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banner Tuesday, 15 May, 2001, 12:43 GMT 13:43 UK
Stars of 1984 show Reds the way
Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen celebrate with the European Cup
Souness, Dalglish and Hansen celebrate in 1984
Compare the 1983/1984 and current Liverpool squads

Liverpool's achievement of reaching three cup finals in the same season is unique and by the end of the season they will have played 63 matches.

Much has been made of the demands placed on Gerard Houllier's squad and the need for the Liverpool manager to rotate his team.

But compared to the 1983/1984 squad, Liverpool's current stars seem to have had it easy.

This season, no-one has played in all of Liverpool's matches. Dutch goalkeeper Sander Westerveld has appeared in the most games, missing just two so far.

In total, 28 players have been used by the club. Seven players have appeared 50 times or more.

In 1984, Liverpool reached both the Milk Cup and European Cup finals and finished the season having played 66 matches.

Four of their cup matches went into extra-time, whereas this year, none of Liverpool's games have reached 120 minutes.

Four of the 1983/1984 squad played all 66 possible matches, among them Alan Hansen, with four others recording over sixty appearances.

In total, 10 of their squad played in more than 50 games and just 16 players were used that season.

The centre-back partnership of Hansen and Mark Lawrenson - who will be covering Liverpool's Uefa Cup final against Alaves for BBC Sport - played 131 games between them that season.

The only game Lawrenson missed was the Milk Cup semi-final first leg against Walsall.


Liverpool 2000/ 2001
Player TotalPR FA WC UC
Sander Westerveld 59 37 6 4 12
Markus Babbel 58 37 5 4 12
Sami Hyypia 56 34 6 6 10
Jamie Carragher 56 33 6 6 11
Emile Heskey 54 35 5 4 10
Stephane Henchoz 53 32 6 6 9
Dietmar Hamann 52 30 6 5 12
Steven Gerrard 48 32 4 4 8
Vladimir Smicer 48 27 5 6 10
Gary McAllister 47 29 5 5 8
Robbie Fowler 46 26 5 5 10
Nick Barmby 45 25 5 6 9
Danny Murphy 45 26 5 5 9
Michael Owen 44 27 5 2 10
Christian Ziege 32 16 3 4 9
Igor Biscan 21 13 4 4 -
Patrik Berger 19 13 1 1 4
Djimi Traore 12 8 - 1 3
Jari Litmanen 11 5 2 2 2
9 more players 6 or less - - - -
Note: PR= Premier League (max games=37); FA= FA Cup (max= 5); WC= Worthington Cup (max= 6); UC= Uefa Cup (max= 12).

Liverpool 1983/ 1984
Player TotalD1 FA MC EC
Bruce Grobbelaar 66 42 2 13 9
Alan Kennedy 66 42 2 13 9
Alan Hansen 66 42 2 13 9
Sammy Lee 66 42 2 13 9
Mark Lawrenson 65 42 2 12 9
Ian Rush 64 41 2 12 9
Phil Neal 63 41 2 12 8
Graeme Souness 60 37 2 12 9
Craig Johnston 51 29 2 12 8
Kenny Dalglish 50 33 0 8 9
Michael Robinson 41 24 2 9 6
Steve Nicol 38 23 2 9 4
Ronnie Whelan 34 23 1 5 5
David Hodgson 11 5 0 4 2
John Wark 9 9 0 0 0
Gary Gillespie 1 0 0 1 0
Note: D1= Division One (max games=42); FA= FA Cup (max=2); MC= Milk Cup (max=13); EC= European Cup (max=9).

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