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2010–11 Liverpool F.C. season

2010–11 season

Martin Broughton (until 1 December)

Tom Werner (from 1 December)

Roy Hodgson (until 8 January)

Kenny Dalglish (from 8 January)
Premier League 6th
FA Cup Third round (lost to Manchester United)
League Cup Third round (lost to Northampton Town)
UEFA Europa League Last 16 (lost to Braga)
Top goalscorer League: Dirk Kuyt (13)
All: Dirk Kuyt (15)
Highest home attendance 44,975 (vs. Everton, 16 January)
Lowest home attendance 35,400 (vs. Bolton, 1 January)
Average home league attendance 42,820
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2010–11 season was the 119th season in Liverpool Football Club's existence, and their 48th consecutive year in the top flight of English football. Liverpool were sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, after their deal with long-running sponsors Carlsberg finished after 18 years of sponsorship. Pre-season saw a change of manager for Liverpool, with Rafael Benítez leaving the club by mutual consent on 3 June 2010.

On 1 July 2010, Roy Hodgson was officially announced as new manager.[1]

On 22 September 2010, Liverpool exited the Football League Cup, going out at Anfield to Northampton Town of League Two on penalties after a 2–2 draw. They also exited the FA Cup losing 1–0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in the 3rd round. In the last competition in which they were active in, the UEFA Europa League, they were knocked out in the Round of 16 by Portuguese side Braga, losing 1–0 on aggregate.

On 8 January 2011, Liverpool announced that Roy Hodgson had left the club by mutual consent, and Kenny Dalglish was appointed as manager until the end of the season.

Under Dalglish, the squads' fortunes improved, taking popular wins against top sides Chelsea and Manchester United, and the resurgence saw Liverpool rise up to fifth in May. Despite their resurgence Liverpool eventually finished sixth in the Premier League, having failed to qualify for the Europa League.

The season also saw Liverpool's record purchase and departure, as Fernando Torres left for Chelsea, being replaced by Newcastle United's target man Andy Carroll. Liverpool received £50 million for Torres, and paid £35 million for Carroll's services. Both transfers occurred during a busy transfer deadline day on 31 January, where Liverpool also broke its previous transfer record, paying £22.5 million for Luis Suárez.

During the season, Jon Flanagan and Jonjo Shelvey both made their top flight debuts.


On 1 July, Liverpool announced that their fixtures for pre-season would start in Austria against Al-Hilal on 17 July. The game, however, was cancelled due to heavy rainfall days before the match, which left the pitch in unplayable conditions. Liverpool continued with their pre-season preparations with a 0–0 draw with Grasshopper Club Zürich on 21 July and a 1–0 defeat at the hands of FC Kaiserslautern on 24 July thanks to a first half goal from Iliyan Mitsanski. Liverpool completed their pre-season programme with a 1–0 defeat to their 1977 European Cup Final opponents Borussia Mönchengladbach on 1 August. Karim Matmour's early goal meant that Liverpool completed their pre-season without victory.

Season review

(For match reports, see matches section)


Liverpool started their season with a pair of wins against Rabotnički of Macedonia already on 29 July. In front of a largely empty stadium, the side won their first competitive fixture under Roy Hodgson, 2-0 being the final score, following a double salvo from David N'Gog. In the return leg, Steven Gerrard scored from the penalty spot, and N'Gog scored another to make it 2-0 once more.

On 15 August, Liverpool entertained title contenders Arsenal on Anfield. The away side had the lion's share of the possession, and looked to be well on their way to gaining control of the fixture, when Joe Cole got sent off on his Liverpool Premiership debut for a late tackle on Laurent Koscielny. In the second half, want-away star midfielder Javier Mascherano set up N'Gog, who made a blistering run, before firing the ball into the back of the net. At the end of the game, the one-man deficit took its toll, and despite several spectacular saves from Pepe Reina, he eventually fumbled in an equaliser, in a rare mistake from the Spanish international. Koscielny then got sent off for a second yellow, before Gerrard fired a stoppage-time free kick just inches wide. Fernando Torres returned from injury and was greeted with a standing ovation while coming on.

On the Thursday that followed, Trabzonspor came to Anfield for the playoff round of the UEFA Europa League. A less than convincing first half-display from Liverpool turned into a sudden success, as Cole assisted Ryan Babel, who made no mistake with the finish. Cole then had the chance to score from the spot in the second half, but blew it, the shot going right at the grateful goalkeeper. Cole later admitted it was his first ever penalty kick as a professional. Christian Poulsen made his debut for the club, the Dane international being signed from Juventus for £4.5 million. At the same time, Italian playmaker Alberto Aquilani went in the other direction, in his case on loan with a public buyout clause.

On 23 August, Liverpool travelled to Eastlands to face Manchester City. Prior to the match, Mascherano handed in a transfer request and was dropped from the squad. Just days afterwards, he was presented at FC Barcelona. In the wake of the Mascherano saga, Liverpool struggled against the cash-boosted blue club of Manchester. City won 3-0, a score that could have been even higher. The goals were scored by Gareth Barry and Carlos Tévez, two former Liverpool transfer targets.

The poor season start looked to go from bad to worse as Trabzonspor scored the opener in the return leg thanks to Teófilo Gutiérrez, but thanks to a late own goal and a strike from Dirk Kuyt, Liverpool managed to just scrape through to the group stage.

