I haven't just conceded a last minute goal to lose 2-1 against Fulham though
That's a killer schedule! Three games in three days to absurd, even by English standards!
Mid-Season Update 2021/22
Barclays Premier League: 3rd
Europa League Group D: 1st
A big improvement on where we were at this stage last season. Four points behind the leaders, and defending champions, Arsenal, and comfortably sitting in the top four, I can be satisfied with the progress we're making. So far, we've already beaten Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea at Anfield, showing that we can really cut the mustard against the title challengers. Unfortunately, it has been against the 'lesser' sides where we have let ourselves down; home defeats to Blackpool and Leicester is nothing short of shambolic. Both these games were played out in near enough identical circumstances; we dominated the proceedings, bossing the possession, creating plenty of scoring opportunities, all before conceding from a corner in the last minute. The six points we dropped from these matches could prove crucial, as they would have been enough to put us top of the table. In theory, the second half of the season should prove tougher, as we have to go away to The Emirates, The Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge, for matches that we will do well to take a point away from. Ultimately, the results from these three games could decide if we remain in the title race, or have to settle for battling it out for fourth place.
The Europa League has gone well, with us only dropping points in two thrilling games against Celtic. We've drawn Standard Liege in the next round, so I'm feeling confident about progressing to the latter stages. That being said, I'm still committed to resting as many first-team players as possible in this competition, although there may be a change in policy if we make the semi-finals and we're looking good for a top four finish in the Premier League.
Blue Square Premier side, Stevenage, have been taken over by an American tycoon. They're going to have to go some (and spend a hell of a lot of money!) to fulfil their new owner's dream of becoming one of the greatest forces in domestic and continental football!
Last edited by AK22; 07-01-2012 at 19:15.
Horrible defeats to Blackpool and Leicester that you mentioned.
How do you know about Stevenage? I assume it came up in your news feed, but what 'subscription' do you have to have to find these takeovers out?
Looking good at the half way stage and still in with a very good chance of winning the title.
Good start in the league AK. Less complanacy against the 'lesser' sides in the division and you could have a real shot at winning the title as your form against the sides around you seems to be very good.
Good first half of the season, just a shame about those few frustrating results against some of the lesser sides but top 4 certainly looks a realistic shout and the title is not out of the question either. Looking good in Europe aswell.
Good start. Need to give the players a kick up the arse though to stop complacency against the lesser teams.
Should have a good Europa challenge, and be in the CL next season.
Easily through in the CL and going well in the league. A title challenge is still on the cards so you could still have a very successful season
Shaping up nicely.
Good stuff, seems like you're right on track for your season. How have your new signings been doing? I'm particularly interested in Eric Diallo.
Good half to begin with! The top of the table is very attainable. Congrats.
World Ranking: 29th
2021 World Cup Qualifiers Playoffs
First up was a tricky two-legged affair against the UAE; a unknown quantity, that based on our previous form, could have resulted in a complacent defeat, denying us a place at the World Cup, and costing me my job. Thankfully, we just about did enough over the two games, finding a solitary goal in the home leg, and holding our nerve for the rest of the match. I was dreading an equalising away goal, which would have sealed our fate, but luckily, that never materialised.
After beating the UAE, I had thought we had qualified for the World Cup. In hindsight, this was extremely naive and ill-informed of me, as we then had to compete in another knockout playoff, this time against our neighbours, and main rivals, New Zealand. We completely outclassed the Kiwis in both legs, however, we just couldn't finish them off, and nearly let them back into the tie courtesy of a few twitchy moments. Once Daniel Cooke had scored to make it 3-1 on aggregate, and with only 13 minutes remaining, only then was I confident that had secured our passage to Qatar. After 18 games, and a few upsets along the way, we had finally done it!Having qualified for the World Cup, this was quite possibly the worst possible draw outcome. Asides from drawing Spain as the second seeds, I couldn't have had picked three trickier teams to face in the group stage. Well, at least we won't outstay our welcome in the Middle East!
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You did well to get through only to be rewarded with such a hard group! Especially when you look at groups like Group A!
I wish you the best possible look.
P.S. whats with South Korea?
Easily the Group of Death there, although you do have a good chance of sneaking into 2nd Place I would say.
