Ranking Liverpool's 19 Premier League Seasons

Peter WebsterContributor IIIMarch 23, 2012

Ranking Liverpool's 19 Premier League Seasons

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    This list is going to look at the league positions Liverpool have achieved since the inception of the Premier League in 1992.

    Whilst Liverpool may have won multiple trophies during a particular season, this list will not take that into account.

    It's a pure league result analysis of how Liverpool have ebbed and flowed their way to the present day.

    Warning, this article may contain some disturbing memories.

Eighth Place with 60 Points: 1993/94

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    The 1993/94 season was the worst in Liverpool's time in the Premier League.

    Then manager Graeme Souness couldn't really blame his squad that boasted big names such as Bruce Grobbelaar, Rob Jones, Steve Nicol, Neil Ruddock, John Barnes, Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush.

    An eighth-place finish was all Liverpool could muster, despite hitting 60 points.

    Bear in mind that there were 22 teams in the league back then.

Seventh Place with 54 Points: 1998/99

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    The 1998/99 season under both Gerard Houllier and Roy Evans yielded little better results.

    Despite having an inspirational Michael Owen that season, Liverpool flopped to a seventh place finish with 54 points.

     

Seventh Place with 63 Points: 2009/10

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    Seventh place with 63 points is better than seventh place with 54 points such was the last slide's tally.

    This particular season was the end of an era for Liverpool.

    2009/10 marked the end of Rafael Benitez' reign as manager as well as the the split with sponsors Carlsberg.

    Xabi Alonso and Sami Hyypia also left the club in one of it's darkest seasons in the Premier League.

Sixth Place with 58 Points: 2010/11

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    Despite scoring less points in the 2010/11 season (58) than the 2009/10 season (63), Liverpool finished a place higher which means a little more money for the club.

    Roy Hodgson took charge in the summer and Liverpool had a new sponsor in Standard Chartered, but that's the end of anything remotely positive.

    Sixth place is never good enough for Liverpool.

Sixth Place with 59 Points: 1992/93

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    The season's inception of the Premier League saw Liverpool finish with a point more than they did in Roy Hodgson's attempt at Liverpool management.

    Ultimately, sixth was there they would finish with 59 points.

Fifth Place with 58 Points: 2004/05

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    Less clubs in the league—20 vs 22—saw Liverpool finish a point lower yet a place higher in 2004/05 than they did in the 1992/93 Premier League inception.

    That was hardly progress to boast about.

    Kopites were forgiving this season however due to the arrival of new manager Rafael Benitez who won the Champions League final in his first season with the club.

    Domestically Liverpool were poor.

Fifth Place with 64 Points: 2002/03

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    Gerard Houllier got the club off to a flier this season after being top of the table 12 games in, however a defeat to Middlesbrough started a run of 11 league games without victory and Liverpool ended up in fifth place with 64 points.

Fourth Place with 67 Points: 1999/00

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    Whilst the 1999/00 season yielded 67 points and a fourth-place finish, it was only good enough for UEFA Cup qualification as opposed to the Champions League.

    Of course Liverpool would go on to win the UEFA Cup the next year against Alaves, but that doesn't detract from the league disappointment.

Fourth Place with 60 Points: 2003/04

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    2003/04 marked the last season in charge for Gerard Houllier as he was replaced by Rafael Benitez the following summer.

    Houllier guided Liverpool to a fourth-place finish with 60 points.

    It was a lower points tally than the 2002/03 season, but the Champions League qualification proved critical for Benitez' reign.

Fourth Place with 74 Points: 1994/95

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    1994/95 saw Roy Evans take charge for his first full season at the club.

    Evans got the team playing reasonably well but the title charge tailed off some months before the end of the season resulting in a fourth-place finish.

Fourth Place with 68 Points: 1996-97

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    In 1996/97 Roy Evans fared much better—for a period.

    Having led the league for most of the season until March, Liverpool began making poor mistakes and were ultimately overtaken by Manchester United.

    Liverpool dropped to fourth, seven points behind their title-winning rivals.

Fourth Place with 76 Points: 2007/08

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    2007/08 was a season of hope for Liverpool fans.

    It marked the introduction of then Kop favourite Fernando Torres who went on to score plenty of goals for the club.

    Rafael Benitez guided Liverpool to the Champions League places with a 76-point haul.

Third Place with 65 Points: 1997/98

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    The emergence of Michael Owen in the 1997/98 season was one of the main talking points as Roy Evans' team flirted with the top of the league.

    In the end they just couldn't catch winners Arsenal and second placed Manchester United.

    Owen brought hope to the masses.

Third Place with 68 Points: 2006/07

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    Xabi Alonso's goal from the half way line against Newcastle was one of the more memorable events of the 2006/07 season under Rafael Benitez.

    The Spanish manager had moved Liverpool steadily forward in the league but was unable to make that final jump to fight for the title.

    Third was a good finish and garnered another season in the Champions League.

Third Place with 69 Points: 2000/01

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    2000/01 was the year Gerard Houllier won three major trophies with Liverpool, but unfortunately none were the FA Premier League.

    A third place finish in the league got Liverpool talking about next season's ambitions.

Third Place with 71 Points: 1995/96

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    1995/96 saw Roy Evans wanting to improve on a decent 1994/95 season.

    Evans had a young squad and brought in the hugely talented Stan Collymore.

    Periods of poor results cost Liverpool again despite a good third place finish with 71 points.

     

Third Place with 82 Points: 2005/06

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    Having won the Champions League the season prior, Rafael Benitez was looking to build on his European success and brought home the FA Cup.

    The Premier League proved a bridge too far again though as Chelsea dominated, ultimately finishing nine points ahead of the Reds.

    Fernando Morientes disappointed.

Second Place with 80 Points: 2001/02

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    A Gerard Houllier heart scare couldn't put Liverpool off finishing above Manchester United in 2001/02.

    An 80 point tally might have won the league in some campaigns, but Arsenal had gone even better with 87.

     

Second Place with 86 Points: 2008/09

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    Rafael Benitez 2008/09 title charge was the best attempt by any manager in the history of the Premier League.

    86 points is a great number in the Premier League and could have been good enough to win the title in a different year.

    Despite a great end to the season, Liverpool hopes were dashed in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Arsenal in which Andrei Arshavin played one of his better games for the Gunners.

    Manchester United ultimately clung on to take the title with 90 points.

Present Day

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    There is a lot of talk about Liverpool's current season being terrible—barring the Carling Cup victory over Cardiff City.

    The fact remains that if Liverpool were to win all their remaining games, their league points total would be 74 points.

    With Manchester United already on 70 points, Liverpool have had a terrible domestic campaign.

    Let's hope Dalglish and the backroom staff get it right over the summer.

    Thanks for reading and be sure to check out Liverpool's Future: 10 Steps to Ensure Champions League Qualification, and Liverpool's Top 10 Goalkeepers Of All Time.

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