Liverpool 2015/16 Premier League season review
By Richard Morgan
Last Updated: 15/05/16 8:44pm
Stats, quotes and expert opinion on Liverpool's 2015/16 Premier League season...
Finishing position: 8th (-2)
Total points: 60 (-2)
FA Cup: Fourth round
Capital One Cup: Runners-up
Europa League: Finalists
Top scorer: Roberto Firmino (10)
WhoScored Top Rating: Philippe Coutinho (7.29)
Liverpool started the campaign unbeaten while also keeping three successive clean sheets, including an opening-day win at Stoke to gain revenge for their 6-1 drubbing at the Britannia on the final day of the previous season.
However, reverses at home to West Ham and at arch-rivals Manchester United followed to see the return of speculation over Brendan Rodgers' Anfield future. And, despite the Reds halting that losing run by going unbeaten in their next three matches, it was not enough to save the Northern Irishman. With Liverpool languishing in 10th after a 1-1 draw with Everton he was sacked.
New boss Jurgen Klopp began his Liverpool reign with a creditable goalless draw at Spurs on October 17, while the German recorded his first win at home to Bournemouth in the League Cup. But it was victories at Chelsea (1-3), City (1-4) and Southampton (1-6 in the Capital One Cup) that really saw Klopp begin to make his mark at the club.
In between those impressive displays, though, were disappointing defeats to the likes of Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Watford as Liverpool's Champions League hopes suffered a serious blow before the New Year.
Untimely injuries to key players meant the Reds remained inconsistent in the league after Christmas, but not so in the cup competitions. Klopp's side beat Stoke to reach the League Cup final, only to lose to City on penalties, while they only lost their FA Cup fourth-round replay at West Ham with the last kick of extra time.
But while Liverpool's top-flight campaign ultimately petered out, the Europa League breathed new life into their season, including victory over Manchester United and a memorable last-eight comeback win over Dortmund at Anfield on the way to a final showdown with holders Sevilla on May 18.
Quotes of the season
"When I sit here in four years I would say we won one title." - Jurgen Klopp makes a bold prediction at his Liverpool unveiling in October
"I've been through a lot in the last two years with the injury, and maybe a few people thought my future was in doubt but I've worked hard and this is a bonus at the end of it." - Jon Flanagan after signing a new three-year deal in March following two years on the sidelines.
"When your coach says he wanted to take you to Dortmund and a little later you sit at the same club and he ignores you it is hard to understand. I find it bizarre." - Christian Benteke reveals his frustrations in March at not starting under Jurgen Klopp since the German's arrival at Anfield
"I am the Normal One." - Jurgen Klopp at his Liverpool unveiling in October
Stats of the season
Six of Christian Benteke's nine Premier League goals for Liverpool have been as a substitute - more than any other player has managed this season in the league.
Liverpool finished the season unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games at Anfield (W4 D4).
Liverpool have scored in each of their last 14 Premier League games, their best scoring run in the top-flight since April 2014 (25).
The Reds have thrown away a joint-league-high 14 points from winning positions at home in the Premier League this season (level with Chelsea).
Phil Thompson's view
There is a lot of hope and there are a lot of positives for next season.
"It's been a good season. Brendan Rodgers losing his job, which is never nice, has led to Jurgen Klopp rejuvenating a lot of players and certainly the fans.
"Making two cup finals has to be a very good season. There is a lot of hope and there are a lot of positives for next season."