1970–71 Liverpool F.C. season

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Liverpool F.C.
1970–71 season
ChairmanEngland H.E. Roberts
ManagerScotland Bill Shankly
First Division5th
Inter-Cities Fairs CupSemi-finals
FA CupRunners-up
League CupThird round
Top goalscorerLeague: Alun Evans (10)
All: Alun Evans (15)
Average home league attendance45,136

The rebuilding of Liverpool F.C. continued into 1970-71 as many of the side who came in the previous season began to make their presence felt with the club. Although they had finished fifth in the football league Ray Clemence, Larry Lloyd, and Alec Lindsay all beginning to emerge in their second season of first-team action. Two players would figure well into the seventies; Steve Heighway who joined from Skelmersdale United in May 1970 and became a regular in his full season with the club.

John Toshack was bought from Cardiff City in November 1970 for £110,000, and became an instant hero by scoring in the Merseyside derby versus Everton F.C. a few weeks later. The rebuilding of the side from the 1960s was beginning to take shape and although they finished fifth in the First Division it seemed that Bill Shankly would be emerging with a team that would be challenging for major trophies in the next few years. One signing which took place a few days before they finished runners-up in the FA Cup Final was the signing of Kevin Keegan from Scunthorpe United for £35,000.

However, the team showed that the future would look promising by losing in the FA Cup Final to Arsenal and losing on aggregate one-nil in the Semi-Finals to Leeds United who end up being the eventual and last winners of the Fairs Cup.

Squad[edit]

Goalkeepers[edit]

Defenders[edit]

Midfielders[edit]

Attackers[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts Qualification or relegation
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 19 14 9 54 33 1.636 52 League Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 22 8 12 64 54 1.185 52 Qualified for UEFA Cup
5 Liverpool 42 17 17 8 42 24 1.750 51 FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup[a]
6 Chelsea 42 18 15 9 52 42 1.238 51
7 Southampton 42 17 12 13 56 44 1.273 46 Qualified for UEFA Cup
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ Chelsea qualified as holders

Results[edit]

First Division[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report 1 Report 2
15-Aug-70 Burnley A 2–1 Evans Goal 19' Hughes Goal 77' 26,702 Report Report
17-Aug-70 Blackpool A 0–0 28,818 Report Report
22-Aug-70 Huddersfield Town H 4–0 McLaughlin Goal 9'39' Evans Goal 74'88' 52,628 Report Report
25-Aug-70 Crystal Palace H 1–1 Graham Goal 28' 47,612 Report Report
29-Aug-70 West Bromwich Albion A 1–1 Evans Goal 25' 31,624 Report Report
05-Sep-70 Manchester United H 1–1 Evans Goal 22' 52,541 Report Report
12-Sep-70 Newcastle United A 0–0 35,501 Report Report
19-Sep-70 Nottingham Forest H 3–0 Graham Goal 15' Thompson Goal 27' Evans Goal 69' 40,676 Report Report
26-Sep-70 Southampton A 0–1 26,155 Report Report
03-Oct-70 Chelsea H 1–0 Evans Goal 22' 46,196 Report Report
10-Oct-70 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–1 44,457 Report Report
17-Oct-70 Burnley H 2–0 Yeats Goal 44' Heighway Goal 51' 40,804 Report Report
24-Oct-70 Ipswich Town A 0–1 22,577 Report Report
31-Oct-70 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–0 Smith Goal 48 pen' Evans Goal 72' 45,391 Report Report
07-Nov-70 Derby County A 0–0 33,004 Report Report
14-Nov-70 Coventry City H 0–0 40,303 Report Report
21-Nov-70 Everton H 3–2 Heighway Goal 69' Toshack Goal 76' Lawler Goal 84' 53,777 Report Report
28-Nov-70 Arsenal A 0–2 45,097 Report Report
05-Dec-70 Leeds United H 1–1 Toshack Goal 52' 51,357 Report Report
12-Dec-70 West Ham United A 2–1 Whitham Goal 27' Boersma Goal 43' 27,459 Report Report
19-Dec-70 Huddersfield Town A 0–0 25,033 Report Report
26-Dec-70 Stoke City H 0–0 47,103 Report Report
09-Jan-71 Blackpool H 2–2 Heighway Goal 38' Own Goal Goal 82' 42,939 Report Report
12-Jan-71 Manchester City H 0–0 45,985 Report Report
16-Jan-71 Crystal Palace A 0–1 28,253 Report Report
30-Jan-71 Arsenal H 2–0 Toshack Goal 4' Smith Goal 50' 43,847 Report Report
06-Feb-71 Leeds United A 1–0 Toshack Goal 2' 48,425 Report Report
16-Feb-71 West Ham United H 1–0 Toshack Goal 58' 38,032 Report Report
20-Feb-71 Everton A 0–0 56,846 Report Report
27-Feb-71 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 32,290 Report Report
13-Mar-71 Coventry City A 0–1 27,687 Report Report
20-Mar-71 Derby County H 2–0 Own Goal Goal 42' Lawler Goal 88' 40,990 Report Report
29-Mar-71 Ipswich Town H 2–1 Evans Goal 17' Graham Goal 60' 42,017 Report Report
02-Apr-71 West Bromwich Albion H 1–1 Evans Goal 83' 43,580 Report Report
06-Apr-71 Newcastle United H 1–1 Lawler Goal 44' 44,289 Report Report
10-Apr-71 Stoke City A 1–0 Thompson Goal 32' 28,810 Report Report
12-Apr-71 Chelsea A 0–1 38,705 Report Report
17-Apr-71 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–0 49,363 Report Report
19-Apr-71 Manchester United A 2–0 Heighway Goal 19' Own Goal Goal 58' 44,004 Report Report
24-Apr-71 Nottingham Forest A 1–0 Hall Goal 68' 20,678 Report Report
26-Apr-71 Manchester City A 2–2 Graham Goal 30'34' 17,975 Report Report
01-May-71 Southampton H 1–0 Hughes Goal 30' 38,427 Report Report

