2011–12 Liverpool F.C. season

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Liverpool
2011–12 season
Chairman Tom Werner
Manager Kenny Dalglish
Premier League 8th
FA Cup Runners-up
League Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Luis Suárez (11)
All:
Luis Suárez (17)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2011–12 season was the 120th season in Liverpool Football Club's existence, and their 49th consecutive year in the top flight of English football.

Liverpool had mixed fortunes during the season; they enjoyed success in the domestic cups, winning the League Cup for a record eighth time – also their first trophy since 2006 – and reached the FA Cup Final, where they lost to Chelsea. By virtue of winning the League Cup, Liverpool qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League. However, the club's league form was indifferent and they finished 8th, their joint lowest Premier League finish since finishing 8th in 1994, resulting in Kenny Dalglish being relieved of his duties on 16 May 2012.[1]

Season review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Liverpool began their pre-season schedule with a fixture against Guangdong Sunray Cave on 13 July as part of their tour of China, with Liverpool narrowly winning 4–3. Christian Poulsen scored his first Reds' goal, David N'Gog and Andy Carroll grabbed one each and 18 year-old debutant Conor Coady also got a goal, with the new signing Charlie Adam featuring for 45 minutes.[2] On 16 July 2011, they continued their tour of Asia when the played the Malaysia All-Stars XI team. They won the game 6-3 despite a number of defensive errors. Charlie Adam scored his first goal from the penalty spot, Maxi Rodríguez and David N'Gog both got braces and Dirk Kuyt also scored to round off the victory. On 23 July, they travelled to the KC Stadium to play Hull City where they lost 3–0. The game saw other summer recruits Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Doni make their debuts. They later played against Galatasaray in Istanbul on 28 July and lost 3–0 again. Next, they played Valerenga away on 1 August and drew the game 3–3. Daniel Agger hit a brace and Andy Carroll scored the other. They played their final pre-season game on 6 August at Anfield against Valencia, winning 2–0. Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt were on the scoresheet, although the latter's shot appeared to take a deflection off Sotiris Kyrgiakos before rolling into the net.[3][4]

August[edit]

Liverpool started their Premier League campaign on 13 August, at home to Sunderland. The match finished 1–1, the Liverpool goal coming in the 12th minute from Luis Suárez from a Charlie Adam free kick. Suárez had missed an early penalty which he had won after being brought down by Kieran Richardson, firing the ball over the bar from the spot.[5] Andy Carroll had a goal ruled out before Sunderland equalised in the 57th minute with a volley from Sebastian Larsson.[6] Jordan Henderson made his full Liverpool debut against his former club, with Adam, Stewart Downing and José Enrique also making their debuts, even though the latter had signed just a day previously.[7]

Liverpool played their second league match against Arsenal on 20 August at the Emirates Stadium. Liverpool won the match 2–0, taking advantage of Arsenal's worries on and off the pitch. The first half saw Henderson and Carroll go close for Liverpool with headers, with Pepe Reina not even troubled by the hosts. In the second half, Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong received a second yellow card after a dangerous tackle on Lucas. The visitors' first goal came in the 78th minute after Arsenal's young centre-back Ignasi Miquel's attempted to clear the ball, only for it to strike Aaron Ramsey in the chest and looped over Wojciech Szczęsny. Substitute Luis Suárez wrapped up the points in the 90th minute, when Raul Meireles squared the ball to him to tuck it under the oncoming Szczęsny. The 2–0 win was Liverpool's first victory at Arsenal since 2000, when a Titi Camara goal won the game for Liverpool.

Liverpool then faced a League Cup tie at Exeter City. Liverpool won 3–1, Suárez scoring in the 23rd minute and unselfishly setting up other two for Maxi Rodríguez on the 55th minute and substitute Andy Carroll on the 58th.

Liverpool faced Bolton Wanderers at Anfield. Liverpool won by the same margin of 3–1 with Henderson and Adam scoring their first goals for the club, Martin Škrtel also scoring with a header from a corner by Adam. This win saw Liverpool as overnight leaders of the Premier League for the first time since 2009.

September[edit]

Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season on 10 September 2011, against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. Jonathan Walters scored the only goal of the game by converting a 21st minute penalty.

