2008–09 Liverpool F.C. season

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Liverpool
2008–09 season
Co-chairmen Tom Hicks and George Gillett
Manager Rafael Benítez
Premier League 2nd
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Fourth round
UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Steven Gerrard (16)
All:
Steven Gerrard (24)
Highest home attendance 44 424 (vs. Arsenal, League, 21 April)
Lowest home attendance 28 591 (vs. Crewe Alexandra, League Cup, 23 September)
Average home league attendance 43 611[1]
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2008–09 season was the 117th season in Liverpool F.C.'s existence, and their 46th consecutive year in the top-flight. This article covers the period from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009. This season is considered Rafa Benitez's best season as manager, with Liverpool finishing as runners-up with a club Premier League record of 86 points, just four behind fierce rivals Manchester United.

Having finished 4th the previous season, Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Champions League final qualifying stage.

Pre-season[edit]

The pre-season signings were Philipp Degen from Borussia Dortmund on a Bosman and Andrea Dossena from Udinese for £7 million. Harry Kewell did not have his contract renewed and joined Galatasaray, a move which angered Leeds United fans.[2] John Arne Riise was sold to Roma for a fee of £4 million, which could rise depending on appearances and success. Peter Crouch left for Portsmouth for a fee of £11 million and goalkeeper Scott Carson was sold to West Bromwich Albion for an initial £3.75 million, which could rise substantially depending on his success. Carson was replaced by the Brazilian Diego Cavalieri, who joined from Palmeiras for a fee of £3.5 million. Danny Guthrie joined Newcastle United for £2.25 million. Liverpool also brought in young French striker David N'Gog from Paris Saint-Germain for a reported £1.5 million fee, on the same day Spanish teenager Emmanuel Mendy arrived on a free from Murcia Deportivo. The club made their biggest summer coup with the signing of Irish striker Robbie Keane, for an initial £19 million with add-ons, from Tottenham Hotspur, becoming Liverpool's second most expensive signing after Fernando Torres. Several young players went out on loan: Jack Hobbs, Godwin Antwi, Miki Roque, Adam Hammill, Paul Anderson, and Robbie Threlfall. Anthony Le Tallec left for Le Mans and Besian Idrizaj left for free. This meant Rafael Benítez spent a total reported to be around £32 million, though he received £22 million in return from sales. As for backroom staff, Sammy Lee returned to the club after managing Bolton Wanderers for the first part of last season after Sam Allardyce joined Newcastle United. Former first team coach Alex Miller left to manage in Japan.

Liverpool kicked-off their pre-season with a winning start after a Yossi Benayoun goal handed them a 1–0 victory over neighbours Tranmere Rovers.[3] The squad then departed for a training camp in Switzerland before they played their next game, a 2–1 victory over FC Lucerne with goals from Lucas and Andriy Voronin. A 1–1 draw with Wisła Kraków followed, with Voronin on the scoresheet again. The pre-season campaign continued with a 0–0 draw in the Olympic Stadium, Berlin against Hertha BSC. Another 0–0 draw followed this time against Villarreal CF in the Estadio El Madrigal where Robbie Keane and David N'Gog made their debuts.

Then, on 2 August, Liverpool played Scottish UEFA Cup finalists Rangers, where they won 4–0 with goals from Fernando Torres, David N'Gog's first for the club, Yossi Benayoun, and a Xabi Alonso penalty.[4][5] A trip to Oslo to play Vålerenga was next for Liverpool in the pre-season campaign, where they won 4–1, with goals from Alonso, Torres, Benayoun, and N'Gog.

Liverpool finished their pre-season at Anfield with 1–0 win over Lazio, the goal scored by Andriy Voronin in the 93rd minute.[6] Voronin was later loaned to Hertha BSC for the year.

Season 2008–09[edit]

Liverpool started their quest for the Champions League in a qualifier against Belgian champions Standard Liège on 13 August. Liverpool were held to a goalless draw in Belgium, with Pepe Reina saving a penalty in the first half. The second leg was played at Anfield on 27 August, and the match looked to be heading into penalties with the score still locked at 0–0 in extra time, until Dirk Kuyt scored from a Ryan Babel cross in the 118th minute to put Liverpool through to the group stage of the Champions League.