On the Sunday, Liverpool capped the week off with a second win, narrowly defeating West Bromwich, who surprisingly dominated the possession in the first half. Liverpool got out of jail thanks to a moment of genius from Dirk Kuyt and Fernando Torres, Kuyt playing a nice cross in, which Torres rifled into the corner for the winning goal. In spite of the victory, the performance was criticised by the fans, not content with the way Hodgson set up his tactics. The response was the signing of Raul Meireles for half of the money the Mascherano transfer brought in. The Portuguese international made his first foreign foray, following four league titles with Porto. On deadline day, Liverpool landed Paul Konchesky from Fulham for a couple of millions + young players Lauri Dalla Valle and Alex Kačaniklić.


In September, Liverpool struggled, and recorded a winless month in Premier League matches. On 12 September, the away match against Birmingham City ended goalless, with Pepe Reina being named Man of the Match following several key saves, in a match where Birmingham had the upper hand. Liverpool could have won regardless, Steven Gerrard having his penalty claims waved away in the first half.

Four days later, the side started the group stage phase of the Europa League with a comfortable victory against Steaua Bucharest at Anfield. Inside the first minute, Joe Cole took advantage of a defensive slip to score the opening goal. Despite Steaua drawing level within a quarter of an hour, Liverpool cruised to victory in the second half, with N'Gog scoring twice, including his first ever penalty goal for the club. Lucas Leiva also scored his first of the season.

The following Sunday, 19 September was the first North West derby of the season, with Liverpool travelling to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. Two goals from Dimitar Berbatov, including a bicycle kick, saw United go into a 2-0 cushion with half an hour left, when Fernando Torres won a penalty, being pulled down by Nemanja Vidić. With Steven Gerrard scoring from the spot, Liverpool's hopes were reinvigorated, and when Torres was pulled down outside the box, Gerrard took the free kick with great precision, drawing Liverpool level, kissing the TV camera in celebration. The Liverpool joy was short-lived, as Berbatov scored his third goal from a header less than ten minutes from time. This meant Liverpool had only five points from five games, but with two home matches against unfancied sides coming up next.

In mid-week, Liverpool lost to Northampton Town in the League Cup at Anfield. It was the first time ever Liverpool had lost to a fourth-tier team, and the team was heavily criticised by the fans, following the display from what essentially was the second XI. The loss was on penalty kicks, following 1-1 at full-time and 2-2 after extra time. Following David N'Gog's late equaliser, Liverpool were lucky to scrape through to the shootout, where N'Gog missed his penalty and the side went out in humiliating fashion.

As courtroom battles over the right to sell the club to new investors intensified, Liverpool at least got a gift against Sunderland at home, as a brief touch on the ball by a Sunderland player was deemed enough for the play to have started. Torres snapped up the ball and assisted Dirk Kuyt for a controversial goal. The referee was not awarded with any more Premier League matches for the rest of the calendar year, as a result of the goal. Sunderland turned the deficit, thanks to a brace from Darren Bent, one of them from the penalty spot. Liverpool was spared the embarrassment of a third consecutive defeat thanks to a header from Steven Gerrard, following Torres's second assist of the afternoon. Controversially, Gerrard and Torres celebrated the goal on separate locations, sparking further rumours of differences between the two. A few days later, Liverpool claimed a clean sheet and a point away from home against Utrecht in the Europa League.

At the end of the month, the prospect of the club going into administration was dismissed, and even if Royal Bank of Scotland had to take over the shares, the side would not be docked the nine points as stipulated by the Premier League.


The crisis continued with a shock defeat to Blackpool, where Fernando Torres limped off with a groin injury in the first half. One penalty kick and a defensive mistake caused a 0-2 deficit at the interval, and in spite of Sotirios Kyrgiakos header, and a big chance for Joe Cole a minute later, the pressure faded, and Blackpool had no problems holding on. The defeat left Liverpool in the relegation zone.

The imminent takeover looked to stall, in spite of Fenway Sports Group agreeing a fee with chairman Martin Broughton, who along with Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre had a majority in Kop Holdings, the group in charge of selling the club, where co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett also held seats. Hicks and Gillett took the other board members to court, and on the Friday prior to the Merseyside derby, the High Court in London, declared that the process was against British law, and that the juridical process in Texas was not going to stop the affair taking place. New owner John W. Henry immediately travelled to Liverpool, watching the derby in attendance, being joined by future chairman Tom Werner.

The derby itself saw Liverpool sink deeper into the relegation mire, with Mikel Arteta and Tim Cahill scoring Everton's goals. Following the defeat, Hodgson praised the performance in the second half, which led to demands of his resignation from prominent supporter groups. Henry and FSG gave Hodgson a vote of confidence, in spite of fan demands of Kenny Dalglish to be appointed in a clean slate following the shift of ownership.

A deeply pressured manager went to Naples to face Napoli, with a B-spec side. Napoli was fighting in the top of Serie A. In spite of Liverpool being tipped by fans and media alike to lose heavily, a goalless draw was eventually a fair result. Three days later, the side also turned a corner, by winning against Blackburn at Anfield. It was not quite enough to escape the relegation zone, but the performance was relatively convincing, and Torres's winner came as an immediate response to an own goal from Jamie Carragher that took Blackburn right into the match.

October ended with Hodgson's only domestic away victory with Liverpool, when the side scored a late winner at Bolton. The match did not provide much spark until a flick with the heel from Torres put Maxi Rodríguez through five minutes from time, and the Argentine blasted the ball in with a toe-hit. In the same match, Cole got injured and was set to miss out on a whole month. The most important effect of the two-match streak was that it meant Liverpool left the relegation zone for good, albeit they were never in a safe distance from it until 15 matches later.


Liverpool continued their winning streak into November, with what was easily their best performance under Roy Hodgson in a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield. Ironically, it was future Chelsea player Fernando Torres who scored both goals for Liverpool. One being a well taken finish, the other a sublime piece of skill which saw him curl the ball past the helpless Petr Cech. Despite coming under serious pressure from Chelsea in the second half, Liverpool held out for a shock win. Some say that this defeat for Chelsea sparked their dreadful mid season form which cost them the title.

