All rights reserved. Danny Murphy. The 2003–04 season was Liverpool's 112th season in existence and their 42nd consecutive year in the top-flight. Houllier suggested some of his players had felt "a bit too much pressure". But Chelsea's nerves were settled when they responded with two goals in quarter of an hour thanks to poor Liverpool defending. 1. Liverpool finished the season in fourth position in the Premier League in what was to be Gérard Houllier's last in charge of Liverpool. He is expected to have money but does not envisage making many signings. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Chelsea's determination had been controlled and they found a hero in Jesper Gronkjaer. Ultimately, though, Chelsea were just as grateful to William Gallas, Emmanuel Petit and Desailly, who played through back pain and was refused permission to come off, for making sure Liverpool could not find a way back. Their frustration was shown near the finish in a dangerous tackle by Steven Gerrard on Graeme Le Saux which earned him a second booking and a red card. Then Gronkjaer cut across John Arne Riise on the edge of the box and scored with a low shot before Djimi Troare could close down. Mon 12 May 2003 02.25 BST Ranieri said he hoped to bring in "one or two players" and believed continuity was key to their success. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Houllier admitted that some of his key players "have not been at their best". Read about Everton v Liverpool in the Premier League 2003/04 season, including lineups, stats and live blogs, on the official website of the Premier League. Liverpool had made the perfect start when poor marking by Petit allowed Sami Hyypia to head in Danny Murphy's free-kick. He was replaced by Rafael Benítez at the end of the season after six years in charge. Everything you need to know about the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool (11 May 2003): Summary, Stats, Lineups and Scores - Besoccer Goals. "The temptation is to have a total clear-out but that would be a mistake.". 02:03 On this day - 11 May 2003: Chelsea beat Liverpool to top four 11/5/2020 CC AD; 01:38 Iconic Moment: Zola bows out for Chelsea 19/7/2018 CC AD; More Videos: Related Videos. As Chelsea gave Owen no space in which to run behind them, Liverpool struggled. Steven Gerrard. Michael Owen. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. They could enjoy themselves last night while Liverpool were drowning their sorrows. "I think we have learned the lesson," said Ranieri, who would love the Champions League challenge. Big summer signings are unlikely for them under their new regime, which places more emphasis than before on stability and developing youth. Ken Bates said before kick-off that he hoped Chelsea fans would be able to get drunk for the right reasons afterwards. Chelsea's recent Uefa Cup experiences suggest it would be foolish to assume they need only turn up to join the elite, but such worries can wait. Houllier did not invest well last summer, spending £19m on El Hadji Diouf, Bruno Cheyrou and Salif Diao. In the past three seasons they have gone out of the Uefa Cup to teams from Switzerland, Israel and Norway. First published on Mon 12 May 2003 02.25 BST. This article covers the period from 1 July 2003 to 30 May 2004. 11 View Full Table Goals. The chairman surely indulged in a tipple as well, given that reaching the first group stage would bring in a minimum of £10m. 7 View Full Table Assists. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Liverpool's need for creativity when they are forced to break down teams rather than counter-attack was again evident. They also lost in the FA Cup against Crystal Palace. Whereas Chelsea can look back with pleasure, Liverpool have underachieved. "I don't think we need a lot of players," he said. Assists . Winning the Worthington Cup does not constitute success for them and in the two major competitions they have regressed. Gérard Houllier's team had needed a victory here to snatch fourth place from their opponents but threw away an early lead and never looked likely to recover. Terry and Gallas, though, will expect significant rises. 1. He will certainly wish he had Chelsea's Champions League qualifier to look forward to. 7 1. Having reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, they failed to make it past the opening group. 17 August 2003 1: Liverpool: 1–2: Chelsea: Liverpool: 16:05: Owen 79 ' Report: Verón 25 ' Hasselbaink 87 ' Stadium: Anfield Attendance: 44,082 Referee: Steve Bennett Albert Ferrer is retiring, Jody Morris seems keen to move in search of regular football and Chelsea will probably offload Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink if they can find a buyer. This was a far more tactically astute Chelsea performance than they gave when faced by the counter-attacking skills of Arsenal here in the FA Cup and the rewards are vital. The Uefa Cup awaits Liverpool after a season in which they have manifestly gone backwards. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Read about Liverpool v Chelsea in the Premier League 2003/04 season, including lineups, stats and live blogs, on the official website of the Premier League. With the Champions League in view, they ought to find it easier to keep key players and will hope to renogotiate contracts with Gallas, John Terry and Gianfranco Zola. In any event Chelsea cannot count on Champions League lucre just yet. 19 2. The Dane set up Marcel Desailly's equaliser and scored a fine winner before the half-hour. 7 1. Man of the match: Emmanuel Petit (Chelsea), Available for everyone, funded by readers. Claudio Ranieri must trust that he will not lose players such as Gallas and Terry if big offers are made but there will be departures. From second in the Premiership, they slipped to fifth. They scored from a free- kick but created only one more notable chance, missed by the otherwise service-starved Michael Owen. Certainly they looked more likely to concede again than score against a well organised Chelsea, and the game was up when Gerrard was dismissed. Gianfranco Zola. 14 3. Read about Chelsea v Liverpool in the Premier League 2003/04 season, including lineups, stats and live blogs, on the official website of the Premier League. "Sometimes I wish I had a couple more like that," Houllier said of Gerrard's commitment. Last updated: 30 May 2004Source: Competitions, Since Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, their place in the UEFA Cup as, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2003–04_Liverpool_F.C._season&oldid=955914982, Pages using football kit with incorrect pattern parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 May 2020, at 14:17. Liverpool finished the FA Premier League season in fourth place. First Liverpool failed to clear a corner and Desailly outjumped Diao to head in Gronkjaer's cross. Sun 11 May 2003 21.25 EDT 21.25 EDT Ken Bates said before kick-off that he hoped Chelsea fans would be able to get drunk for the right reasons afterwards. They were certainly given cause to celebrate as the club defeated Liverpool to move within a qualifying win of the Champions League.
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