Liverpool In The League
The 2000/01 Premier League season ended with Manchester United winning another League title after finishing 10 points clear of second placed Arsenal and they finished 1 point ahead of Liverpool who grabbed the last Champions League place after pipping Leeds to it by one point.
Michael Owen was Liverpool’s top Premier League goalscorer with 16 goals however he finished with 7 less goals than the Premier League golden boot winner Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who had 23 at Chelsea.
The Reds also had two players win ‘Player of the Month‘ awards with Steven Gerrard in March and Gary Mcallister in April.
Steven Gerrard also won the PFA Young Player of the Season and was included in the PFA Team of the Year.
Liverpool In The Worthington Cup
Liverpool won the EFL Cup after beating Birmingham on penalties after a 1-1 draw inside 120 minutes. The final was held in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
Liverpool started their run in the 3rd round against Chelsea at Anfield. The game was at a deadlock at 90 minutes and the game went into extra time where Robbie Fowler added to Danny Murphy’s 12th minute goal and secured the win for the reds in the 104th minute and sent Liverpool through to the 4th round.
The draw for the fourth round was made and Liverpool had to travel away to Stoke where they run riot over The Potters. Liverpool won the game 8-0 with goals from Christian Ziege, Vladimir Smicer, Marcus Babbel, Sami Hyypia, Danny Murphy and a hatrick from Robbie Fowler.
The fifth round was not to far away as Liverpool got drawn at home to London club Fulham who held the reds for 90 minutes and got to extra time and kept the game level until the 105th minute when Michael Owen bagged a goal along with Smicer, and Nick Barmby and a 3-0 win saw Liverpool into the Semi Finals.
Crystal Palace were next in line for Liverpool in the cup and they played away in the first leg and lost 2-1 but the one goal halved the deficit as Smicer kept up his scoring run. Liverpool then went back to work on their game plan to turn the loss around and that they did as they bagged 5 at Anfield and eased into the final of the cup. Another goal from Smicer, two from Murphy, Fowler and Igor Biscan wrapped the game up and pushed Liverpool over the line.
The final in Cardiff saw Liverpool play Birmingham who went behind after 30 minutes as Robbie Fowler scored to put the reds into the lead. However in the 90th minute Liverpool gave away a penalty and Darren Purse scored to put the game into extra time where it stayed 1-1. Birmingham missed their first penalty and then all spot kicks were converted until Dietmar Hamann missed his and Andy Johnson missed the 6th penalty which left the game in Jamie Carragher’s hands and convert the penalty he did as he won Liverpool their first cup of the season.
Liverpool In The FA Cup
Liverpool won the FA Cup against Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. This was Liverpool’s 6th FA Cup triumph which lead them into the FA Community Shield where they played the Premier League Champions Manchester United.
Liverpool entered the competition in the 3rd round where they played Rotherham United at Anfield. Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners with goals from Dietmar Hemann and two from Emile Heskey. The game also saw Igor Biscan sent off.
The draw for the fourth round saw Leeds drawn at home to Liverpool. The game sat at 0-0 until the 88th minute when Nick Barmby scored and then in the 90th minute Heskey doubled their lead and the game ended 2-0.
Liverpool vs Manchester City was the game that the fifth round threw up as the Manchester club travelled to Anfield. The teams played out a 4-2 game that saw Liverpool through to the 6th round. Liverpool had 2 penalties which were both scored by Jari Litmanen and Vladimir Smicer and the other two goals were scored by Heskey and Marcus Babbel.
A Merseyside derby is what was to be expected in the 6th round as Liverpool travelled over the water to play Tranmere Rovers. Once again Liverpool won 4-2 as Murphy, Owen, Gerrard and Fowler were all on target to send Liverpool into the Semi Finals.
The Semi Finals gave Liverpool a matchup against Wycombe Wanderers and this game saw the reds win 2-1 to get into their second final of the season as late goals from Heskey and Fowler knocked out Wycombe.
