Ranking the Reds’ Premier League Seasons, Worst to Best: #18 – 2003/04

Ranking the Reds’ Premier League Seasons, Worst to Best: #18 – 2003/04
July 9, 2019 Andrew Beasley

#18 – 2003/04

TTT Season Rating Score*: 1.59 (League 1.18, Cups 0.00, Finance 0.41).

Manager: Gerard Houllier.

Premier League: 60 points, finished 4th.

£XI rank: 5th.

Europe: UEFA Cup 4th Round.

FA Cup: 5th Round.

League Cup: 4th Round.

Top scorer: Michael Owen, 19.

Final League Table:

# Team M. W D L goals Dif. Pt.
1 Arsenal FC, England Arsenal FC 38 26 12 0 73:26 47 90
2 Chelsea FC, England Chelsea FC 38 24 7 7 67:30 37 79
3 Manchester United, England Manchester United 38 23 6 9 64:35 29 75
4 Liverpool FC, England Liverpool FC 38 16 12 10 55:37 18 60
5 Newcastle United, England Newcastle United 38 13 17 8 52:40 12 56
6 Aston Villa, England Aston Villa 38 15 11 12 48:44 4 56
7 Charlton Athletic, England Charlton Athletic 38 14 11 13 51:51 0 53
8 Bolton Wanderers, England Bolton Wanderers 38 14 11 13 48:56 -8 53
9 Fulham FC, England Fulham FC 38 14 10 14 52:46 6 52
10 Birmingham City, England Birmingham City 38 12 14 12 43:48 -5 50
11 Middlesbrough FC, England Middlesbrough FC 38 13 9 16 44:52 -8 48
12 Southampton FC, England Southampton FC 38 12 11 15 44:45 -1 47
13 Portsmouth FC, England Portsmouth FC 38 12 9 17 47:54 -7 45
14 Tottenham Hotspur, England Tottenham Hotspur 38 13 6 19 47:57 -10 45
15 Blackburn Rovers, England Blackburn Rovers 38 12 8 18 51:59 -8 44
16 Manchester City, England Manchester City 38 9 14 15 55:54 1 41
17 Everton FC, England Everton FC 38 9 12 17 45:57 -12 39
18 Leicester City, England Leicester City 38 6 15 17 48:65 -17 33
19 Leeds United, England Leeds United 38 8 9 21 40:79 -39 33
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers, England Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 7 12 19 38:77 -39 33

Transfers In:

Player Current Money Purchase Price Age @ transfer
Kewell H £39,843,218 24
Finnan S £27,890,253 27
Sinama Pongolle F £23,905,931 18
Le Tallec A £23,905,931 18
Jones P (I) £0

Transfers Out:

Player Sales CTPP
Heggem V
Jones P (I)
Heskey E £25,761,607
Berger P £0
Arphexad P £0
Diomede B £0
Xavier A £0

Player stats for the season:

# Player Starts Sub Apps Goals
4 Sami Hyypia 51 0 5
7 Harry Kewell 47 2 11
17 Steven Gerrard 45 2 6
10 Michael Owen 38 0 19
1 Jerzy Dudek 38 0
25 Igor Biscan 35 4
8 Emile Heskey 34 13 12
16 Dietmar Hamann 34 1 3
23 Jamie Carragher 29 0
13 Danny Murphy 28 14 8
18 John Arne Riise 28 7
3 Steve Finnan 27 4
9 El Hadji Diouf 26 7
2 Stephane Henchoz 23 4
11 Vladimir Smicer 19 6 4
28 Bruno Cheyrou 13 6 4
22 Chris Kirkland 12 0
21 Djimi Traore 11 0 1
20 Anthony Le Tallec 8 15 1
5 Milan Baros 8 10 2
24 Florent Sinama-Pongolle 6 17 2
15 Salif Diao 5 2
36 Jon Otsemobor 5 0
12 Paul Jones 2 0
32 John Welsh 0 2
29 Patrice Luzi-Bernardi 0 1

Season summary

Andrew Beasley: It was the dawning of a new era for the Premier League, and the end of one for Liverpool. Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in the summer of 2003, proceeding to try to blow the competition out of the water with a lavish spending spree. The Reds got to face the Blues’ new firepower on the opening weekend of the season. They lost 2-1, in what was a portent of the season ahead.

2003/04 proved to be the end of Gerard Houllier’s time at Anfield. I remember thinking in the spring of 2004 that he’d keep his job if Liverpool secured Champions League qualification. And they did, but in the least impressive or memorable fashion possible. The Reds crawled home in fourth place with 60 points; Rafa Benitez’ side finished seventh with 63 in his final campaign, to illustrate the general lack of competition in Houllier’s farewell year.

But change was undoubtedly needed. Liverpool finished 30 points behind the Invincibles, and Chelsea were guaranteed to splash more cash. Still, with Alan Curbishley rumoured to be taking the manager’s job, the only way was up.

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