Ranking the Reds’ Premier League Seasons, Worst to Best: #16 – 1999/00

Ranking the Reds’ Premier League Seasons, Worst to Best: #16 – 1999/00
July 15, 2019 Andrew Beasley

#16 – 1999/00

TTT Season Rating Score*: 1.70 (League 1.29, Cups 0.00, Finance 0.41).

Manager: Gerard Houllier.

Premier League: 67 points, finished 4th.

£XI rank: 5th.

Europe: N/A.

FA Cup: 4th round.

League Cup: 3rd round.

Top scorer: Michael Owen 12.

Final League Table:

# Team M. W D L goals Dif. Pt.
1 Manchester United, England Manchester United 38 28 7 3 97:45 52 91
2 Arsenal FC, England Arsenal FC 38 22 7 9 73:43 30 73
3 Leeds United, England Leeds United 38 21 6 11 58:43 15 69
4 Liverpool FC, England Liverpool FC 38 19 10 9 51:30 21 67
5 Chelsea FC, England Chelsea FC 38 18 11 9 53:34 19 65
6 Aston Villa, England Aston Villa 38 15 13 10 46:35 11 58
7 Sunderland AFC, England Sunderland AFC 38 16 10 12 57:56 1 58
8 Leicester City, England Leicester City 38 16 7 15 55:55 0 55
9 West Ham United, England West Ham United 38 15 10 13 52:53 -1 55
10 Tottenham Hotspur, England Tottenham Hotspur 38 15 8 15 57:49 8 53
11 Newcastle United, England Newcastle United 38 14 10 14 63:54 9 52
12 Middlesbrough FC, England Middlesbrough FC 38 14 10 14 46:52 -6 52
13 Everton FC, England Everton FC 38 12 14 12 59:49 10 50
14 Coventry City, England Coventry City 38 12 8 18 47:54 -7 44
15 Southampton FC, England Southampton FC 38 12 8 18 45:62 -17 44
16 Derby County, England Derby County 38 9 11 18 44:57 -13 38
17 Bradford City, England Bradford City 38 9 9 20 38:68 -30 36
18 Wimbledon FC, England Wimbledon FC 38 7 12 19 46:74 -28 33
19 Sheffield Wednesday, England Sheffield Wednesday 38 8 7 23 38:70 -32 31
20 Watford FC, England Watford FC 38 6 6 26 35:77 -42 24

Transfers In:

Player Current Money Purchase Price Age @ transfer
Heskey E £100,464,384 22
Hamann D £73,065,007 25
Westerveld S £36,532,503 24
Henchoz S £34,249,222 24
Smicer V £34,249,222 26
Camara T £23,746,127 26
Hyypia S £23,746,127 25
Meijer E £0 29

Transfers Out:

Player Sales CTPP
Leonhardsen O £27,399,377
James D £15,526,314
Ferri J £13,699,689
Kvarme B £9,133,126
Ince P £9,133,126
Dundee S £9,133,126
Riedle K £1,826,625
McManaman S N/A

Player stats for the season:

# Player Starts Sub Apps Goals
12 Sami Hyypia 42 0 2
1 Sander Westerveld 39 0
23 Jamie Carragher 37 3
15 Patrik Berger 36 1 9
21 Dominic Matteo 33 1 1
2 Stephane Henchoz 33 0
16 Dietmar Hamann 29 1 1
28 Steven Gerrard 28 3 1
10 Michael Owen 25 5 12
22 Titi Camara 24 13 10
25 David Thompson 22 9 3
11 Jamie Redknapp 19 4 3
7 Vladimir Smicer 17 8 1
4 Rigobert Song 16 5
24 Danny Murphy 13 14 6
8 Emile Heskey 12 0 3
14 Vegard Heggem 11 14 1
5 Steve Staunton 11 5 1
18 Erik Meijer 10 14 2
9 Robbie Fowler 8 6 3
19 Brad Friedel 4 0
30 Djimi Traore 2 0
13 Karl-Heinz Riedle 1 1 2
34 Layton Maxwell 1 0 1
33 Jon Newby 0 4
31 Frode Kippe 0 1

Season summary

Andrew Beasley: In his first full season in sole control, Gerard Houllier tightened up the Reds’ back line, but at the cost of the attack. Michael Owen was top scorer with just 12, the lowest total by Liverpool’s top goal-getter in any Premier League campaign.

There’s no question the defence improved spectacularly though with Sander Westerveld, Stephane Henchoz and (especially) Sami Hyypia curing many of the team’s ills almost immediately. The Reds conceded 30 league goals that season; their best record in the Premier League era at that point, and a tally they’ve only bettered five times in the 19 years since.

However, goals were very hard to come by and it ultimately proved very costly. The Reds didn’t net in any of their final five league games, which saw them drop from second in the table to fourth, at a time when England only held three Champions League qualification spots.

Across the campaign Liverpool suffered 1-0 losses in the league to Watford, Middlesbrough, Everton – though it was at least their last win at Anfield – West Ham, Spurs and Bradford. Blackburn knocked Houllier’s side out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win at Anfield too. Five goalless draws also took their toll; Liverpool should really have easily qualified for Europe’s top table. But that would have to wait until the following year.

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