Liverpool enjoyed their best season for a long time once they completed a unique treble of cup competitions and ended Gérard Houllier’s three-year wait to create silverware to Anfield.
The very first trophy was secured on 25 February each time a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory followed a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City inside the Worthington Cup final. The overall game was also the very first club fixture to become played at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium while Wembley was being rebuilt. Part two from the treble was completed on 12 May when two late Michael Owen goals overturned Arsenal’s lead inside the FA Cup Final to provide the Reds a 2-1 win. The last section of the treble was perhaps the foremost dramatic. The UEFA Cup final featured an amazing 9 goals as Alaves gave them a run for their money fighting to equalize from 3-1 and 4-3, before Liverpool finally ran out 5-4 winners after extra-time. 1
Promising young midfielder Steven Gerrard was voted PFA Young Player from the Year for their key part within the most successful season’s in Liverpool’s 109-year history, and contributions from British stars Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Jamie Carragher, Danny Murphy and new signings Gary McAllister and Emile Heskey were matched by an increasingly continental side consisting of latest captain Sami Hyypiä, Sander Westerveld, Jari Litmanen and Dietmar Hamann.
However, there was sad news just after finished from the season, when former manager Joe Fagan (manager from the 1984 side that also managed to succeed three trophies inside a season ) died in the age of 80 after an extended illness.