Liverpool Season Review 2000-2001
The 2000-01 season was Liverpool’s 110th season of football since they were established. This season proved highly successful for Liverpool, with them picking up the League Cup, UEFA Cup, and FA Cup treble.
Liverpool enjoyed their best season for years when they completed a unique treble of cup competitions and ended Gérard Houllier’s three-year wait to bring silverware to Anfield.
The first trophy was secured on 25 February when a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory followed a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City in the Worthington Cup final. The game was also the first club fixture to be played at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium while Wembley was being rebuilt. Part two of the treble was completed on 12 May when two late Michael Owen goals overturned Arsenal’s lead in the FA Cup Final to give the Reds a 2-1 win. The final part of the treble was perhaps the most dramatic. The UEFA Cup final featured an amazing 9 goals as Alaves gave them a run for their money fighting back to equalize from 3-1 and 4-3 before Liverpool finally ran out 5-4 winners after extra-time.
Promising young midfielder Steven Gerrard was voted PFA Young Player of the Year for his key part in one of the most successful season’s in Liverpool’s 109-year history, and contributions from British stars Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Jamie Carragher, Danny Murphy and new signings Gary McAllister and Emile Heskey were matched by an increasingly continental side consisting of new captain Sami Hyypiä, Sander Westerveld, Jari Litmanen and Dietmar Hamann.
However, there was sad news just after the end of the season, when former manager Joe Fagan (manager of the 1984 side that also managed to win three trophies in a season) died at the age of 80 after a long illness.
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