Football League Cup[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report 1 Report 2
08-Sep-70 Mansfield Town A 0–0 31,612 Report Report
22-Sep-70 Mansfield Town H 3–2 Hughes Goal 16' Smith Goal 85 Pen' Evans Goal 117' 29,964 Report Report
06-Oct-70 Swindon Town A 0–2 40,878 Report Report

FA Cup[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report 1 Report 2
02-Jan-71 Aldershot H 1–0 McLaughlin Goal 28' 45,500 Report Report
23-Jan-71 Swansea City H 3–0 Toshack Goal 53' St. John Goal 85' Lawler Goal 87' 47,229 Report Report
13-Feb-71 Southampton H 1–0 Lawler Goal 29' 50,226 Report Report
06-Mar-71 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–0 54,731 Report Report
16-Mar-71 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–0 Heighway Goal 25' 56,283 Report Report
27-Mar-71 Everton N 2–1 Evams Goal 59' Hall Goal 73' 62,144 Report Report

Final

Liverpool1–2 (a.e.t.)Arsenal
Heighway Goal 92' Report Kelly Goal 101'
George Goal 111'
Liverpool
Arsenal
GK 1 England Ray Clemence
RB 2 England Chris Lawler
LB 3 England Alec Lindsay
CB 4 England Tommy Smith (c)
CB 5 England Larry Lloyd
CM 6 England Emlyn Hughes
RM 7 England Ian Callaghan
ST 8 England Alun Evans Substituted off 68'
LM 9 Republic of Ireland Steve Heighway
ST 10 Wales John Toshack
CM 11 England Brian Hall
Substitutes:
MF 12 England Peter Thompson Substituted in 68'
Manager:
Scotland Bill Shankly
GK 1 Scotland Bob Wilson
RB 2 Northern Ireland Pat Rice
LB 3 England Bob McNab
RM 4 England Peter Storey Substituted off 64'
CB 5 Scotland Frank McLintock (c)
CB 6 England Peter Simpson
LM 7 England George Armstrong
CM 8 Scotland George Graham
ST 9 England John Radford
ST 10 England Ray Kennedy
CM 11 England Charlie George
Substitutes:
MF 12 Scotland Eddie Kelly Substituted in 64'
Manager:
England Bertie Mee

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance Report 1 Report 2
15-Sep-70 Ferencvárosi TC H 1–0 Graham Goal 17' 37,531 Report Report
29-Sep-70 Ferencvárosi TC A 1–1 Hughes Goal 65' 25,000 Report Report
21-Oct-70 Dinamo București H 3–0 Lindsay Goal 60' Lawler Goal 76' Hughes Goal 82' 36,525 Report Report
04-Nov-70 Dinamo București A 1–1 Boersma Goal 47' 50,000 Report Report
09-Dec-70 Hibernian A 1–0 Toshack Goal 75' 30,296 Report Report
22-Dec-70 Hibernian H 2–0 Heighway Goal 23' Boersma Goal 50' 37,815 Report Report
10-Mar-71 Bayern Munich H 3–0 Evans Goal 30'49'73' 45,616 Report Report
24-Mar-71 Bayern Munich A 1–1 Ross Goal 75' 22,000 Report Report
14-Apr-71 Leeds United H 0–1 52,577 Report Report
28-Apr-71 Leeds United A 0–0 40,462 Report Report

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