2006–07 Liverpool F.C. season

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Liverpool
2006–07 season
Chairman David Moores (until February)
Tom Hicks and George Gillett (from February)
Manager Rafael Benítez
FA Premier League 3rd
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Quarter-finals
UEFA Champions League Runners-up
FA Community Shield Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Dirk Kuyt (12)
All:
Peter Crouch (18)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2006–07 season was the 115th season in Liverpool Football Club‍ '​s existence and was their 44th consecutive year in the top-flight, and covers the period between 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007. Having finished third the previous season, Liverpool had qualified for the UEFA Champions League final qualifying stage.

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 Spain DF Álvaro Arbeloa
3 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Finnan
4 Finland DF Sami Hyypiä
5 Denmark DF Daniel Agger
6 Norway DF John Arne Riise
7 Australia MF Harry Kewell
8 England MF Steven Gerrard (captain)
9 England FW Robbie Fowler
10 Spain MF Luis García
11 Chile MF Mark González[1]
12 Brazil DF Fábio Aurélio
14 Spain MF Xabi Alonso
15 England FW Peter Crouch
16 England MF Jermaine Pennant
17 Wales FW Craig Bellamy
18 Netherlands FW Dirk Kuyt
20 Argentina MF Javier Mascherano
No. Position Player
22 Mali MF Mohamed Sissoko[2]
23 England DF Jamie Carragher (vice-captain)
24 France FW Florent Sinama-Pongolle
25 Spain GK Pepe Reina
26 England MF Paul Anderson
28 England DF Stephen Warnock
29 Argentina DF Gabriel Paletta
30 Italy GK Daniele Padelli (on loan from Sampdoria)
32 Netherlands MF Boudewijn Zenden
34 Spain DF Miki Roqué
35 England MF Danny Guthrie
37 England MF Lee Peltier
39 England DF Stephen Darby
40 England GK David Martin
42 Morocco FW Nabil El Zhar[3]
45 England DF James Smith
46 England DF Jack Hobbs
48 Argentina DF Emiliano Insúa

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

# Player From Fee When
17 Wales Craig Bellamy England Blackburn Rovers £6,000,000 22 June 2006[4]
29 Argentina Gabriel Paletta Argentina Club Atlético Banfield £2,000,000 5 July 2006[5]
12 Brazil Fábio Aurélio Spain Valencia Free 5 July 2006
16 England Jermaine Pennant England Birmingham City £6,700,000 26 July 2006[6]
18 Netherlands Dirk Kuyt Netherlands Feyenoord £9,000,000 Summer
42 Morocco Nabil El Zhar France Saint-Étienne £200,000 Summer
Sweden Astrit Ajdarević Sweden Falkenberg £750,000 Winter
Netherlands Jordy Brouwer Netherlands Ajax Undisclosed 24 January 2007[7]
Spain Francisco Durán Spain Málaga £66,000 31 January 2007[8]
2 Spain Álvaro Arbeloa Spain Deportivo La Coruña £2,500,000 31 January 2007

Out[edit]

# Player To Fee When
37 United States Zak Whitbread England Millwall £200,000 Summer
28 France Bruno Cheyrou France Rennes Undisclosed 30 June 2006[9]
42 Scotland Robbie Foy England Scunthorpe United Free 23 August 2006[10]
31 England David Raven England Carlisle United Undisclosed Summer
19 Spain Fernando Morientes Spain Valencia £3,000,000 5 July 2006[11]
16 Germany Dietmar Hamann England Bolton Wanderers Free 11 July 2006
36 Spain Antonio Barragán Spain Deportivo La Coruña £680,000 4 August 2006[12]
21 Mali Djimi Traoré England Charlton Athletic £2,000,000 8 August 2006[12]
35 Algeria Carl Medjani France Lorient Free Summer
33 England Neil Mellor England Preston North End £500,000 Summer
2 Netherlands Jan Kromkamp Netherlands PSV Eindhoven £1,750,000 31 August 2006[13]
34 Republic of Ireland Darren Potter England Wolverhampton Wanderers £525,000 Winter
28 England Stephen Warnock England Blackburn Rovers £1,500,000 22 January 2007[14]
15 Senegal Salif Diao England Stoke City Free Winter
24 France Florent Sinama Pongolle Spain Recreativo de Huelva £2,700,000 31 August 2006[15]
22 England Chris Kirkland England Wigan Athletic Six-month loan
£3,500,000
11 July 2006[16]

In on loan[edit]

# Player From Fee When
30 Italy Daniele Padelli Italy Sampdoria Six-month loan 10 January 2007[17]
20 Argentina Javier Mascherano England West Ham United Loan February
  • In: Increase £16,400,000+
  • Out: Decrease £27,216,000+
  • Total spending: Decrease £10,816,000

August[edit]

Liverpool began the season in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Champions League, beating Israel's Maccabi Haifa on a 3–2 aggregate score, in a 2–1 Liverpool win at Anfield. However, the season started well for Craig Bellamy, a new signing from Blackburn Rovers, and Mark González, who returned from a loan spell at Real Sociedad, who both made their debuts against Haifa, and both scored. Peter Crouch helped finish the operation in Kiev (the match was not played in Haifa due to security concerns). Liverpool also won the Community Shield as goals from Crouch and John Arne Riise helped them beat Chelsea 2–1 at the Millennium Stadium. Liverpool's Premier League campaign began with a 1–1 draw at Bramall Lane against newly promoted Sheffield United. Their first league win of the season came at home against West Ham United, a 2–1 win secured by goals from Crouch and Daniel Agger.