Liverpool got off to a winning start in the league opener at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland on 16 August, Fernando Torres scoring an 83rd-minute goal in a deserved 1–0 victory.

A week later, Middlesbrough came to Anfield for the first home league match of the season. Middlesbrough scored first in the 70th minute, but Liverpool equalised with a Middlesbrough own goal from a Jamie Carragher-deflected shot on the 86th minute and a 95th-minute Steven Gerrard strike made it 2–1.

After an international break, Liverpool returned to action by facing champions Manchester United at Anfield, with Liverpool coming from behind to win 2–1, Rafael Benítez's first ever league win against United.

On 27 September, Liverpool beat Everton 2–0 at Goodison Park in the first Merseyside derby of the season. Two goals from Torres in the second half sealed the win against their neighbours.

On 1 October, Liverpool beat PSV 3–1 at Anfield, with Robbie Keane scoring his first goal for Liverpool and Steven Gerrard scoring his 100th goal for the club with a free kick.[7]

On 5 October, Liverpool beat Manchester City 3–2 at the City of Manchester Stadium. After conceding two goals in the first half, Liverpool fought back to make it 2–2 thanks to a brace from Torres, his second in two successive league games. Dirk Kuyt then scored the winner in stoppage time.

After another international break, Liverpool returned to Premier League action against Wigan Athletic at Anfield on Saturday, 18 October. After being 2–1 down at half-time, Liverpool fought back to win 3–2, with Albert Riera scoring his first goal.

On 26 October, Liverpool defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge 1–0, ending Chelsea's four-year, 86-game unbeaten league run at home. The goal was scored in the tenth minute by Xabi Alonso with a deflection off defender José Bosingwa.

On 1 November, Liverpool suffered their first loss of the season at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur, 2–1.

Keane scored his first league goals for the club against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on 8 November. He also scored his first Liverpool brace.

On 12 November, Liverpool were knocked out of the Carling Cup in the fourth round by Tottenham Hotspur, losing 4–2 at White Hart Lane.

In December, Liverpool secured qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 1–0 win over Olympique de Marseille at Anfield, Steven Gerrard scoring the only goal.[8] They were then drawn against Real Madrid, whom they would go on to beat in both legs by an aggregate score of 5–0, securing progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the fourth time in five seasons.[9][10]

On 14 March, Liverpool beat Manchester United 4–1 at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Torres, Gerrard, Fábio Aurélio, and Andrea Dossena. They then beat Aston Villa 5–0 the following week, the largest winning margin of their season. Steven Gerrard also scored his first Premier League hat-trick.

On 20 March, Liverpool were drawn against Chelsea for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. It was the fourth time in five seasons that Liverpool would face Chelsea in the competition.[11]

On 15 April, during a Hillsborough Memorial 20th anniversary service at Anfield, the 30,000 strong crowd sang "do it for the 96!". At the time, Liverpool were very much in contention for their first Premier League title, which would have been a fitting way to remember the 96 Liverpool fans lost two decades prior in the incident.

Liverpool went back to top of the league table on 4 April after beating Fulham 1–0 at Craven Cottage with a stoppage time goal from Yossi Benayoun, Liverpool's tenth goal scored in stoppage time this season. The club had by that stage won nine league games after having been level or trailing with 18 minutes to go.

Despite Liverpool showing so much promise throughout the season, and battling for their first ever Premier League trophy, Manchester United were crowned champions after a 0–0 draw against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Team kit[edit]

The team kit for the 2008–09 season was produced by Adidas and the shirt sponsor was Carlsberg.[12] The new red home kit debuted in the final home game of the 2007–08 season. The new away kit was silver with grey checks and red stripes; the third kit was teal wiith a black collar and black detailing.[13]

Technical staff[edit]