However, the recovery was halted somewhat after a surprise 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium just a few days later. Torres was once again on the score sheet with a well taken opener, before Charles N'Zogbia equalised for the Latics.

There would be further frustration for the Reds on the road, after a dismal performance and a deserved 2-0 loss to Stoke City on a Saturday evening. Liverpool recovered from the defeat though, with a deserved 3-0 victory against West Ham at Anfield thanks to 3 first half goals from Glen Johnson, a penalty from Dirk Kuyt, and header by Maxi Rodríguez.

Liverpool ended the month in disappointing fashion. Despite leading Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at half time, thanks to a rare goal from Martin Skrtel, Liverpool collapsed in the second half and lost thanks to an injury time winner through Aaron Lennon.

Liverpool played only one Europa League game in this month. A 3-1 win over Napoli was not as easy as it looks on paper. Liverpool went into half time losing 1-0, but Steven Gerrard rescued his team in the second half with an excellent hat trick. A penalty, and a superb chip over the Napoli goalkeeper, as well as capitalizing on a dreadful error by former Liverpool player Andrea Dossena guided Liverpool to 3 points in their group.


Liverpool stormed to their fourth consecutive home victory, a 3-0 Monday night win against Aston Villa. First half goals from David N'Gog and, soon to depart, Ryan Babel set the Reds on their way. This would be Babels last goal for the club. Maxi Rodríguez added a third in the second half after an excellent Liverpool counterattack. Gérard Houllier claimed afterwards that he "didn't mind" losing to Liverpool which provoked a furious response from Aston Villa fans.

On another Saturday evening game, Liverpool were torn apart by Newcastle and beaten 3-1 at St James Park. Ironically, future Liverpool player Andy Carroll scored the third goal for Newcastle. Dirk Kuyt managed to draw the Reds level after Kevin Nolan had fired Newcastle in front, but Joey Barton put the Geordies in front.

Liverpool played only three games in December, after the scheduled game at Bloomfield Road against Blackpool was canceled. Liverpool ended the month with the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers to Anfield, although Liverpool had lost their last game, fans were reasonably confident of a good result in this game. Raul Meireles should have put Liverpool in front after 9 minutes when presented with a one-on-one opportunity after a quick free kick from Fernando Torres and this proved to be by far Liverpool's best chance of the night. Wolves gradually grew into the game and restricted Liverpool to long, and hopeful hoofs from Pepe Reina to give them a chance. Stephen Ward deservedly put Wolves in front after an hour and Liverpool fans visibly became more distressed. Chants of "Dalglish" grew louder, and ironic chants of "Hodgson for England" (in reference to Roy being linked with the position after England's disastrous World Cup campaign) were echoing round the stadium. Some home fans even joined in the away supports chants of "You're getting sacked in the morning" and booed when David N'Gog was substituted for Ryan Babel, despite the Frenchman being Liverpool's best player on the night. As well as cheering ironically when Paul Konchesky was substituted for Fabio Aureilio, the fans booed at the final whistle and the contempt for Roy was stronger than ever.

Liverpool drew both of their Europa League games in this month, a 1-1 away draw against Steau Bucharest and a 0-0 draw against Utrecht at Anfield meant that Liverpool qualified comfortable for the knockout stages of the Europa League.


January began in dramatic fashion for Liverpool. On the traditional New Years Day fixture, they fell behind at home to Bolton Wanderers in the 43rd minute thanks to a Kevin Davies goal. An unsurprisingly, nowhere near full Anfield, rallied and got their rewards through a 49th minute goal by Fernando Torres. Liverpool secured a league double over Bolton, and once again scored late against them, with Joe Cole getting on the score sheet for the first time in his Liverpool career in the Premier League. This would be Roy Hodgson's last game at Anfield.

In what would prove to be Roy Hodgson's last ever game as Liverpool F.C manager, his team were torn to shreds by a stunning performance from Blackburn Rovers. First half goals from Martin Olsson and a rare goal for Benjani, set the tone for the rest of the evening. Things went from bad to worse for Liverpool after Benjani got his second goal, and Blackburn's third to make the score 3-0 after just 58 minutes. Liverpool were clearly shell shocked, but did manage to pull a goal back through Steven Gerrard. Liverpool also got a penalty with only a few minutes to go, but Steven Gerrard uncharacteristically skied the ball miles over the bar. Gerrard appeared to show little emotion after missing the penalty that would have got Liverpool back into the game, sparking rumours that he missed the spot kick on purpose to get Hodgson sacked.

On 8 January 2011, just one day before Liverpool were due to kick off their FA Cup campaign against bitter rivals Manchester United, the club announced Roy Hodgson had left by mutual consent. Kenny Dalglish was due to take charge on a temporary basis until the end of the season. The news was welcomed by most Liverpool fans and the FA Cup game somewhat took lesser importance given Dalglish had not even had a days training with the squad he had inherited.

Liverpool lost their third round FA Cup game to Manchester United at Old Trafford thanks to an early penalty from Ryan Giggs, the spot kick was awarded after Berbatov had gone over from a Daniel Agger challenge. The debate still rumbles on as to whether Berbatov had actually dived to win the penalty. Steven Gerrard was to be sent off by Howard Webb in the first half after a reckless challenge, and this would mean he would miss Liverpool's next three games (including the derby game against Everton at Anfield)

In Dalglish's first ever Premier League game in charge of Liverpool Football Club, his side lost to Blackpool 2-1, despite first taking the lead. Raul Meireles finally scored his first goal for the club, against Everton, which ended 2-2, in Dalglish's first home game back in charge. Anfield was stunned though by a Sylvain Distin goal from a corner in the first minute of the second half. Jermaine Beckford then put Everton in front with a well placed finish. Liverpool won a penalty in the 68th minute which Dirk Kuyt duly slotted home. Despite the result, this was a definite improvement to performances under Hodgson.