Liverpool then traveled to White Hart Lane to play against Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs, by Luka Modrić, took an early lead, and Liverpool had trouble getting into the game. After 28 minutes, Charlie Adam received his second yellow card, and was sent off. After half time Liverpool got more into the game, but after 68 minutes Martin Škrtel received his second yellow card, and reduced Liverpool to nine players. After two minutes, Spurs had scored two more goals, and in injury time, Emmanuel Adebayor sealed the game 4–0 to Tottenham, Liverpool's worst defeat to Tottenham since 1963.

Liverpool then traveled to Brighton to face Brighton and Hove Albion in the third round encounter of the League Cup. Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt were on target for Liverpool. Ashley Barnes scored an injury time consolation for Brighton. The final score remained 2–1 in Liverpool's favor and they qualified for the fourth round.

Liverpool then hosted Wolverhampton Wanderers and returned to winning ways. They won by 2–1. Roger Johnson's own goal and Luis Suárez's goal gave them a 2–0 lead at halftime before Steven Fletcher scored in the second half to make the score 2–1.

October[edit]

Liverpool faced their local rivals Everton at Goodison Park and won 2–0. Jack Rodwell got sent off in the first half. Liverpool made benefit of the numerical advantage and scored twice in the second half through Luis Suárez and Andy Carroll, who scored his first league goal of the season.

Liverpool then hosted Manchester United. Steven Gerrard, who was making his first start after returning from injury, scored from a free kick to give Liverpool the lead before Javier Hernández scored to make the final score 1–1.

Liverpool then hosted the newcomers Norwich City and drew 1–1. Bellamy scored in the stoppage time of first half. Substitute Grant Holt scored in the second half to make the score 1–1. Liverpool created a lot of opportunities throughout the game but were denied by the Norwich defense and goalkeeper and the match ended in a draw.

Liverpool then faced Stoke at Britannia Stadium in the fourth round of League Cup. Stoke City took the lead in the first half thanks to a goal from Kenwyne Jones. Luis Suárez, however, scored two second half goals to give Liverpool the win and they made it to the quarter final of the League Cup. This was Liverpool's first win after going a goal down since January.

Liverpool then faced West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. Charlie Adam scored a ninth minute penalty to give Liverpool the lead after Suárez was brought down. Andy Carroll scored at the end of first half to make the score 2–0 in Liverpool's favor.

November[edit]

After the 2–0 away win at West Brom, Liverpool then had a match at home to Swansea City, which finished a disappointing 0–0 draw. Liverpool once again had several chances but they still couldn't get the ball past Swansea keeper Michel Vorm, who made some world class saves.

After the international break, Liverpool had another league match away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the game finished 2–1 to Liverpool for their third consecutive win over the Londoners. Neat play from Craig Bellamy and Luis Suárez set up the first goal for Maxi Rodríguez to give the Reds a 1–0 lead before the interval. 10 minutes after half-time Daniel Sturridge leveled for Chelsea for 1–1 until late on in the 87th minute full-back Glen Johnson had a great run at goal and netted the winner to make it 2–1.

Liverpool then faced against league leaders Manchester City at Anfield. A header from City defender Vincent Kompany gave City a 1–0 lead, but then the celebrations were short-lived as Charlie Adam's strike going wide was touched into his own net by Joleon Lescott for an own goal. There were no other goals in the second half but City substitute Mario Balotelli was sent off for a second yellow about 15 minutes after coming off the bench. Liverpool had a couple of chances against 10-men City but no chances were taken and the game finished 1–1.

Only two days after the Manchester City, Liverpool had a League Cup quarter-final tie against Chelsea. This time both, of the former Liverpool players, Raul Meireles and Fernando Torres, started whereas last time they both came off the bench. There were no goals in the first half but in the 58th minute, Maxi Rodríguez broke the deadlock from close range from Bellamy's pass for 1–0. 5 minutes later Martin Kelly headed in to make it 2–0 with his first goal for Liverpool. But this victory resulted in a serious injury by Lucas Leiva, who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) after colliding with Juan Mata, and he was ruled out for the rest of the season.

December[edit]

Liverpool's first game in December was an away match to Fulham at Craven Cottage which the Reds won 5–2 seven months ago. Liverpool pushed in the first half with Jordan Henderson hitting the post, but nothing came off and it was 0–0 at the interval. In the second half Liverpool went down to 10-men due to a controversial sending off for Jay Spearing for a challenge on Mousa Dembélé. Fulham made them pay as Clint Dempsey scored from close range off of a rebound in the 85th minute to win it for Fulham.

The Reds next had another league game against Queens Park Rangers at Anfield, which Liverpool won courtesy of a Luis Suárez header in the early stages of the second half. This win ended a run of four poor draws at home since they won 3–1 against Bolton Wanderers.

