Ranking the Reds’ Premier League Seasons, Worst to Best: #17 – 1996/97

Ranking the Reds’ Premier League Seasons, Worst to Best: #17 – 1996/97
July 11, 2019 Andrew Beasley

#17 – 1996/97

TTT Season Rating Score*: 1.65 (League 1.30, Cups 0.18, Finance 0.17).

Manager: Roy Evans.

Premier League: 68 points, finished 4th.

£XI rank: 2nd.

Europe: Cup Winners Cup, Semi-final.

FA Cup: 4th Round.

League Cup: 5th Round.

Top scorer: Robbie Fowler, 31.

Final League Table:

# Team M. W D L goals Dif. Pt.
1 Manchester United, England Manchester United 38 21 12 5 76:44 32 75
2 Newcastle United, England Newcastle United 38 19 11 8 73:40 33 68
3 Arsenal FC, England Arsenal FC 38 19 11 8 62:32 30 68
4 Liverpool FC, England Liverpool FC 38 19 11 8 62:37 25 68
5 Aston Villa, England Aston Villa 38 17 10 11 47:34 13 61
6 Chelsea FC, England Chelsea FC 38 16 11 11 58:55 3 59
7 Sheffield Wednesday, England Sheffield Wednesday 38 14 15 9 50:51 -1 57
8 Wimbledon FC, England Wimbledon FC 38 15 11 12 49:46 3 56
9 Leicester City, England Leicester City 38 12 11 15 46:54 -8 47
10 Tottenham Hotspur, England Tottenham Hotspur 38 13 7 18 44:51 -7 46
11 Leeds United, England Leeds United 38 11 13 14 28:38 -10 46
12 Derby County, England Derby County 38 11 13 14 45:58 -13 46
13 Blackburn Rovers, England Blackburn Rovers 38 9 15 14 42:43 -1 42
14 West Ham United, England West Ham United 38 10 12 16 39:48 -9 42
15 Everton FC, England Everton FC 38 10 12 16 44:57 -13 42
16 Southampton FC, England Southampton FC 38 10 11 17 50:56 -6 41
17 Coventry City, England Coventry City 38 9 14 15 38:54 -16 41
18 Sunderland AFC, England Sunderland AFC 38 10 10 18 35:53 -18 40
19 Middlesbrough FC, England Middlesbrough FC 38 10 12 16 51:60 -9 39
20 Nottingham Forest, England Nottingham Forest 38 6 16 16 31:59 -28 34

Transfers In:

Player Current Money Purchase Price Age @ transfer
Kvarme B £0 24
Berger P £42,545,001 23

Transfers Out:

Player Sales CTPP
Collymore S £91,635,386
Scales J £28,074,586

Player stats for the season:

# Player Starts Sub Apps Goals
20 Stig Inge Bjornebye 52 0 4
1 David James 52 0
7 Steve McManaman 51 0 10
4 Jason McAteer 50 1 1
10 John Barnes 46 1 7
9 Robbie Fowler 44 0 31
5 Mark Wright 43 0 2
16 Michael Thomas 39 3 3
21 Dominic Matteo 34 4
8 Stan Collymore 31 6 16
6 Phil Babb 29 2 1
11 Jamie Redknapp 24 8 4
15 Patrik Berger 23 11 9
14 Neil Ruddock 19 3 1
3 Bjorn Tore Kvarme 16 0
12 Steve Harkness 8 2
3 John Scales 6 1
2 Rob Jones 3 0
23 Jamie Carragher 1 2 1
18 Michael Owen 1 1 1
19 Mark Kennedy 0 8
24 Lee Jones 0 2
25 David Thompson 0 2

Season summary

Andrew Beasley: Liverpool finished fourth in a two horse race. The fact Manchester United got just 75 points yet won the league by seven is frankly sickening when you think of some of the seasons the Reds have had since. And bear in mind Liverpool had the second highest £XI in the Premier League that season too, so on purely financial terms should’ve finished second. That’s a lot of spending considering the likes of McManaman and Fowler were home grown.

However, while the season ended disappointingly, there were no shortage of exciting games and entertainment. The die was cast when Liverpool drew 3-3 at Middlesbrough on the opening day and some guy called Ravanelli bagged a hat-trick.

There were 5-1 wins over Chelsea and Boro, with Fowler scoring four in the latter, a 6-3 victory against Sion and a rollercoaster 4-3 win over Newcastle, 12 months after the original, more famous one. But in classic mid-1990s Liverpool style, there was a 4-2 FA Cup defeat at Chelsea where the Reds lead 2-0 at half time too. Roy Evans’ side also nearly recovered from a European first leg semi-final 3-0 defeat, but then nobody does that, do they?

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