1986–87 Liverpool F.C. season

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Liverpool
1986–87 season
Chairman England John W Smith
Manager Scotland Kenny Dalglish
First Division 2nd
FA Cup Third Round
League Cup Runner-up
Super Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Ian Rush (30)

All:
Ian Rush (40)
Highest home attendance 44,827 (v Everton, League, 25 Apr)
Lowest home attendance 13,498 (v Fulham, League Cup, 23 Sept)
Average home league attendance 36,284
Home colours
Away colours

The 1986–87 season was the 95th season in Liverpool F.C.'s existence, and their 24th consecutive year in the top-flight, and covered the period from 1 July 1986 to 30 June 1987.

It was their second season under the management of Kenny Dalglish, and as defending double winners they finished this season trophyless, coming close to silverware as league runners-up and losing finalists in the League Cup. They finished runners-up in the league nine points behind local rivals Everton, after an eventful title race which had seen them fight out with a resurgent Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur as well as face surprise challenges during the season from unfancied sides including Norwich City, Luton Town and newly promoted Wimbledon.

At the end of the season, striker Ian Rush headed to Italy to sign for Juventus. His successor in the Liverpool attack, John Aldridge, had been signed during the season from Oxford United. After the season ended, Dalglish further enhanced Liverpool's forward positions with a move for Newcastle United striker Peter Beardsley and Watford winger John Barnes.

Squad[edit]

Goalkeepers

Defenders

Midfielders

Attackers

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Pos Player From Fee Date
DF England Barry Venison England Sunderland £200,000 31 July 1986
DF Republic of Ireland Steve Staunton Republic of Ireland Dundalk £20,000 2 September 1986
FW Scotland Alan Irvine Scotland Falkirk £75,000 October 1986
FW Republic of Ireland John Aldridge England Oxford United £750,000 27 January 1987
MF England Nigel Spackman England Chelsea £400,000 24 February 1987

Out[edit]

Pos Player To Fee Date
MF England Sammy Lee England QPR £200,000 August 1986

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Everton 42 26 8 8 76 31  +45 86
2. Liverpool 42 23 8 11 72 42  +30 77
3. Tottenham Hotspur 42 21 8 13 68 43  +25 71
4. Arsenal 42 20 10 12 58 35  +23 70
5. Norwich City 42 17 17 8 53 51  +2 68
6. Wimbledon 42 19 9 14 57 50  +7 66
7. Luton Town 42 18 12 12 47 45  +2 66
8. Nottingham Forest 42 18 11 13 64 51  +13 65
9. Watford 42 18 9 15 67 54  +13 63
10. Coventry City 42 17 12 13 50 45  +5 63
11. Manchester United 42 14 14 14 52 45  +7 56
12. Southampton 42 14 10 18 69 68  +1 52
13. Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 13 16 58 59  -1 52
14. Chelsea 42 13 13 16 53 64  -11 52
15. West Ham United 42 14 10 18 52 67  -15 52
16. Queen's Park Rangers 42 13 11 18 48 64  -16 50
17. Newcastle United 42 12 11 19 47 65  -18 47
18. Oxford United 42 11 13 18 44 69  -25 46
19. Charlton Athletic 42 11 11 20 45 55  -10 44
20. Leicester City 42 11 9 22 54 76  -22 42
21. Manchester City 42 8 15 19 36 57  -21 39
22. Aston Villa 42 8 12 22 45 79  -34 36

Matches[edit]

