2003–04 Liverpool F.C. season

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Liverpool
2003–04 season
Chairman David Moores
Manager Gérard Houllier (until 10 June 2004)
FA Premier League 4th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Fourth round
UEFA Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League:
Michael Owen (16)

All:
Michael Owen (19)
Average home league attendance 41,777[1]
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2003–04 season was Liverpool's 113th season in existence and their 42nd consecutive year in the top-flight. This article covers the period from 1 July 2003 to 30 May 2004. Liverpool finished the FA Premier League season in fourth place.

Season summary[edit]

Liverpool finished the season in fourth position in the Premier League in what was to be Gérard Houllier's last in charge of Liverpool. He was replaced by Rafael Benítez at the end of the season after six years in charge.

Competition Result Top Scorer
Premier League 4th England Michael Owen, 16
UEFA Cup Fourth round Australia Harry Kewell, 3
FA Cup Fifth round France Bruno Cheyrou, 2
League Cup Fourth round England Emile Heskey, 2
England Danny Murphy, 2
Overall England Michael Owen, 19

Players[edit]

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 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Finnan
4 Finland DF Sami Hyypiä
5 Czech Republic FW Milan Baroš
6 Germany DF Markus Babbel
7 Australia MF Harry Kewell
8 England FW Emile Heskey
9 Senegal FW El Hadji Diouf
10 England FW Michael Owen
11 Czech Republic MF Vladimír Šmicer
13 England MF Danny Murphy
15 Senegal MF Salif Diao
No. Position Player
16 Germany MF Dietmar Hamann
17 England MF Steven Gerrard
18 Norway DF John Arne Riise
20 France MF Anthony Le Tallec
21 France DF Djimi Traoré[notes 1]
22 England GK Chris Kirkland
23 England DF Jamie Carragher
24 France FW Florent Sinama Pongolle
25 Croatia MF Igor Bišćan
28 France DF Bruno Cheyrou
29 France GK Patrice Luzi
32 England MF John Welsh
36 England DF Jon Otsemobor

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
7 Finland FW Daniel Sjölund (to Djurgårdens IF)
No. Position Player
12 Wales GK Paul Jones (on loan from Southampton)

Reserve squad[edit]

The following players did not appear for the first team this season.

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

No. Position Player
26 Republic of Ireland MF Richie Partridge
27 France DF Grégory Vignal
30 France DF Carl Medjani[notes 2]
31 France MF Alou Diarra
33 England FW Neil Mellor
34 Republic of Ireland MF Darren Potter[notes 3]
35 England DF Stephen Warnock
37 United States DF Zak Whitbread
38 Republic of Ireland MF Michael Foley-Sheridan
No. Position Player
40 England GK Paul Harrison
England DF Lee Peltier
England DF James Smith
England MF Danny Guthrie
England MF David Mannix
England FW Conal Platt
Mark Jones
Nicky Platt
Ralph Welch

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

# Pos Player From Fee Date
20 MF France Anthony Le Tallec France Le Havre £1,500,000 1 July 2003
24 FW France Florent Sinama-Pongolle France Le Havre £1,500,000 1 July 2003
3 DF Republic of Ireland Steve Finnan England Fulham £3,500,000 1 July 2003
7 MF Australia Harry Kewell England Leeds United £5,000,000 9 July 2003
30 DF France Carl Medjani France Saint-Étienne Free 8 August 2003
12 GK Wales Paul Jones England Southampton Loan 9 January 2004

Out[edit]

# Pos Player To Fee Date
15 MF Czech Republic Patrik Berger England Portsmouth Free 1 July 2003
24 MF France Bernard Diomède France Ajaccio Free 1 July 2003
14 DF Norway Vegard Heggem Unattached Free 1 July 2003
19 GK Guadeloupe Pegguy Arphexad England Coventry City Free 1 July 2003
34 FW Finland Daniel Sjölund Sweden Djurgårdens IF Free 15 January 2004
3 DF Portugal Abel Xavier[notes 4] Germany Hannover 96 Free 2 February 2004
8 FW England Emile Heskey England Birmingham City £6,250,000 18 May 2004
  • In: Increase £6,500,000
  • Out: Decrease £6,250,000
  • Total spending: Increase £250,000