Arsenal were awaiting Liverpool in the final and the game was set up to be played in Cardiff. Liverpool were 1-0 down and went into the last 10 minutes needed their star striker to turn up, which he did as he scored in the 83rd minute and the 88th minute to win Liverpool their second trophy of the season.
Liverpool in Europe!
Liverpool were subjected to the UEFA Cup in 2000 due to their finish in 1999/00. They started their run to the final, which was to be played in the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, against Rapid Bucuresti where they won 1-0 in the first leg thanks to a goal from Nick Barmby which was ultimately enough in the second leg as well as the game ended 0-0 so the reds progressed 1-0 on aggregate.
The second round saw Liverpool played Czech team FC Slovan Liberec. After the two legs Liverpool progressed 4-2 after a 1-0 win in the first leg after Heskey scored late. The second leg set itself up for a more interesting game as it ended 3-2 which saw Liverpool through and the goals came from Owen, Barmby and Heskey again.
Olympiacos stood in Liverpool‘s way in the 3rd round but another 4-2 victory saw the reds through once again. Barmby and Gerrard scored the 2 in a 2-2 draw in the first leg and Barmby scored again along with Heskey in the 2-0 that saw the reds through.
Italian giants Roma were next as the fourth round kicked off. A 2-0 win in the first leg was good enough for Liverpool as they lost the second leg 1-0 but went through on aggregate thanks to the 2-0 goals from Michael Owen in the first leg of the tie.
Portugal and Porto came soon after and a 0-0 first leg left the quarter finals result on the second leg. Liverpool went and won the game 2-0 to send them through to the semi finals with goals from Danny Murphy and Michael Owen.
Catalan giants Barcelona were Liverpool‘s last challenge before reaching the final and a 0-0 first leg left the second leg as a huge tie and a big heart in mouth moment for both sets of fans. The second leg was won in Liverpool’s favour as Gary McAllister scored the one and only goal of the tie which set up another final for Liverpool and they would play another Spanish club in Germany.
The final was played in Germany and both clubs were excited for the game but Liverpool were excited by the opportunity to complete their treble winning season. Liverpool started the game strong as they took the lead after 4 minutes through Marcus Babbel. The reds then went and doubled their lead in the 16th minute as Steven Gerrard converted and made the fans believe it was over. How wrong they were. Alavés went and pulled one back in the 26th minute and it wasn’t until the 40th minute until the next goal was scored as Gary McAllister converted a penalty to send the reds into half time with a 3-1 lead. Java Moreno scored a 47th minute and a 49th minute goal to level the game at 3-3. 23 minutes until the next goal as Robbie Fowler scored in the 72nd minute to give Liverpool the lead. Liverpool were edging closer to their treble and they must have believed it was done however in the 88th minute Jordi Cruyff scored another equaliser which sent the game into extra time as it stood at 4-4. Extra time was played under the golden goal rule and in the 116th minute Delfi Geli headed in an own goal which won Liverpool the UEFA Cup and completed their treble.
Community Shield Win!
After winning the FA Cup against Arsenal, Liverpool qualified for the FA Community Shield where they would play the Champions of England, Manchester United.
Liverpool went into the lead after 2 minutes as Gary McAlillister converted a penalty and then Michael Owen scored in the 16th minute which saw Liverpool win the game 2-1 and lift their 4th trophy of the year.
Super Cup Victory!
Liverpool played the Champions League winners Bayern Munich in the Super Cup final as the UEFA Cup winners.
Liverpool went into a 3-0 lead after 46 minutes with goals from John Arne Riise, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen. The reds then were troubled as Bayern scored two goals in an attempt to pull the game back but they were unsuccessful and the game ended with Liverpool winning 3-2 in the Stade Louis II, in Monaco.
Nigel Koay from Malaysia on October 29, 2020:
When i was younger, i was wondering why my dad was celebrating out of a sudden, after re-watching these matches (i was too young when they won the treble) i finally understand why. To more wins in the future. #ynwa