That will be a...."fun" group But still, congrats on qualification.
Unlucky on the tough group - but at least there is no pressure on you to qualify now
Very, very tough group. Hopefully you get a bit of luck and manage to get 2nd place.
Wow!What have you done to deserve a group like that!
I bet you wish you were in Qatar's group.
Very tough group there, but you got to the World Cup and that's the main thing. I'm sure the Aussies will love playing competitive matches against the likes of Brazil, Russia and Mexico in the World Cup. Good luck. You'll need it
I'm not sure how being outshot 15-8 counts as "completely outclass[ing]" them, mind
Out of their 15 attempts, they only got one on target, whereas we managed to get two of our eight. That's a 25% rate, compared to their 7%. Totally outclassed
Good luck, sure looks tough but hopefully you can get out of that group.
Atleast your managing a good club .
Season Review 2021/22
Barclays Premier League: 3rd
Position Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2
UEFA Europa League: Winners | FA Cup: 4th Round | Carling Cup: Quarter-Final
Match of the Season Highlights: Liverpool 3-0 Man Utd
That's a lot more like it! Still plenty of room for improvement, but overall, a successful season, and shows the progress we are starting to make as a club.
We remained right in the title race until the last day of the season, needing results to go our way to achieve an unlikely success. Unfortunately, it was all academic, as we lost our final game, at home to Spurs, with the fixture having a distinct 'after the Lord Mayor's Show' feel to it, having won the Europa League four days earlier. That result aside, it is still pleasing to know that we managed to keep pace with the leaders for most of the season, and with a bit more determination, we could have ended up the season as champions. We've been more than competitive against our main rivals this season, having beaten them all at Anfield, and done the double over Arsenal too, so I know we're a force to be reckoned with now.
If we are going to win the Premier League one day, though, one area we need to buck up our ideas is our home form against 'lesser' teams. All four of our home defeats have come against teams we should be beating, and cost us dearly; the twelve points dropped against Blackpool, Leicester, Sunderland and Tottenham would have been enough to have comfortably won the league. Winning 'dirty', in these type of matches, will really make the difference, if we can achieve it next season.
The Europa League was panning out to be a very German affair this season; the final was played in Gelsenkirchen, and three of the final four teams were from the Bundesliga (Werder Bremen, Stuttgart and Schalke), so thank god we won the trophy then! It wasn't plain sailing by any means though, and took the comeback of all comebacks against Galatasaray in the quarter-final to ensure we stayed on track to reach the final. The final itself was a nervy affair, where we did well to stay in the game against a surprisingly competent Stuttgart team. We did, however, manage to stumble into extra-time, and secured victory with a headed goal from a corner, two minutes before the final whistle. Ryan Shawcross was the man of the moment, handing us the trophy, and the first piece of major silverware of my career.
Bank Balance: £70.1m
Average Attendance: 50308 | Season Ticket Holders: 34994
If the chairman continues to donate £40m a season, I will continue to spend it! Without his investments, we would be in a serious pickle by now, as the club has been minus Champions League money for four seasons. By finishing third this season, this has now been rectify, so the club should be more self-sufficient going forward.
Squad Overview | Transfer Summary
Team of the Year | Overall Best Eleven
Fan's Player of the Year: Louis Lovett
Manager's Player of the Year: Marco Celic
Top Goalscorer: Eric Diallo (24 goals)
I'm really pleased at how the squad is starting to take shape now, as it feels like my signings are starting to make a difference to the club's performances. On top of the summer signings, Pedro Correia and Nicolás Hermosilla joined us in January, both adding to the depth of the squad, and contributing well. With three African internationals in the team, we will be affected by Cup of Nations call-ups next season, so I will need to factor this in when deliberating how to spend my future transfer budget. I will definitely need a decent back-up for key striker, Eric Diallo, as the Ivorian's goal threat will be seriously missed when he disappears in January.
Several of the 'dinosaurs' will be retiring in the summer, freeing up a fair chunk of the wage budget. Luis Suárez, Pepe Reina, Ryan Shawcross, Cristian Ansaldi and João Moutinho all decided to hang up their ageing boots, allowing me the chance to blood some younger players into the first team next season. After scoring the winner in the Europa League final, I tried to convince Shawcross to give us one more year, but he was determined to call it a day. It's a shame really, as he was a first team player for us, and very much still in the England set-up too.