September[edit]

Liverpool lost the Merseyside derby 3–0 at Goodison Park when Everton's Tim Cahill and Andrew Johnson scored once and twice respectively. In the opening match of the group stage of the Champions League the Reds drew 0–0 with PSV in Eindhoven. This was followed by a 1–0 loss away to Chelsea and two home wins against Newcastle United (2-0) and Tottenham Hotspur (3-0). The Newcastle game was especially notable for a long-range goal scored by Xabi Alonso from inside the Liverpool half. They also beat Galatasaray 3–2 at Anfield. Their last game of September ended in a 2–0 defeat away to Bolton Wanderers.

October[edit]

Liverpool's next league match was a 1–1 home draw with Blackburn Rovers, a game where Craig Bellamy scored his first league goal for the club against his previous team. In the Champions League they beat Bordeaux 1–0 in France but lost a crucial derby match against Manchester United 2–0 at Old Trafford just four days later. after. They then faced Bordeaux at Anfield, a match they won 3–0 thanks to Luis García (2) and Steven Gerrard, the captain's first goal of the season. They also progressed in the League Cup after a 4–3 win over Reading, and beat Aston Villa 3–1 in the league, ending the away side's run of nine unbeaten matches from the beginning of the campaign.

November[edit]

November started well with a 2–0 win over Reading in the Premier League and a League Cup victory (1-0) against Birmingham City. They beat PSV 2–0 in the Champions League.

December[edit]

Liverpool started December with a 4–0 win against Wigan Athletic, their first away victory of the campaign. They achieved a second consecutive Premier League 4–0 against Fulham after a disappointing 3–2 defeat by Galatasaray in the Champions League. This was followed by two further wins with Chartlon Athletic beaten 3–0 at The Valley and Watford defeated 2–0 at Anfield. However, Liverpool lost their next match 1–0 away to Blackburn Rovers before ending the year with a 1–0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

January[edit]

In the first week of January, Liverpool faced Arsenal twice, both at Anfield, once in the FA Cup and once in the League Cup. Both times, the Gunners came away with victory, 3–1 and 6–3 respectively. However, Liverpool beat both Bolton Wanderers and Watford 3–0 either side of the Arsenal games. They also beat Chelsea 2–0 at Anfield on Petr Čech's first match back after his horrific head injury.

February[edit]

Liverpool drew 0–0 in the Merseyside derby at Anfield. They knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League in the round of 16 on away goals after Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise put two past Víctor Valdés at the Camp Nou.

March[edit]

In between the Barça games, they beat Sheffield United 4–0, with Robbie Fowler scoring twice from the penalty spot, which proved to be his last goals for the club. However, they lost 1–0 to local rivals Manchester United courtesy to an injury time winner by United substitute John O'Shea. Liverpool then drew 0–0 with Aston Villa at Villa Park, before beating Arsenal 4–1 at Anfield, Peter Crouch scoring a hat trick with Daniel Agger scoring the other.

April[edit]

Liverpool comfortably put PSV out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals, winning 4–0 on aggregate. A 3–0 victory in Eindhoven was followed by a 1–0 win in the return leg at Anfield. In between the two matches they travelled to Reading, a game which they won 2–1. The next three league games yielded a 0–0 draw away to Manchester City and two home wins, against Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic, both games ending 2–0. They lost 1–0 to Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final after a goal by Joe Cole. Ahead of the second leg against the London side, a much-changed Liverpool team lost 2–1 away to Portsmouth.

May[edit]

Liverpool reached their second Champions League final in three years after beating Chelsea on penalties following a 1–0 win at Anfield. In the final, they faced Milan, their 2005 adversaries; Milan exacted their revenge, winning 2–1 with two goals from Filippo Inzaghi. Dirk Kuyt replied for the Reds.

Games[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Premier League 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 A H A A H H A H A H H A A H H A H A H A A H A H A H A H H A H A A H H A A H
Result D W L L W W L D L W W L D W D W W W W L W W W W W D L W L D W W D W W L L D

Source: Games
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results summary[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 20 8 10 57 27 +30 68 14 4 1 39 7 +32 6 4 9 18 20 −2

Champions League[edit]

Third Qualifying Round[edit]

Kick Off Opponents H/A Result Scorers Referee Attendance Report
2006-08-09, 20:05 Israel Maccabi Haifa H 2–1 Bellamy 33', González Germany Wolfgang Stark 40,058 MR
2006-08-22, 19:35 Israel Maccabi Haifa N 1–1 Crouch 54' Italy Roberto Rosetti 12,500 MR

Group Stage[edit]

