2023 - 24 Liverpool FC Season Review

Relive all the drama of the 2023 - 24 season with our in-depth season review, as the Reds bid for Glory in the Premier League, Europa League and cup competitions.

After a disastrous campaign the previous year, Jurgen Klopp was looking to lead Liverpool back to the top during the 2023/24 season.  After a promising start to the transfer window, Liverpool's plans were thrown into chaos, first by the lose of key midfielders - Fabinho and Jordan Henderon (who left for Saudi Arabia) - then by key transfer targets choosing to join Chelsea's money merry-go-round.

As the season began, Liverpool's squad was in need of re-inforcements, and the planned opening of the new Anfield Road Stand was on hold (due to the main building contractor going bust).  Could Klopp and his players rise above these challenges and deliver more silverware for the Anfield Trophy Cabinet?

2023 - 24 Liverpool FC Season Review

Pre-Season

DateOppositionScoreResultVenue
19.07.2023Karlsruher FC4 - 2WWildparkstadion
24.07.2023Greuther Furth4 - 4DMS-Technologie-Arena
30.07.2023Leicester City4 - 0WSingapore National Stadium
02.08.2023Bayern Munich3 - 4LSingapore National Stadium
07.08.2023Darmstadt 983 - 1WDeepdale

Liverpool's pre-season saw them travel to Germany, where the squad underwent 2 weeks of fitness training and conditioning.  The Reds played two friendlies, one behind closed doors.  Klopp used both games to rotate his players, giving everyone in the 32-man squad a chance to impress.  Liverpool won one game and drew the second.  From Germany, Liverpool flew on to Singapore, where they played a further two games, both in the Singapore National Stadium.  Liverpool has a strong following in Asia, and this was a chance for people who can't normally travel to Anfield to see their heroes in person.  Both games proved to be very entertaining, with Liverpool thrashing Leicester City 4-0, before sharing 7 goals with Bayern Munich, narrowly losing 4-3.  From Singapore, the squad travelled back to Liverpool and the AXA Training Ground, where Klopp and his team oversaw the final weeks training before the Premier League opener against Chelsea.  Liverpool played one further friendly, against SV Darmstadt 98, at Preston's Deepdale Stadium.  The Reds would normally host atleast one friendly at Anfield, but due to ongoing works to the Anfield Road Stand, the Reds once again played away from home.

Summer Transfer Window

Players In

Alexis Mac Allister - £35million - From Brighton & Hove Albion
Dominik Szoboszlai - £62million - From RB Leipzig
Wataru Endo - £16million - From Stuttgart
Ryan Gravenberch - £34.3million - From Bayern Munich

Players Out

Jordan Henderson  - £12million - To Al-Ettifaq
Fabinho - £40.2million - To Al-Ittihad
Roberto Firmino - Free Transfer
Naby Keita - Free Transfer
James Milner - Free Transfer

For a full list of all Liverpool's summer 2023 transfers, please see our page - 'All Liverpool FC Transfers - Summer 2023'

After an underwhelming campaign the previous year, in which Liverpool's midfield and defence had been out-run and out-fought, the squad was in desperate need of fresh legs and energy.  Several young midfielders were top of the wish list, and the Liverpool recruitment team duly delivered, with the signing of World Cup Winner Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton, right at the start of the window.  Things got even better when a week later Dominik Szoboszlai was signed from RB Leipzig.  However, after a promising start, Liverpool's transfer window soon stalled.  First, stalwarts Jordan Henderson and Fabinho both left for clubs in Saudi Arabia, and then Chelsea used their magic money tree to outbid Liverpool for 2 key players - Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia.  Indeed, it was not until near the end of the window that Liverpool made any further signings, with Japanese international Wataru Endo, and Dutch international Ryan Gravenberch, arriving to complete the midfield overhaul.  More drama was to unfold in the final days of the transfer window, as Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad tried to sign Mo Salah for a record £150million fee.  Thankfully Liverpool resisted and Salah remained a Liverpool player (for the next 6 months atleast).

For a full list of all Liverpool's summer 2023 transfers, please see our page - 'All Liverpool FC Transfers - Summer 2023'

Premier League Results

DateOppositionScoreResultLeague PosVenue
13.08.2023Chelsea1 - 1D10Stamford Bridge
19.08.2023Bournemouth3 - 1W4Anfield
27.08.2023Newcastle2 - 1W4St James Park
03.09.2023Aston Villa3 - 0 W3Anfield
16.09.2023Wolves3 - 1 W3Molineux
24.09.2023West Ham3 - 1 W2Anfield
30.09.2023Tottenham2 -1 L4Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
08.10.2023Brighton2 -2D4Amex Stadium
21.10.2023Everton2 - 0 W4Anfield
29.10.2023Nottingham Forest3 - 0 W4Anfield
12.12.2023BrentfordAnfield

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 'Serious Human Error' had occured with the VAR officials.   The incident caused much debate about VAR, with Liverpool issueing a storngly worded statement demanding a full and proper investigation and changes to the system.

Europa League Results

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

DateOppositionScoreResultGroup PosVenue
21.09.2023LASK3 - 1W1Raiffeisen Arena
05.10.2023Union Saint-Gilloise2 - 0W1Anfield
26.10.2023Toulouse5 - 1W1Anfield
09.11.2023ToulouseStadium Municipal
30.11.2023LASK Anfield
14.12.2023Union Saint-Gilloise Lotto Park

Liverpool got their Europa League campagin off to a good start with a 3-1 victory over LASK.

FA Cup Results

Carabao Cup Results

DateOppositionScoreResultRoundVenue
27.09.2023Leicester City3 - 1W3rd RoundAnfield
01.11.2023BournemouthRound of 16Vitality Stadium

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 comfortably, 3-1.  In the Round of 16 (or 4th round as its commonly known), the Reds were drawn against Bournemouth away.

 

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