In Liverpool's second league away game under Dalglish, they stormed past Wolverhampton Wanderers. Winning by a 3-0 margin, soon to depart Fernando Torres scored his last goals for the club. The first was from an excellent break away move which saw Meireles slip in the Spaniard who had an easy task to convert. It was Meireles who added a second on the say, and doubled his tally for the season, with a stunning volley that was voted 'goal of the season' by Liverpool fans. Torres rounded off the day, and his Liverpool career, by finishing a 31 pass move to give Kenny Dalglish his first win in charge of Liverpool. A few days later, Torres and Meireles helped out stressing John Pantsil into botching a clearance that resulted in Liverpool winning 1-0 at home to Fulham, this in spite of being struggling throughout the game. This meant the side moved into the top half of the table. On 31 January, came Dalglish's first signings for the club since taking charge for the second time, Luis Suárez and Andy Carroll joined Liverpool for £22m and a club record £35m respectively. Fernando Torres left Liverpool for Chelsea for £50m the same day, following a transfer request and a couple of intense days for the club as they had a bid turned down for Carroll before they sealed the transfer. Torres move was regarded with contempt by Liverpool supporters, some of whom burned their replica "Torres #9" shirts on live television (Sky Sports News).


Following the sale of Torres and the arrivals of Carroll and Suárez (none fit enough to start from the beginning), Liverpool seemed to have a much thinner squad than at the start of the season. Carroll was unavailable for another month, whilst Suárez had been suspended due to biting Otman Bakkal in the ear in Eredivisie and therefore lacked match fitness. In the home game against Stoke it was therefore primarily left to Steven Gerrard and Raul Meireles to grant the victory. Gerrard's free kick hit the wall and bounced favourably for Meireles, who tucked in a close ranged shot to ensure Liverpool took the lead. Suárez got substituted onto the pitch and from a Dirk Kuyt throughball was alone with the keeper, rounded him and tried to place a shot into the corner. A Stoke defender tried to clear in vain, and Suárez therefore became the first Liverpool player since his predecessor Torres to score on his Anfield debut.

The coming weekend Liverpool travelled to London to face Chelsea, with Torres making his debut against his former club. He got an elbow check from Daniel Agger and was denied a shot at goal when Jamie Carragher threw himself in his path. Being largely invisible in the second half he was substituted, only to see Meireles tuck away one of only two chances for Liverpool the entire match, which won the game for the side. In the first half Maxi Rodríguez had missed an open goal, whereas Chelsea struggled to create any significant chances at all on Liverpool's compact five-men defensive line, in which Glen Johnson had been moved to left back due to Fábio Aurélio's injury. Right back Martin Kelly impressed in his role.

Late February saw three unsuccessful clashes for Liverpool as the resurgence was halted. Following Meireles' goal against Wigan at Anfield and a compact advantage in play, few had expected defender Steve Gohouri to equalise for Wigan, after Liverpool's performance decreased in the second half. Suárez came close to a dream full debut as he smashed a free kick against the bar. Next Thursday, Liverpool went to Prague to face Sparta. A dull encounter ended 0-0 with barely any chances created. The slump contiunued as relegation-bound West Ham beat Liverpool 3-1 at Upton Park on February, 28. This included a spectacular and rare strike from Hammer's figurehead Scott Parker, whilst Demba Ba and Carlton Cole also found the net against a timid five-defender line that looked out of place the entire game. Suárez was once again on the prowl for Liverpool as he assisted Glen Johnson for the late consolation goal.

With Suárez being cup-tied for the Europa League, Liverpool had to make due without him in the return leg against Sparta Prague at Anfield. The visitors came close to having a shock away goal to knock Liverpool out, before Dirk Kuyt reacted the fastest on a late corner to head Liverpool into the last 16. The unconvincing performance was nothing compared to what was played out at Anfield three days later.


Liverpool were defeated Braga in Portugal, after Sotirios Kyrgiakos made a clumsy challenge that resulted in a spot-kick that Alan converted. Manchester United then came to Liverpool in search of three points to effectively put themselves out of bounds in the title chase against Arsenal. Liverpool donned a 4-3-3 formation with Kuyt and Suárez interchanging positions between right and centre and Maxi Rodríguez to the left. The trio's mobility put large holes to display in United's defense, with a stunning solo raid from Suárez enabling Kuyt to nick an open goal on about 20 minutes time. Following Berbatov's hitting of the post for United in the opening ten minutes, that turned the play up on its head, and when Nani tried to clear a Suárez cross, only to hit the path of Kuyt, Liverpool went 2-0 up. In the second half Suárez fired a free kick that Edwin van der Sar was powerless to keep in his hands, and Kuyt pounced on the rebound to make it a hat trick and sealing the win for Liverpool. The game also saw a horrific challenge from Jamie Carragher on Nani result in the latter being carried of the pitch on a stretcher with Carragher surprisingly escaping a red card for the late challenge. A challenge from Fábio on a Liverpool player a minute later in response nearly started a brawl on-pitch. As it was, the second half was a much less heated affair and even though Javier Hernández scored a late consolation goal for United, Liverpool's win was never in doubt.

The return leg against Braga saw Andy Carroll get a big chance to equalise on aggregate, but his header hit the bar and Liverpool went out in the last 16. This was the first time since 2006 that Liverpool fans had no European quarter final to look forward too, and the elimination was considered a disappointment.

