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1988-89 season
General information
Manager

Kenny Dalglish

Captain

Ronnie Whelan

Performance
Division 1

Runners-up

FA Cup

Winners

League Cup

4th round

Top scorers
League

Aldridge (21)

FA Cup

Aldridge (6)

League Cup

Aldridge (2)
Barnes (2)

Overall

Aldridge (31)

Attendances
Average

36,863

The 1988-89 season was Liverpool's 97th season of football since they were established. This was a reasonably successful season for Liverpool, they were unable to retain their league title (finishing as runners-up), but they did win the FA Cup. John Aldridge showed his scoring prowess scoring 31 goals in all competitions. Due to the Heysel Stadium disaster, English clubs were still banned from European competition.

Squad

LiverpoolSquad1988-1989.jpg
  • GK. Bruce Grobbelaar
  • GK. Mike Hooper
  • DF. Gary Ablett
  • DF. David Burrows
  • DF. Gary Gillespie
  • DF. Alex Watson
  • DF. Jim Beglin
  • DF. Steve Nicol
  • DF. Steve Staunton
  • DF. Barry Venison
  • DF. Alan Hansen
  • DF. Nick Tanner
  • MF. John Barnes
  • MF. Ronnie Whelan
  • MF. Ray Houghton
  • MF. Mike Marsh
  • MF. Nigel Spackman
  • MF. Jan Molby
  • MF. Steve McMahon
  • MF. Kenny Dalglish
  • MF. Kevin MacDonald
  • MF. Charlie Boyd
  • MF. Jim Magilton
  • FW. Peter Beardsley
  • FW. John Durnin
  • FW. John Aldridge
  • FW. Ian Rush

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

Friendlies

Pre-season

Date Opponent Score Scorers
3 August 1988 Bryne 5-0 Beardsley, Aldridge 2, McMahon, Barnes
5 August 1988 Sunnmore Select XI 4-1 Aldridge 3, Barnes
8 August 1988 Tromso 2-2 Aldridge, Whelan
12 August 1988 Atletico Madrid 1-5 Houghton
14 August 1988 Real Sociedad 4-0 McMahon 2, Gillespie, Barnes

Other friendlies

Date Opponent Score Scorers
12 February 1989 Dundee 3-1[1] McMahon 2, Houghton
4 April 1989 Celtic 1-1 Aldridge
30 April 1989 Celtic 4-1 Dalglish, Aldridge 2, Rush

Results

League

Date Opponent Score Scorers
27 August 1988 Charlton 3-0 Aldridge (23, 52, 54)
3 September 1988 Man Utd 1-0 Molby (pen 38)
10 September 1988 Aston Villa 1-1 Houghton (64)
17 September 1988 Tottenham 1-1 Beardsley (78)
24 September 1988 Southampton 3-1 Aldridge (31), Beardsley (47), Molby (pen 84)
1 October 1988 Newcastle 1-2 Gillespie (3)
8 October 1988 Luton 0-1
22 October 1988 Coventry 0-0
26 October 1988 Nottingham Forest 1-2 Rush (58)
29 October 1988 West Ham 2-0 Rush (69), Beardsley (80)
5 November 1988 Middlesbrough 3-0 Rush (44), Aldridge (75), Beardsley (87)
12 November 1988 Millwall 1-1 Nicol (15)
19 November 1988 Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Aldridge (28)
26 November 1988 Wimbledon 1-1 Houghton (63)
4 December 1988 Arsenal 1-1 Barnes (46)
11 December 1988 Everton 1-1 Houghton (30)
17 December 1988 Norwich 0-1
26 December 1988 Derby 1-0 Rush (17)
1 January 1989 Man Utd 1-3 Barnes (70)
3 January 1989 Aston Villa 1-0 Whelan (66)
14 January 1989 Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Nicol (76), Aldridge (77)
21 January 1989 Southampton 2-0 Aldridge (73), Rush (78)
4 February 1989 Newcastle 2-2 Aldridge (15), Rush (50)
1 March 1989 Charlton 2-0 Beardsley (14), Aldridge (pen 88)
11 March 1989 Middlesbrough 4-0 Beardsley (19), Houghton (37), Aldridge (79), McMahon (88)
14 March 1989 Luton 5-0 Aldridge (34, pen 42, 76), Beardsley (69), McMahon (74)
22 March 1989 Coventry 3-1 Barnes (11), Aldridge (28), Whelan (56)
26 March 1989 Tottenham 2-1 Aldridge (pen 50), Beardsley (64)
29 March 1989 Derby 1-0 Barnes (2)
1 April 1989 Norwich 1-0 Whelan (21)
8 April 1989 Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 McMahon (8), Beardsley (42, 66), Houghton (57), Barnes (80)
11 April 1989 Millwall 2-1 Barnes (21), Aldridge (41)
3 May 1989 Everton 0-0
10 May 1989 Nottingham Forest 1-0 Aldridge (pen 81)
13 May 1989 Wimbledon 2-1 Aldridge (59), Barnes (73)
16 May 1989 Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Aldridge(45), Whelan(57)
23 May 1989 West Ham 5-1 Aldridge (20), Houghton (63, 80), Rush (84), Barnes (90)
26 May 1989 Arsenal 0-2

