04 September 2012

Liverpool FC's sorry chronology of recent times

23rd September 2012: In their 5th match of the league, Liverpool lost 1-2 at home to Manchester United, equaling their worst start to a league season since the 1911-12 season. They are now at 0-2-3, and currently only QPR and Reading lie lower in the league. If these 2 teams achieve so much as a draw in the next game, Liverpool will be table proppers.

For the record:
- Liverpool's 1911-12 team won their 6th game, against Sunderland, 2-1. That season they finished 17th out of 18 teams in the league.
- Liverpool's 1903-04 team did worse: they lost their first 5 games, before winning their 6th game, against Birmingham, 2-1.

22nd September 2012: on the eve of Liverpool's home match against Manchester United, even Sir Alex Ferguson hinted that he pities the club with which his club has the biggest rivalry in English football.

15th September 2012: in their 4th match of the league, Liverpool were held 1-1 at Sunderland, condemning them to their worst start to a league season for more than a century. Not since the 1911-12 had they failed earn at least one win in their opening 4 games. The Reds are not rooted to the bottom of the table only due to goal difference.

2nd September 2012: Liverpool lose 0-2 at home to Arsenal, their 3rd match in the league. Their first match was a 0-3 away loss to WBA and the second match was a 2-2 draw at home with Man City. Thus, with a 0-1-2 record so far, it's their worst start to the season in 50 years, since the 1962-63 season, when they started the league with a 1-2 home loss to Blackpool, 2-2 away draw with Man City & 0-1 away loss to Blackburn. For the record, that season they finished in 8th position of the league, and also reached the semi finals of the FA Cup.

The current situation prompted owner John Henry to appeal for patience in an open letter to fans, where he referred to "reversing the errors of previous regimes", appeared to lay blame at former manager Kenny Dalglish and former director of football Damien Comolli, stating "we'll never again waste resources on inflated transfer fees."

16th May 2012: Kenny Dalglish, one-time Anfield untouchable, sacked.

13th May 2012: Liverpool lose 0-1 at Swansea in their last league game, hence finishing 8th in league, their joint lowest premier league finish since finishing 8th in 1994.

1st April 2012: Liverpool lose 0-2 away to Newcastle, hence suffer their worst run in 58 years - only 8 points from 12 games (2 wins, 2 draws, 8 losses).

The run (3rd Jan 2012 to 1st April 2012):

Manchester City 3–0 Liverpool
Liverpool 0–0 Stoke City
Bolton Wanderers 3–1 Liverpool
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–3 Liverpool
Liverpool 0–0 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United 2–1 Liverpool
Liverpool 1–2 Arsenal
Sunderland 1–0 Liverpool
Liverpool 3–0 Everton
Queens Park Rangers 3–2 Liverpool
Liverpool 1–2 Wigan Athletic
Newcastle United 2–0 Liverpool

Newcastle fans, and even some Liverpool fans, taunt Dalglish with chants of "You're getting sacked in the morning." Dalglish's postmatch comments: "We have got to believe in ourselves and in what we are doing. If we do that then we will have a better opportunity. We have to learn we are a stronger force if we stick together — and we will stick together."

17th October 2010: lost 0-2 at Everton, their 8th game, hence placed a lowly 19th in the table. At this point, it was a shocking 1 win, 3 draws, 4 losses record.

End of season 1953-54: the last time Liverpool were relegated from the top flight, conceding 97 goals, and only ammassing 28 points, despite having the legendary Billy Liddell, Bob Paisley and Alan A’Court in the team.

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