With Suárez back in the starting XI away from home to Sunderland, the side won once again, this time 2-0. Gerrard was out for the season with a hamstring injury, which saw Jay Spearing getting long-awaited first team action. Spearing was brought down on the edge of the box and the referee decided it was committed inside the area. Dirk Kuyt converted the spot kick to send Liverpool ahead, and Suárez clinched the victory with a hard shot from a tight angle that goalkeeper Simon Mignolet could not keep out.


First Team

No. Name Nationality Position Date of Birth (Age) Signed from Contract ends
1 Brad Jones Australia GK (1982-03-19) 19 March 1982 (age 32) Middlesbrough 2013
25 Pepe Reina Spain GK (1982-08-31) 31 August 1982 (age 31) Villarreal 2016
42 Péter Gulácsi Hungary GK (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 24) MTK Hungaria 2013
2 Glen Johnson England RB (1984-08-23) 23 August 1984 (age 29) Portsmouth 2015
5 Daniel Agger Denmark CB (1984-12-12) 12 December 1984 (age 29) Brøndby 2014
6 Fábio Aurélio Brazil LB (1979-09-24) 24 September 1979 (age 34) Valencia 2012
16 Sotirios Kyrgiakos Greece CB (1979-07-23) 23 July 1979 (age 35) AEK Athens 2011
22 Danny Wilson Scotland CB (1991-12-27) 27 December 1991 (age 22) Rangers 2013
23 Jamie Carragher England CB (1978-01-28) 28 January 1978 (age 36) The Academy 2013
34 Martin Kelly England RB (1990-04-27) 27 April 1990 (age 24) The Academy 2014
37 Martin Škrtel Slovakia CB (1984-12-15) 15 December 1984 (age 29) Zenit Saint Petersburg 2014
38 Jon Flanagan England RB (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 21) The Academy 2013
49 Jack Robinson England LB (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 20) The Academy 2013
4 Raul Meireles Portugal CM (1983-03-17) 17 March 1983 (age 31) F.C. Porto 2014
8 Steven Gerrard England CM (1980-05-30) 30 May 1980 (age 34) The Academy 2013
10 Joe Cole England AM (1981-11-08) 8 November 1981 (age 32) Chelsea 2014
12 Daniel Pacheco Spain AM (1991-01-05) 5 January 1991 (age 23) Barcelona 2014
17 Maxi Rodríguez Argentina LW (1981-01-02) 2 January 1981 (age 33) Atlético Madrid 2013
18 Dirk Kuyt Netherlands RW (1980-07-22) 22 July 1980 (age 34) Feyenoord 2013
21 Lucas Brazil DM (1987-01-09) 9 January 1987 (age 27) Grêmio 2015
26 Jay Spearing England DM (1988-11-25) 25 November 1988 (age 25) The Academy 2015
28 Christian Poulsen Denmark DM (1980-02-28) 28 February 1980 (age 34) Juventus 2013
33 Jonjo Shelvey England CM (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 22) Charlton Athletic 2014
7 Luis Suárez Uruguay ST (1987-01-24) 24 January 1987 (age 27) Ajax 2016
9 Andy Carroll England ST (1989-01-06) 6 January 1989 (age 25) Newcastle United 2016
14 Milan Jovanović Serbia ST (1981-04-18) 18 April 1981 (age 33) Standard Liège 2013
24 David N'Gog France ST (1989-04-01) 1 April 1989 (age 25) Paris Saint-Germain 2012

Squad statistics

Appearances and goals

Last updated on 13 November 2012.[2]
No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier League UEFA Europa League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Australia Brad Jones 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2 England Glen Johnson 35 2 28 2 7 0 0 0 0 0
4 Portugal Raul Meireles 41 5 32+1 5 7 0 1 0 0 0
5 Denmark Daniel Agger 21 0 12+4 0 3 0 1 0 1 0
6 Brazil Fábio Aurélio 21 0 7+7 0 5+1 0 1 0 0 0
7 Uruguay Luis Suárez 13 4 12+1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 England Steven Gerrard 24 8 20+1 4 1+1 4 1 0 0 0
9 England Andy Carroll 7 2 5+2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 England Joe Cole 32 3 9+11 2 10+2 1 0 0 0 0
12 Spain Daniel Pacheco 7 0 0+1 0 2+3 0 0 0 1 0
14 Serbia Milan Jovanović 18 2 5+5 0 7 1 0 0 1 1
16 Greece Sotirios Kyrgiakos 28 2 10+6 2 9+2 0 0 0 1 0
17 Argentina Maxi Rodríguez 35 10 24+4 10 4+2 0 1 0 0 0
18 Netherlands Dirk Kuyt 41 15 32+1 13 6+1 2 1 0 0 0
21 Brazil Lucas 47 1 32+1 0 9+3 1 1 0 1 0
22 Scotland Danny Wilson 8 0 1+1 0 5 0 0 0 1 0
23 England Jamie Carragher 38 0 28 0 9+1 0 0 0 0 0
24 France David N'Gog 38 8 9+16 2 8+3 5 0+1 0 1 1
25 Spain Pepe Reina 50 0 38 0 11 0 1 0 0 0
26 England Jay Spearing 20 0 10+1 0 5+3 0 0 0 1 0
28 Denmark Christian Poulsen 21 0 9+3 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
29 England Andy Carroll 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
33 England Jonjo Shelvey 21 0 0+15 0 4 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
34 England Martin Kelly 23 0 10+1 0 10 0 1 0 1 0
37 Slovakia Martin Škrtel 49 2 38 2 7+3 0 1 0 0 0
38 England Jon Flanagan 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
45 England Thomas Ince 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
49 England Jack Robinson 2 0 1+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players sold or loaned out after the start of the season:
1 Brazil Diego Cavalieri 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
3 England Paul Konchesky 18 0 15 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
4 Italy Alberto Aquilani 2 0 0 0 1+1 0 0 0 0 0
9 Spain Fernando Torres 26 9 22+1 9 2 0 1 0 0 0
19 Netherlands Ryan Babel 17 2 1+8 1 6 1 0+1 0 1 0
20 Argentina Javier Mascherano 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 England Stephen Darby 1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
39 England Nathan Eccleston 7 0 0+1 0 1+4 0 0 0 0+1 0
46 England David Amoo 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Top scorers

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total goals are equal.

