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During the 1998–99 Liverpool F.C. season, the club 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.

Liverpool
1998–99 season
ChairmanDavid Moores
ManagerRoy Evans and Gérard Houllier (joint managers until November)
Gérard Houllier (from November)
StadiumAnfield
Premier League7th
FA CupFourth round
League CupFourth round
UEFA CupThird round
Top goalscorerLeague:
Michael Owen (18)

All:
Michael Owen (23)

Contents

Season summaryEdit

The appointment of former France national team head 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 resigned 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 head 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 joined Benfica on 7 March 1999 after almost ten 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 in five years.

The season had not started poorly, with a 2–1 win at Southampton followed by a 0–0 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 matches, level on points with Aston Villa, while title favourites Arsenal and Manchester United were fifth and ninth respectively.[1]

However, Livepool's lead of the Premier League was lost in their fifth match 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.[2]

15 September saw the beginning of the club's UEFA Cup campaign, where they defeated Slovakian side Košice 3–0 away in Košice. A comprehensive 5–0 win in the second leg booked Liverpool's place in the next round.

October was a mixed month for the Reds, who crushed Nottingham Forest 5–1 in the Premier 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, now occupying third place. Derby County's challenge had fallen away as they slipped to mid-table.[3]

There was positive news on the European scene that late autumn as they edged past Valencia on away goals in the UEFA Cup second round.

Liverpool's 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 to 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.[4]

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.[5] However, three straight wins saw them rise to seventh by the end of the year.[6]

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 Premier League 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.[7]

Spring brought a similar pattern of results, and by 21 April, they had slid down to tenth 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.[8]

Wins over Blackburn and Tottenham kept the Reds in contention for European qualification with three matches to play,[9] but a draw at home to Manchester United and a defeat at Sheffield Wednesday meant a 3–0 home win over Wimbledon on the final day of the season was not enough for anything higher than seventh place, meaning the 1999–2000 season would be Liverpool's first season in five years without European football.

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
5 West Ham United 38 16 9 13 46 53 −7 57 Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round
6 Aston Villa 38 15 10 13 51 46 +5 55
7 Liverpool 38 15 9 14 68 49 +19 54
8 Derby County 38 13 13 12 40 45 −5 52
9 Middlesbrough 38 12 15 11 48 54 −6 51
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Results summary
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 15 9 14 68 49  +19 54 10 5 4 44 24  +20 5 4 10 24 25  −1
Results by round
Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAHHAHHAH
ResultWDWWLDLDDWLLLWWLLWWWDWLWLDLLWDDLLWWDLW
Position24112345734811989129977665567988991098787
Source: 11v11.com: 1998-99 Liverpool results
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

Squad at end of season[10]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK David James
2   DF Rob Jones
3   DF Bjørn Tore Kvarme
4   DF Rigobert Song
5   DF Steve Staunton
6   DF Phil Babb[notes 1]
7   MF Steve McManaman
8   MF Øyvind Leonhardsen
9   FW Robbie Fowler
10   FW Michael Owen
11   MF Jamie Redknapp
13   FW Karl-Heinz Riedle
14   MF Vegard Heggem
15   MF Patrik Berger
16   FW Sean Dundee[notes 2]
No. Position Player
17   MF Paul Ince
18   MF Jean-Michel Ferri
19   GK Brad Friedel
20   DF Stig Inge Bjørnebye
21   DF Dominic Matteo[notes 3]
22   GK Tony Warner[notes 4]
23   DF Jamie Carragher
24   MF Danny Murphy
25   MF David Thompson
26   GK Jorgen Nielsen
27   MF Haukur Ingi Guðnason
28   MF Steven Gerrard
29   DF Stephen Wright
30   DF Djimi Traoré[notes 5]

Left club during seasonEdit

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

No. Position Player
4   DF Jason McAteer[notes 6] (to Blackburn Rovers)
12   DF Steve Harkness (to Benfica)
No. Position Player
  MF Danny Williams (to Wrexham)

ReservesEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Jamie Cassidy
No. Position Player
  DF Gareth Roberts

ResultsEdit

Pre-season and friendliesEdit

Date Opponents H / A Result

F–A

Scorers
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 [11] N 3-2 Berger 12', Riedle 29', Murphy 37'
1 August 1998 Leeds United [12] N 2-0 Berger 56', Owen 57'
4 August 1998 Inter Milan [13] 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 [14] A 3-2 Fowler 39' (pen.), Redknapp 66', Ince 77'

FA Premier LeagueEdit

FA CupEdit

League CupEdit

UEFA CupEdit

First roundEdit

Second roundEdit

Third roundEdit

StatisticsEdit

Appearances and goalsEdit

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   David James 33 0 26 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
19 GK   Brad Friedel 16 0 12 0 0 0 2 0 1+1 0
Defenders
3 DF   Bjørn Tore Kvarme 8 0 2+5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
4 DF   Rigobert Song 13 0 10+3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF   Steve Staunton 40 0 31 0 1 0 2 0 5+1 0
6 DF   Phil Babb 30 0 24+1 0 1 0 0 0 3+1 0
14 DF   Vegard Heggem 36 2 27+2 2 1 0 1 0 4+1 0
20 DF   Stig Inge Bjørnebye 31 0 20+3 0 2 0 2 0 4 0
21 DF   Dominic Matteo 23 1 16+4 1 1 0 0 0 1+1 0
23 DF   Jamie Carragher 44 1 34 1 2 0 2 0 6 0
Midfielders
7 MF   Steve McManaman 31 5 25+3 4 0 0 0 0 3 1
8 MF   Øyvind Leonhardsen 13 1 7+2 1 0 0 1 0 1+2 0
11 MF   Jamie Redknapp 40 10 33+1 8 2 0 0 0 4 2
15 MF   Patrik Berger 41 9 30+2 7 2 0 1 0 6 2
17 MF   Paul Ince 41 9 34 6 2 1 2 1 3 1
18 MF   Jean-Michel Ferri 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 MF   Danny Murphy 4 0 0+1 0 0 0 1+1 0 0+1 0
25 MF   David Thompson 18 1 4+10 1 0 0 2 0 2 0
28 MF   Steven Gerrard 13 0 4+8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Forwards
9 FW   Robbie Fowler 35 18 23+2 14 1+1 1 2 1 5+1 2
10 FW   Michael Owen 40 23 30 18 2 2 2 1 5+1 2
13 FW   Karl-Heinz Riedle 40 6 16+18 5 1 0 0+1 0 2+2 1
16 FW   Sean Dundee 5 0 0+3 0 0 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
Players transferred out during the season
4 MF   Jason McAteer 22 0 6+7 0 1+1 0 2 0 3+2 0
12 DF   Steve Harkness 11 0 4+2 0 1+1 0 0+1 0 1+1 0

Last updated: 15 May 1999
Source: Competitions

Top scorersEdit

Competition Result Top scorer
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

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Babb was born in Lambeth, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in 1994.
  2. ^ Dundee was born in Durban, South Africa, but also holds German nationality and would make his international debut for the Germany B team in March 2000.
  3. ^ Matteo was born in Dumfries, Scotland, but was raised in England from the age of four and represented them at U-21 and B level before making his international debut for Scotland in November 2000.
  4. ^ Warner was born in Liverpool, England, but also qualified to represent Trinidad and Tobago internationally and would make his international debut for Trinidad and Tobago in February 2006.
  5. ^ Traoré was born in Saint-Ouen, France, but also qualified to represent Mali internationally and would make his international debut for Mali in 2004.
  6. ^ McAteer was born in Tranmere, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in March 1994.

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