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From Shanklygates:

Fortress Anfield

By Chris McMullan
Date: 16/5/2002

If you believed the drivel emanating from the 'experts' on TV or our unbiased media, you'd have thought that playing at Anfield was more of a hindrance than a help.


I still hear people saying that we 'need to sort out our home form' if we're going to have a chance at winning the title next season.

I shouldn't be too hard on them after the brainwashing the country has had to endure in the past 9 months about how Liverpool are purely a counter attacking team so they play better away from home etc, etc.

Why the rant? Well a look at our home form over the season proves that Anfield is in fact THE fortress in England! Liverpool took more points from home matches then any other team in the premiership. We lost less games at home than any other team in the premiership - only 2!

Here's the top of the Home Table for the 2001-02 season:

Team Pld W D L F A GD GFA GAA PpG Pts
1 Liverpool (2) 19 12 5 2 33 14 19 1.73 0.73 2.15 41
2 West Ham United (7) 19 12 4 3 32 14 18 1.68 0.73 2.10 40
3 Arsenal (1) 19 12 4 3 42 25 17 2.21 1.31 2.10 40
4 Newcastle United (4) 19 12 3 4 40 23 17 2.10 1.21 2.05 39
5 Chelsea (6) 19 11 4 4 43 21 22 2.26 1.10 1.94 37
6 Manchester United (3) 19 11 2 6 40 17 23 2.10 0.89 1.84 35


After all the ranting about how we're too defensive at home etc, it turns out that Houllier got it spot on. Fair enough, we only reached the top of the home table after 6 straight wins at Anfield at the end of the season, but as the saying goes, every season lasts 38 games . . .

Here's our home, away and overall form:


League Record 2001-2002


Pld W D L F A GD GFA GAA PpG Pts Rank
Home Record 19 12 5 2 33 14 19 1.73 0.73 2.15 41 1
Away Record 19 12 3 4 34 16 18 1.78 0.84 2.05 39 3
Overall Record 38 24 8 6 67 30 37 1.76 0.78 2.10 80 2

We have had a good season away from home as well: Won 12, Drawn 3 and Lost 4. Most years you'd have settled for that as coupled with the best home record in the country, it'd be a fairly safe bet that you'd win the title. So why didn't we?

Since the season ended there's only one way I can look at it. We never lost the league - Arsenal won it. You've got to hand it to a team that can go the whole season without losing a game away from home. They are the first club to achieve this record since the Old Invincibles, Preston North End, back in the 1800's. However Preston managed it during the first ever league season and back then you only played around 20 games a year!

So next time someone asks you why Liverpool finished 2nd in the 2001-02 season, you can tell them the truth - Our damned away form let us down!

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I didn't know that we have the best record at home this season!!
Great article
 

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I didn't know that either. I also heard that we finished with about 2 more points than Manure did last season when they ran away with the title.
 

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I thought our away form is better than the home one too...

but it seems like we are doing pretty good in both. I hope one day Liverpool will clinch the title with 0 (nil) loses... that will be a record, right?
 

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Now I am anxiously awaiting the fate of our beloved Anfield...

Guys

Anfield (52000 - an increase of 7000) or Stanley Park (60000 and just a stone throw away from anfield)??
 

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B*O*S*H* said:
Stanley Park (60000 and just a stone throw away from anfield)??
Or is it 70000... i'm confused....different sources reported different capacity
 

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Well guys..

Its just been announced that we r gonna have a 55000 new stadium at Stanley Park down from the originally planned 70000...
 

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A stadium named after Stan The Man Colymore? :D

And I would prefer if we stayed at Anfield but it seems like many clubs in England are changing their ground nowadays...
 

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I've seen pictures for the plan of your new stadium and I must say it looks great. It has a retractable roof and everything, Very futuristic.
However it only holds 55,000 people. Surely that is not enough, Im sure the Liverpool fans would like to have a stadium with a greater capacity.
And for the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal who are both building new stadiums so they can compete with Europe's major powers on the finacial side, 55,000 is only I think 10,000 more than Anfield, so it won't increase your total income dramatically, and it won't come close to the amount of money the top European clubs make through the sale of tickets such as,Real Madrid,Barcelona, Man United etc....

I think the cost of your stadium will be about £90million, wheras Arsenal's 60,000 stadium is £250 million. It is a major disadvantage if you live in London.

Still both Great looking stadiums. Maybe World Cup 2010 will be staged in England with all these new stadiums being built.
 

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Sometimes I can't understand...

increase from 45000 to 55000 only?

They said the team always come first and they don't want to spend a hell lot of money to build a huge stadium and left no money for GH to strengthen the squad but how if in the further future when Liverpool decides to increase the capacity again? It will be hard and almost impossible (correct me if I am wrong, civil engineer :D) for such a modern stadium to increase capacity like the old one did.

Ok:
55000 - 70M pound
70000 - 120M pound

I know this is a lot of money but with the fans base Liverpool has, it will not be a problem to get the stadium full every week and the overhead will be covered pretty quickly.

If I am the board, I will go for the 70,000 one... at least on par with OT... :D
 

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Goonermc said:

I think the cost of your stadium will be about £90million, wheras Arsenal's 60,000 stadium is £250 million. It is a major disadvantage if you live in London.

Still both Great looking stadiums. Maybe World Cup 2010 will be staged in England with all these new stadiums being built.
No..it is reported to be about 60-70 million pounds..and that the original plan of having 70000 seats would cost double that...
 

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I wasn't too sure about just having a 55,000 capacity but i don't think it matters too much. Stanley Park is large enough to expand while Anfield is restricted because of the housing around it. We should go for a larger capacity but i think our first priority is winning the PL and CL and if we do that then i'm sure an expansion wouldn't be too far behind.
 
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