Name Role
Spain Rafael Benítez Manager
England Sammy Lee Assistant manager
Argentina Mauricio Pellegrino First team coach
Spain Angel Vales Head of Technical Analysis
England Dave McDonough Head of Opponent Analysis
Spain Paco de Miguel Fitness coach
Name Role
Spain Gerard Nus Assistant Fitness coach
Spain Xavi Valero Goalkeeping coach
Spain Eduardo Macia Chief scout
England Mike McGlynn Assistant Chief scout
England Mark Waller Club doctor
England Rob Price Senior physiotherapist

First-team squad[edit]

No. Name Nationality Position (s) Date of Birth (age) Signed From
Goalkeepers
1 Diego Cavalieri Brazil GK (1982-12-01)1 December 1982 (aged 26) Palmeiras
25 Pepe Reina Spain GK (1982-08-31)31 August 1982 (aged 26) Villarreal
30 Charles Itandje France GK (1982-11-02)2 November 1982 (aged 26) Lens
41 Martin Hansen Denmark GK (1990-06-15)15 June 1990 (aged 18) Brøndby
42 Péter Gulácsi Hungary GK (1990-05-06)6 May 1990 (aged 18) MTK
Defenders
2 Andrea Dossena Italy LB (1981-09-11)11 September 1981 (aged 27) Udinese
4 Sami Hyypiä Finland CB (1973-10-07)7 October 1973 (aged 35) Willem II
5 Daniel Agger Denmark CB (1984-12-12)12 December 1984 (aged 24) Brøndby
12 Fábio Aurélio Brazil LB/LW (1979-09-24)24 September 1979 (aged 29) Valencia
17 Álvaro Arbeloa Spain RB (1983-01-17)17 January 1983 (aged 25) Deportivo La Coruña
22 Emiliano Insúa Argentina LB (1989-01-07)7 January 1989 (aged 19) Boca Juniors
23 Jamie Carragher England CB (1978-01-28)28 January 1978 (aged 30) Liverpool Academy
27 Philipp Degen Switzerland RB/RW (1983-02-15)15 February 1983 (aged 25) Borussia Dortmund
32 Stephen Darby England RB (1988-10-06)6 October 1988 (aged 20) Liverpool Academy
34 Martin Kelly England CB/RB (1990-04-27)27 April 1990 (aged 18) Liverpool Academy
36 Steven Irwin England RB (1990-09-29)29 September 1990 (aged 18) Liverpool Academy
37 Martin Škrtel Slovakia CB (1984-12-15)15 December 1984 (aged 24) Zenit Saint Petersburg
Midfielders
8 Steven Gerrard England CM/AM (1980-05-30)30 May 1980 (aged 28) Liverpool Academy
14 Xabi Alonso Spain DM (1981-11-25)25 November 1981 (aged 27) Real Sociedad
15 Yossi Benayoun Israel RW (1980-05-05)5 May 1980 (aged 28) West Ham United
20 Javier Mascherano Argentina DM (1984-06-08)8 June 1984 (aged 24) West Ham United
21 Lucas Brazil DM (1987-01-09)9 January 1987 (aged 21) Grêmio
26 Jay Spearing England DM/CM (1988-11-25)25 November 1988 (aged 20) Liverpool Academy
28 Damien Plessis France DM (1988-03-05)5 March 1988 (aged 20) Lyon
31 Nabil El Zhar Morocco RW (1986-08-27)27 August 1986 (aged 22) Saint-Étienne
35 Ryan Flynn Scotland RW/AM/RM (1988-09-04)4 September 1988 (aged 20) Falkirk
Forwards
7 Robbie Keane Republic of Ireland ST (1980-07-08)8 July 1980 (aged 28) Tottenham Hotspur
9 Fernando Torres Spain ST (1984-03-20)20 March 1984 (aged 24) Atlético Madrid
11 Albert Riera Spain LW (1982-04-15)15 April 1982 (aged 26) Espanyol
18 Dirk Kuyt Netherlands RW/ST (1980-07-22)22 July 1980 (aged 28) Feyenoord
19 Ryan Babel Netherlands ST (1986-12-19)19 December 1986 (aged 22) Ajax
24 David N'Gog France ST (1989-04-01)1 April 1989 (aged 19) Paris Saint-Germain
29 Krisztián Németh Hungary ST (1989-01-05)5 January 1989 (aged 19) MTK
39 Nathan Eccleston England ST (1990-12-30)30 December 1990 (aged 18) Bury