Kick Off Opponents H / A Result Scorers Referee Attendance
2006-09-12, 20:45 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven A 0–0 Switzerland Massimo Busacca 35,000
2006-09-27, 20:45 Turkey Galatasaray H 3–2 Crouch 9', 52', Luis García 14' Spain Luis Medina Cantalejo 41,976
2006-10-18, 20:45 France Bordeaux A 1–0 Crouch 58' Norway Tom Henning Øvrebø 31,471
2006-10-31, 20:45 France Bordeaux H 3–0 Luis García 23', 76', Gerrard 71' Germany Markus Merk 41,978
2006-11-22, 20:45 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven H 2–0 Gerrard 65', Crouch 89' Italy Domenico Messina 41,948
2006-12-05, 20:45 Turkey Galatasaray A 2–3 Fowler 22', 90' Portugal Olegário Benquerença 23,000
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Liverpool 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 3 1 2 6 6 0 10
France Bordeaux 6 2 1 3 6 7 −1 7
Turkey Galatasaray 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5 4

Knockout Stage[edit]

Kick Off Opponents H/A Result Scorers Referee Attendance
2007-02-21, 20:45 Spain Barcelona A 2–1 Bellamy 43', Riise 74' Greece Kyros Vassaras 88,000
2007-03-06, 20:45 Spain Barcelona H 0–1 Germany Herbert Fandel 45,000
2007-04-03, 20:45 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven A 3–0 Gerrard 27', Riise 49', Crouch 63' France Bertrand Layec 36,500
2007-04-11, 20:45 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven H 1–0 Crouch 67' Italy Roberto Rosetti 41,447
2007-04-25, 20:45 England Chelsea A 0–1 Germany Markus Merk 39,483
2007-05-01, 20:45 England Chelsea H 1–0 (4–1 p) Agger 22'
Pen:
Zenden Penalty scored
Xabi Alonso Penalty scored
Gerrard Penalty scored
Kuyt Penalty scored
Spain Manuel Mejuto González 42,554

Final[edit]

Kick-off Opponents H/A Result Scorers Referee Attendance
2007-05-23, 20:45 Italy Milan N 1–2 Kuyt 89' Germany Herbert Fandel 74,000

FA Cup[edit]

Kick-off Round Opponent H/A Result Scorers Referee Attendance
2007-01-06 Third round Arsenal H 1–3 Kuyt 71' Steve Bennett 43,619

League Cup[edit]

Kick-off Round Opponent H/A Result Scorers Referee Attendance
2006-10-25, 20:00 Third round Reading H 4–3 Fowler 44', Riise 45', Paletta 49', Crouch 76' Peter Walton 42,445
2006-11-08, 19:45 Fourth round Birmingham City A 1–0 Agger 45' Howard Webb 23,061
2007-01-09, Fifth round Arsenal H 3–6 Fowler 33', Gerrard 68', Hyypiä 80' Martin Atkinson 42,614

Statistics[edit]

Rank Pos. No. Player Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Community Shield Total
1 FW 15 England Peter Crouch 9 0 1 7 1 18
2 FW 18 Netherlands Dirk Kuyt 12 1 0 1 0 14
3 MF 8 England Steven Gerrard 7 0 1 3 0 11
4 FW 17 Wales Craig Bellamy 7 0 0 2 0 9
5 FW 9 England Robbie Fowler 3 0 2 2 0 7
6 FW 10 Spain Luis Garcia 3 0 0 3 0 6
7 DF 6 Norway John Arne Riise 1 0 1 2 1 5
8 DF 5 Denmark Daniel Agger 2 0 1 1 0 4
MF 14 Spain Xabi Alonso 4 0 0 0 0 4
10 DF 2 Spain Alvaro Arbeloa 1 0 0 0 0 1
DF 23 England Jamie Carragher 1 0 0 0 0 1
MF 7 Australia Harry Kewell 1 0 0 0 0 1
DF 29 Argentina Gabriel Paletta 0 0 1 0 0 1
MF 16 England Jermaine Pennant 1 0 0 0 0 1
Own goals 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS ' ' 8 ' 2 89

References[edit]

  1. ^ González was born in Durban, South Africa.
  2. ^ Sissoko was born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France, but also qualified to represent Mali internationally and made his international debut for Mali in 2004.
  3. ^ El Zhar was born in Alès, France, and has represented France at U-20 level but also qualified to represent Morocco internationally through his parents and would make his international debut for Morocco in March 2008.
  4. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Liverpool wrap up Bellamy switch
  5. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Liverpool sign South American duo
  6. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Pennant completes Liverpool move
  7. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Liverpool seal deal for Brouwer
  8. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Arbeloa and Duran join Liverpool
  9. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Liverpool sell midfielder Cheyrou
  10. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Scunthorpe Utd | Scunthorpe sign up two strikers
  11. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Morientes completes Valencia move
  12. ^ a b BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Deportivo sign Liverpool defender
  13. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Kromkamp leaves Liverpool for PSV
  14. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Blackburn Rovers | Blackburn complete Warnock deal
  15. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Pongolle joins Recreativo on loan
  16. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Wigan Athletic | Wigan clinch Kirkland loan deal
  17. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Liverpool to take Padelli on loan

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