Their next league game was against Aston Villa at Villa Park. The Reds won 2–0 with goals from Craig Bellamy and Martin Škrtel.

Liverpool's next fixture was an away tie against eighteenth-placed Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. The game ended as a goalless draw.

The next match was against Blackburn Rovers at home. Blackburn took an early courtesy of a Charlie Adam own goal during the end of the first half from a corner. Liverpool equalised with a Maxi Rodríguez header early in the second half. Liverpool put tremendous pressure on Blackburn's defence in the dying moments of the game, but were unlucky not to get three points thanks to some resolute defending by the away side. The game ended 1–1.

Just a few days later Liverpool played their last league game of 2011; a home tie against Newcastle United. Needing a win to keep up with their pursuit of a Champions League spot, Liverpool started the game off by going a goal down against the run of play; an unfortunate Daniel Agger deflection putting Newcastle in the lead in the 25th minute. The Reds responded almost instantly when Craig Bellamy pounced on a loose ball in the box three minutes later to equalise. In the second half, the Reds dominated play. Craig Bellamy scored his second from a fantastic free kick, and returning captain Steven Gerrard completed the scoring with a fine finish in the 78th minute.

January[edit]

Liverpool's first game of 2012 involved a daunting trip to league leaders Manchester City. This was also the first of three games against the league leaders scheduled for January. The hosts had not lost a single game at their home ground in the Premier League all season. Liverpool started brightly but were unfortunate to go a goal down thanks to a Sergio Agüero strike early in the first half. The Reds eventually lost the game 3–0 after some fine Manchester City finishing. Their second game of the year was an FA Cup third Round tie against Oldham Athletic at Anfield. Liverpool eased past the opposition by winning 5–1. Stewart Downing and Jonjo Shelvey were amongst the goalscorers for the Reds, netting their first ever competitive goals for the club. On 11 January 2012 saw Liverpool face Manchester City for the second time in an away Football League Cup semi-final; the first of two legs to be played this month. After a convincing defeat the previous week at the same ground, Liverpool produced a fantastic defensive display after captain Gerrard had put them in front in the 13th minute from the penalty spot. They ran out 1-0 victors and condemning Manchester City to their second defeat in their last two games, as well as their first home game without scoring a goal. On 14 January 2012, Liverpool drew 0–0 at home to Stoke City, followed one week later by a 3–1 away loss to Bolton Wanderers, which manager Kenny Dalglish branded Liverpool's worst performance since his return. With this in mind, it created added pressure for the return leg of the League Cup semi-final against Manchester City. Liverpool had a number of chances to score, but excellent goalkeeping by Joe Hart kept them out and they fell behind twice. Their efforts eventually came to fruition, however, with the game ending as a 2–2 draw, with Liverpool winning 3–2 on aggregate and reaching Wembley for the first time since 1996 and the new Wembley for the first time. On 28 January 2012, Liverpool faced Manchester United in the FA Cup Fourth Round at home. Liverpool started the scoring with Daniel Agger early on in the first half. Park Ji-Sung netted one to create the equalizer. Substitute Dirk Kuyt netted a final one, defeating Manchester United. Next, the Reds faced Wolverhampton Wanderers away. Andy Caroll, Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt were on target, ending the match 3–0.

February[edit]

The beginning of February saw the return to action of Luis Suárez following his eight-match ban. Due to their involvement in both domestic cups, Liverpool played only two league games in the month of February, a 0–0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, and a 2–1 loss away at Manchester United, where Suárez scored late on to provide a consolation goal. Liverpool went on to face Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield in the fifth round of the FA Cup, a game they won 6–1 thanks to goals from Suárez, Carroll, Gerrard, Škrtel, and two Brighton own-goals. This saw them through to the sixth round, where they were drawn against Stoke City. Liverpool's last game of the month was the 2012 Football League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, held on 26 February 2012. The game finished 1–1 after 90 minutes, and 2–2 after extra time, with Liverpool prevailing 3–2 in the subsequent penalty shoot-out. This won Liverpool the Football League Cup for a record eighth time in their history, as well as ending a run of six years without a trophy.