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

# Pos Player From Fee Date
27 DF Switzerland Philipp Degen Germany Borussia Dortmund Free[14] 3 July 2008
2 DF Italy Andrea Dossena Italy Udinese £7,000,000 4 July 2008
1 GK Brazil Diego Cavalieri Brazil Palmeiras £3,000,000 11 July 2008
24 FW France David N'Gog France Paris Saint-Germain £1,500,000 24 July 2008
7 FW Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane England Tottenham Hotspur £19,300,000[15][16] 28 July 2008
TBA FW Brazil Vitor Coutinho Flora Brazil Botafogo Free 1 September 2008
42 GK Hungary Péter Gulácsi Hungary MTK Undisclosed 1 September 2008
11 MF Spain Albert Riera Spain Espanyol £8,000,000[17] 1 September 2008

Out[edit]

# Pos Player To Fee Date
GK England Scott Carson England West Bromwich Albion £3,250,000[18] 18 July 2008
15 FW England Peter Crouch England Portsmouth £11,000,000[19] 11 July 2008
3 MF Republic of Ireland Steve Finnan Spain Espanyol Undisclosed 1 September 2008
MF England Danny Guthrie England Newcastle United £2,250,000 11 July 2008
7 FW Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane England Tottenham Hotspur £12,000,000[20] 2 February 2009
7 MF Australia Harry Kewell Turkey Galatasaray Free[21] 5 July 2008
6 DF Norway John Arne Riise Italy Roma £4,000,000[22] 1 July 2008
FW France Anthony Le Tallec France Le Mans[23] £1,100,000 2 July 2008

Loaned out[edit]

# Pos Player To Start End
GK Bulgaria Nikolay Mihaylov Netherlands Twente 1 July 2008 30 June 2010[24]
MF England Paul Anderson England Nottingham Forest[25] 1 July 2008 3 May 2009
44 DF England Robbie Threlfall England Hereford United[26] 16 July 2008 1 January 2009
44 DF England Robbie Threlfall England Stockport County[27] 6 February 2009 6 March 2009
DF Spain Miki Roqué Spain Cartagena 23 July 2008[28] 10 May 2009
40 GK England David Martin England Leicester City[29] 4 August 2008 30 June 2009
33 MF Argentina Sebastián Leto Greece Olympiacos 5 August 2008 30 June 2009[30]
10 FW Ukraine Andriy Voronin Germany Hertha BSC 1 September 2008 30 June 2009[31]
29 FW Hungary Krisztián Németh England Blackpool 26 January 2009 26 February 2009[31]
38 FW England Craig Lindfield England Bournemouth 22 August 2008 31 December 2008
38 FW England Craig Lindfield England Accrington Stanley 26 January 2009 30 June 2009
42 GK Hungary Péter Gulácsi England Hereford United  ??-01-2009 30 June 2009
34 DF England Martin Kelly England Huddersfield Town 26 March 2009 30 June 2009
46 MF England Adam Hammill England Blackpool 18 July 2009 1 January 2009
46 MF England Adam Hammill England Barnsley 2 February 2009 25 May 2009
FW Netherlands Jordy Brouwer Netherlands Waalwijk  ??-01-2009 31 May 2009
DF Ghana Godwin Antwi England Tranmere Rovers 25 July 2008 29 December 2008
DF Ghana Godwin Antwi England Hereford United 16 February 2009 25 February 2009
MF Sweden Astrit Ajdarević England Leicester City 26 March 2009 30 June 2009
35 MF Scotland Ryan Flynn Wales Wrexham  ??-??-2009 30 June 2009
  • In: Increase £33,600,000+
  • Out: Decrease £38,800,000+
  • Total spending: Decrease £5,200,000+