FA Cup

Round Date Opponent Score Scorers
3 7 January 1989 Carlisle 3-0 Barnes (33), McMahon (65, 84)
4 29 January 1989 Millwall 2-0 Aldridge (57), Rush (63)
5 18 February 1989 Hull 3-2 Barnes (15), Aldridge (52, 53)
6 18 March 1989 Brentford 4-0 McMahon (15), Barnes (62), Beardsley (79, 82)
Semi-final 7 May 1989 Nottingham Forest 3-1 Aldridge (3, 58), Laws (og 72)
Final 20 May 1989 Everton 3-2 Aldridge (4), Rush (94, 103)

League Cup

Round Date Opponent Score Scorers
2 (1st leg) 28 September 1988 Walsall 1-0 Gillespie (44)
2 (2nd leg) 12 October 1988 Walsall 3-1 Barnes (30), Rush (72), Molby (pen 83)
3 2 November 1988 Arsenal 1-1 Barnes (66)
3 (R) 9 November 1988 Arsenal 0-0
3 (R) 23 November 1988 Arsenal 2-1 McMahon (61), Aldridge (87)
4 30 November 1988 West Ham 1-4 Aldridge (pen 34)

Other

Charity Shield:

Date Opponent Score Scorers
20 August 1988 Wimbledon 2-1 Aldridge (23, 69)

Mercantile Credit Trophy:

Round Date Opponent Score Scorers
Quarter-final 29 August 1988 Nottingham Forest 4-1 Venison (50), Molby (pen 70), Houghton (75), Barnes (84)
Semi-final 20 September 1988 Arsenal 1-2 Staunton (80)

Tables

League

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Arsenal 38 22 10 6 73 36 37 76
2 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 65 28 37 76
3 Nottingham Forest 38 17 13 8 64 43 21 64

Player stats

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
DF Gary Ablett 35 0 6 0 6 0 1 0 48 0
FW John Aldridge 35 21 6 6 5 2 1 2 47 31
MF John Barnes 33 8 6 3 3 2 1 0 43 13
FW Peter Beardsley 37 10 5 2 6 0 1 0 49 12
MF Charlie Boyd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF David Burrows 21 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
MF Kenny Dalglish 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
FW John Durnin 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF Gary Gillespie 15 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 19 2
GK Bruce Grobbelaar 21 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 27 0
DF Alan Hansen 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
GK Mike Hooper 17 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 24 0
MF Ray Houghton 38 7 5 0 6 0 1 0 50 7
MF Kevin MacDonald 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
MF Jim Magilton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF Mike Marsh 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
DF Alex Watson 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
MF Steve McMahon 29 3 6 3 3 1 1 0 39 7
MF Jan Molby 13 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 18 3
DF Steve Nicol 38 2 6 0 6 0 0 0 50 2
FW Ian Rush 24 7 2 3 4 1 0 0 30 11
MF Nigel Spackman 12 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 16 0
DF Steve Staunton 21 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 28 0
DF Nick Tanner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF Barry Venison 15 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 21 0
MF Ronnie Whelan 37 4 5 0 6 0 1 0 49 4

Transfers

In

Player From Fee Date
Nick Tanner Bristol Rovers £20,000 1 August 1988
Ian Rush Juventus £2,800,000 18 August 1988
David Burrows West Brom £550,000 20 October 1988
Barry Jones Prescot Signed 19 January 1989

Out

Player To Fee Date
Kevin MacDonald Coventry Free 1988
Nigel Spackman Queens Park Rangers £500,000 2 February 1989
John Durnin Oxford £225,000 10 February 1989

Notes

  1. Bobby Geddes' testimonial.


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