in which Ronny Rosenthal scored twice. Rosenthal was the only man on the scoresheet 16 days later as the Reds beat QPR 1–0 at Loftus Road. Five days later, Liverpool's surge continued when they demolished Crystal Palace 5–0 at Anfield. They had now climbed to eighth place.[6]

The League Cup third round replay against Sheffield United at Anfield saw them run out 3–0 victors thanks to a Steve McManaman brace and a Mike Marsh penalty. However, any remaining hopes of European glory were ended on 4 November, when they suffered a 2–0 home defeat to Spartak Moscow in the second leg of the second round.

December[edit]

Liverpool's league revival stalled in November as they won just one league matches out of four. They lost 2–1 to Everton in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on 7 December, though two goals from Mark Walters six days later gave them a 2–1 home win over Blackburn Rovers. Six days before Christmas, however, the Reds were on the receiving end of one of the biggest league shocks of the season as they were crushed 5–1 by Coventry at Highfield Road. Their final action of 1992 came on 28 December, when they drew 1–1 at home to Manchester City. They had now slipped to 11th place.[7]

December also saw the end of Liverpool's attempt to win a record fifth League Cup, as they were beaten 2–1 by Crystal Palace in the fourth round replay after a 1–1 draw in the first match.

January[edit]

1993 began with a 2–2 draw with Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup third round at Burnden Park, with the replay at Anfield 10 days later sparking arguably the biggest cup upset of the season as the Reds lost 2–0 at home to the Division Two promotion chasers.

Liverpool fared little better in the league this month, beginning with a 2–1 home defeat to title chasers Aston Villa, followed by a 2–0 defeat at Wimbledon, before a John Barnes penalty against Arsenal at Highbury on 31 January, ensured that the month would not end winless for the Reds, who were still only 12th in the league.[8]

February[edit]

Liverpool's dismal form continued into February as they failed to win a single game all month, and speculation was mounting that manager Graeme Souness would soon be forced out of the club. The month began with goalless draws against Forest and Chelsea, before the Reds lost 2–1 at Southampton. A goalless draw followed at home to Ipswich, whose recent surge in form had seen them look like outsiders for the league title a season after promotion. A 1–1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday ensured that Liverpool had gone a whole month with five games but no wins. They had managed just two goals all month, both from Don Hutchison.

March[edit]

Liverpool's action for March kicked off with a 2–1 home defeat by a Manchester United side who went top on their way to their first top division title since 1967, with left Liverpool a lowly 15th in the league and just five places and three points clear of the relegation zone. The game also saw Ian Rush score his first league goal of 1993 and only his fourth of the whole season in the league, and marked the start of a turnaround in fortunes for both player and club.[9]

Four days later, QPR were the visitors at Anfield as Rush was the only man on the scoresheet in a 1–0 win for the hosts. Three days later, Rush was joined by Don Hutchison on the scoresheet as the Reds won 2–1 at Middlesbrough – a result which pushed the Ayresome Park club deeper into relegation trouble. 20 March, was the day of the second Merseyside derby of the season, in which Liverpool ran out 1–0 winners and Ronny Rosenthal scored the only goal of the game. The resurgence was put on hold when Liverpool's last game of the month saw the held to a 1–1 draw at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace, but Rush was on target for the fourth time in five games and his team had now lifted themselves to 10th place.[10]

April[edit]

April began badly for the Reds as a 4–1 defeat at Blackburn (managed by former Liverpool player and boss Kenny Dalglish) suggested that another decline was setting in and that the Reds could be sucked back into the unthinkable relegation battle. However, a week later their resurgence was resumed with Ian Rush once again the inspiration as they defeated Oldham 1–0 at Anfield. Rush was on the scoresheet yet again in the next game as they were held to a 1–1 draw by Manchester City at Maine Road. Undoubtedly the best game of the month came on 17 April, when the Reds demolished Coventry 4–0 at Anfield, with Mark Walters scoring a hat-trick and defender David Burrows scoring the other goal. The month ended with a 2–0 home win over Leeds that completed Liverpool's impressive rise from 15th place to fifth within the space of a few weeks. The relegation fear was now long gone, though it was too late for Liverpool to make a challenge for one of the two UEFA Cup places.[11]

May[edit]

With the pressure off the Reds as the end of the season loomed, they lost 1–0 to third placed Norwich at the beginning of the month before being beaten 3–2 by an Oldham side who were on the way to completing a survival act which was little short of miraculous. The campaign ended on 8 May, with an impressive 6–2 demolition of Tottenham with goals from Ian Rush (twice), John Barnes (twice), a penalty from Mark Walters and an own goal from Tottenham's Stuart Nethercott, to secure a sixth place finish for the second season running.[12] [13] [14]

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