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The 2003–04 season was Liverpool's 112th 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.

Liverpool
2003–04 season
ChairmanDavid Moores
ManagerGérard Houllier (until 10 June 2004)
FA Premier League4th
FA CupFifth round
League CupFourth round
UEFA CupFourth round
Top goalscorerLeague:
Michael Owen (16)

All:
Michael Owen (19)
Average home league attendance41,777[1]

Season summaryEdit

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   Michael Owen, 16
UEFA Cup Fourth round   Harry Kewell, 3
FA Cup Fifth round   Bruno Cheyrou, 2
League Cup Fourth round   Emile Heskey, 2
  Danny Murphy, 2
Overall   Michael Owen, 19

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
2 Chelsea 38 24 7 7 67 30 +37 79 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
3 Manchester United 38 23 6 9 64 35 +29 75 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round[a]
4 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 55 37 +18 60
5 Newcastle United 38 13 17 8 52 40 +12 56 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
6 Aston Villa 38 15 11 12 48 44 +4 56
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, their place in the UEFA Cup as 2003–04 FA Cup winners went to First Division club Millwall, who were the FA Cup runners-up.

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

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

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

Reserve squadEdit

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   MF Richie Partridge
27   DF Grégory Vignal
30   DF Carl Medjani[notes 2]
31   MF Alou Diarra
33   FW Neil Mellor
34   MF Darren Potter[notes 3]
35   DF Stephen Warnock
37   DF Zak Whitbread
38   MF Michael Foley-Sheridan
40   GK Paul Harrison
  DF Danny O'Donnell
No. Position Player
  DF Lee Peltier
  DF James Smith
  DF Calum Woods
  MF Robbie Foy
  MF Danny Guthrie
  MF David Mannix
  MF Jason Massie
  MF Mark Smyth
  FW Steven Gillespie
  FW Conal Platt

TransfersEdit

InEdit

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

OutEdit

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

Match resultsEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

UEFA CupEdit

  • 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 CupEdit

FA CupEdit

  • 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)

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   Jerzy Dudek 38 0 30 0 3 0 1 0 4 0
22 GK   Chris Kirkland 12 0 6 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
29 GK   Patrice Luzi 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF   Stéphane Henchoz 27 0 15+3 0 4 0 1 0 3+1 0
3 DF   Steve Finnan 31 0 19+3 0 3 0 0 0 5+1 0
4 DF   Sami Hyypiä 51 5 38 4 4 0 1 0 8 1
18 DF   John Arne Riise 35 0 22+6 0 1 0 1+1 0 4 0
21 DF   Djimi Traoré 11 1 7 0 0 0 2 0 2 1
23 DF   Jamie Carragher 29 0 22 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
25 DF   Igor Bišćan 39 0 27+2 0 1 0 2 0 5+2 0
36 DF   Jon Otsemobor 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Midfielders
7 MF   Harry Kewell 49 11 36 7 3 0 0+2 1 8 3
9 MF   El Hadji Diouf 33 0 20+6 0 1 0 2 0 3+1 0
11 MF   Vladimír Šmicer 25 4 15+5 3 1 0 1 1 2+1 0
13 MF   Danny Murphy 42 6 19+12 3 1+1 1 2 2 6+1 0
15 MF   Salif Diao 7 0 2+1 0 0 0 1 0 2+1 0
16 MF   Dietmar Hamann 35 3 25 2 4 0 0+1 0 5 1
17 MF   Steven Gerrard 47 6 34 4 3 0 1+1 0 7+1 2
28 MF   Bruno Cheyrou 19 4 9+3 2 3+1 2 0 0 1+2 0
32 MF   John Welsh 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
Forwards
5 FW   Milan Baroš 18 2 6+7 1 0+1 0 0 0 2+2 1
8 FW   Emile Heskey 47 12 25+10 7 3+1 1 2 2 4+2 2
10 FW   Michael Owen 38 19 29 16 3 1 0 0 6 2
20 FW   Anthony Le Tallec 23 1 3+10 0 1+3 0 2 0 2+2 1
24 FW   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   Paul Jones 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Last updated: 30 May 2004
Source: Competitions

Top scorersEdit

Results summaryEdit

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 gamesEdit

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

NotesEdit

  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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistics for the 2003–2004 Season". LFChistory.net. Archived from the original on 26 June 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2009.