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Liverpool F.C. won its 12th league title, and its second in successive seasons. David Johnson was the top scorer and Kenny Dalglish, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson were constants in the side. In the European Cup, there was an early disappointment with a loss to Dinamo Tbilisi in the first round. Liverpool went on to lose in the semi-finals of the FA Cup to the eventual runners-up, Arsenal, after a four-game marathon. They also lost in the semi-finals of the Football League Cup to the eventual runners up, Nottingham Forest, who lost in the final to a Wolverhampton Wanderers team captained by former Liverpool captain Emlyn Hughes, who left Liverpool before the start of the league season.

Liverpool F.C.
1979–80 season
ManagerBob Paisley
First DivisionChampions
European Cup1st Round
FA CupSemi Final
League CupSemi Final
FA Charity ShieldWinners
Top goalscorerLeague: David Johnson (21)
All: David Johnson (27)

Contents

SquadEdit

League TableEdit

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 25 10 7 81 30 +51 60
2 Manchester United 42 24 10 8 65 35 +30 58
3 Ipswich Town 42 22 9 11 68 39 +29 53
4 Arsenal 42 18 16 8 52 36 +16 52
5 Nottingham Forest 42 20 8 14 63 43 +20 48
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 19 9 14 58 47 +11 47
7 Aston Villa 42 16 14 12 51 50 +1 46
8 Southampton 42 18 9 15 65 53 +12 45
9 Middlesbrough 42 16 12 14 50 44 +6 44
10 West Bromwich Albion 42 11 19 12 54 50 +4 41
11 Leeds United 42 13 14 15 46 50 –4 40
12 Norwich City 42 13 14 15 58 66 –8 40
13 Crystal Palace 42 12 16 14 41 50 –9 40
14 Tottenham Hotspur 42 15 10 17 52 62 –10 40
15 Coventry City 42 16 7 19 56 66 –10 39
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 11 15 16 47 57 –10 37
17 Manchester City 42 12 13 17 43 66 –23 37
18 Stoke City 42 13 10 19 44 58 –14 36
19 Everton 42 9 17 16 43 51 –8 35
20 Bristol City 42 9 13 20 37 66 –29 31
21 Derby County 42 11 8 23 47 67 –20 30
22 Bolton Wanderers 42 5 15 22 38 73 –35 25

ResultsEdit

First DivisionEdit

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report 1 Report 2
21-Aug-79 Bolton Wanderers H 0–0 45,900 Report Report
25-Aug-79 West Bromwich Albion H 3–1 Johnson   11'58' McDermott   52' 48,021 Report Report
01-Sep-79 Southampton A 2–3 Johnson   16' Irwin   74' 21,402 Report Report
08-Sep-79 Coventry City H 4–0 Johnson   27'90' Case   58' Dalglish   62' 39,926 Report Report
15-Sep-79 Leeds United A 1–1 McDermott   81' 39,779 Report Report
22-Sep-79 Norwich City H 0–0 44,120 Report Report
29-Sep-79 Nottingham Forest A 0–1 28,262 Report Report
06-Oct-79 Bristol City H 4–0 Johnson   3' Dalglish   30' R Kennedy   34' McDermott   80' 38,213 Report Report
09-Oct-79 Bolton Wanderers A 1–1 Dalglish   80' 25,571 Report Report
13-Oct-79 Ipswich Town A 2–1 Own Goal   18' Johnson   54' 25,310 Report Report
20-Oct-79 Everton H 2–2 Own Goal   8' R Kennedy   55' 52,201 Report Report
27-Oct-79 Manchester City A 4–0 Johnson   12' Dalglish   31'67' R Kennedy   86' 48,128 Report Report
03-Nov-79 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3–0 Dalglish   4'52' R Kennedy   67' 49,541 Report Report
10-Nov-79 Brighton & Hove Albion A 4–1 R Kennedy   19' Dalglish   65'83' Johnson   67' 29,682 Report Report
17-Nov-79 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 McDermott   34'69' 51,092 Report Report
24-Nov-79 Arsenal A 0–0 55,561 Report Report
01-Dec-79 Middlesbrough H 4–0 McDermott   5' Hansen   13' Johnson   73' R Kennedy   84' 39,885 Report Report
08-Dec-79 Aston Villa A 3–1 R Kennedy   55' Hansen   60' McDermott   74' 41,160 Report Report
15-Dec-79 Crystal Palace H 3–0 Case   44' Dalglish   48' McDermott   67' 42,898 Report Report
22-Dec-79 Derby County A 3–1 Own Goal   16' McDermott   53 Pen' Johnson   55' 24,945 Report Report
26-Dec-79 Manchester United H 2–0 Hansen   15' Johnson   85' 51,073 Report Report
29-Dec-79 West Bromwich Albion A 2–0 Johnson   24'44' 34,915 Report Report
12-Jan-80 Southampton H 1–1 McDermott   60 Pen' 44,655 Report Report
19-Jan-80 Coventry City A 0–1 31,578 Report Report
09-Feb-80 Norwich City A 5–3 Fairclough   4'18'75' Dalglish   88' Case   89' 25,624 Report Report
19-Feb-80 Nottingham Forest H 2–0 McDermott   80' R Kennedy   84' 45,093 Report Report
23-Feb-80 Ipswich Town H 1–1 Fairclough   8' 47,566 Report Report
26-Feb-80 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 36,693 Report Report
01-Mar-80 Everton A 2–1 Johnson   19' Neal   31 Pen' 53,013 Report Report
11-Mar-80 Manchester City H 2–0 Own Goal   56' Souness   83' 40,443 Report Report
15-Mar-80 Bristol City A 3–1 R Kennedy   5' Dalglish   55'89' 27,187 Report Report
19-Mar-80 Leeds United H 3–0 Johnson   33'80' A Kennedy   60' 37,008 Report Report
22-Mar-80 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1–0 Hansen   70' 42,747 Report Report
29-Mar-80 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–2 32,114 Report Report
01-Apr-80 Stoke City H 1–0 Dalglish   34' 36,415 Report Report
05-Apr-80 Manchester United A 1–2 Dalglish   14' 57,342 Report Report
08-Apr-80 Derby County H 3–0 Irwin   20' Johnson   50' Own Goal   83' 40,932 Report Report
19-Apr-80 Arsenal H 1–1 Dalglish   12' 46,878 Report Report
23-Apr-80 Stoke City A 2–0 Johnson   34' Fairclough   60' 32,000 Report Report
26-Apr-80 Crystal Palace A 0–0 45,583 Report Report
03-May-80 Aston Villa H 4–1 Johnson   3'72' Cohen   50' Own Goal   78' 51,541 Report Report
06-May-80 Middlesbrough A 0–1 24,458 Report Report