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Premier League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 6 4 68 24 +44 90 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Liverpool 38 25 11 2 77 27 +50 86
3 Chelsea 38 25 8 5 68 24 +44 83
4 Arsenal 38 20 12 6 68 37 +31 72 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Everton 38 17 12 9 55 37 +18 63 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Aston Villa 38 17 11 10 54 48 +6 62
7 Fulham 38 14 11 13 39 34 +5 53 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
8 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 9 15 45 45 0 51
9 West Ham United 38 14 9 15 42 45 −3 51
10 Manchester City 38 15 5 18 58 50 +8 50
11 Wigan Athletic 38 12 9 17 34 45 −11 45
12 Stoke City 38 12 9 17 38 55 −17 45
13 Bolton Wanderers 38 11 8 19 41 53 −12 41
14 Portsmouth 38 10 11 17 38 57 −19 41
15 Blackburn Rovers 38 10 11 17 40 60 −20 41
16 Sunderland 38 9 9 20 34 54 −20 36
17 Hull City 38 8 11 19 39 64 −25 35
18 Newcastle United (R) 38 7 13 18 40 59 −19 34 Relegation to Football League Championship 2009–10
19 Middlesbrough (R) 38 7 11 20 28 57 −29 32
20 West Bromwich Albion (R) 38 8 8 22 36 67 −31 32

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Qualification for European competitions.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Since the finalists of the FA Cup (Chelsea and Everton) had qualified for Europe via their league position,the sixth-placed team received the Europa League play-off round berth. Due to Manchester United winning the League Cup,their place was given to the seventh-placed team in the league.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 25 11 2 77 27 +50 86 12 7 0 41 13 +28 13 4 2 36 14 +22

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground A H A H H A A H A H A H A H H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A A H
Result W W D W D W W W W W L W W D D W D D W W D D D W W D L W W W W W D W W W W W
Position 9 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Last updated: 2 May 2011.
Source: results by round
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group D
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Liverpool 6 4 2 0 11 5 +6 14
Spain Atlético Madrid 6 3 3 0 9 4 +5 12
France Marseille 6 1 1 4 5 7 −2 4
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 1 0 5 5 14 −9 3

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]
Quarter-finals[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Round Kick Off Opponents H / A Result Scorers Referee Attendance Report
R3 2009-01-03 17:25 Preston North End A 2–0 Riera Goal 24' Torres Goal 90+3' Martin Atkinson 23,046 MR
R4 2009-01-25 16:00 Everton H 1–1 Gerrard Goal 54' Steve Bennett 43,524 MR
R4 Replay 2009-02-04 20:10 Everton A 0–1 (a.e.t.) Alan Wiley 37,918 MR

League Cup[edit]

Round Kick Off Opponents H / A Result Scorers Referee Attendance Report
R3 2008-09-23 20:00 Crewe Alexandra H 2–1 Agger Goal 15', Lucas Goal 58' Michael Oliver 28,591 MR
R4 2008-11-12 20:00 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–4 Plessis Goal 49', Hyypiä Goal 63' Mike Riley 33,242 MR

Records[edit]

Doubles achieved[edit]

Opponent Home result Away result
Manchester United 2–1 4–1
Chelsea 2–0 1–0
Blackburn Rovers 4–0 3–1
Bolton Wanderers 3–0 2–0
Portsmouth 1–0 3–2
Sunderland 2–0 1–0
Newcastle United 3–0 5–1
Real Madrid 4–0 1–0
PSV Eindhoven 3–1 3–1
Marseille 1–0 2–1

Comeback[edit]

Liverpool conceded the first goal in a match 13 times this season in the Premier League and the Champions League,  recorded 8 wins, 4 draws and only 1 loss.