First Division[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report 1 Report 2
23-Aug-86 Newcastle United A 2–0 Rush Goal 5'83' 33,306 Report Report
25-Aug-86 Manchester City H 0–0 39,989 Report Report
30-Aug-86 Arsenal H 2–1 Mølby Goal pen 19' Rush Goal 57' 38,637 Report Report
03-Sep-86 Leicester City A 1–2 Dalglish Goal 85' 16,344 Report Report
06-Sep-86 West Ham United A 5–2 Whelan Goal 24' Johnston Goal 51' Dalglish Goal 66'90' Rush Goal 70' 29,807 Report Report
13-Sep-86 Charlton Athletic H 2–0 Mølby Goal pen 56' Rush Goal 80' 37,413 Report Report
20-Sep-86 Southampton A 1–2 McMahon Goal 62' 20,452 Report Report
27-Sep-86 Aston Villa H 3–3 Wark Goal pen 24'43' McMahon Goal 79' 38,298 Report Report
04-Oct-86 Wimbledon A 3–1 Mølby Goal 50' Rush Goal 56'90' 15,978 Report Report
11-Oct-86 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–1 43,139 Report Report
18-Oct-86 Oxford United H 4–0 Rush Goal 29'89' Dalglish Goal 33' Mølby Goal pen 53' 34,512 Report Report
25-Oct-86 Luton Town A 1–4 Mølby Goal pen 81' 13,140 Report Report
01-Nov-86 Norwich City H 6–2 Nicol Goal 15' Walsh Goal 30'58'75' Rush Goal 48'70' 36,915 Report Report
08-Nov-86 Queens Park Rangers A 3–1 Rush Goal 9' Nicol Goal 15' Johnston Goal 76' 24,045 Report Report
16-Nov-86 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–1 Rush Goal 58' 28,020 Report Report
23-Nov-86 Everton A 0–0 48,247 Report Report
29-Nov-86 Coventry City H 2–0 Mølby Goal pen 24' Wark Goal 90' 31,614 Report Report
06-Dec-86 Watford A 0–2 23,954 Report Report
14-Dec-86 Chelsea H 3–0 Whelan Goal 31' Rush Goal 51' Nicol Goal 78' 25,856 Report Report
20-Dec-86 Charlton Athletic A 0–0 16,564 Report Report
26-Dec-86 Manchester United H 0–1 40,663 Report Report
27-Dec-86 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–0 Rush Goal 64' 40,959 Report Report
01-Jan-87 Nottingham Forest A 1–1 Rush Goal 88' 32,854 Report Report
03-Jan-87 West Ham United H 1–0 McMahon Goal 86' 41,286 Report Report
17-Jan-87 Manchester City A 1–0 Rush Goal 72' 35,336 Report Report
24-Jan-87 Newcastle United H 2–0 Walsh Goal 53' Rush Goal 79' 38,054 Report Report
14-Feb-87 Leicester City H 4–3 Rush Goal 29'47'86' Walsh Goal 30' 34,259 Report Report
21-Feb-87 Aston Villa A 2–2 Johnston Goal 1' Walsh Goal 62' 32,093 Report Report
28-Feb-87 Southampton H 1–0 Aldridge Goal 60' 33,133 Report Report
07-Mar-87 Luton Town H 2–0 Mølby Goal pen 17' Own Goal Goal 39' 32,433 Report Report
10-Mar-87 Arsenal A 1–0 Rush Goal 20' 47,777 Report Report
14-Mar-87 Oxford United A 3–1 Wark Goal 35'63' Rush Goal 53' 14,211 Report Report
18-Mar-87 Queens Park Rangers H 2–1 Rush Goal 18'71' 28,988 Report Report
22-Mar-87 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–1 32,763 Report Report
28-Mar-87 Wimbledon H 1–2 Dalglish Goal 47' 36,409 Report Report
11-Apr-87 Norwich City A 1–2 Rush Goal 36' 22,879 Report Report
18-Apr-87 Nottingham Forest H 3–0 Dalglish Goal 34' Whelan Goal 51' Ablett Goal 68' 37,359 Report Report
20-Apr-87 Manchester United A 0–1 54,103 Report Report
25-Apr-87 Everton H 3–1 McMahon Goal 9' Rush Goal 45'85' 44,827 Report Report
02-May-87 Coventry City A 0–1 26,709 Report Report
04-May-87 Watford H 1–0 Rush Goal 82' 40,150 Report Report
09-May-87 Chelsea A 3–3 Rush Goal 9' McMahon Goal 77' Aldridge Goal 84' 29,245 Report Report

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1986-87 FA Cup
Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report 1 Report 2
11-Jan-87 Luton Town A 0–0 11,085 Report Report
26-Jan-87 Luton Town H 0–0 34,822 Report Report
28-Jan-87 Luton Town A 0–3 14,687 Report Report

League Cup[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report 1 Report 2
23-Sep-86 Fulham H 10–0 Rush Goal 8'76' Wark Goal 10'63' Whelan Goal 28' McMahon Goal 44'66'71'79' Nicol Goal 83' 13,498 Report Report
07-Oct-86 Fulham A 3–2 McMahon Goal 2' Own Goal Goal 6' Mølby Goal pen 43' 7,864 Report Report
29-Oct-86 Leicester City H 4–1 McMahon Goal 5'7'60' Dalglish Goal 30' 20,248 Report Report
19-Nov-86 Coventry City H 0–0 26,385 Report Report
26-Nov-86 Coventry City H 3–1 Mølby Goal pen 4'pen 39'pen 72' 19,179 Report Report
21-Jan-87 Everton H 1–0 Rush Goal 83' 53,323 Report Report
11-Feb-87 Southampton A 0–0 22,818 Report Report
25-Feb-87 Southampton H 3–0 Whelan Goal 67' Dalglish Goal 75' Mølby Goal 85' 38,481 Report Report

