2002–03 Liverpool F.C. season

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2002-03 season
Chairman David Moores
Manager Gérard Houllier
Premier League 5th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Winners
UEFA Champions League Group stage
UEFA Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Michael Owen (19)
Michael Owen (28)
Average home league attendance 42,768
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

During the 2002-03 English football season, Liverpool F.C. competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Having finished second the previous season, Liverpool had high hopes to win their first league title since 1990. Indeed, they topped the Premier League table after their first 12 games (including a seven-game winning streak), picking up 30 points out of a possible 36, a run which saw them four points clear at the top from reigning champions Arsenal. However, on 9 November 2002, they suffered a surprise 1-0 away defeat at the hands of high-fliers Middlesbrough. This wasn't completely disastrous; it did see their lead cut to one point but three days later, they completed a miserable week after they bowed out of the Champions League after failure to beat Basel. That week's two results started a miserable display of 13 matches without victory (including 11 league games) and a dismal run of only two wins in 16 league matches (both away at Southampton and West Ham United) which ended such title hopes. However, their first home league win in four months came in a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on 8 March 2003, starting a more promising run of seven wins in eight league games which almost took the club to Campions League qualification anyway, but a defeat at the hands of Chelsea on the final game of the season buried those hopes. A League Cup win following a 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Manchester United was the sole glorious moment of a disappointing season.[1]

Competition Result Top scorer
Premier League 5th England Michael Owen, 19
Champions League First group stage England Michael Owen, 4
UEFA Cup Quarter-finals England Michael Owen, 3
FA Cup Fourth round England Danny Murphy, 1
League Cup Winners Senegal El Hadji Diouf, 3
Overall England Michael Owen, 28

First-team 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
1 Poland GK Jerzy Dudek
2 Switzerland DF Stéphane Henchoz
3 Portugal DF Abel Xavier
4 Finland DF Sami Hyypiä (captain)
5 Czech Republic FW Milan Baroš
6 Germany DF Markus Babbel
7 Czech Republic MF Vladimír Šmicer
8 England FW Emile Heskey
9 Senegal FW El Hadji Diouf
10 England FW Michael Owen
13 England MF Danny Murphy
14 Norway DF Vegard Heggem
15 Czech Republic MF Patrik Berger
16 Germany MF Dietmar Hamann
17 England MF Steven Gerrard
18 Norway DF John Arne Riise
19 Guadeloupe GK Pegguy Arphexad
No. Position Player
21 Senegal MF Salif Diao
22 England GK Chris Kirkland
23 England DF Jamie Carragher
24 France MF Bernard Diomède
25 Croatia MF Igor Bišćan
26 Republic of Ireland MF Richie Partridge
27 France DF Grégory Vignal
28 France MF Bruno Cheyrou
30 France DF Djimi Traoré[2]
31 France DF Alou Diarra
32 England MF John Welsh
33 England FW Neil Mellor
34 Finland MF Daniel Sjölund
35 England DF Stephen Warnock
36 England DF Jon Otsemobor
38 Republic of Ireland MF Michael Foley-Sheridan
39 France GK Patrice Luzi
40 Scotland MF Robbie Foy

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
20 England MF Nick Barmby (to Leeds United)
29 England DF Stephen Wright (to Sunderland)
No. Position Player
37 Finland MF Jari Litmanen (to Ajax)




# Pos Player From Fee Date
28 MF France Bruno Cheyrou France Lille £3,700,000 16 May 2002[3]
9 FW Senegal El Hadji Diouf France Lens £10,000,000 1 June 2002
MF France Alou Diarra Germany Bayern Munich Free 9 July 2002[4]
39 GK France Patrice Luzi France AS Monaco Free 29 July 2002
21 MF Senegal Salif Diao France Sedan £4,700,000 6 August 2002[5]


# Pos Player To Fee Date
21 GK Denmark Jørgen Nielsen Denmark FC Nordsjælland Free 1 July 2002
20 MF England Nick Barmby England Leeds United £3,750,000 8 August 2002[6]
29 DF England Stephen Wright England Sunderland £1,500,000 15 August 2002[7]
37 MF Finland Jari Litmanen Netherlands Ajax Free 30 August 2002[8]
  • In: Decrease £18,400,000
  • Out: Increase £5,250,000
  • Total spending: Decrease £13,150,000


Premier League[edit]

Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Third round[edit]

Fourth round[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Third round[edit]

Fourth round[edit]

Quarter finals[edit]

Semi finals[edit]



  1. ^ "Liverpool lift Worthington Cup". BBC Sport. 2003-03-02. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  2. ^ Traoré was born in Saint-Ouen, France, but also qualified to represent Mali internationally and would make his international debut for Mali in 2004.
  3. ^ "Cheyrou joins Liverpool". BBC News. 16 May 2002. 
  4. ^ "Liverpool sign Diarra". BBC News. 9 July 2002. 
  5. ^ "Diao confirms Liverpool move". BBC News. 24 June 2002. 
  6. ^ "Barmby lands at Leeds". BBC News. 8 August 2002. 
  7. ^ McNulty, Phil (14 August 2002). "Wright agrees Sunderland deal". BBC News. 
  8. ^ "Ajax sign Litmanen". BBC News. 30 August 2002. 

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