1998–99 Liverpool F.C. season
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|Manager||Roy Evans managers until November)
Gérard Houllier (from November)
|FA Cup||Fourth round|
|League Cup||Fourth round|
|UEFA Cup||Third round|
Michael Owen (18)
Michael Owen (23)
During the 1998–99 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 1998-99 regular season for the English football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside.
- 1 Season summary
- 2 Final league table
- 3 Squad
- 4 Results
- 5 Statistics
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The appointment of former French national coach Gérard Houllier as joint manager alongside Roy Evans was seen as Liverpool's best chance of making a title challenge, but Evans did not enjoy the partnership and quit in November to leave Houllier in sole charge.
Despite Michael Owen's brilliant form, Liverpool were unable to mount anything like a title challenge and seemed to be a side in transition following the appointment of their new coach and adapting to a new style, which saw new signing Rigobert Song arrive and the likes of Jason McAteer and Rob Jones leave, along with the club's longest serving player Steve Harkness, who was transferred to Benfica on 7 March 1999 after almost 10 years at Anfield.
By January, the side was reshuffled but the failure of the club to retain the services of Steve McManaman, transferred to Real Madrid at the end of the season in a deal labelled as the Bosman scandal of the season, hurt the club financially. Performance wise, their seventh-place finish was not enough to attain even a UEFA Cup place - as well as being the club's lowest finish for five years.
The season hadn't started badly, with a 2-1 win at Southampton followed by a goalless draw at home to the previous season's double winners Arsenal and an impressive 4-1 away win over Newcastle United just days after the Tynesiders had sacked former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish. September began with a 2-0 win over Coventry City which saw the Reds top the table after four games, level on points with Aston Villa, while title favourites Arsenal and Manchester United were fifth and ninth respectively.
However, their lead of the Premier League was lost in their fifth game after they lost 2-1 at West Ham United. They travelled to Old Trafford for an encounter with fierce rivals Manchester United on 24 September, but lost 2-0. They were now fourth in the league, while United were third, unfancied Derby County were second and Aston Villa now led the league.
October was a mixed month for the Reds, who crushed Nottingham Forest 5-1 in the league at Anfield but were held to draws by Chelsea and Everton and ended the month with a 1-0 defeat at Leicester City which saw them still restricted to fourth place. However, they were now six points behind leaders Aston Villa - who had a game in hand - and more than a quarter of the league season had now passed. Manchester United were now one point off the top, while Arsenal had re-emerged as contenders for the title they had won the previous season and now occupied third place. Derby County's challenge had fallen away as they slipped to mid table.
The Football League Cup quest began well with a 3-1 home win over Division Two leaders Fulham in the third round, but ended in the next round with a 3-1 home defeat by a Tottenham Hotspur side who were recovering well from their dismal start to the season since the appointment of George Graham as manager. The first half of November was a disaster for the Reds, who lost at home to both Derby County and Leeds United. However, the month ended on a higher note as wins over Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers lifted them back up to eighth place.
Liverpool's dreams of European glory were ended on 8 December 1998 when they suffered a hefty defeat to Celta Vigo in the UEFA Cup third round. The Reds had stuttered in the league early in the month and a 1-0 defeat at Wimbledon on 13 December saw them occupy 12th place in the league. However, three straight wins saw them rise to seventh by the end of the year.
By the dawn of the new year, Liverpool's last hope of silverware was in the FA Cup. They had an easy start in the competition, travelling to Vale Park for a third round tie with Division One strugglers Port Vale, coming away 3-0 winners. However, their hopes of glory ended in the fourth round when they surrendered a 1-0 lead in the dying minutes to lose 2-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Their dismal league form that month saw them draw 0-0 at Arsenal and lose 2-1 at Coventry City, though they had some wry consolation in the form of a 7-1 hammering of strugglers Southampton at Anfield, in a match that saw Robbie Fowler score his 100th Premiership goal. They were now sixth in the league, now being led by Chelsea, who were eight points ahead of them with a game in hand.
Spring brought a similar pattern of results, and by 21 April they had slid down to 10th place in the league with even their UEFA Cup qualification hopes looking slim. They needed a good run of results to even finish eighth - the lowest position they had finished in since their current spell as a top flight club began in 1962.
Wins over Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur kept the Reds in contention for European qualification with three games to go, but a draw at home to Manchester United and a defeat at Sheffield Wednesday meant that a 3-0 home win over Wimbledon on the final day of the season wasn't enough for anything higher than seventh place - meaning that 1999-2000 would be Liverpool's first season in five years without European football.
