Gerard Houllier

After standing in the Kop as a teacher in Liverpool, Gerard Houllier fulfilled his dream of managing Liverpool in 1998.

He was originally joint-manager with Roy Evans but that partnership only lasted a few months before Evans resigned leaving the Frenchmen as sole manager.

Houllier

Houiller’s first year was an inconsistent one. The team finished 7th but it was also a year of transition. There was a clear out of players and personnel with the likes of Paul Ince, Jason McAteer and Steve McManaman all leaving the club but in came Phil Thompson (as Assistant Manager), Sami Hyypia, Stephane Henchoz and Newcastle midfielder Dietmar Hamann. These players in particular were the key to Houllier’s plans of making Liverpool a difficult team to break down.

The 2000/01 season was a remarkable treble winning season and the start of Houllier’s Red Revolution.

In February 2001, a Robbie Fowler strike beat Birmingham in the Worthington Cup Final at Cardiff. This was followed by a thrilling UEFA Cup win over Alaves, a Super Cup win and a Charity Shield victory over rivals Manchester Utd.

 

It had also been another solid season in the league with the Red army finishing third. This meant Liverpool Football Club would be involved in the Champions League for the first time.

Houiller

Liverpool was once again a force in European Football but this also raised expectations going into the 2001/02 season.

During a home game against Leeds Utd on October 13th 2001, Houllier went ill and was rushed to hospital complaining of chest pains. The gaffer needed a heart operation and Phil Thompson steady the ship temporary for the rest of the campaign.

But despite winning the Champions League or the title, the club finished second, once again showing the progress the club had made under the Frenchman.

Unfortunately this progress was short lived as the Reds finished in fifth position despite winning the Worthington Cup over Manchester Utd. Much of the blame lay with the disappointing summer signings like Salif Diao, El Hadji Diouf who shined in the 2001 World Cup but did not cut it at club level.

The Reds struggled once again in the 2003/04 season as disappointing performances meant they could only reach fourth (the coveted fourth Champions League spot).

In 2004, the Liverpool board felt change was needed and Gerard Houllier left his beloved Anfield. The Frenchman will be remembered for that fantastic 2001 treble winning season and for steering the club into the Champions League for the very first time. He brought trophies to the club, gave fans great memories and restored a lot of pride to this great club.

Honours as a manager:

League Cup Winners: 2001

FA Cup Winners: 2001

UEFA Cup Winners: 2001

FA Charity Shield Winners: 2001

UEFA Super Cup Winners: 2001

Gerrard Houllier Signings:

Vegard Heggem

Sami Hyypiä

Dietmar Hamann

Stéphane Henchoz

Vladimír Šmicer

Sander Westerveld

Djimi Traoré

Emile Heskey

Gary McAllister

Igor Bišćan

John Arne Riise

Jerzy Dudek

Milan Baroš

Steve Finnan

Harry Kewell