2024 - 25 Liverpool FC Season Review

 

Relive all the drama of the 2024 - 25 season with our in-depth season review, as the Reds bid for Glory in the Premier League, Champions League, and cup competitions.

After the emotional rollercoaster of the 2023-24 season, which saw Liverpool challenging for an unprecedented quadruple, before ultimately winning just the Carabao Cup, how would Liverpool respond going into the new season?  And with Legendary manager Jurgen Klopp having departed Anfield, what would the 2024 - 25 season hold in store for the Reds?

Dutch boss Arne Slot was chosen as the man to replace Klopp in the Liverpool hot seat, with the 46-year-old looking to build on early successes with Feyenoord in the Dutch Eredivisie.  A new system and style of play beckoned, but could Slot succeed, where other Dutch managers had failed in the Premier League in the past?

Slot's preparations for the new season were hampered by Euro 2024, and the Copa America, with many of the club's stars away on International duty, but as August approached, and anticipation grew, Reds fans everywhere couldn't wait for the new season to begin...

Pre-Season

Date

Opposition

Score

Result

Venue

19.07.2023

Karlsruher FC

4 - 2

W

Wildparkstadion

24.07.2023

Greuther Furth

4 - 4

D

MS-Technologie-Arena

30.07.2023

Leicester City

4 - 0

W

Singapore National Stadium

02.08.2023

Bayern Munich

4 - 3

L

Singapore National Stadium

07.08.2023

Darmstadt 98

3 - 1

W

Deepdale

Liverpool's pre-season started slowly, with many of the club's biggest players participating in International tournaments in Europe and South America.  Arne Slot officially took up his role as Head Coach on the 1st of June 2024, but it wasn't until early July that Slot gave his first interview as Reds Boss.  Those players not involved in internationals, such as Curtis Jones and Jarell Quansah reported back to the AXA Training Complex on the 1st of July to begin pre-season training, with more players joining them throughout the month, as nations were eliminated from the various tournaments they were playing in.

As for pre-season friendlies, Liverpool fans had to wait until the 27th of July to see their heroes back in action, as the Reds embarked on a tour of the USA, playing matches against Real Betis, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Sevilla.

Summer Transfer Window

Players In

Players Out

  • Joel Matip - Free Transfer
  • Thiago - Free Transfer
  • Melkuma Frauendorf - Hannover 98 - Free Transfer

After winning the Carabao Cup, and challenging for the quadruple right up until the end of the season the previous year, Liverpool's squad did not need a major overhaul to be competitive, but fans were still expecting new boss Arne Slot to 'splash the cash' on several new players, as he looked to put his own stamp on the team.

However, Liverpool's summer transfer window started slowly, with Thiago and Joel Matip leaving on free transfers, the only business of note as we moved into July.