Last updated on 9 May 2011
Position Nation Number Name Premier League Europa League League Cup FA Cup Total
1 Netherlands 18 Dirk Kuyt 13 2 0 0 15
2 Argentina 17 Maxi Rodríguez 10 0 0 0 10
3 Spain 9 Fernando Torres 9 0 0 0 9
4 England 8 Steven Gerrard 4 4 0 0 8
France 24 David N'Gog 2 5 1 0 8
6 Portugal 4 Raul Meireles 5 0 0 0 5
7 Uruguay 7 Luis Suárez 4 0 0 0 4
8 England 10 Joe Cole 2 1 0 0 3
9 England 2 Glen Johnson 2 0 0 0 2
England 9 Andy Carroll 2 0 0 0 2
Serbia 14 Milan Jovanović 0 1 1 0 2
Greece 16 Sotirios Kyrgiakos 2 0 0 0 2
Netherlands 19 Ryan Babel 1 1 0 0 2
Slovakia 37 Martin Škrtel 2 0 0 0 2
15 Brazil 21 Lucas Leiva 0 1 0 0 1
TOTALS 58 15 2 0 75

Disciplinary record

Updated 08/05/11

21 CM  BRA Lucas 9 1 0
8 CM  ENG Gerrard 2 1
10 AM  ENG Cole 1 1
37 CB  SVK Škrtel 9
4 CM  POR Meireles 6
9 CF  ESP Torres 6
23 CB  ENG Carragher 5
2 DF  ENG Johnson 5
25 GK  ESP Reina 4
17 RW  ARG Maxi 3
18 FW  NED Kuyt 3
28 DM  DEN Poulsen 3
34 CB  ENG Kelly 3
16 CB  GRE Kyrgiakos 2
3 DF  ENG Konchesky 2
24 CF  FRA N'Gog 2
6 LB  BRA Aurelio 2
9 FW  ENG Carroll 2
38 RB  ENG Flanagan 2
7 FW  URU Suárez 1
22 CB  SCO Wilson 1
33 CM  ENG Shelvey 1
49 LB  ENG Robinson 1
14 LW  SRB Jovanović 1
39 FW  ENG Eccleston 1

Last updated: 30 October 2010
Only competitive matches
sending offs by a direct red card.
. |} Last updated: 27 January 2011
Source: Squad stats and Start formations.
Only competitive matches.
Using the most used start formation.
Ordered by position on pitch (from back right to front left).

Team kit

The home strip for the 2010–11 season was revealed on 8 April 2010 bearing the Standard Chartered logo.[3] The Adidas strip represents a modern interpretation of the one worn during the 1989–90 campaign in which Liverpool won their eighteenth league title. The away strip was revealed on 8 June and is white with a red trim, with black shorts accompanying it. The third kit was revealed on 15 June and is black with a yellow trim.



First Team

Moving from
33 CM  ENG Jonjo Shelvey 18 EU Charlton Athletic Transfer Summer 2014 £1,700,000
14 FW  SER Milan Jovanović 29 Non-EU Standard Liège Belgium Transfer Summer 2013 Free
22 CB  SCO Danny Wilson 18 EU Rangers Scotland Transfer Summer 2014 £2,000,000
10 AM  ENG Joe Cole 28 EU Chelsea Transfer Summer 2014 Free
28 DM  DEN Christian Poulsen 30 EU Juventus Italy Transfer Summer 2013 £4,500,000
1 GK  AUS Brad Jones 28 EU Middlesbrough Transfer Summer 2013 £2,300,000
4 CM  POR Raul Meireles 27 EU Porto Portugal Transfer Summer 2014 £11,500,000
3 LB  ENG Paul Konchesky 29 EU Fulham Transfer Summer 2014 £3,000,000
7 FW  URU Luis Suárez 24 EU Ajax Netherlands Transfer Winter 2016 £22,700,000
9 ST  ENG Andy Carroll 22 EU Newcastle United Transfer Winter 2016 £35,000,000

Last updated: 31 January 2011

Reserves and Academy

Moving from
MF  ESP Suso 16 EU Cádiz Spain Transfer Summer 2013 Undisclosed
GK  TUR Yusuf Mersin 16 Non-EU Millwall Transfer Winter Undisclosed
CF  ENG Jason Banton 18 EU Free Agent Transfer Winter May 2011 Free

Last updated: 21 December

Total spending: Decrease £82.8m


First Team

Moving to
1 GK  BRA Diego Cavalieri 27 Non-EU Cesena Italy Released Summer
15 MF  ISR Yossi Benayoun 30 Non-EU Chelsea Transfer Summer £5,500,000
11 MF  ESP Albert Riera 28 EU Olympiacos Greece Transfer Summer £4,000,000
20 MF  ARG Javier Mascherano 26 EU Barcelona Spain Transfer Summer £17,250,000
30 GK  FRA Charles Itandje 28 EU Atromitos Greece Released Winter
19 FW  NED Ryan Babel 24 EU 1899 Hoffenheim Germany Transfer Winter £5,800,000
9 FW  ESP Fernando Torres 26 EU Chelsea Transfer Winter £50,000,000