Match results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

  • Olimpija Ljubljana 1–1 Liverpool
  • Liverpool 3–0 Olimpija Ljubljana
  • Steaua București 1–1 Liverpool
  • Liverpool 1–0 Steaua București
  • Liverpool 2–0 Levski Sofia
  • Levski Sofia 2–4 Liverpool

League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

  • Yeovil Town 0–2 Liverpool (attendance 9,348)
  • Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle (attendance 41,365)
  • Liverpool 1–1 Portsmouth (attendance 34,669)
  • Portsmouth 1–0 Liverpool (attendance 19,529)

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Poland Jerzy Dudek 38 0 30 0 3 0 1 0 4 0
22 GK England Chris Kirkland 12 0 6 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
29 GK France Patrice Luzi 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF Switzerland Stéphane Henchoz 27 0 15+3 0 4 0 1 0 3+1 0
3 DF Republic of Ireland Steve Finnan 31 0 19+3 0 3 0 0 0 5+1 0
4 DF Finland Sami Hyypiä 51 5 38 4 4 0 1 0 8 1
18 DF Norway John Arne Riise 35 0 22+6 0 1 0 1+1 0 4 0
21 DF France Djimi Traoré 11 1 7 0 0 0 2 0 2 1
23 DF England Jamie Carragher 29 0 22 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
25 DF Croatia Igor Bišćan 39 0 27+2 0 1 0 2 0 5+2 0
36 DF England Jon Otsemobor 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Midfielders
7 MF Australia Harry Kewell 49 11 36 7 3 0 0+2 1 8 3
9 MF Senegal El Hadji Diouf 33 0 20+6 0 1 0 2 0 3+1 0
11 MF Czech Republic Vladimír Šmicer 25 4 15+5 3 1 0 1 1 2+1 0
13 MF England Danny Murphy 42 6 19+12 3 1+1 1 2 2 6+1 0
15 MF Senegal Salif Diao 7 0 2+1 0 0 0 1 0 2+1 0
16 MF Germany Dietmar Hamann 35 3 25 2 4 0 0+1 0 5 1
17 MF England Steven Gerrard 47 6 34 4 3 0 1+1 0 7+1 2
28 MF France Bruno Cheyrou 19 4 9+3 2 3+1 2 0 0 1+2 0
32 MF England John Welsh 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
Forwards
5 FW Czech Republic Milan Baroš 18 2 6+7 1 0+1 0 0 0 2+2 1
8 FW England Emile Heskey 47 12 25+10 7 3+1 1 2 2 4+2 2
10 FW England Michael Owen 38 19 29 16 3 1 0 0 6 2
20 FW France Anthony Le Tallec 23 1 3+10 0 1+3 0 2 0 2+2 1
24 FW France Florent Sinama Pongolle 23 2 3+12 2 1+2 0 1+1 0 1+2 0
Players transferred out during the season
12 GK Wales Paul Jones 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Last updated: 30 May 2004
Source:Competitions

Top scorers[edit]

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 16 12 10 55 37  +18 60 10 4 5 29 15  +14 6 8 5 26 22  +4

Big Four games[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
6 2 0 4 7 10  −3 6 0 0 3 3 6  −3 2 0 1 4 4  0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistics for the 2003–2004 Season". LFChistory.net. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Traoré was born in Saint-Ouen, France, but also qualified to represent Mali internationally and would make his international debut for Mali in October 2004.
  2. ^ Medjani was born in Lyon, France, but also qualified to represent Algeria internationally through his father and would make his international debut for Algeria in 2010.
  3. ^ Potter was born in Liverpool, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and represented them at youth level before making his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in May 2007.
  4. ^ Xavier was born in Nampula, Portuguese Mozambique (now Mozambique), which was then an overseas territory of Portugal, and made his international debut for Portugal in March 1993.