Premier League Results

Date

Opposition

Score

Result

Venue

13.08.2023

Chelsea

1 - 1

D

Stamford Bridge

19.08.2023

Bournemouth

3 - 1

W

Anfield

27.08.2023

Newcastle

2 - 1

W

St James Park

03.09.2023

Aston Villa

3 - 0

W

Anfield

16.09.2023

Wolves

3 - 1

W

Molineux

24.09.2023

West Ham

3 - 1

W

Anfield

30.09.2023

Tottenham

2 - 1

L

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

08.10.2023

Brighton

2 - 2

D

Amex Stadium

21.10.2023

Everton

2 - 0

W

Anfield

29.10.2023

Nottingham Forest

3 - 0

W

Anfield

05.11.2023

Luton

1 - 1

D

Kenilworth Road

12.11.2023

Brentford

3 - 0

W

Anfield

25.11.2023

Manchester City

1 - 1

D

Etihad Stadium

03.12.2023

Fulham

4 - 3

W

Anfield

06.12.2023

Sheffield United

2 - 0

W

Bramall Lane

09.12.2023

Crystal Palace

2 - 1

W

Selhurst Park

17.12.2023

Manchester United

0 - 0

D

Anfield

23.12.2023

Arsenal

1 - 1

D

Anfield

26.12.2023

Burnley

2 - 0

W

Turf Moor

01.01.2024

Newcastle United

4 - 2

W

Anfield

21.01.2024

Bournemouth

4 - 0

W

Vitality Stadium

31.01.2024

Chelsea

4 - 1

W

Anfield

04.02.2024

Arsenal

3 - 1

L

Emirates Stadium

10.02.2024

Burnley

3 - 1

W

Anfield

17.02.2024

Brentford

4 - 1

W

Gtech Stadium

21.02.2024

Luton Town

4 - 1

W

Anfield

02.03.2024

Nottingham Forest

0 - 1

W

City Ground

10.03.2024

Manchester City

1 - 1

D

Anfield

31.03.2024

Brighton

2 - 1

W

Anfield

04.04.2024

Sheffield United

3 - 1

W

Anfield

07.04.2024

Manchester United

2 - 2

D

Old Trafford

14.04.2024

Crystal Palace

0 - 1

L

Anfield

21.04.2024

Fulham

3 - 1

W

Craven Cottage

24.04.2024

Everton

0 - 2

L

Goodison Park

27.04.2024

West Ham

2 - 2

D

London Stadium

04.05.2024

Tottenham

4 - 2

W

Anfield

11.05.2024

Aston Villa

3 - 3

D

Villa Park

19.05.2024

Wolves

2 - 0

W

Anfield

Liverpool began their Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw away at Chelsea before a run of 5 victories lifted the team to second in the league table.  In late September Liverpool faced Tottenham, in a game that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.  Firstly Luis Diaz had a perfectly good goal ruled out for offside, and then Liverpool had 2 players sent off and a further 6 booked,  as they lost the game 2-1 in the last minute.  After the game, the PGMOL admitted the goal should have been given, and that a 'Serious Human Error' had occurred with the VAR officials.   The incident caused much debate about VAR, with Liverpool issuing a strongly worded statement demanding a full and proper investigation and changes to the system.

Following the Tottenham game, Liverpool drew against Brighton, before securing a 2 - 0 victory in the Merseyside derby.  With confidence restored, Liverpool went on a 14-game unbeaten run, winning 10 and drawing 4, as the Reds moved top of the table during the winter months.  During that period, injuries were a constant problem for Jurgen Klopp, with ten first-team players unavailable for most of that period.  In their absence, Klopp promoted many youngsters from the Academy, with Conor Bradley, Jarell Quansah, Bobby Clark, James McConnel, and Jayden Danns all making their Premier League debuts.

The Red's unbeaten run ended against Arsenal at the start of February, with a 3 - 1 defeat at The Emirates. Despite this setback, the Reds won the next four games on the trot, before welcoming Manchester City to Anfield on the 10th of March.  Despite creating numerous chances, the Reds had to settle for a one-all draw, leaving City, Liverpool, and Arsenal locked in a three-way battle for the Title.  Two more victories for Jurgen Klopp's team followed before another costly draw at Old Trafford, followed by defeats to Crystal Palace and Everton, ended the Red's chances of lifting the Premier League Title.

As the season drew to a close, the physical - and mental - toll on the players was evident, with injuries and the constant speculation about Jurgen Klopp and his decision to leave at the end of the season, resulting in many of the Reds senior players suffering dips in form, just when the club needed them most.  The season ended on a positive note however, with a 2 - 0 win on the final day of the season, confirming a third-place finish, and Champions League football for the 2024-25 season.

Europa League Results

Liverpool were drawn in Group E of the 2023-24 Europa League, alongside LASK, Toulouse and Union Saint-Gilloise.  Group games commenced on 21st September 2023.

Date

Opposition

Score

Result

Round

Venue

21.09.2023

LASK

3 - 1

W

Group Match

Raiffeisen Arena

05.10.2023

Union SG

2 - 0

W

Group Match

Anfield

26.10.2023

Toulouse

5 - 1

W

Group Match

Anfield

09.11.2023

Toulouse

3 - 2

L

Group Match

Stadium Municipal

30.11.2023

LASK

4 - 0

W

Group Match

Anfield

14.12.2023

Union SG

2 - 1

L

Group Match

Lotto Park

07.03.2024

Sparta Prague

5 - 1

W

Round of 16

ePet Arena

14.03.2024

Sparta Prague

6 - 1

W

Round of 16

Anfield

11.04.2024

Atalanta

0 - 3

L


Quarter-Finals

Anfield

18.04.2024

Atalanta

1 - 0

W

Quarter-Finals

GeWiss Stadium

Liverpool got their Europa League campaign off to a good start with a 3-1 victory over LASK, before taking control of the group with victories over Union SG and Toulouse.  The Reds suffered a rare defeat against Toulouse in game four but ensured they would qualify for the knock-out stages with a 4 - 0 victory over Lask in match five.  The group stages ended with another defeat against Union SG, but with Toulouse failing to win at LASK, the Reds progressed as group winners.