Opponent H/A Result Scoreline
Manchester United H 2–1 Tévez 3'Brown 26' (og),  Babel 77'
Manchester United A 4–1 Ronaldo 23'(p)Torres 28',  Gerrard 44'(p),  Aurélio 76',  Dossena 90'
Middlesbrough H 2–1 Mido 70'Pogatetz 86' (og),  Gerrard 90+4'
Manchester City A 3–2 Ireland 18',  Garrido 42'Torres 54',  72',  Kuyt 90'
Wigan Athletic H 3–2 Zaki 29'Kuyt 37',  Zaki 45+4'Riera 80',  Kuyt 85'
Portsmouth A 3–2 Nugent 61'Aurélio 69',  Hreiðarsson 77'Kuyt 85',  Torres 90+2'
Marseille A 2–1 Cana 19'Gerrard 26',  32' (p)
PSV Eindhoven A 3–1 Lazović 37'Babel 45',  Riera 69',  N'Gog 78'

Biggest winning margin[edit]

# Opponent H/A Result Competition
1 Aston Villa H 5–0 Premier League
2 Newcastle United A 5–1 Premier League
3 Real Madrid H 4–0 Champions League
3 Blackburn Rovers H 4–0 Premier League
5 Manchester United A 4–1 Premier League
6 Bolton Wanderers H 3–0 Premier League
6 West Bromwich Albion H 3–0 Premier League
6 Newcastle United H 3–0 Premier League
6 West Ham A 3–0 Premier League

Team statistics[edit]

Performance[edit]

Updated to games played on 9 May 2009.

All Home Away
Pld Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
League 38 86 25 11 2 77 27 +50 12 7 0 41 13 +28 13 4 2 36 14 +22
Overall 53 32 16 5 101 45 +56 16 9 1 52 19 +33 16 7 4 49 26 +23

Liverpool were the only team who were unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season.

Also Liverpool were unbeaten in their last 30 home Premier League matches at Anfield – 21 wins and 9 draws – before losing 3–1 to Aston Villa in August 2009.

Goal minutes[edit]

Updated to games played on 14 April 2009.[32]

1'–15' 16'–30' 31'–HT 46'–60' 61'–75' 76'–FT Extra time
8 12 15 11 11 30 1

Liverpool have scored 53 goals in second halves, more than any other Premier League team. Liverpool recorded more points than any other Premier League team when conceding first or level at half time.

Squad statistics[edit]

Updated to games played on 14 April 2009.[33][34][35][36] Only lists players who made an appearance or were on the bench.
Apps = Appearance(s); CS = Clean sheet(s); Goal G = Goal(s); Booked YC = Yellow card(s); PL = Premier League; CL = Champions League; FAC/LC = FA Cup and League Cup.
To see the table ordered by certain column title click that column header icon Sort both.gif once or twice.

Goalkeepers
Player Nat PL
Apps
PL
CS
CL
Apps
CL
CS
FAC/LC
Apps
FAC/LC
CS
Total
Apps
Total
CS
FA
Booked YC
UEFA
Booked YC
Reina ESP 38 20 11 5 2 0 51 25 0 0
Cavalieri BRA 0 0 1 0 3 1 4 1 0 0
Gulácsi HUN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Outfield players
Player Nat Pos PL
Apps
PL
Goal G
CL
Apps
CL
Goal G
FAC/LC
Apps
FAC/LC
Goal G
Total
Apps
Total
Goal G
FA
Booked YC
UEFA
Booked YC
Gerrard ENG MF 31 16 10 7 3 1 44 24 5 1
Torres ESP FW 24 14 9 2 5 1 38 17 2 1
Kuyt NED MF 38 12 11 3 2 0 51 15 0 0
Benayoun ISR MF 32 8 9 1 1 0 42 9 0 1
Keane IRE FW 19 5 7 2 2 0 28 7 2 0
Riera ESP MF 28 3 9 1 3 1 40 5 1 3
Alonso ESP MF 33 3 10 1 4 0 47 4 7 1
Babel NED MF 27 3 10 1 5 0 42 4 3 0
Aurélio BRA DF 24 2 8 1 1 0 33 3 0 2
N'Gog FRA FW 14 2 3 1 2 0 19 3 1 0
Dossena ITA DF 16 1 7 1 3 0 26 2 2 2
Agger DEN DF 18 1 5 0 3 1 26 2 4 2
Hyypiä FIN DF 16 1 0 0 3 1 19 2 1 0
Lucas BRA MF 25 1 10 1 4 1 39 3 4 1
Arbeloa ESP DF 29 1 12 0 2 0 43 1 8 3
Plessis FRA MF 1 0 2 0 2 1 5 1 1 0
Carragher ENG DF 38 0 12 0 4 0 54 0 5 0
Mascherano ARG MF 27 0 8 0 3 0 38 0 6 3
Škrtel SVK DF 21 0 7 0 2 0 30 0 4 1
El Zhar MAR MF 15 0 2 0 2 0 19 0 3 0
Insúa ARG DF 10 0 0 0 3 0 13 0 0 0
Pennant ENG MF 3 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 0
Spearing ENG MF 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Darby ENG DF 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Degen SUI DF 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
Kelly ENG DF 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Voronin UKR FW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

