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Monday, June 1, 2009

Best league result for 30 years

From thisisanfield.com forum:

Originally Posted by Thisistheyear
Having recently read that this season's points total of 86 was our best ever in the Premiership, i thought it would be interesting to look back a little further & see how our points tally this season compared to those secured prior to the Premiership days.

What i discovered was pretty amazing - this season is actually our best 38 game average points haul since the 1978 - 79 season!

PLEASE NOTE - The points tallies listed below are not always the actual total points we secured in that season for a couple of reasons:

1. In a 40 or 42 game season i divided our total points won by 40 or 42 to get our average points per game for the season & then multiplied that by 38.

2. In the seasons when you got 2 points for a win i changed that to 3 points for a win.

I actually tracked all the way back to the 1963 - 1964 season (the first time that Bill Shankly won the league) & basically our points tally this season beats every single season for the last 45 years except for the 1978 - 1979 season.

Now i know that my scoring system may be a bit unfair on the pre-1981 Liverpool teams because in the days of 2 points for a win & 1 for a draw, a draw was actually viewed as a better result than it is these days, but it is still pretty amazing that our results this season under Rafa are better than all of those achieved under Dalglish, Fagan, Paisley & Shankly, except for just that one 1978 - 1979 season under Bob Paisley!

Season 38 game average points tally

2008 - 09 86
2007 - 08 76
2006 - 07 68
2005 - 06 82
2004 - 05 58
2003 - 04 60
2002 - 03 64
2001 - 02 80
2000 - 01 69
1999 - 00 67
1998 - 99 54
1997 - 98 65
1996 - 97 68
1995 - 96 71
1994 - 95 66
1993 - 94 54
1992 - 93 53
1991 - 92 57
1990 - 91 76
1989 - 90 79
1988 - 89 76
1987 - 88 85
1986 - 87 67
1985 - 86 79
1984 - 85 69
1983 - 84 72
1982 - 83 74
1981 - 82 78
1980 - 81 61
1979 - 80 68
1978 - 79 88
1977 - 78 73
1976 - 77 72
1975 - 76 75
1974 - 75 64
1973 - 74 71
1972 - 73 76
1971 - 72 73
1970 - 71 61
1969 - 70 64
1968 - 69 77
1967 - 68 69
1966 - 67 63
1965 - 66 78
1964 - 65 55
1963 - 64 75

Now i'm not trying to suggest that our current team is better than those of years gone by, after all we won the title in 13 of these previous seasons & we certainly didn't win it this season.

But i do think the totals illustrate that the team's results this season were something pretty special & the fact that they were achieved with our 2 best players either out injured or playing not 100% fit for a large chunk of the season makes them even more special!

The start of next season can not come quick enough for me!!!

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Defying belief however, is a market Benitez has cornered quite well. The moment you think Benitez is clueless, he defies it by pulling off a result of majesty, like the one achieved in Madrid. The moment he is hailed a genius, he masterminds toothless surrender to a team going nowhere. In the ongoing Anfield power struggle, just when he was cornered by the firing squad, the Spaniard's demise at Liverpool looking practically assured with the ominous suspension of betting by the bookmakers, he squeezes out through a narrow trapdoor and eliminates Rick Parry. Rafa Benitez is Keyzer Soze.
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