By winning their group, Liverpool progressed to the Round of 16 (and avoided the dreaded play-off round), where they comfortably beat Sparta Prague, 11 - 2 on aggregate.  The second-leg match at Anfield saw Liverpool score four goals in the opening 13 minutes, as the gulf in class between the two sides was brutally exposed by the Reds.  Next up, Liverpool faced Italian side Atalanta in the Quarter-Finals.  Despite Liverpool being overwhelming favourites, Atalanta stunned the Reds in the first leg, securing a 3 - 0 victory at Anfield, effectively ending any hopes the Reds had of progressing to the Semi-Finals.  Once again, the Red's wastefulness in front of goal was evident and played a big part in their heavy defeat.  In the return leg a week later, Liverpool grabbed an early goal, but just when it looked like they may be about to stage another remarkable comeback, Mo Salah wasted a glorious one-on-one with the keeper.  The miss would turn out to be Liverpool's last chance to score, as the Reds meekly exited the competition, and with it, their last chance of silverware for the season.

FA Cup Results

Date

Opposition

Score

Result

Round

Venue

07.01.2024

Arsenal

2 - 0

W

3rd Round

The Emirates

28.01.2024

Norwich City

5 - 2

W

4th Round

Anfield

28.02.2024

Southampton

3 - 0

W

5th Round

Anfield

17.03.2024

Man United

4 - 3

L

Quarter-Finals

Old Trafford

Liverpool began their FA Cup journey with a difficult away trip to the Emirates, to face Arsenal.  Despite missing several key players - including Mo Salah - the Reds produced a fine second-half display to secure a 2 - 0 victory.  Two home games followed in the 4th and 5th rounds, as Liverpool eased past Championship sides Norwich City and Southampton.  The 5th round tie with Southampton will be remembered for many years, as Klopp fielded a Starting XI with five teenagers in it, as the Reds struggled with an injury crisis that saw 10 first-team players unavailable.  The Quarter-Final draw saw Liverpool handed another difficult away tie, this time against arch-rivals Manchester United.  Despite taking the lead on two separate occasions, Liverpool failed to see out the game, eventually losing 4 - 3 in the final minutes of extra-time.  The result ended Liverpool's hopes of a Quadruple and meant Jurgen Klopp's final FA Cup match ended in defeat.

Carabao Cup Results

Date

Opposition

Score

Result

Round

Venue

27.09.2023

Leicester City

3 - 1

W

3rd Round

Anfield

01.11.2023

Bournemouth

2 - 1

W

4th Round

Vitality Stadium

20.12.2023

West Ham

5 - 1

W

Quarter-Finals

Anfield

10.01.2024

Fulham

2 - 1

W

Semi-Final First Leg

Anfield

24.01.2024

Fulham

1 - 1

D

Semi-Final Second Leg

Craven Cottage

25.02.2024

Chelsea

1 - 0

W

Final

Wembley

Liverpool began their Carabao Cup campaign with a home tie against Leicester City.  In keeping with their early season form, the Reds went behind early in the game, only to fight their way back and eventually win 3-1.  In the Round of 16, the Reds were drawn against Bournemouth away.  It proved to be a tricky tie - not least because of the awful weather conditions - but a Darwin Nunez wonder goal helped Liverpool seal a 2 - 1 victory.  Next up, the Reds faced West Ham, in what looked to be another difficult tie, but Liverpool made light work of the Hammers, recording a 5 - 1 victory to progress to the Semi-Finals, where they would face Fulham.  The first leg of the Semi-Finals was played at Anfield.  With Liverpool in the middle of an injury crisis, Klopp was forced to field a weakened team, and Fulham looked on course to cause an upset, when they took a first-half lead through veteran attacker Willian.  However, Liverpool are nothing if not resilient, and duly turned the game around in 3 second-half minutes, as Curtis Jones and Cody Gakpo scored in quick succession, to give the Reds a slender lead heading into the second leg.  It was a lead the Reds would not surrender, as Luis Diaz scored early, to settle Liverpool's nerves, and ensure the Reds would be returning to Wembley for another Final.

As the Final approached, Liverpool's injury crisis had only worsened, with key players such as Salah, Nunez, Jones, Jota, Alisson, and Alexander-Arnold all sidelined.   Despite naming seven teenagers in the squad - six of whom featured in the Final - Klopp produced a managerial masterclass, securing a 1 - 0 extra-time victory over Chelsea. The match will be talked about for many years to come, with 'Klopp's Kids' being hailed for their confidence and determination, while for Chelsea, the defeat cast more doubts on the long-term strategy of the club's owners, who had spent over £1billion on players but would end the season trophyless and languishing in mid-table.

Kick It Out Campaign

No Room For Racism Campaign

Remembering the 97