Kingstonian - A superb season for my first club, winning the FA Trophy and the BSP playoff final. They will be back in the Football League next season.
Hull - Unlucky again, losing to Nottm Forest in the Championship playoff final.
Fulham - Another solid season for The Cottagers, finishing 7th in the Premier League. However, due to Leicester and Cardiff winning the domestic cups, there will be no European football next season.
One surprising I have noticed is that Bath have just become a League One. Having achieved back-to-back promotions, they will be facing up against the likes of Birmingham, Reading and Southampton in a very competitive third tier next season.
Code:Season Team League Finish Cups ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2011/12 Unemployed 2012/13 Kingstonian Blue Square Bet South 3rd FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 2nd Round 2013/14 Kingstonian Blue Square Bet Premier 3rd FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round 2014/15 Kingstonian npower League Two 16th FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT 1st Round 2015/16 Kingstonian npower League Two 17th** **Resigned 19/12/2015 Hull City npower League One 6th FA Cup 4th Round 2016/17 Hull City npower League One 1st FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT Winner 2017/18 Hull City npower Championship 2nd FA Cup 5th Round, Carling Cup 2nd Round 2018/19 Fulham Barclays Premier League 5th FA Cup Semi-Final, Carling Cup Semi-Final 2019/20 Fulham Barclays Premier League 7th Europa League 2nd KO Rd, FA Cup 6th Rd, Carling Cup 3rd Rd 2020/21 Fulham Barclays Premier League 8th** **Resigned 13/11/2020 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 6th Europa League 1st KO Rd, FA Cup 5th Rd 2021/22 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 3rd Europa League Winners, FA Cup 4th Rd, Carling Cup QF
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Cracking season mate. I have put my mortgage on you winning the league next season. No pressure then
Great EL win and great finish in the Champions Leagues spot, should be a great season next season
Excellent season, keep it up!
Think you can go for the CL?
Brilliant season and even more satisfying finishing that far ahead of Utd although see West Ham in the top 4 is quite a surprise!
Good season, great to see you making good progess.
Back where we belong .
Champion's League will do wonders for your finances good stuff.
I can't believe how many of your players retired in the same season. What was your average age?
Great season there. Not far off the title so good luck grabbing it next season.
If you can replicate Australia's performance in my save I'll be spectacularly impressed!
Good improvement on last season. Well done on winning the Europa League
I'd like to think that the fifth place finish has signalled the start of the demise of Man Utd, but I'm sure this is just a small blip, and they'll come back stronger next season.
I'd prefer a younger squad anyway, as my mentality is to ensure the club becomes dominant for several seasons. Having a young squad, all progressing together, should help achieve this ambition.
Still, really look forward to see how you do in the World Cup
World Cup 2022
Well, it kind of went how I expected it to. A 0-0 draw against Mexico in our opening match was the highlight of our tournament, ensuring we at least got one point on the board. The FA expected us to be competitive, and that we were, losing 3-1 to Brazil, and 3-2 to Russia. No shame in either of these defeats, but not enough to see us make a shock appearance in the next round (let alone the final, Pangaea!). However one positive, due to goals scored, we managed to finish above Mexico in the group, and avoided the wooden spoon. The FA were delighted!
No other major shocks in the group stages, asides from the US finishing above Argentina, but it was good to see the hosts getting through their easy group, and for my former nation, Egypt, also making the knockout rounds for the first time in their history.
Surprisingly, Qatar kept the flag flying for the Middle-East all the way to the quarter-final; quite a performance for a nation with no previous footballing pedigree! The United States made the most of their easy half of the draw, managing to luck themselves into the semi-final, before being seriously tested by the eventual winners, France.
FinalGood old England, making their way to the final only to be handsomely beaten by France. Les Bleus even played most of the second half with ten men, but this was still not enough to vitalise a comeback for Henning Berg's side. 2026 will be the 60th anniversary of England's World Cup win, perhaps that'll be the year that dreams finally come true!