Final league table
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Manchester United (C)||38||22||13||3||80||37||+43||79||1999–2000 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|3||Chelsea||38||20||15||3||57||30||+27||75||1999–2000 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|4||Leeds United||38||18||13||7||62||34||+28||67||1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round|
|5||West Ham United||38||16||9||13||46||53||−7||57||1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round|
|11||Tottenham Hotspur||38||11||14||13||47||50||−3||47||1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round 1|
|13||Newcastle United||38||11||13||14||48||54||−6||46||1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round 2|
|18||Charlton Athletic (R)||38||8||12||18||41||56||−15||36||Relegation to 1999–2000 Football League First Division|
|19||Blackburn Rovers (R)||38||7||14||17||38||52||−14||35|
|20||Nottingham Forest (R)||38||7||9||22||35||69||−34||30|
Updated to games played on 16 May 1999.
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners.
2 As Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Newcastle United, the losing finalists.
(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.
P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
- Results Summary
Source: 1998-99 FA Premier League table
- Results by round
Source: 11v11.com: 1998-99 Liverpool results
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.
Left club during season
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Pre-season and friendlies
|Date||Opponents||H / A||Result
|24 July 1998||Crewe Alexandra||A||3-1||Murphy 64', Matteo 65' Kvarme 67'|
|27 July 1998||Randers Freja||A||1-1||Riedle 79'|
|29 July 1998||Rosenborg||A||0-2|
|31 July 1998||St Patrick's Athletic ||N||3-2||Berger 12', Riedle 29', Murphy 37'|
|1 August 1998||Leeds United ||N||2-0||Berger 56', Owen 57'|
|4 August 1998||Inter Milan ||H||2-1||Ince 29', Harkness 76'|
|8 August 1998||Celtic||A||1-0||Leonhardsen 36'|
|17 March 1999||Boulogne||A||1-2||Berger 13'|
|18 May 1999||Sunderland ||A||3-2||Fowler 39' (pen.), Redknapp 66', Ince 77'|
FA Premier League
|16 August 1998 1||Southampton||1–2||Liverpool||Southampton, Hampshire|
|Østenstad 36'||Report||Riedle 38'
|Stadium: The Dell
|22 August 1998 2||Liverpool||0–0||Arsenal||Liverpool, Merseyside|
Referee: David Elleray
|30 August 1998 3||Newcastle United||1–4||Liverpool||Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear|
|Guivarc'h 28'||Report||Owen 17', 18', 32'
|Stadium: St. James' Park
Referee: Graham Barber
|9 September 1998 4||Liverpool||2–0||Coventry City||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|12 September 1998 5||West Ham United||2–1||Liverpool||Upton Park, London|
|Report||Riedle 88'||Stadium: Boleyn Ground
|19 September 1998 6||Liverpool||3–3||Charlton Athletic||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Fowler 33' (pen.), 82'
S. Jones 83'
Referee: Paul Alcock
|24 September 1998 7||Manchester United||2–0||Liverpool||Trafford, Greater Manchester|
|Irwin 19' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Old Trafford
Referee: Stephen Lodge
|4 October 1998 8||Liverpool||1–1||Chelsea||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Redknapp 83'||Report||Casiraghi 10'||Stadium: Anfield
Referee: Graham Poll
|17 October 1998 9||Everton||0–0||Liverpool||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Report||Stadium: Goodison Park
|24 October 1998 10||Liverpool||5–1||Nottingham Forest||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Owen 10', 38', 71' (pen.), 77'
|Report||Freedman 18'||Stadium: Anfield
Referee: Steve Dunn
|31 October 1998 11||Leicester City||1–0||Liverpool||Leicester, East Midlands|
|Cottee 79'||Stadium: Filbert Street
|7 November 1998 12||Liverpool||1–2||Derby County||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Redknapp 84'||Report||Harper 6'
Referee: Uriah Rennie
|14 November 1998 13||Liverpool||1–3||Leeds United||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Fowler 68' (pen.)||Smith 79'
Hasselbaink 81', 86'
|21 November 1998 14||Aston Villa||2–4||Liverpool||Birmingham, West Midlands|
|Dublin 47', 63'||Report||Ince 2'
Fowler 7', 58', 66'
|Stadium: Villa Park
Referee: Peter Jones
|29 November 1998 15||Liverpool||2–0||Blackburn Rovers||Liverpool, Merseyside|
Referee: Jeff Winter
|5 December 1998 16||Tottenham Hotspur||2–1||Liverpool||Tottenham, London|
Carragher 50' (o.g.)
|Berger 55'||Stadium: White Hart Lane
|13 December 1998 17||Wimbledon||1–0||Liverpool||Croydon, London|
|Earle 48'||Stadium: Selhurst Park
|19 December 1998 18||Liverpool||2–0||Sheffield Wednesday||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|26 December 1998 19||Middlesbrough||1–3||Liverpool||Middlesbrough, Teesside|
|Deane 32'||Owen 17'
|Stadium: Riverside Stadium
|28 December 1998 20||Liverpool||4–2||Newcastle United||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Owen 67', 80'
Riedle 71', 84'
|9 January 1999 21||Arsenal||0–0||Liverpool||Islington, London|
Referee: Graham Barber
|16 January 1999 22||Liverpool||7–1||Southampton||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Fowler 22', 32', 47'
|Report||Østenstad 59'||Stadium: Anfield
Referee: Uriah Rennie
|30 January 1999 23||Coventry City||2–1||Liverpool||Coventry, West Midlands|
|McManaman 86'||Stadium: Highfield Road
|6 February 1999 24||Liverpool||3–1||Middlesbrough||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Stamp 86'||Stadium: Anfield
|13 February 1999 25||Charlton Athletic||1–0||Liverpool||Charlton, London|
|Jones 70'||Stadium: The Valley
Referee: Mike Reed
|20 February 1999 26||Liverpool||2–2||West Ham United||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Lampard 24' (pen.)
