Season Review: New manager, new philosophy, but same old result for Liverpool

With the football season coming to an end, Goal looks back at how the big European clubs fared this term. In this edition we look at the Merseysiders campaign..
By Srinivasan Mohan

This Season's Stats
Premier League: 7th
Europa League: Round of 32
FA Cup: 4th Round
Capital One Cup: 4th Round
Games: 54
Won: 25
Lost: 14
Drawn: 15
Win %: 46.29%
GF: 98
GA: 64
GF ratio: 1.81
GA ratio: 1.18

Premier League


Liverpool's takeover by the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) kickstarted a revolution at Anfield. The five-time European champions spent heavily under Kenny Dalglish, but could show only a League Cup title for all their troubles.

New gaffer Brendan Rodgers introduced his possession based philosophy into the Reds. The idealogy took some time to trickle down into the ranks, but Liverpool became one of the most enjoyable sides to watch in the Premier League.

Results however did not come as a result of that artistic football. An opening day defeat to West Brom and failing to win against the big teams with the exception of Spurs became a story of their campaign. Blips of brilliance were followed by periods of profligacy as Liverpool finished at a lowly 7th place this season.

FA Cup


The seven-time winners of the FA Cup whimpered out of the competition this year in the fourth round as Liverpool endured another campaign where they could not challenge for the world's oldest cup tournament.

The Reds scraped through their third round clash against Mansfield Town thanks to a controversial Luis Suarez goal. Their luck would run out in the next round against Oldham Athletic as the lower tier side showed immense desire and spirit to dump the Merseysiders out of the competition.


Capital One Cup


The tournament's defending champions did not have the opportunity to protect that trophy as they crashed out in the fourth round. They had a brief retribution of sorts when they defeated West Brom in the third round to avenge for their opening day Premier League defeat. However they lost out to eventual League Cup champions Swansea City in the next round to ensure that Liverpool's cup run would be cut short brutally.


Europa League


Liverpool are a club that are meant to be in Europe. However for now they will have to make do with competing in the Europa League as they attempt to launch a comeback into the Champions League.

The Reds managed to qualify for the group stages of the tournament by defeating Romanian side Gomel and Scottish team Heart of Midlothian.

Rodgers' team topped the group that also had Udinese, Anzhi and Young Boys. They were paired against Zenit St. Petersburg in the Round of 32 where they lost the first leg by 2-0. A comeback was on the cards and Liverpool put up a stupendous second leg show but Zenit managed to score the vital away goal which led the final score to read 3-1. The Russians would progress on a 3-3 aggregate.

Top 3 Players

Luis Suarez
Steven Gerrard
Philippe Coutinho

One of controversy's favourite children, the 26-year old Uruguayan has the added honour of being one of Liverpool's best players. With quick feet, sharp teeth, outstanding dribbling abilities and a bag of tricks, Suarez is rightfully among the top scorers in the Premier League this year. Shoving aside all the negativity, he is one of the best players the Premier League has seen.

Regardless of the manager, Liverpool's Captain Fantastic is always among the top performers for the club. A player who wears his heart on his sleeve, Stevie G adapted into Brendan Rodgers' new system after a few hiccups and remains to this day the Reds' go to man

Liverpool made the best of the January transfer by bringing in the promising Coutinho at a throw away price from Inter Milan. The youngster took to his new surroundings superbly and added a new dimension to the Liverpool frontline that also had Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez in it. The Reds' 6-0 win over Newcastle had seen the very best of Coutinho as he provided two assists and won the free kick for Liverpool's sixth.

Games: 44
Goals: 30
Assists: 6
Games: 46
Goals: 10
Assists: 12
Games: 13
Goals: 3
Clean Sheets: 7

Top 5 Matches

1. 6-0 win away to Newcastle United on 27 April 2013:

2. 2-2 draw against Manchester City on 26 August 2012:

3. 5-0 win at home against Norwich City on 19 January 2013:

4. 3-2 home win against Tottenham Hotspur 10 March 2013:

5. 3-2 away win against West Ham United 9 December 2012:

Interesting Facts

  • 72% of Liverpool's attacks have come down the flanks this season.

  • Liverpool have the second best away scoring record in the Premier League with an average of 2 goals per game on the road.
  • Luis Suarez is the club's top scorer in the Premier League with 23 goals which was only bettered by Manchester United's Robin van Persie who was on the scoresheet 26 times.


Suhas Rao:

"We are undergoing a transition of sorts under Brendan Rodgers. The way we have brought in youth, well-thought out transfers and new philosophy of football have been reasons to smile. But honours are what Liverpool are all about and I think a few things will have to be ironed out over the summer. The defence needs strengthening with Carragher's retirement and we have to pin Suarez down at Anfield. Hopefully Rodgers can lead us back to the glory days"


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