Liverpool FansOnline season Review Part 3
By Mark Allaway
Monday 13 Jul 2009 07:00:00
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Liverpool football club finished the Premiership season as runners-up to Manchester United in the 08/09 season to record their highest league finish for seven years.

Here Liverpool FansOnline reviews the last 12 months of ups and downs at Anfield, and looks back on where the title was lost. Article continues below

Part 3 starts at the beginning of November, with the Reds top of the table on 28 points from the first ten games.

The month started badly for Rafael Benitez's side away to Tottenham on the first of the month.

Dirk Kuyt opened the scoring after just three minutes but a disastrous second half saw the Reds lose 2-1, a Jamie Carragher own goal and a Roman Pavlyuchenko strike giving Spurs the three points, and sending the Reds to their first Premiership defeat of the season.

Soon after the Reds had to pick themselves up for the Champions League group match with Atheletico Madrid, drawing 1-1 with the Spaniards, a last minute Steven Gerrard penalty securing the point that put the Reds a win away from qualification.

Another four days later and the Reds returned to Anfield to defeat West Brom 3-0, with goals from Robbie Keane (2) and Alvaro Arbeloa.

Tottenham were turning into the team's bogey side as they met in the Carling Cup and the Londoners denied Liverpool a quarter-final spot, defeating the Reds 4-2.

Spurs took a 3-0 lead into half-time courtesy of Roman Pavlyuchenko and Frazier Campbell before Damien Plessis struck back for the Reds.

Pavlyuchenko then hit home again before Sami Hyypia grabbed a consolation for the visitors.

Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard struck at the Reebok to sink Bolton 2-0, before a frustrating goalless home draw against Fulham.

Steven Gerrard scored the only goal against Marseille to ensure Champions League qualification, followed by another goalless draw at Anfield this time versus West Ham.

The Reds picked themselves up and travelled to Ewood Park to win 3-0, goals from Yossi Benayoun, Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard.

There was then the task of the final Champions League group game, with the Reds having already qualified they still overcame PSV 3-1, goals from Ryan Babel, Albert Reira and David Ngog cancelling out Danko Lazovic's opener.

Plucky Hull drew 2-2 with Rafa Benitez's side upon their return to Anfield, the home side having to come back from 2-0 down after Paul McShane's header and another Jamie Carragher own goal had put them behind.

But a brace from Steven Gerrard salvaged a point, followed by a respectable 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates, Robin Van Persie opening for the home side and Robbie Keane equalising for the Reds.

There was an enthatic end to the year for the title hopefuls as they defeated Bolton 3-0 at Anfield and travelled to St. James' Park to beat Newcastle 5-1.

A Robbie Keane brace and a fine Albert Reira strike provided victory at home, and in what Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given later described as the worst moment of his career Liverpool hit five past sorry Newcastle, despite only leading 2-1 at half-time thanks to Steven Gerrard and Sami Hyypia, David Edgar headed home for the Magpies on 45 minutes.

But then the Reds finished out 2008 in style with goals from Ryan Babel, Gerrard and Xabi Alonso's penalty.

All of which meant Liverpool headed into the New Year three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premiership from nearest rivals Chelsea, sitting on 47 points from 19 games.

Position after December: 1st, 47 points from 19 games

Top scorer: Gerrard 13

FansOnline season review Part 4 coming soon!

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