March[edit]

Following victory in the League Cup, many predicted that Liverpool would be able to produce momentum that would take them towards Champions League qualification. Their league campaign began to falter however, with a first home defeat of the season to Arsenal after a last minute Robin van Persie goal gave them a 2-1 victory, followed by a scrappy 1-0 loss away at Sunderland. Three days later, Liverpool faced Everton in the second Merseyside derby of the season, this time at Anfield. The game also marked the 400th league appearance of Steven Gerrard for Liverpool, and he scored a hat-trick to give Liverpool a 3-0 victory. Liverpool would go on to secure a place in the FA Cup semi-final by defeating Stoke City 2-1 at Anfield, with strikes from Luis Suárez and Stewart Downing. Despite these successes, Liverpool were unable to revive their faltering league campaign, seeing a 2-0 lead turn into a 3-2 defeat at Loftus Road to QPR and losing 2-1 at Anfield to Wigan, both of whom were teams fighting relegation. This gave Liverpool a league record of 5 defeats in 6 games.

April[edit]

Liverpool began April with a 2–0 loss away at Newcastle United, marked their sixth defeat in seven league games, officially their worst run of league results in 59 years.[8] This saw pressure begin to mount on manager Kenny Dalglish, as Champions League qualification had become all but impossible for Liverpool for a third successive season. The defeat also saw Liverpool's first-choice keeper Pepe Reina — also the only player to start every game under Dalglish and played every minute of all competitive matches this season — receive a three-match ban after being sent off. This gave Doni his first competitive appearance for Liverpool, in a game the following week at Anfield against Aston Villa, which ended in a 1–1 draw. The following week Liverpool faced Blackburn away, in a remarkable game which saw Liverpool go 2–0 up through two goals from Maxi Rodríguez, only for Doni to be sent off for a foul in the penalty box, requiring Liverpool's third-choice keeper Brad Jones to replace him, and also become Liverpool's only goalkeeper for the FA Cup semi-final. Jones' first contribution for Liverpool was to save the penalty given by the foul. Blackburn then hit back twice through Yakubu, before Andy Carroll headed a winner in added time, securing Liverpool's first win in the league for almost a month. Four days later, Liverpool faced Everton at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final. Liverpool went into the semi-final trailing Everton in the league by one point, with many tipping Everton to beat Liverpool in a major semi-final for the first time in over a century. Nikica Jelavić gave Everton a 1–0 lead in the first half, with Luis Suárez equalising in the second half. The game looked to be heading towards extra time before Andy Carroll scored a second headed winner in as many games in the 87th minute, sending Liverpool through to their first FA Cup Final since 2006 - where they defeated West Ham - and also their second cup final of the season. They will face Chelsea in the Final at Wembley on 5 May 2012. If they win this year's FA Cup Final, they will enter the group stage of 2012–13 UEFA Europa League directly without the need to enter the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Qualifying Rounds. However, the last-gasp win over their local rivals was not enough to see renewed momentum in the league campaign however, as despite firing 30 shots on goal, Liverpool lost 1–0 at home to West Brom on 22 April. They ended the month with a win however, after Luis Suárez scored his first Liverpool hat-trick to seal a 3–0 win away at Norwich on 29 April.

May[edit]

Liverpool began May with a 1–0 defeat at home to Fulham, giving the Reds their 4th defeat in 5 games at Anfield. On 5 May 2012, they were defeated by Chelsea 2–1 in the 2012 FA Cup Final. Three days later the two teams faced each other for a Premier League meeting. Liverpool went out strong in the first half recording three goals in the first 30 minutes of the match. The first goal was a sensational run down the line from Luis Suárez and he crossed it in where then Michael Essien would score an own goal. Soon after, a ball played back from Ivanović to John Terry faulted as Terry fell and Jordan Henderson ran onto it and scored it with his dominate foot with a great finish. Four minutes later a far post corner from central midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was headed by Andy Carroll to Daniel Agger and resulted in a 3–0 lead over Chelsea after the first half. Within the second half Chelsea scored off of a Florent Malouda set piece outside the 18 yard box and chested in from Brazilian internatiomal Ramires. Later in the second half, Ross Turnbull kicked it to clear it and bluffed it and Jonjo Shelvey trapped it and made a sensational finish to secure a final 4–1 win for Liverpool.

In the final game of the season Liverpool faced an away trip to Swansea and suffered a 1–0 defeat.