France 3-1 England
Even though the FA were more than satisfied with our performance at the World Cup, I decided that I had come to the end of the road with the Australian national team, and tendered my resignation. The players are fairly decent, but not good enough to make any serious impact on the footballing world, so I couldn't see many reasons to continue in the role.
After the conclusion of the World Cup, the managerial merry-go-round went into full swing, and a plethora of job opportunities were offered my way. Spain, Nigeria, England, Wales, Mexico, USA and Austria all come to the conclusion that I was the man who could lead their proud nations to future glory, but I had other things on my mind, and decided to accept the offer of employment from a nation right on the outskirts of Europe.
As you can see from the World Rankings below, Turkey are considered the eighth best nation in Europe, so aren't a shabby side. I'm looking forwarded to a successful European Championship qualifying campaign, in a group consisting of Moldova, Scotland, Finland and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and then the possibility of making the latter stages of the tournament itself.
Best of luck with Turkey! I hope you take them far!
In my games, Turkey get some sick talent through as NewGens. So you shouldn't be short
Good luck with Turkey. They look like a good side being ranked 13th in the world so should give you a good chance to qualify. Guess you were seeded first with the teams you got. Should make it through allright.
France had a tough way to the final. Well deserved win by the looks of it.
Good luck with Turkey
Well done on getting into the Champions League.
Qatar reaching the Quarter Finals and West Ham beating manure to the last Champions League spot.
Well, 1 point?! Lol, I was hoping you could sneak by Mexico and Russia, but I guess the Russians were too strong
Turkey looks like a good choice - good luck!
Unlucky in the World Cup but all the best with Turkey
Turkey have some fantastic players on my save, good luck with them
Good luck with Turkey mate. If you got some good Turkish players, send some over to GS. We'll take them.
USA beat Argentina and got to the semis!
World cup was always going to be difficult. Didn't get humiliated and looks like put up a bit of a fight in a tough group. GL with Turkey
Put up a good fight with the Aussies, that's about all you could do really.
I managed Turkey on my save and didn't get on too well at all so hopefully you can do well with them. Mind you I see they are high in the world rankings here, when I took them over (a few years earlier than 2022) they were down past 100 in the rankings. Good luck!
Good luck with the Turkish
Regarding the Euro draw, I assume we're top seeds. I never actually viewed the draw originally, as being Australia manager, I wasn't subscribed to European international events at the time. I think it's a fair bet anyway, as the next highest ranked team after us is Scotland, and they've hardly pulled up any trees recently!
To be honest, I knew it would be a tough game against the Russians, but having beaten them just a few months previously, perhaps I was slightly over expectant of what we were capable of, although we would have gone through if we'd repeated the earlier victory.
Pre-Season Summary 2022/23
Wage: £30.5k per week | Contract Length Remaining: 3 years
The rescue plan is now well under way, and I've still got three more seasons to turn the club back into world-beaters. That might be a tad ambitious, but I'd like to think we'll win at least one Premier League trophy in that time.
Barclays Premier League: Qualify for Champions League
UEFA Champions League: First Knockout Round | FA Cup: Semi-Final | Carling Cup: Not Important
Transfer Budget: £39.6m
Wage Budget: £2.1m per week | Current Player Wage Total: £1.31m per week
Media Prediction: 4th | Title Odds: 10/1
Pretty much the same expectations as last season, except that we'll be competing in the Champions League instead of the Europa League. Another top four finish in the league is a must if the club is to continue it's progress, but I'd like to think we're capable of a little bit more than that. Whether that means title winners I don't know, but I'd hope we'll be in the hunt with the likes of Arsenal, and clear favourites, Man City.
Club Signing of the Window: Jaume Ferrer
Total Amount Spent: £36m | Total Amount Received: £1m
The main mantra for the summer transfer window was to build for the future, and sign players who will be able to play out most of their careers at the club. This was proven by the fact that the eldest player signed was Germany holding midfielder, Florian Dragusha, who at 22, has developed enough to secure an instant first team starting spot. The other young hopeful who will slot straight into the first eleven is defender, Jaume Ferrer. I spent nearly £20m to bring this Spanish prospect to Merseyside, and despite his young age, has all the credentials to be one of the best centre-backs in the world. We've also signed plenty of other hot prospects who, at first, will start out in the reserves and under-18s teams, but all have the potential to be great players; Nathan Bennett and Marcus Tubbs were signed to ensure we keep some English players in the squad, and I raided Scandinavia to steal both Nicholas Ankjaer and Dennis Frank on free transfers.
