1999–2000 Liverpool F.C. season

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Liverpool
1999–2000 season
Chairman England David Moores
Manager France Gérard Houllier
Premier League 4th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Michael Owen (11)
All:
Michael Owen (12)
Average home league attendance 41,564[1]
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 1999–2000 season was the 109th season in Liverpool F.C.'s existence. The club finished fourth in the Premier League, thus qualifying for the 2000–01 UEFA Cup.

Competition Result Top Scorer
Premier League 4th England Michael Owen, 11
FA Cup Fourth round Guinea Titi Camara, 1
Scotland Dominic Matteo, 1
League Cup Third round England Danny Murphy, 3
Overall England Michael Owen, 12

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 Netherlands GK Sander Westerveld
2 Switzerland DF Stéphane Henchoz
4 Cameroon DF Rigobert Song
5 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Staunton
7 Czech Republic MF Vladimír Šmicer
8 England FW Emile Heskey
9 England FW Robbie Fowler
10 England FW Michael Owen
11 England MF Jamie Redknapp
12 Finland DF Sami Hyypia
14 Norway MF Vegard Heggem
15 Czech Republic MF Patrik Berger
16 Germany MF Dietmar Hamann
No. Position Player
18 Netherlands FW Erik Meijer
19 United States GK Brad Friedel
21 Scotland DF Dominic Matteo
22 Guinea FW Titi Camara
23 England DF Jamie Carragher
24 England MF Danny Murphy
25 England MF David Thompson
28 England MF Steven Gerrard
30 France DF Djimi Traoré[3]
31 Norway DF Frode Kippe
33 England FW Jon Newby
34 Wales MF Leyton Maxwell

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
3 Norway DF Bjorn Kvarme (to Saint-Étienne)
8 Norway MF Oyvind Leonhardsen (to Tottenham Hotspur)
No. Position Player
13 Germany FW Karl-Heinz Riedle (to Fulham)
17 England MF Paul Ince (to Middlesbrough)

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
6 Republic of Ireland DF Phil Babb
20 Norway DF Stig Inge Bjørnebye
26 Denmark GK Jørgen Nielsen
27 Iceland MF Haukur Ingi Guðnason
29 England DF Stephen Wright
32 Republic of Ireland MF Richie Partridge
England GK Ian Dunbavin
England GK Matthew Hogg
England DF John Boardman
No. Position Player
England DF Peter Cavanagh
England DF Neil Murphy
England DF Stephen Warnock
Republic of Ireland DF Paul O'Mara
England MF Alan Navarro
England MF Chris O'Brien
England FW John Miles
England FW Chris Thompson
England FW Stephen Torpey

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Events of the season[edit]

After a disappointing seventh place finish the previous season, which left Liverpool without even UEFA Cup qualification, manager Gérard Houllier began to rebuild his squad and made seven close season signings. The attack was bolstered with the arrival of Titi Camara, Erik Meijer and Vladimír Šmicer. Succeeding Aston Villa-bound David James in goal was Dutchman Sander Westerveld. A new look central defence featured Stéphane Henchoz and Sami Hyypiä.[6] Following the summer departure of former captain Paul Ince, Jamie Redknapp was made the new captain of the side, with Robbie Fowler appointed as vice-captain.

The season began on 7 August 1999 with a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday, with Robbie Fowler and the debutant Titi Camara finding the net.[7] However, the next game saw newly promoted Watford - in the top flight for the first time in over a decade - travel to Anfield and come away surprise 1-0 winners. Defeat followed in the next game as Liverpool travelled to Middlesbrough, but then came victories over Leeds United and Arsenal which saw the Reds occupy eighth place as the first month of the season drew to a close.[8]

September saw the Reds navigate the second round of the Football League Cup with a comfortable aggregate win over financially troubled Division Three side Hull City, though they failed to achieve any victories in the league, losing 3-2 at home to Manchester United (with Jamie Carragher scoring two own goals), drawing 2-2 at Leicester City and finally losing 1-0 at home to Everton in the Merseyside derby. This left Liverpool 12th by the end of September, while their cross-city rivals were showing signs of a revival after three dismal seasons by occupying sixth place.[9] Things improved slightly in October with two league victories over Chelsea and West Ham United. Southampton had ended Liverpool's League Cup hopes with a third round defeat earlier in the month, which ended with Liverpool's league standing slightly improved to ninth place. With a third of the season now gone, they were eight points off the top of a table being led by Leeds United.[10]

November was a much better month for the Reds, who achieved wins over Bradford, Derby County and Sunderland to occupy fifth place by 20 November. They were now just six points behind leaders Manchester United.[11] However, the month ended on a low note as they lost 1-0 at West Ham United.

Liverpool's revival continued in December as they beat struggling Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 at Anfield. With the FA Cup third round unusually being played before Christmas, they travelled to Division One promotion chasers Huddersfield Town on 12 December and came away 2-0 victors. A 2-0 win over Coventry City on 18 December meant that the Reds were still fifth in the league at Christmas, six points behind Manchester United.[12]

Their FA Cup quest ended in a shock 1-0 fourth round defeat at home to Blackburn Rovers.

Liverpool's attack was bolstered with the club record £11 million signing of Leicester City's Emile Heskey on 10 March 2000.[13]

The first two months of the new millennium saw mixed results for the Reds, but luckily for them many of the teams around them dropped points as well, meaning that by mid February they were third in the league and just six points behind leaders Manchester United, who had a game in hand. There now appeared to be a realistic chance that the Reds might finally be able to end their 10-year wait for the league title.[14] Three successive draws followed in March, then came a five-match winning run which lifted them to second place by 16 April. However, Manchester United now had an 11-point lead at the top of the table with just five games remaining, and needed just five points from those remaining games to be certain of retaining the league title. However, Liverpool still had something to play for, as the top three places in the Premier League now meant Champions League qualification. Competition for second and third place was still fierce, with Arsenal, Leeds United, Chelsea and Aston Villa all in close contention.[15]

However, the season ended with a disastrous run of results. A goalless draw at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby was followed by a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. Emile Heskey's first game against old club Leicester on 3 May was a disaster as the East Midlanders came away from Anfield with a 2-0 victory. A goalless draw against Southampton followed, and on the final day of the season - 14 May - the Reds travelled to a Bradford City side battling it out with Wimbledon to avoid the last relegation place. An early David Wetherall goal gave Bradford a 1-0 win over the Reds, who surrendered a Champions League place and were forced to settle for a place in the UEFA Cup instead. The result also relegated Wimbledon - who, 12 years to the day, had beaten the Reds in one of the greatest FA Cup final shocks of all time.[16]

Premier League[edit]

Classification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification/relegation
1 Manchester United 38 28 7 3 97 45 +52 91 UEFA Champions League 2000–01 1st group stage
2 Arsenal 38 22 7 9 73 43 +30 73 UEFA Champions League 2000–01 1st group stage
3 Leeds United 38 21 6 11 58 43 +15 69 UEFA Champions League 2000–01 3rd qualifying round
4 Liverpool 38 19 10 9 51 30 +21 67 UEFA Cup 2000–01 1st round
5 Chelsea 38 18 11 9 53 34 +19 65 UEFA Cup 2000–01 1st round1
6 Aston Villa 38 15 13 10 46 35 +11 58 2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 3rd round

Matches[edit]

References[edit]