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

First Team

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
14 CM  ENG Jordan Henderson 20 EU Sunderland Transfer Summer £16,000,000 Liverpoolfc.tv
26 CM  SCO Charlie Adam 25 EU Blackpool Transfer Summer £6,700,000 Liverpoolfc.tv
32 GK  BRA Doni 31 EU Roma Italy Transfer Summer Free Liverpoolfc.tv
19 LW  ENG Stewart Downing 26 EU Aston Villa Transfer Summer £20,000,000 Liverpoolfc.tv
3 LB  ESP José Enrique 25 EU Newcastle United Transfer Summer £5,000,000 Liverpoolfc.tv
16 CB  URU Sebastián Coates 20 Non-EU Nacional Uruguay Transfer Summer £7,000,000 Liverpoolfc.tv
39 FW  WAL Craig Bellamy 32 EU Manchester City Transfer Summer Free Liverpoolfc.tv

Last updated: 31 August 2011

Reserves and Academy

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
RB  NIR Ryan McLaughlin 16 EU Transfer Summer Undisclosed Liverpoolfc.tv
LB  IRL Alex O'Hanlon 15 EU Transfer Summer Compensation Liverpool Echo
CB  WAL Lloyd Jones 15 EU Plymouth Argyle Transfer Summer 2014 Undisclosed Player's Twitter
FW  USA Villyan Bijev 18 EU Transfer Summer Undisclosed Liverpoolfc.tv
MF  USA Marc Pelosi 20 EU Transfer n/a Undisclosed Liverpoolfc.tv
MF  ENG Seyi Ojo 14 EU Milton Keynes Dons Transfer n/a Undisclosed BBC
FW  ENG Jordon Ibe 16 EU Wycombe Wanderers Transfer Winter Undisclosed Wycombewanderers.co.uk
GK  WAL Danny Ward 18 EU Wrexham Wales Transfer Winter Undisclosed Liverpoolfc.tv
AM  POR João Carlos Teixeira 19 EU Sporting CP Portugal Transfer Winter Undisclosed Liverpoolfc.tv

Last updated: 31 January 2012

Transfers out[edit]

First team

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
3 LB  ENG Paul Konchesky 30 EU Leicester City Transfer Summer £1,500,000 [9]
14 FW  SER Milan Jovanović 30 EU Anderlecht Belgium Transfer Summer £700,000 [10]
MF  MAR Nabil El Zhar 23 EU Levante Spain Released Summer [11]
16 CB  GRE Sotirios Kyrgiakos 32 EU VfL Wolfsburg Germany Transfer Summer Free [12]
LB  ARG Emiliano Insúa 22 EU Sporting CP Portugal Transfer Summer £3,000,000 [13]
28 DM  DEN Christian Poulsen 31 EU Evian France Transfer Summer Free [14]
24 ST  FRA David N'Gog 22 EU Bolton Wanderers Transfer Summer £4,000,000 [15]
RB   SWI Philipp Degen 28 EU Basel Switzerland Released Summer [16]
4 CM  POR Raul Meireles 28 EU Chelsea Transfer Summer £12,000,000 [17]

Last updated: 31 August 2011

Reserves and Academy

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
RB  ENG Karl Clair 18 EU Released Summer [18]
43 GK  AUS Dean Bouzanis 20 EU Oldham Athletic Released Summer [19]
GK  ENG Deale Chamberlain 19 EU Released Summer [20]
36 CM  ENG Steven Irwin 20 EU Telstar Netherlands Released Summer [20]
LB  SCO Alex Cooper 19 EU Ross County Scotland Released Summer [20]
FW  DEN Nikola Sarić 20 EU Hajduk Split Croatia Released Summer [20]
48 LW  ARG Gerardo Bruna 20 EU Blackpool Transfer Summer Free [21]
LB  FRA Chris Mavinga 20 EU Rennes France Transfer Summer £880,000 [22]
45 AM  ENG Tom Ince 19 EU Blackpool Transfer Summer [23]
40 CB  ESP Daniel Ayala 20 EU Norwich City England Transfer Summer £800,000 [24]
41 GK  DEN Martin Hansen 21 EU Viborg FF Denmark Transfer Winter Free [25]

Last updated: 31 January 2012

Loans out[edit]