This is my initial formation and team instructions:
This system worked well last season, so I've got no reason to alter our set-up this term. All the players I've signed should all fit nicely into this formation and shape too, so this will be pretty much the team's mentality for as long as I am manager at the club.
Last edited by AK22; 09-01-2012 at 19:00.
Big transfer window for you.
It's interesting that you have a Winger and an Inside Forward, I prefer to have them the same. How do you find it? It obviously worked well last season, like you said.
Some terrific buys there. Same policy as I use - get them in as teenagers and grow them yourself. Marcus Tubbs looks a steal and a future England player.
And don't forget my home is on the line. Fail and I come looking for you
Last edited by DazRTaylor; 09-01-2012 at 19:13.
Ferrer looks a fantastic player.
World Ranking: 13th
Rival Nations: Greece
Turkey made the last sixteen of the World Cup (losing to Brazil), but this was not enough to persuade their outgoing manager to stay on for a crack at the European Championship Qualifiers. I've taken the job on a four year plan, firstly looking to qualify to Euro 2024 and consolidate our world ranking, but ultimately aiming for a strong showing at the 2026 World Cup.
UEFA European Football Championship Qualifiers : Qualify easily from the Playoff of the Euro Qualifiers.
The FA don't even expect us to win our group! No offence to the other nations involved, but if we can't finish higher than Scotland, Moldova, Finland and Bosnia and Herzegovina, then I'd just as well pack it all in now. I want to comfortably win the group, and no doubt about it, it would be embarrassing if we didn't.
I make no understatement when I say this is a very talented squad, with a great national pool of talent. The biggest task of all for me will be to narrow down to a 23-man squad, as clearly, there is an abundance of quality players at my disposal.
Stand-out players: Mert Asik, Ahmet Söyler, Cem Özbag, Onur Yagli, Nuri Sahin, Emrah Tasdemir
Due to our attacking prowess, I'm pondering using a three at the back formation; something of which I've yet to use on this career (or ever, come to think of it!). It may take a bit of tinkering to get things right, but the set-up below looks like a good base to start with. I've got a couple of friendlies coming up, to play around with things, and attempt to get them working, although I may revert to a variation of 4-5-1 if it leaves us overly exposed at the back.
Last edited by AK22; 09-01-2012 at 20:06.
How on earth does Cem Ozbag have so few caps? He is an absolute beast!
3 at the back does actually work, if you have the attacking players to compensate. Look at my thread for proof.
Quick question about your formation...do you use any player specific instruction or just the team ones that you show?
I love the look of Tubbs. Hopefully, you'll go far this season!
Ahmed Soyler - wow! That's a player I wish I had on my team!
Turkey looks to have a very good team. Will be interesting to see how you get on. Two poachers too I see.
Some very good players in that Turkey team. Should storm that group.
Quite an interesting formation and not one I have seen before. How are the CB's working out? With 3 of them all on the same duty I would think they get in each others way. If I use 3 CB's I always like to have the centre one either as a stopper or on cover duties.
Talented Turkish squad there.
I'm intrigued by your formation. Do you play quite narrow and how is 3 at the back working out? I've never tried 3 CBs in any of my games before.
Looking forward to see how your turkey adventure plans out
My Turkey formation is still very much a work in progress, as I'm still making small adjustments after every game. The centre-backs are all still on defend duty, as I want a flat back-three, so we can play offside, and I've definitely decided against playing a 'stopper', as with a holding midfielder already in the team, he should pick up anyone playing in between the lines.
It's a long time since I've played three at the back, and I'm quite enjoying seeing matches from a slightly different perspective. I wouldn't say we play particularly narrowly, as both wide midfielders are encouraged to get down their respective touchline, but most of our scoring opportunities do still find their way from the centre of our midfield. So far, I've yet to come across any major concerns either, but then I suppose we won't get any kind of real test until the European Championship.