Final

5 April 1987
15:15 BST
Arsenal 2–1 Liverpool
Nicholas Goal 30'83' Report
Report
Rush Goal 23'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 96,000
Referee: Lester Shapter (Devon)
Arsenal
Liverpool
GK 1 John Lukic
RB 2 Viv Anderson
LB 3 Kenny Sansom (Captain)
CM 4 Steve Williams
CB 5 David O'Leary
CB 6 Tony Adams
RM 7 David Rocastle
CM 8 Paul Davis
CF 9 Niall Quinn Substituted off
CF 10 Charlie Nicholas
LM 11 Martin Hayes Substituted off
Substitutes:
MF 12 Perry Groves Substituted in Quinn'
MF 14 Michael Thomas Substituted in Hayes'
Manager:
George Graham
GK 1 Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 2 Gary Gillespie
LB 3 Barry Venison
CM 4 Nigel Spackman
LM 5 Ronnie Whelan
CB 6 Alan Hansen (Captain)
CF 7 Paul Walsh Substituted off 73'
RM 8 Craig Johnston
CF 9 Ian Rush
CM 10 Jan Molby
CM 11 Steve McMahon Substituted off 87'
Substitutes:
FW 12 Kenny Dalglish Substituted in 73'
MF 14 John Wark Substituted in 87'
Player / Manager:
Kenny Dalglish

Super Cup[edit]

Final First Leg

16 September 1986
Liverpool 3–1 Everton
Rush Goal 6'65'
McMahon Goal 56'
Report
Report
Sheedy Goal 40'
Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 20,660
Liverpool
Everton
LIVERPOOL:
GK 1 England Mike Hooper
RB 2 England Barry Venison
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Jim Beglin
CB 4 Republic of Ireland Mark Lawrenson
LM 5 Republic of Ireland Ronnie Whelan Substituted off
CB 6 Scotland Gary Gillespie
SS 7 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
RM 8 Scotland Steve Nicol
CF 9 Wales Ian Rush
CM 10 Scotland Kevin MacDonald
CM 11 England Steve McMahon
Substitute:
MF 12 Scotland John Wark
MF 14 Denmark Jan Mølby Substituted in
Player/Manager:
Scotland Kenny Dalglish
EVERTON:
GK 1 England Bobby Mimms
RB 2 England Peter Billing
LB 3 England Paul Power
CB 4 Wales Kevin Ratcliffe (c)
CB 5 England Ian Marshall
CM 6 England Kevin Langley
RM 7 England Neil Adams
ST 8 England Paul Wilkinson
ST 9 Scotland Graeme Sharp
CM 10 England Trevor Steven
LM 11 Republic of Ireland Kevin Sheedy Substituted off
Substitute:
MF England Warren Aspinall Substituted in
Manager:
England Howard Kendall

Second leg

30 September 1986
Everton 1–4 Liverpool
Sharp Goal 30' Report
Report
Rush Goal 10'27'84'
Nicol Goal 62'
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 26,068
Everton
Liverpool
EVERTON:
GK 1 England Bobby Mimms
RB 2 England Peter Billing
LB 3 England Paul Power
CB 4 Wales Kevin Ratcliffe (c)
CB 5 England Derek Mountfield
CM 6 England Trevor Steven
RM 7 England Neil Adams
CM 8 England Adrian Heath
ST 9 Scotland Graeme Sharp
ST 10 England Paul Wilkinson
LM 11 Republic of Ireland Kevin Sheedy Substituted off
Substitute:
MF England Warren Aspinall Substituted in Substituted off
DF England Neil Pointon Substituted in
Manager:
England Howard Kendall
LIVERPOOL:
GK 1 Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 2 Scotland Gary Gillespie
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Jim Beglin
CB 4 Republic of Ireland Mark Lawrenson
LM 5 Republic of Ireland Ronnie Whelan
CB 6 Scotland Alan Hansen (c)
SS 7 Scotland John Wark
RM 8 Scotland Steve Nicol Substituted off
CF 9 Wales Ian Rush
CM 10 Denmark Jan Mølby
CM 11 England Steve McMahon
Substitute:
FW 12 England Paul Walsh
DF 14 England Barry Venison Substituted in
Player/Manager:
Scotland Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool won 7–2 on aggregate

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