# Pos Nat. Player To Start End Source
32 RB England Stephen Darby England Rochdale 7 July 2011 30 June 2012 [26]
42 GK Hungary Péter Gulácsi England Hull City 19 July 2011 13 April 2012† [27]
41 GK Denmark Martin Hansen England Bradford City 28 July 2011 28 August 2011 [28]
12 AM Spain Daniel Pacheco Spain Atlético Madrid 24 August 2011 30 June 2012 [29]
15 CM Italy Alberto Aquilani Italy Milan 25 August 2011 30 June 2012 [30]
10 RW England Joe Cole France Lille 31 August 2011 30 June 2012 [31]
FW United States Villyan Bijev Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf 31 August 2011 [32]
RW England David Amoo England Bury 23 September 2011 22 October 2011 [33]
33 MF England Jonjo Shelvey England Blackpool 30 September 2011 30 November 2011† [34] (Recall)[35]
FW England Nathan Eccleston England Rochdale 20 October 2011 20 November 2011 [36]
MF Portugal Toni Silva England Northampton Town 14 February 2011 30 June 2012 [37]
RW England David Amoo England Bury 20 October 2011 2 January 2012 [38]
22 CB Scotland Danny Wilson England Blackpool 31 December 2011 30 June 2012 [39]

Last updated: 31 December 2011

†Loan ended prematurely

Players[edit]

First team[edit]

Players' age as of 31 December 2011 (mid-season)

No. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Apps. Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Brad Jones Australia GK (1982-03-19)19 March 1982 (aged 29) Middlesbrough 2010 2013 4 0
25 Pepe Reina Spain GK (1982-08-31)31 August 1982 (aged 29) Villarreal 2005 2016 355 0
32 Doni Brazil GK (1979-10-22)22 October 1979 (aged 32) Roma 2011 2013 4 0
Defenders
2 Glen Johnson England RB/LB (1984-08-23)23 August 1984 (aged 27) Portsmouth 2009 2015 99 6
3 José Enrique Spain LB (1986-01-23)23 January 1986 (aged 25) Newcastle United 2011 2015 43 0
5 Daniel Agger Denmark CB/LB (1984-12-12)12 December 1984 (aged 27) Brøndby 2006 2014 170 9
6 Fábio Aurélio Brazil LB (1979-09-24)24 September 1979 (aged 32) Valencia 2006 2012 134 4
16 Sebastián Coates Uruguay CB (1990-10-07)7 October 1990 (aged 21) Nacional 2011 2016 12 1
23 Jamie Carragher England CB/RB (1978-01-28)28 January 1978 (aged 33) The Academy 1996 2013 699 5
34 Martin Kelly England RB/CB (1990-04-27)27 April 1990 (aged 21) The Academy 2008 2014 47 1
37 Martin Škrtel Slovakia CB (1984-12-15)15 December 1984 (aged 27) Zenit Saint Petersburg 2008 2014 173 7
38 Jon Flanagan England RB (1993-01-01)1 January 1993 (aged 18) The Academy 2011 2015 15 0
49 Jack Robinson England LB (1993-09-01)1 September 1993 (aged 18) The Academy 2010 2013 5 0
Midfielders
8 Steven Gerrard (C) England CM/AM (1980-05-30)30 May 1980 (aged 31) The Academy 1998 2015 585 149
11 Maxi Rodríguez Argentina LW/RW (1981-01-02)2 January 1981 (aged 30) Atlético Madrid 2010 2013 73 17
14 Jordan Henderson England CM/RW (1990-06-17)17 June 1990 (aged 21) Sunderland 2011 2016 48 2
19 Stewart Downing England LW/RW (1984-07-22)22 July 1984 (aged 27) Aston Villa 2011 2015 46 2
20 Jay Spearing England DM/CM (1988-11-25)25 November 1988 (aged 23) The Academy 2008 2015 52 0
21 Lucas Brazil DM/CM (1987-01-09)9 January 1987 (aged 24) Grêmio 2007 2015 183 6
26 Charlie Adam Scotland CM (1985-12-10)10 December 1985 (aged 26) Blackpool 2011 2016[40] 35 2
31 Raheem Sterling England LW/RW (1994-12-08)8 December 1994 (aged 17) The Academy 2012 2016 3 0
33 Jonjo Shelvey England CM/AM (1992-02-27)27 February 1992 (aged 19) Charlton Athletic 2010 2014 37 2
Forwards
7 Luis Suárez Uruguay FW (1987-01-24)24 January 1987 (aged 24) Ajax 2011 2016 52 21
9 Andy Carroll England ST (1989-01-06)6 January 1989 (aged 22) Newcastle United 2011 2016 56 11
18 Dirk Kuyt Netherlands FW/RW (1980-07-22)22 July 1980 (aged 31) Feyenoord 2006 2013 285 71
39 Craig Bellamy Wales FW/LW (1979-07-13)13 July 1979 (aged 32) Manchester City 2011 2013 79 18

