1979-80 season
General information
Manager

Bob Paisley

Captain

Phil Thompson

Performance
Division 1

Winners

FA Cup

Semi-final

League Cup

Semi-final

Europe

European Cup: 1st round

Top scorers
League

Johnson (21)

FA Cup

Fairclough (3)
Johnson (3)

League Cup

Fairclough (5)

Europe

European Cup: Case (1)
David Johnson

Overall

Johnson (28)

Attendances
Average

42,233

The 1979-80 season was Liverpool's 88th season of football since they were established. Liverpool held onto their league title this season, but failed to achieve success in cup competitions - reaching the semi-finals in both the FA Cup and League Cup. Their European Cup campaign was less successful, as they went out in the first round for the second time in as many years.

Squad[edit | edit source]

LiverpoolSquad1979-1980.jpg

Note: Fixed squad numbers were not introduced until the 1993-94 season.

Friendlies[edit | edit source]

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent Score Scorers
1 August 1979 Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-2 R. Kennedy (14), McDermott (33), Souness (47), Dalglish (88)
3 August 1979 Feyenoord 2-2 Thompson (35), Johnson (47)
5 August 1979 Benfica 1-1 A. Kennedy (73)
7 August 1979 FBU Select 5-2 Souness (23), Fairclough (47, 50, 71), Lee (67)
18 August 1979 League of Ireland 2-0 Hansen (66), McDermott (78)

Other friendlies[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent Score Scorers
6 November 1979 Lille 1-3 McDermott (pen 62)
14 May 1980 Anderlecht 6-8 Gayle 2, Keegan, Money, Clemence, Jones
26 May 1980 Bahrain XI 2-1 Gayle, Souness
29 May 1980 Al Nasr 8-0 Fairclough 3, McDermott 2, Lee, R. Kennedy, Souness


Results[edit | edit source]

League[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent Score Scorers
21 August 1979 Bolton 0-0
25 August 1979 West Brom 3-1 Johnson (11, 58), McDermott (52)
1 September 1979 Southampton 2-3 Johnson (16), Irwin (74)
8 September 1979 Coventry 4-0 Johnson (27, 90), Case (58), Dalglish (62)
15 September 1979 Leeds 1-1 McDermott (81)
22 September 1979 Norwich 0-0
29 September 1979 Nottingham Forest 0-1
6 October 1979 Bristol 4-0 Johnson (3), Dalglish (30), R. Kennedy (34), McDermott (80)
9 October 1979 Bolton 1-1 Dalglish (80)
13 October 1979 Ipswich 2-1 Hunter (og 18), Johnson (54)
20 October 1979 Everton 2-2 Lyone (og 8), R. Kennedy (55)
27 October 1979 Man City 4-0 Johnson (12),Dalglish (31, 67), R. Kennedy (86)
3 November 1979 Wolves 3-0 Dalglish (4, 52), R. Kennedy (67)
10 November 1979 Brighton 4-1 R. Kennedy (19), Dalglish (65, 83), Johnson (67)
17 November 1979 Tottenham 2-1 McDermott (34, 69)
24 November 1979 Arsenal 0-0
1 December 1979 Middlesbrough 4-0 McDermott (5), Hansen (13), Johnson (73), R. Kennedy (84)
8 December 1979 Aston Villa 3-1 R. Kennedy (55), Hansen (60), McDermott (74)
15 December 1979 Crystal Palace 3-0 Case (44), Dalglish (48), McDermott (67)
22 December 1979 Derby 3-1 Davies (og 16), McDermott (pen 53), Johnson (55)
26 December 1979 Man Utd 2-0 Hansen (15), Johnson (85)
29 December 1979 West Brom 2-0 Johnson (24, 44)
12 January 1980 Southampton 1-1 McDermott (pen 60)
19 January 1980 Coventry 0-1
9 February 1980 Norwich 5-3 Fairclough (4, 18, 75), Dalglish (88), Case (89)
19 February 1980 Nottingham Forest 2-0 McDermott (80), R. Kennedy (84)
23 February 1980 Ipswich 1-1 Fairclough (8)
26 February 1980 Wolves 0-1
1 March 1980 Everton 2-1 Johnson (19), Neal (pen 31)
11 March 1980 Man City 2-0 Caton (og 56), Souness (83)
15 March 1980 Bristol 3-1 R. Kennedy (5), Dalglish (55, 89)
19 March 1980 Leeds 3-0 Johnson (33, 80), A. Kennedy (60)
22 March 1980 Brighton 1-0 Hansen (70)
29 March 1980 Tottenham 0-2
1 April 1980 Stoke 1-0 Dalglish (34)
5 April 1980 Man Utd 1-2 Dalglish (14)
8 April 1980 Derby 3-0 Irwin (20), Johnson (50), Osgood (og 83)
19 April 1980 Arsenal 1-1 Dalglish (12)
23 April 1980 Stoke 2-0 Johnson (34), Fairclough (60)
26 April 1980 Crystal Palace 0-0
3 May 1980 Aston Villa 4-1 Johnson (3, 72), Cohen (50), Blake (og 78)
6 May 1980 Middlesbrough 0-1