Mid-Season Update 2022/23
Barclays Premier League: 2nd
UEFA Champions League Group G: 1st
As strong as we look at the half way stage, I must say we've certainly not had luck on our side this season. It took four games to secure our first victory on the road, dropping points away to Tottenham, Fulham and Blackpool, in matches in which we were clearly the better side, and only eventually conceding through a set-piece. It wasn't even if my players were uninterested, or having a flaky day, I'm convinced we only lost due to bad luck, as we totally dominated the proceedings in every aspect! I shouldn't really complain though, as we are still very much in the title race, and only one point behind the leaders. Once again, we've put in some excellent performances against the league's elite, seeing off Chelsea and Arsenal at Anfield, and also beating Man City in a real six-pointer, on Boxing Day, at the Etihad. How crucial that result may be, as if the scoreline had been reversed, we'd be seven points behind them, and facing a big uphill battle. The most pleasing aspect of the season so far has to be our league defensive record, with us only conceding seven goals in the twenty fixtures played. This has made us extremely difficult to beat, proven by the fact that we are currently on a sixteen games unbeaten run. Long may it continue, as we could find ourselves right up there still come May, although we may have to struggle through January and February when the Diallo's and Ismail (my Egyptian 'keeper) are on African Cup of Nation duty. The squad is still good enough to cope, but any team would miss their two best players when absent for a prolong period; let's hope Egypt and Ivory Coast have an early exit!
We've got Sampdoria up next in the Champions League, and must have a great chance of making the latter stages of the competition. Not that we should under-estimate a side who has finished second in Serie A for three seasons in a row, though, but I do quietly fancy our chances against them, especially considering we finished top of a group containing the holders, Real Madrid. After beating Los Merengues 2-0 in the Euro Super Cup, I knew we'd have a decent chance against them in the group stage fixtures, so it wasn't too surprising when we beat them at Anfield. We may have lost in the Bernabeu, but due to our earlier results, including a double over Shakhtar Donetsk, that game was a dead rubber, and had no affect on the overall group standings.
Good European going.
Sat nicely in 2nd place there mate and good going in Europe. Reaking the rewards of being a great club haha.
How are Hoffenheim performing?
Good start to the season!
Top of the Group, a tie against Sampdoria which you're telling us is very winnable, and only 1 point off of Man City in the Premier League - its been a good seasoN!
Looking very good so far although seeing Utd with a game in hand and not too far behind is a bit worrying.Good luck for the rest of the season
Better goal difference than City is impressive, shame you can't get level on points with them but surely you can push them this year?
Going very well so far even with those draws away from home, looks like you have one mean defence although looking at Ferrer i'm not surprised.
Hopefully you can push on in the second half of the season and also go far in the CL, good luck!
Ta for the comments
It's a really competitive league, this season, with any of the top four teams capable of walking away with the trophy. I've finished the season now, and should have an update later tonight, especially if the Wigan vs Man City (real life!) game turns out to be a drab 0-0!
Great start to the season, long may it continue.
Season Review 2022/23
Barclays Premier League: 1st
Position Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2
UEFA Champions League: Runners-Up | FA Cup: 3rd Round | Carling Cup: Quarter-Final
Match of the Season Highlights: Liverpool 3-1 Man City (Final game of the season, and title showdown)
It was a nerve-racking and nail-biting end to the season, but what a great way to lift the title. Going into the deciding game of the campaign, we were sat on 88 points, a point behind Man City, knowing that we would have to beat the leaders on the final day of the season if we were going to win the league; a draw or a defeat, and the trophy would be going back on the coach to The Etihad Stadium. City took the lead after 17 minutes, and my heart began to sink as they continued to easily control possession and the tempo of the match. The biggest team-talk of my career (so far) followed, and thankfully, we regained parity straight after the restart; I must have said something right then! A couple of substitutions followed, including the introduction of super-sub Pablo Marquina, who banged in two goals in five minutes to shell-shock the visitors, and catapult us right to the top of the Premier League when it mattered the most! Truly magical scenes!
I can't underestimate how crucial our defensive record has been to our success this season. We only conceded 14 league goals over the course of the campaign, beating Chelsea's record of 15 from the 2004/05 season, and what makes this more remarkable is the fact that we conceded four of them all in one game at Old Trafford. Utd may have won the bragging rights that day, but we've certainly put them back in their place now.