Notes[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 8th 13 August 2011 13 May 2012
Football League Cup 2nd Round Winner 24 August 2011 26 February 2012
FA Cup 3rd round Runner-up 6 January 2012 5 May 2012

Last updated: 13 May 2012
Source: Competitions

Pre-season matches[edit]

Premier League[edit]

League table[edit]

Team
Pld W D L F A GD Pts
C Manchester City 38 28 5 5 93 29 +64 89
2 Manchester United 38 28 5 5 89 33 +56 89
3 Arsenal 38 21 7 10 74 49 +25 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 20 9 9 66 41 +25 69
5 Newcastle United 38 19 8 11 56 51 +5 65
6 Chelsea 38 18 10 10 65 46 +19 64
7 Everton 38 15 11 12 50 40 +10 56
8 Liverpool 38 14 10 14 47 40 +7 52
9 Fulham 38 14 10 14 48 51 -3 52
10 West Bromwich Albion 38 13 8 17 45 52 -7 47
11 Swansea City 38 12 11 15 44 51 -7 47
12 Norwich City 38 12 11 15 52 66 -14 47
13 Sunderland 38 11 12 15 45 46 -1 45
14 Stoke City 38 11 12 15 36 53 -17 45
15 Wigan Athletic 38 11 10 17 42 62 -20 43
16 Aston Villa 38 7 17 14 37 53 -16 38
17 Queens Park Rangers 38 10 7 21 43 66 -23 37
R Bolton Wanderers 38 10 6 22 46 77 -31 36
R Blackburn Rovers 38 8 7 23 48 78 -30 31
R Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 5 10 23 40 82 -42 25
Premier League Champions
Qualifies for 2012–13 UEFA Champions League
Qualifies for 2012–13 UEFA Europa League
Relegation to Championship
Last updated: 20:00, 13 May 2012 (UTC)

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 14 10 14 47 40 +7 52 6 9 4 24 16 +8 8 1 10 23 24 −1

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 H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H A A H H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A
Result D W W L L W W D D W D W D L W W D D W L D L W D L L L W L L L D W L W L W L
Position 5 5 3 6 8 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

Last updated: 13 May 2012.
Source: matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Football League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2011–12 FA Cup

Other[edit]

Friendly[edit]

Source: Liverpoolfc.tv

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of 20 March 2012.
No. Pos. Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Starts Goals Assists Apps Starts Goals Assists Apps Starts Goals Assists Apps Starts Goals Assists
1 GK Australia Brad Jones 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
2 DF England Glen Johnson 23 22 1 1 3 3 0 1 3 3 0 1 29 28 1 3
3 DF Spain José Enrique 35 33 0 2 4 4 0 0 4 3 0 0 43 40 0 2
5 DF Denmark Daniel Agger 27 24 1 3 3 3 1 0 4 4 0 2 34 31 1 5
6 DF Brazil Fábio Aurélio 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0
7 FW Uruguay Luis Suárez 31 29 11 6 4 4 3 1 4 4 3 4 39 37 17 11
8 MF England Steven Gerrard 18 12 5 2 6 6 2 4 4 3 2 0 28 21 9 6
9 FW England Andy Carroll 35 21 4 3 6 4 4 2 6 4 1 0 47 29 9 5
11 MF Argentina Maxi Rodríguez 12 10 4 1 5 3 0 2 4 4 2 1 21 17 6 4
14 MF England Jordan Henderson 37 31 2 2 5 4 0 0 6 6 0 2 48 41 2 4
16 DF Uruguay Sebastián Coates 7 4 1 0 2 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 12 8 1 0
18 FW Netherlands Dirk Kuyt 34 22 2 3 5 1 1 0 5 2 2 0 44 25 5 3
19 MF England Stewart Downing 36 28 0 2 6 5 2 2 4 3 0 0 46 36 2 4
20 MF England Jay Spearing 16 15 0 1 4 4 0 0 5 5 0 0 25 24 0 1
21 MF Brazil Lucas 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 15 15 0 1
23 DF England Jamie Carragher 21 19 0 0 5 5 0 0 5 3 0 0 31 27 0 0
25 GK Spain Pepe Reina 34 34 0 0 5 5 0 0 7 7 0 0 46 46 0 0
26 MF Scotland Charlie Adam 28 27 2 11 2 1 0 0 5 3 0 0 35 31 2 11
32 GK Brazil Doni 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0
31 MF England Raheem Sterling 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
33 MF England Jonjo Shelvey 13 8 1 0 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 16 9 2 1
34 DF England Martin Kelly 12 12 0 1 3 3 0 0 5 4 1 0 20 19 1 1
37 DF Slovakia Martin Škrtel 34 33 2 1 5 5 1 0 6 4 1 0 45 42 4 1
38 DF England Jon Flanagan 5 5 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 8 6 0 2
39 FW Wales Craig Bellamy 27 12 6 3 4 2 1 2 6 4 2 2 37 18 9 7
49 DF England Jack Robinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0
Own goals 5 2 0 7
Totals - 47 42 18 17 14 13 79 72
Players who are on loan/left Liverpool that have appeared this season:
4 MF Portugal Raul Meireles 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 1 0 1
22 DF Scotland Danny Wilson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0