FA Cup[edit | edit source]

Round Date Opponent Score Scorers
3 5 January 1980 Grimsby 5-0 Souness (19), Johnson (42, 65, 74), Case (87)
4 26 January 1980 Nottingham Forest 2-0 Dalglish (31), McDermott (pen 71)
5 16 February 1980 Bury 2-0 Fairclough (64, 81)
6 8 March 1980 Tottenham 1-0 McDermott (38)
Semi-final 12 April 1980 Arsenal 0-0
Semi-final (R) 16 April 1980 Arsenal 1-1 Fairclough (51)
Semi-final (R) 28 April 1980 Arsenal 1-1 Dalglish (90)
Semi-final (R) 1 May 1980 Arsenal 0-1


League Cup[edit | edit source]

Round Date Opponent Score Scorers
2 29 August 1979 Tranmere 0-0
2 (R) 4 September 1979 Tranmere 4-0 Thompson (46), Dalglish (49, 75), Fairclough (83)
3 25 September 1979 Chesterfield 3-1 Fairclough (10), Dalglish (34), McDermott (80)
4 30 October 1979 Exeter 2-0 Fairclough (60, 90)
5 5 December 1979 Norwich 3-1 Johnson (11, 31), Dalglish (37)
Semi-final (1st leg) 22 January 1980 Nottingham Forest 0-1
Semi-final (2nd leg) 12 February 1980 Nottingham Forest 1-1 Fairclough (89)

European Cup[edit | edit source]

Round Date Opponent Score Scorers
1 (1st leg) 19 September 1979 Dynamo Tblisi 2-1 Johnson (19), Case (44)
1 (2nd leg) 3 October 1979 Dynamo Tblisi 0-3

Other[edit | edit source]

Charity Shield:

Date Opponent Score Scorers
11 August 1979 Arsenal 3-1 McDermott (38, 65), Dalglish (63)


Tables[edit | edit source]

League[edit | edit source]

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 25 10 7 81 30 51 60
2 Man Utd 42 24 10 8 65 35 30 58
3 Ipswich 42 22 9 11 68 39 29 53


Player stats[edit | edit source]

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
MF Jimmy Case 37 3 5 1 7 0 3 1 52 5
GK Ray Clemence 41 0 8 0 7 0 3 0 59 0
DF Avi Cohen 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
FW Kenny Dalglish 42 16 8 2 7 4 3 1 60 23
FW David Fairclough 14 5 5 3 5 5 2 0 26 13
FW Howard Gayle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF Alan Hansen 38 4 8 0 5 0 2 0 53 4
MF Steve Heighway 9 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 11 0
DF Colin Irwin 8 2 2 0 2 0 2 0 14 2
FW David Johnson 37 21 8 3 6 2 3 1 54 28
DF Alan Kennedy 37 1 5 0 7 0 2 0 51 1
MF Ray Kennedy 40 9 8 0 6 0 2 0 56 9
DF Brian Kettle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF Sammy Lee 7 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
MF Terry McDermott 37 11 6 2 7 1 3 2 53 16
FW Frank McGarvey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF Phil Neal 42 1 8 0 7 0 3 0 60 1
GK Steve Ogrizovic 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF Graeme Souness 41 1 8 1 7 0 3 0 59 2
DF Phil Thompson 42 0 8 0 7 1 3 0 60 1


Transfers[edit | edit source]

In[edit | edit source]

Player From Fee Date
Avi Cohen Maccabi Tel Aviv £200,000 July 1979
Ronnie Whelan Home Farm Free 19 September 1979
Richard Money Fulham £50,000 May 1980
Ian Rush Chester £300,000 1 May 1980

Out[edit | edit source]

Player To Fee Date
Emlyn Hughes Wolves £90,000 2 August 1979
Frank McGarvey Celtic £275,000 1980
Brian Kettle Wigan £35,000 August 1980


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