1997–98 Liverpool F.C. season

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Liverpool
1997–98 season
Manager England Roy Evans
Stadium Anfield
FA Carling Premiership 3rd
FA Cup Third round
UEFA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Michael Owen (18)
All:
Michael Owen (23)
Highest home attendance 44,532 vs. Bolton Wanderers (7 March 1998)
Lowest home attendance 34,705 vs. Sheffield Wednesday (13 September 1997)
Average home league attendance 40,628
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1997–98 English football season, Liverpool F.C. competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons). Following are the results of the 1997-98 regular season for the English football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside.

Competition Result Top Scorer
Premier League 3rd England Michael Owen, 18
UEFA Cup Second Round England Robbie Fowler
England Steve McManaman
England Michael Owen
Germany Karl-Heinz Riedle, 1
FA Cup Third Round England Jamie Redknapp, 1
League Cup Semi Finals England Michael Owen, 4
Overall England Michael Owen, 23

Season summary[edit]

Liverpool's season saw them feature regularly in the title race, though in the end they just couldn't get the better of champions Arsenal and runners-up Manchester United. But the real success of the season was the emergence of 18-year-old striker Michael Owen. The Chester-born youngster had impressed in a handful of appearances during 1996–97, but his impact during 1997–98 was outstanding—18 goals from 36 Premiership games, especially after Robbie Fowler was ruled out for much of the campaign with a broken leg. In midfield, the arrival of Paul Ince sought to add steel to a side creatively centred on playmaker Steve McManaman, but the team were at the peak of their Spice Boys era, and underachieved in the end, eventually finishing in third place – meaning that Liverpool would be challenging in the UEFA Cup for 1998–99.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1. Arsenal 38 23 9 6 68 33 78
2. Manchester United 38 23 8 7 73 26 77
3. Liverpool 38 18 11 9 68 42 65
4. Chelsea 38 20 3 15 71 43 63
5. Leeds United 38 17 8 13 57 46 59
6. Blackburn Rovers 38 16 10 12 57 52 58
7. Aston Villa 38 17 6 15 49 48 57
8. West Ham United 38 16 8 14 56 57 56
9. Derby County 38 16 7 15 52 49 55
10. Leicester City 38 13 14 11 51 41 53
11. Coventry City 38 12 16 10 46 44 52
12. Southampton 38 14 6 18 50 55 48
13. Newcastle United 38 11 11 16 35 44 44
14. Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 11 16 44 56 44
15. Wimbledon 38 10 14 14 34 46 44
16. Sheffield Wednesday 38 12 8 18 52 67 44
17. Everton 38 9 13 16 41 56 40
18. Bolton Wanderers 38 9 13 16 41 61 40
19. Barnsley 38 10 5 23 37 82 35
20. Crystal Palace 38 8 9 21 37 71 32
Key
Qualified for the Champions League
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated to Division 1

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
1 England GK David James
2 England DF Rob Jones
3 Norway DF Bjørn Tore Kvarme
4 Republic of Ireland DF Jason McAteer
5 England DF Mark Wright
6 Republic of Ireland DF Phil Babb
7 England MF Steve McManaman
8 Norway MF Oyvind Leonhardsen
9 England FW Robbie Fowler
11 England MF Jamie Redknapp
12 England DF Steve Harkness
13 Germany FW Karl-Heinz Riedle
14 England DF Neil Ruddock
No. Position Player
15 Czech Republic MF Patrik Berger
16 England MF Michael Thomas
17 England MF Paul Ince
18 England FW Michael Owen
19 Republic of Ireland DF Mark Kennedy
20 Norway DF Stig Inge Bjørnebye
21 Scotland DF Dominic Matteo
22 England GK Tony Warner
23 England DF Jamie Carragher
24 England MF Danny Murphy
25 England MF David Thompson
29 United States GK Brad Friedel

Reserve 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
26 Denmark GK Jørgen Nielsen
27 Scotland FW Paul Dalglish
28 Australia MF Nicky Rizzo
No. Position Player
30 Iceland MF Haukur Ingi Guðnason
31 Wales DF Gareth Roberts
32 Wales MF Danny Williams

Statistics[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Matches[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

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League Cup[edit]

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UEFA Cup[edit]

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Top scorers[edit]

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