|27 February 1999 27||Chelsea||2–1||Liverpool||Fulham, London|
|Owen 77'||Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Paul Durkin
|13 March 1999 28||Derby County||3–2||Liverpool||Derby, East Midlands|
Wanchope 44', 49'
|Fowler 36', 57' (pen.)||Stadium: Pride Park
|3 April 1999 29||Liverpool||3–2||Everton||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Fowler 15' (pen.), 21'
|5 April 1999 30||Nottingham Forest||2–2||Liverpool||Nottingham, East Midlands|
van Hooijdonk 90'
|Stadium: The City Ground
|12 April 1999 31||Leeds United||0–0||Liverpool||Leeds, Yorkshire|
|Stadium: Elland Road
|17 April 1999 32||Liverpool||0–1||Aston Villa||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Taylor 33'||Stadium: Anfield
|21 April 1999 33||Liverpool||0–1||Leicester City||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Marshall 90'||Stadium: Anfield
|24 April 1999 34||Blackburn Rovers||1–3||Liverpool||Blackburn, Lancashire|
|Duff 63'||McManaman 23'
|Stadium: Ewood Park
Referee: Rob Harris
|1 May 1999 35||Liverpool||3–2||Tottenham Hotspur||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Redknapp 49' (pen.)
|Carragher 13' (o.g.)
Referee: Stephen Lodge
|5 May 1999 36||Liverpool||2–2||Manchester United||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Redknapp 69' (pen.)
Irwin 56' (pen.) 75'
Referee: David Elleray
|8 May 1999 37||Sheffield Wednesday||1–0||Liverpool||Sheffield, Yorkshire|
|Cresswell 87'||Stadium: Hillsborough
|16 May 1999 38||Liverpool||3–0||Wimbledon||Liverpool, Merseyside|
Referee: Neale Barry
|3 January 1999 3||Port Vale||0-3||Liverpool||Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire|
|Owen 34' (pen.)
|Stadium: Vale Park
Referee: Rob Harris
|24 January 1999 4||Manchester United||2-1||Liverpool||Trafford, Greater Manchester|
|Report||Owen 3'||Stadium: Old Trafford
Referee: Graham Poll
|27 October 1998 3||Liverpool||3-1||Fulham||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Morgan 53' (o.g.)
Fowler 66' (pen.)
|Peschisolido 60'||Stadium: Anfield
Referee: Peter Jones
|10 November 1998 4||Liverpool||1-3||Tottenham Hotspur||Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Owen 81'||Iversen 2'
Referee: Gary Willard
|15 September 1998||Košice||0–3||Liverpool||Košice, Slovakia|
|Stadium: Lokomotíva Stadium
|29 September 1998||Liverpool||5–0||Košice||Liverpool, England|
|Redknapp 23', 55'
Fowler 53', 90'
|20 October 1998||Liverpool||0–0||Valencia||Liverpool, England|
|3 November 1998||Valencia||2–2
|López 45', 90'||Report||McManaman 80'
|Stadium: Mestalla Stadium
|24 November 1998||Celta Vigo||3–1||Liverpool||Vigo, Spain|
|Report||Owen 35'||Stadium: Balaídos
|8 December 1998||Liverpool||0–1||Celta Vigo||Liverpool, England|
|Report||Revivo 57'||Stadium: Anfield
Appearances and goals
|No.||Pos||Nat||Player||Total||Premier League||FA Cup||League Cup||UEFA Cup|
|3||DF||Bjørn Tore Kvarme||8||0||2+5||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|20||DF||Stig Inge Bjørnebye||31||0||20+3||0||2||0||2||0||4||0|
|Players transferred out during the season|
Last updated: 15 May 1999
|Premier League||7th||Michael Owen, 18|
|UEFA Cup||Third round|| Patrik Berger, 2
Robbie Fowler, 2
Michael Owen, 2
Jamie Redknapp, 2
|FA Cup||Fourth round||Michael Owen, 2|
|League Cup||Fourth round|| Robbie Fowler, 1
Paul Ince, 1
Michael Owen, 1
|Overall||Michael Owen, 23|
- 1998 Carlsberg Trophy
- 1998 Carlsberg Trophy final
- Coppa Pirelli
- 100th Football League Championship Challenge match