Top scorers[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total goals are equal.

Last updated on 8 May 2012.
Position Nation Number Name. Premier League League Cup FA Cup Total
1 Uruguay 7 Luis Suárez 11 3 3 17
2 England 8 Steven Gerrard 5 2 2 9
England 9 Andy Carroll 4 1 4 9
Wales 39 Craig Bellamy 6 2 1 9
5 Argentina 11 Maxi Rodríguez 4 2 0 6
6 Netherlands 18 Dirk Kuyt 2 2 1 5
7 Slovakia 37 Martin Škrtel 2 1 1 4
8 Denmark 5 Daniel Agger 1 0 1 2
England 14 Jordan Henderson 2 0 0 2
England 19 Stewart Downing 0 0 2 2
Scotland 26 Charlie Adam 2 0 0 2
England 33 Jonjo Shelvey 1 0 1 2
13 England 2 Glen Johnson 1 0 0 1
Uruguay 16 Sebastián Coates 1 0 0 1
England 34 Martin Kelly 0 1 0 1
# Own Goals 5 0 2 7
TOTALS 47 14 18 79

Assists[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total assists are equal.

Last updated on 8 May 2012.
Position Nationality Number Name Premier League League Cup FA Cup Total
1 Uruguay 7 Luis Suárez 4 4 0 8
2 Scotland 26 Charlie Adam 7 0 0 7
Wales 39 Craig Bellamy 3 2 2 7
4 England 9 Andy Carroll 3 0 3 6
5 England 8 Steven Gerrard 3 0 2 5
6 Argentina 11 Maxi Rodríguez 1 1 2 4
7 Denmark 5 Daniel Agger 1 2 0 3
Netherlands 18 Dirk Kuyt 3 0 0 3
England 19 Stewart Downing 2 0 1 3
10 Spain 3 José Enrique 2 0 0 2
England 14 Jordan Henderson 0 2 0 2
England 20 Jay Spearing 2 0 0 2
England 38 Jon Flanagan 0 0 2 2
14 England 2 Glen Johnson 0 1 0 1
Brazil 21 Lucas 0 1 0 1
England 33 Jonjo Shelvey 0 0 1 1
England 34 Martin Kelly 1 0 0 1
Slovakia 37 Martin Škrtel 1 0 0 1
Portugal 4 **Raul Meireles 1 0 0 1
TOTALS 34 13 13 60
** Players who no longer play for Liverpool's current season

Disciplinary record[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total bookings are equal.

Last updated on 8 May 2012.
R No. Pos Nat Name Premier League League Cup FA Cup Total
Booked Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Booked Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Booked Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Booked Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card
1 5 DF Denmark Daniel Agger 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 0
14 MF England Jordan Henderson 3 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 0
21 MF Brazil Lucas 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
26 MF Scotland Charlie Adam 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0
39 FW Wales Craig Bellamy 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
6 7 FW Uruguay Luis Suárez 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 0
7 9 FW England Andy Carroll 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
37 DF Slovakia Martin Škrtel 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 0
9 3 DF Spain José Enrique 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
18 FW Netherlands Dirk Kuyt 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
23 DF England Jamie Carragher 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
12 2 DF England Glen Johnson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
16 DF Uruguay Sebastián Coates 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
20 MF England Jay Spearing 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
25 GK Spain Pepe Reina 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1
34 DF England Martin Kelly 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
38 DF England Jon Flanagan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
18 1 GK Australia Brad Jones 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
8 MF England Steven Gerrard 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
11 MF Argentina Maxi Rodríguez 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
32 GK Brazil Doni 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
33 MF England Jonjo Shelvey 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
TOTALS 48 2 3 10 0 0 6 0 0 64 2 3

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