After winning the league, any success we may have achieved in the Champions League would have been the icing on top of a very large cake. One could argue that we were extremely lucky with the draw in the knockout stages, avoiding the likes of Barcelona, Man City, Arsenal and AC Milan, but we still had to beat the teams pitched in front of us, and Sampdoria, Lyon and Bayern Munich all gave us very competitive games. However, whether by luck or judgement, we still made it all the way to the Champions League final, where we would face Real Madrid for the fourth time this season. We bossed the game from start to finish, but once we had missed our second half penalty, I had a feeling that it just wouldn't be our day. After 90 minutes, the match was still at stalemate, proceeding into extra time, before being settled by the dreaded penalty shoot-out. In the end, Madrid's players kept their nerve better than ours did, winning the trophy 4-2 on spotkicks. I'm not too disheartened though; it was completely unexpected to have such a run in this competition, and considering the effort the players put into the final league game of the season, six days previously, I really can't question their commitment to the club.
Bank Balance: £68.3m
Average Attendance: 52649 | Season Ticket Holders: 35225
Very much as it was last season, and the season before. If the balance drops too low, the chairman will bump it up with the odd £10m, but we're pretty much self-sufficient now, as long as we continue to qualify for the Champions League every season. I've asked for the stadium to be expanded, which was provisionally agreed by the board, but has now been blocked by the local authority. It seems as if Anfield has been maxed out now, and a new stadium will be needed if we are to continue to grow.
Squad Overview | Transfer Summary
Team of the Year | Overall Best Eleven
Fan's Player of the Year: Sébastien Corchia
Manager's Player of the Year: Sébastien Corchia
Top Goalscorer: Eric Diallo (17 goals)
We didn't have one ultra-consistent player over the course of the season, instead most players going through peaks and troughs in their form. This led to me having to regularly juggle the starting line-up, meaning that the majority of the first team squad all got plenty of game time. The pick of the players have to be our full-backs Mihael Baca, and captain, Sébastien Corchia, who both had terrific season's, not just in the back four, but going forward too. Another player thrust into the limelight this season was Pedro Correia; not normally a first choice winger, but due to a combination of injuries and Cup of Nations call-ups, he found himself right in the thick of things, and boy, did he put on a good show, contributing with 14 goals and 11 assists.
Crucially, I signed another striker in the January transfer window. With Eric Diallo being called up for Ivory Coast duties, I thought I may be a tad light in this area of the squad if we encountered any winter injuries, and was prepared to spend up to £15m if a suitable player was available. Due to abject league performances, Schalke's Pablo Marquina was offered to me for a misery £9.25m. For that price, and the fact he was a German international, I was willing to take the risk on a player who I didn't know all that much about. 12 goals in 15 appearances since, including four against Blackpool, and the two crucial goals against Man City, this player will already go down as a legend in Liverpool FC folklore, and the best piece of business I've done all year.
Kingstonian - Survived their first season back in League Two with an 18th place finish.
Hull - Military mid-table. 14th in The Championship.
Fulham - Finished 7th in the Premier League, but no European qualification.
Code:Season Team League Finish Cups ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2011/12 Unemployed 2012/13 Kingstonian Blue Square Bet South 3rd FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 2nd Round 2013/14 Kingstonian Blue Square Bet Premier 3rd FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round 2014/15 Kingstonian npower League Two 16th FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT 1st Round 2015/16 Kingstonian npower League Two 17th** **Resigned 19/12/2015 Hull City npower League One 6th FA Cup 4th Round 2016/17 Hull City npower League One 1st FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT Winner 2017/18 Hull City npower Championship 2nd FA Cup 5th Round, Carling Cup 2nd Round 2018/19 Fulham Barclays Premier League 5th FA Cup Semi-Final, Carling Cup Semi-Final 2019/20 Fulham Barclays Premier League 7th Europa League 2nd KO Rd, FA Cup 6th Rd, Carling Cup 3rd Rd 2020/21 Fulham Barclays Premier League 8th** **Resigned 13/11/2020 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 6th Europa League 1st KO Rd, FA Cup 5th Rd 2021/22 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 3rd Europa League Winners, FA Cup 4th Rd, Carling Cup QF 2022/23 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 1st Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup 3rd Rd, Carling Cup QF