Ranking the Reds’ Premier League Seasons, Worst to Best: #26 – 1992/93

Ranking the Reds’ Premier League Seasons, Worst to Best: #26 – 1992/93
June 20, 2019 Andrew Beasley
Liverpool 1992/93 Season Review

Introduction (by Paul Tomkins)

With the summer promising to see me busy finishing writing and producing my new Liverpool FC book (and a second special-edition TTT book), I thought it would be good to have some kind of series to keep the site ticking over until the new season – especially as it seems that transfer stories will be thinner on the ground, given the strength of the squad and the lack of older players, or those on short contracts. There will be some ins and outs, of course, but nothing major, it seems – because now the improvement can be from growing as a team. (And two of the outs have already left.)

So, I came up with this idea, which I have handed to Chris Rowland, Andrew Beasley and Daniel Rhodes to flesh out, with the aid of our subscribers and contributors.

Football didn’t begin in 1992. But the Reds’ glory years up to 1990 are well documented, and so are some of the seasons since. However, how would you rank them, from 27 – the worst – to #1, the best?

At TTT Towers we (mostly Beez) played with a few numbers, and came up with something that felt close to matching our general impressions (but also with a few surprises). We’ve also used our Transfer Price Index figures to show how much the players cost in current day money, and to look at how relatively wealthy Liverpool was in each season in question; which was factored in to the list we produced.

Having scraped the bottom of the barrel with 1993/94 (here), we now turn our attention to the preceding campaign. It was little better, as you will see.

#26 – 1992/93

TTT Season Rating Score*: 0.95 (League 0.89, Cups 0.00, Finance 0.06).

Manager: Graeme Souness

Premier League: 59 points, finished 6th.

£XI rank: 2nd.

Europe: European Cup Winners Cup 2nd round.

FA Cup: 3rd round.

League Cup: 4th round.

Top scorer: Ian Rush, 22.

Final League Table:

# Team M. W D L goals Dif. Pt.
1 Manchester United, England Manchester United 42 24 12 6 67:31 36 84
2 Aston Villa, England Aston Villa 42 21 11 10 57:40 17 74
3 Norwich City, England Norwich City 42 21 9 12 61:65 -4 72
4 Blackburn Rovers, England Blackburn Rovers 42 20 11 11 68:46 22 71
5 Queens Park Rangers, England Queens Park Rangers 42 17 12 13 63:55 8 63
6 Liverpool FC, England Liverpool FC 42 16 11 15 62:55 7 59
7 Sheffield Wednesday, England Sheffield Wednesday 42 15 14 13 55:51 4 59
8 Tottenham Hotspur, England Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 11 15 60:66 -6 59
9 Manchester City, England Manchester City 42 15 12 15 56:51 5 57
10 Arsenal FC, England Arsenal FC 42 15 11 16 40:38 2 56
11 Chelsea FC, England Chelsea FC 42 14 14 14 51:54 -3 56
12 Wimbledon FC, England Wimbledon FC 42 14 12 16 56:55 1 54
13 Everton FC, England Everton FC 42 15 8 19 53:55 -2 53
14 Sheffield United, England Sheffield United 42 14 10 18 54:53 1 52
15 Coventry City, England Coventry City 42 13 13 16 52:57 -5 52
16 Ipswich Town, England Ipswich Town 42 12 16 14 50:55 -5 52
17 Leeds United, England Leeds United 42 12 15 15 57:62 -5 51
18 Southampton FC, England Southampton FC 42 13 11 18 54:61 -7 50
19 Oldham Athletic, England Oldham Athletic 42 13 10 19 63:74 -11 49
20 Crystal Palace, England Crystal Palace 42 11 16 15 48:61 -13 49
21 Middlesbrough FC, England Middlesbrough FC 42 11 11 20 54:75 -21 44
22 Nottingham Forest, England Nottingham Forest 42 10 10 22 41:62 -21 40

Transfers In:

Player Current Money Purchase Price Age @ transfer
Stewart P £62,798,251 27
James D £27,303,587 21
Piechnik T £13,651,794 29
Bjornebye S £13,651,794 22

Transfers Out:

Player Sales CTPP
Houghton R N/A
Venison B N/A
Saunders D N/A

Player stats for the season

Player Starts Sub Apps Goals
Ian Rush 41 1 22
David Burrows 39 1 2
Steve Nicol 39 0
Jamie Redknapp 38 2 3
Mark Wright 38 3 4
Don Hutchison 36 6 10
Rob Jones 36 1
Steve McManaman 36 4 7
Mark Walters 36 8 13
Mike Marsh 35 6 4
David James 31 0
John Barnes 30 1 5
Paul Stewart 28 3 3
Torben Piechnik 22 1
Ronny Rosenthal 20 16 7
Ronnie Whelan 18 0 1
Mike Hooper 14 1
Stig Inge Bjornebye 13 0
Jan Molby 11 2 3
Michael Thomas 11 2 1
Bruce Grobbelaar 10 0
Steve Harkness 10 2
Dean Saunders 7 0 2
Nick Tanner 5 5
Phil Charnock 1 1
Istvan Kozma 0 3

Season summary

So our second-worst PL season ever preceded the worst, by one season! If it felt bad at the time, there was a reason why. Of course being so soon after the last league title and all that went before it, we were still existing on the starlight from a dying star, we just didn’t realise it yet. Now I’d like to think of it as Man Utd syndrome – as they undoubtedly did about us at the time, with their inexorable rise and extended dynasty corresponding almost freakishly with our own exit from centre stage.

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