Last updated: 31 January 2011

Reserves and Academy

Moving to
29 FW  HUN Krisztián Németh 21 EU Olympiacos Greece Transfer Summer £1m
37 FW  FIN Lauri Dalla Valle 18 EU Fulham Unknown Summer p/x
38 DF  ENG Robbie Threlfall 21 EU Bradford City Contract expired Summer Free
45 DF  ESP Mikel San José 20 EU Athletic Bilbao Spain Transfer Summer £2.6m Athletic Bilbao
FW  NED Jordy Brouwer 22 EU ADO Den Haag Netherlands Transfer Winter Free
MF  ESP Francisco Manuel Durán 22 EU Free Agent Contract expired Summer Free
DF  ENG Michael Ihiekwe 17 EU Wolverhampton Wanderers Released Summer
MF  SWE Alex Kačaniklić 19 EU Fulham Unknown Summer p/x
GK  BUL Nikolay Mihaylov 22 EU Twente Netherlands Transfer Summer £1m
GK  IRE Christopher Oldfield 19 EU Chester Contract expired Summer Free
MF  ISL Victor Palsson 19 EU Hibernian Scotland Transfer Winter Free
MF  FRA Damien Plessis 22 EU Panathinaikos Greece Transfer Summer undisc
MF  NED Vincent Weijl 19 EU Eibar Spain Unknown Summer Free

Last updated: 22 December

Total income: Increase £87.15m

Loaned in

# Pos Nat. Player From Start End
MF Hungary Adam Hajdu Hungary MTK Hungária 31 August 2010 30 June 2011
MF England Conor Thomas England Coventry City 31 January 2011 30 June 2011

Loaned out

# Pos Nat. Player To Start End
3 LB England Paul Konchesky England Nottingham Forest 31 January 2011 3 May 2011
4 CM Italy Alberto Aquilani Italy Juventus 21 August 2010 30 June 2011
22 LB Argentina Emiliano Insúa Turkey Galatasaray 31 August 2010 30 June 2011
27 RWB Switzerland Philipp Degen Germany VFB Stuttgart 5 August 2010 30 June 2011
31 RW Morocco Nabil El Zhar Greece PAOK 31 August 2010 30 June 2011
32 RB England Stephen Darby England Notts County 1 November 2010 31 May 2011
39 ST England Nathan Eccleston England Charlton Athletic 13 January 2011 30 June 2011
40 CB Spain Daniel Ayala England Hull City 11 September 2010 1 January 2011
40 CB Spain Daniel Ayala England Derby County 11 February 2011 30 June 2011
42 GK Hungary Péter Gulácsi England Tranmere Rovers 17 September 2010 24 November 2010
44 CM Iceland Victor Pálsson England Dagenham & Redbridge 4 November 2010 4 January 2011
45 LM England Thomas Ince England Notts County 1 November 2010 3 January 2011
LB France Chris Mavinga Belgium Racing Genk 1 January 2011 30 May 2011
MF England Sean Highdale Wales Newtown 21 January 2011 15 May 2011
46 MF England David Amoo England MK Dons 25 January 2011 23 February 2011
46 MF England David Amoo England Hull City 28 February 2011 30 June 2011
1 GK Australia Brad Jones England Derby County 24 March 2011 30 June 2011
12 FW Spain Daniel Pacheco England Norwich City 24 March 2011 30 June 2011


Period Spending Income Loss/Gain
Summer Decrease £25.025m Increase £31.35m Increase £6.325m
Winter Decrease £57.8m Increase £55.8m Decrease £2m
Totals Decrease £82.825m Increase £87.15m Increase £4.325m



Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 6th 14 Aug 2010 22 May 2011
UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 29 July 2010 17 March 2011
Football League Cup 22 September 2010
FA Cup 9 January 2011

Last updated: 22 May 2011
Source: Competitions

League table

Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 23 11 4 78 37 +41 80 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Chelsea 38 21 8 9 69 33 +36 71
3 Manchester City 38 21 8 9 60 33 +27 71
4 Arsenal 38 19 11 8 72 43 +29 68 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 16 14 8 55 46 +9 62 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Liverpool 38 17 7 14 59 44 +15 58
7 Everton 38 13 15 10 51 45 +6 54
8 Fulham 38 11 16 11 49 43 +6 49 2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
9 Aston Villa 38 12 12 14 48 59 −11 48
10 Sunderland 38 12 11 15 45 56 −11 47
11 West Bromwich Albion 38 12 11 15 56 71 −15 47
12 Newcastle United 38 11 13 14 56 57 −1 46
13 Stoke City 38 13 7 18 46 48 −2 46 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 2
14 Bolton Wanderers 38 12 10 16 52 56 −4 46
15 Blackburn Rovers 38 11 10 17 46 59 −13 43
16 Wigan Athletic 38 9 15 14 40 61 −21 42
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 11 7 20 46 66 −20 40
18 Birmingham City (R) 38 8 15 15 37 58 –21 39 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 3
Relegation to the 2011–12 Football League Championship
19 Blackpool (R) 38 10 9 19 55 78 −23 39 Relegation to 
20 West Ham United (R) 38 7 12 19 43 70 −27 33

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 Fulham, as the highest-ranked team from the Fair Play table not yet qualified for any European competition, entered the first qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.[4]
2 Stoke City qualified for the third qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League as 2010–11 FA Cup runners-up to Champions League-qualified Manchester City.
3 Birmingham City qualified for the play-off round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League after winning the 2010–11 Football League Cup, worth a third qualification round spot, and subsequently being moved up a round due to the outcome of the 2011 FA Cup Final.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A A H H A H A H A A H A H A H H A A H A H H A H A H A A H A H H A H A