No Red card direct red cards this season. Lucas was sent off after being shown a Yellow cardRed cardsecond yellow card by Alan Wiley in FA Cup Fourth Round Replay against Everton at Goodison Park on 4 February 2009. Liverpool were the only team to not receive a red card in Premier League matches this season.

Reserves and Academy[edit]

2008–09 season
Reserves manager England Gary Ablett
Under-18s manager England Hughie McAuley
Reserve League 7th place
Academy League 4th place
FA Youth Cup Runners-up
LCFA Senior Cup Winners
Highest home
attendances
3,955 (Res v Man Utd)
7,792 (U18 v Arsenal)

Match results[edit]

Reserves[edit]

Under-18s[edit]

Players[edit]

Reserves[edit]

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

No. Position Player
41 Denmark GK Martin Hansen
–– Hungary GK Péter Gulácsi
–– Australia GK Dean Bouzanis
43[37] Turkey GK Hakan Duyan
22 Argentina DF Emiliano Insúa
32 England DF Stephen Darby (captain)
34 England DF Martin Kelly
36 England DF Steven Irwin
–– Spain DF Daniel Ayala
–– Spain DF Emmanuel Mendy
–– Paraguay DF Ronald Huth
–– Spain DF Mikel San José
–– Ghana DF Godwin Antwi (from January)
26 England MF Jay Spearing
28 France MF Damien Plessis
No. Position Player
31 Morocco MF Nabil El Zhar
55 England MF Ryan Crowther
–– England MF Adam Hammill (from January to February)
–– England MF Ray Putterill
–– Scotland MF Gary Mackay-Steven
–– Spain MF Gerardo Bruna
–– Spain MF Francisco Durán
–– Hungary MF Zsolt Pölöskei (on loan from MTK Hungaria)
29 Hungary FW Krisztián Németh
52 Spain FW Daniel Pacheco
–– Hungary FW András Simon
–– Netherlands FW Vincent Weijl
-- Denmark FW Nikola Saric
–– Brazil FW Vitor Flora
  • Squad numbers refer to players' first team squad number (for season 2008–09), where applicable. Reserve and youth games are 1–11.

Appearances and goals[edit]

Appearance and goalscoring records for all the players who played in Liverpool F.C. reserve team fixtures during the 2008–09 season.