FA Charity ShieldEdit

Liverpool3–1Arsenal
McDermott  38'   65'
Dalglish   63'
Report Sunderland  
Attendance: 92,000
Liverpool:
GK 1   Ray Clemence
DF 2   Phil Neal
DF 3   Alan Kennedy
DF 4   Phil Thompson
MF 5   Ray Kennedy
DF 6   Alan Hansen
FW 7   Kenny Dalglish
MF 8   Jimmy Case
FW 9   David Johnson
MF 10   Terry McDermott
MF 11   Graeme Souness
Substitutes:
MF 12   Steve Heighway
MF 13   Sammy Lee
DF 14   Avi Cohen
FW 15   David Fairclough
GK 16   Steve Ogrizovic
Manager:
  Bob Paisley
Arsenal
GK 1   Pat Jennings
DF 2   Pat Rice
DF 3   Sammy Nelson  
MF 4   Brian Talbot
DF 5   David O'Leary
DF 6   Steve Walford
MF 7   Liam Brady
FW 8   Alan Sunderland
FW 9   Frank Stapleton
MF 10   David Price  
MF 11   Graham Rix
Substitutes:
DF   Willie Young  
MF   John Hollins  
Manager:
  Terry Neill

Match rules

  • 90 minutes, no extra time
  • Five named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions

FA CupEdit

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report 1 Report 2
05-Jan-80 Grimsby Town H 5–0 Souness   19' Johnson   42'65'74' Case   87' 49,706 Report Report
26-Jan-80 Nottingham Forest A 2–0 Dalglish   31' McDermott   71 Pen' 33,277 Report Report
16-Feb-80 Bury H 2–0 Fairclough   64'81' 43,769 Report Report
08-Mar-80 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–0 McDermott   38' 48,033 Report Report
12-Apr-80 Arsenal N 0–0 50,174 Report Report
16-Apr-80 Arsenal N 1–1 Fairclough   51' 40,679 Report Report
28-Apr-80 Arsenal N 1–1 Dalglish   90' 42,975 Report Report
01-May-80 Arsenal N 0–1 35,335 Report Report

League CupEdit

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report 1 Report 2
29-Aug-79 Tranmere Rovers A 0–0 16,759 Report Report
04-Sep-79 Tranmere Rovers H 4–0 Thompson   46' Dalglish   49'75' Fairclough   83' 24,785 Report Report
25-Sep-79 Chesterfield H 3–1 Fairclough   10' Dalglish   34' McDermott   80' 20,960 Report Report
30-Oct-79 Exeter City H 2–0 Fairclough   60'90' 21,019 Report Report
05-Dec-79 Norwich City A 3–1 Johnson   11'31' Dalglish   37' 23,000 Report Report
22-Jan-80 Nottingham Forest A 0–1 32,234 Report Report
12-Feb-80 Nottingham Forest H 1–1 Fairclough   89' 50,880 Report Report

European CupEdit

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report 1 Report 2
19-Sep-79 Dinamo Tbilisi H 2–1 Johnson   19' Case   44' 35,720 Report Report
03-Oct-79 Dinamo Tbilisi A 0–3 80,000 Report Report

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