Last updated: 22 May 2011.
Source: competitive matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results summary

Overall Home Away
38 17 7 14 59 44 +15 58 12 4 3 37 14 +23 5 3 11 22 30 −8

Last updated: 22 May 2011.
Source: Premier League

Games against the Top Six

Overall Home Away
10 4 2 4 14 13 +1 14 3 1 1 9 4 +5 1 1 3 5 9 −4

Big Four games

Overall Home Away
6 3 2 1 10 6 +4 11 2 1 0 6 2 +4 1 1 1 4 4 0



Premier League

UEFA Europa League


Group Stage
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Liverpool 6 2 4 0 8 3 +5 10
Italy Napoli 6 1 4 1 8 9 −1 7
Romania Steaua București 6 1 3 2 9 11 −2 6
Netherlands Utrecht 6 0 5 1 5 7 −2 5

Knockout Rounds

Last updated: 17 March 2011
Source: Liverpool F.C.

FA Cup

League Cup



Jamie Carragher Testimonial

Last updated: 21 July 2010
Source: Liverpool F.C.


As of 12 May 2011. Squad Numbers refer to players' first team squad number (for season 2010/11), where applicable. Reserve and youth games are 1–11.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
30 Spain MF Suso
31 England MF Raheem Sterling
35 England DF Conor Coady
36 England DF Steven Irwin
38 England DF John Flanagan
39 England FW Nathan Eccleston
40 Spain DF Daniel Sánchez Ayala
41 Denmark GK Martin Hansen
43 Australia GK Dean Bouzanis (until 30 April 2011)
44 Spain DF Emmanuel Mendy
45 England MF Thomas Ince
No. Position Player
46 England FW David Amoo
47 England DF Andre Wisdom
48 Argentina MF Gerardo Bruna
49 England DF Jack Robinson
England GK Deale Chamberlain
France DF Chris Mavinga (on loan to Racing Club Genk)
Czech Republic DF Jakub Sokolik
Scotland MF Alex Cooper
England MF Conor Thomas (on loan from Coventry City)
England MF Michael Roberts
Denmark FW Nikola Sarić

Academy (Under-18s)

The following players are expected to play for the team during the Premier Academy League 2010–11. As of 14 January 2011.

Player DOB Position International caps Profile
3rd Year Academy (players born between 1 September 1991 and 31 August 1992)
2nd Year Academy (players born between 1 September 1992 and 31 August 1993)
Hungary Krisztián Adorján (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 21) FW Hungary Capped at Under-17 level[5] View
England Jason Banton[6] (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 21) FW England Capped at Under-17 level View
England Karl Clair (1992-09-30) 30 September 1992 (age 21) MF View
England Conor Coady (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 21) DF England Capped at Under-18 level View
Iceland Kristjan Gauti Emilsson (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 21) MF Iceland Capped at Under-19 level View
England John Flanagan (1993-01-21) 21 January 1993 (age 21) DF View
Hungary Adam Hajdu (on loan from MTK Hungaria) (1993-01-16) 16 January 1993 (age 21) MF Hungary Capped at Under-17 level
England Michael Ihiekwe (1992-11-20) 20 November 1992 (age 21) DF View
England Matthew McGiveron (1992-09-03) 3 September 1992 (age 21) DF View
England Michael Ngoo (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 21) FW England Capped at Under-19 level View
England Craig Roddan (1993-04-22) 22 April 1993 (age 21) MF View
Germany Stephen Sama (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 21) DF Germany Capped at Under-17 level View
England Andre Wisdom (1993-05-09) 9 May 1993 (age 21) DF/MF England Capped at Under-19 level View
1st Year Academy (born on or after 1 September 1993)
England Peter Aylmer (1994-02-12) 12 February 1994 (age 20) DF View
England Tyrell Belford (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 20) GK England Capped at Under-16 level View
England Lewis Hatch (1993-09-04) 4 September 1993 (age 20) MF View
England Adam Morgan (1994-04-21) 21 April 1994 (age 20) FW England Capped at Under-17 level View
Republic of the Congo Henoc Mukendi (1993-11-20) 20 November 1993 (age 20) FW View
Hungary Patrik Poór (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 20) DF Hungary Capped at Under-17 level[7] View
England Jack Robinson (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 20) DF England Capped at Under-18 level
Republic of Ireland Joseph Rafferty (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 20) DF Republic of Ireland Capped at Under-18 level View
England Matthew Regan (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 20) DF England Capped at Under-17 level View
Portugal Toni Brito Silva Sá (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 20) MF Portugal Capped at Under-17 level View
England Brad Smith (1994-04-09) 9 April 1994 (age 20) DF View
England Jamie Stephens (1993-08-25) 25 August 1993 (age 20) GK View
England Josh Sumner (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 20) FW View
England Tom Walsh (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 20) MF View
Unknown status
Czech Republic Jakub Sokolik (1993-08-28) 28 August 1993 (age 20) DF Czech Republic Capped at Under-16 level
Portugal Gonçalo Filipe Gonçalves Serras Ribeiro (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 20) FW
Notable Under 16s
England Jordan Lussey DF Called-up at Under-17 level[8]
England Dave Moli (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 19)[9] FW Called-up at Under-17 level[10]
England Raheem Sterling (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 19) MF England Capped at Under-17 level
Portugal Iaia Embarlo (1996-08-18) 18 August 1996 (age 17) FW


External links

  • 2010–11 Liverpool F.C. season at Official Site
  • 2010–11 Liverpool F.C. season at ESPN
  • 2010–11 Liverpool F.C. season at LFCHistory
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