No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier Reserve League Liverpool Senior Cup Lancashire Senior Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
41 Denmark GK Martin Hansen 7 0 5 0 2 0 0 0
42 Hungary GK Péter Gulácsi 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
Australia GK Dean Bouzanis 10 0 8 0 1 0 1 0
43 Turkey GK Hakan Duyan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Argentina DF Emiliano Insúa 10 0 8 0 2 0 0 0
27 Switzerland DF Philipp Degen 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 0
32 England DF Stephen Darby 17 0 15 0 2 0 0 0
34 England DF Martin Kelly 9 1 7 0 1 1 1 0
36 England DF Steven Irwin 11 0 8 0 2 0 1 0
44 England DF Robbie Threlfall 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Spain DF Daniel Ayala 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
Spain DF Emmanuel Mendy 12 0 10 0 2 0 0 0
Spain DF Mikel San José 22 1 19 1 2 0 1 0
Paraguay DF Ronald Huth 11 0 8 0 2 0 1 0
Ghana DF Godwin Antwi 5 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
England DF Michael Scott 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
16 England MF Jermaine Pennant 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
26 England MF Jay Spearing 17 4 16 3 1 1 0 0
28 France MF Damien Plessis 18 2 15 2 3 0 0 0
31 Morocco MF Nabil El Zhar 7 2 6 2 1 0 0 0
35 Scotland MF Ryan Flynn 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
55 England MF Ryan Crowther 10 0 8 0 2 0 0 0
England MF Adam Hammill 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
England MF Ray Putterill 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland MF Gary Mackay-Steven 5 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
Spain MF Gerardo Bruna 16 2 14 2 1 0 1 0
Spain MF Francisco Manuel Durán 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
Iceland MF Victor Pálsson 12 1 9 1 3 0 0 0
Hungary MF Zsolt Pölöskei 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
England MF David Amoo 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Sweden MF Alexander Kacaniklic 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
24 France FW David N'Gog 5 3 5 3 0 0 0 0
29 Hungary FW Krisztian Nemeth 11 2 9 1 2 1 0 0
39 England FW Nathan Eccleston 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
52 Spain FW Daniel Pacheco 21 5 18 4 3 1 0 0
Hungary FW Andras Simon 15 1 12 0 2 1 1 0
Netherlands FW Vincent Weijl 16 2 14 2 2 0 0 0
Brazil FW Vitor Flora 9 2 7 1 2 1 0 0
Netherlands FW Jordy Brouwer 9 3 8 2 0 0 1 1
Denmark FW Nikola Saric 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Finland FW Lauri Dalla Valle 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
England FW Craig Lindfield 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Under-18s[edit]

Ages as of 31 August 2008.

Year Name Pos Age Nat Profile
1st Deale Chamberlain GK 16 England View
1st Hakan Duyan GK 16 Turkey View
1st Jack Metcalf DF 16 England View
1st Christopher Buchtmann MF 16 Germany View
1st James Ellison MF 16 England View
1st Michael Roberts MF 16 England View
1st Pajtim Kasami MF 16 Switzerland View
1st Alex Cooper MF 17 Scotland View
1st Lauri Dalla Valle FW 16 Finland View
1st Thomas Ince FW 16 England View
1st Adam Pepper FW 16 England View
Year Name Pos Age Nat Profile
2nd Chris Oldfield GK 17 Republic of Ireland View
2nd Joe Kennedy (c) DF 17 England View
2nd David Amoo MF 17 England View
2nd Sean Highdale MF 17 England View
2nd Alexander Kacaniklic MF 17 Sweden View
2nd Nathan Eccleston FW 17 England View
Year Name Pos Age Nat Profile
3rd Shane O'Connor DF 18 Republic of Ireland View
3rd Michael Scott DF 18 England View
3rd Astrit Ajdarevic MF 18 Sweden View

Transfers[edit]

In

Pos Player From When
Res. FW Denmark Nikola Saric Denmark Herfølge Boldklub[38] Summer
Res. FW Netherlands Vincent Weijl Netherlands Alkmaar Zaanstreek Summer
Res. MF Hungary Zsolt Pölöskei Hungary MTK Hungaria (on loan) Summer
Res. DF Spain Emmanuel Mendy Spain Murcia Deportivo CF Summer
Res. DF England Steven Irwin Academy (promoted) Summer
Res. MF Scotland Gary Mackay-Steven Academy (promoted) Summer
U18s GK England Deale Chamberlain England Tamworth[39] Summer
U18s DF Germany Christopher Buchtmann Germany Borussia Dortmund[40] Summer
Res. MF Iceland Victor Pálsson Denmark AGF Arhus Winter

Out

Pos Player To When
Res. FW Austria Besian Idrizaj Unassigned Summer
Res. DF Spain Aridane Hernández Spain Real Valladolid[41] Summer
U18s FW Republic of Ireland Michael Collins Italy Triestina[42] Summer
U18s DF England Mattone Awang England Halifax Town[43] Summer
U18s MF England Ben Parsonage England Prescot Cables[44] Summer
U18s FW Germany Marvin Pourie Germany Schalke 04 Winter
U18s DF England Jack Metcalf April
U18s DF Switzerland Pajtim Kasami Italy Lazio Winter

Top scorers[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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