Top Five Best and Top Five Worst Moments of the 20/21 Season

The 20/21 season ended just a few days ago, What were Liverpool's most joyous moments of the last 10 months? What were the painful days?
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This season has been a rollercoaster for Liverpool players and fans alike. The new footballing year had started off in an ideal manner, then early knocks and bruises deterred the Reds' momentum, but Liverpool kept on hustling and were soon, once again, at the top of the Premier League before Boxing Day, for the third consecutive year.

Then came 2021 and Liverpool's season turned into a hot, boiling mess. The first game of the year ended in defeat for the Merseyside outfit, a 1-0 loss at St, Mary's, and that too at the hands of former Red, Danny Ings. 

It was just the start of some truly horrible form, and by March 2021, Liverpool had slipped from the top of the table to eighth in the league.

Then came a run of 10 stupendous games, where the Reds picked up 26 points out of 30 (8 wins, 2 draws, 0 losses), a string of performances which dragged them to 3rd place, in spite of the shambolic early 2021 the club were experiencing. 

Now that the club season has been wrapped up, we will be looking back on a mixed season, which was full of both memorable moments and absolute disasters. Thus, today, we will be choosing the top 5 best and the top 5 worst moments from the 2020/2021 season.

We will be laying out all our choices one after the another, the even numbered ones are the negative moments and the odd numbered ones are the positive moments.

As Jurgen Klopp had remarked, cherry picking a few of the horrible days wouldn't seem fair to the other moments, but we tried our best.

Get a cuppa of tea and get ready to go though the season all over again. 

10. 7-2 thumping at Villa Park 

Ollie Watkins celebrating his hattrick

Ollie Watkins celebrating his hattrick

Now that it has been close to nine months since this thrashing, one might look at the highlights of this match and laugh it off, so ridiculous it was.

But in October 2020, it was a shambles. Reigning Premier League champions were beyond humiliated four games into the new season by an Aston Villa side who had narrowly escaped relegation the previous season. 

It was Liverpool's worst defeat in all competitions since the early 1970s.

9. Trent Alexander-Arnold's world class strike

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Moments before Alexander-Arnold netted in a 2-1 win for Liverpool 

This goal meant even more seeing how difficult of a time it was for Liverpool's young right back.  Trent Alexander-Arnold was getting criticized left, right and centre, especially after being left out of the England squad in March. 

Getting ragged by Vinicius Junior earlier in the week in the Champions League Quarter Final first leg made matters worse.

However, Trent picked up his game and delivered a great performance against Aston Villa just four days later, helping Liverpool end a woeful run of six home defeats in a row, with England manager Gareth Southgate watching from the stands. 

The sheer quality of his strike often gets overshadowed by how much it meant to him, Liverpool, and the fans.

8. Sixth humbling at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool vs Fulham match on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp reacting on the touch line.

Fulham were in the relegation zone when they visited Anfield in March. Liverpool desperately needed a win to get a step closer to a Champions League place, and Fulham seemed to be an easy side to walk over.

However, Klopp came up with a bizarre starting 11, evidently saving players for a Champions Round Of 16 match midweek, and ended up sacrificing the game. 

Liverpool succumbed to a 1-0 loss, a sixth consecutive home defeat, which is Liverpool's worst home record in history. Top 4 looked quite far away.

7. Roberto Firmino haunts Spurs again

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino

Firmino celebrating his winning goal.

When Liverpool took on Tottenham Hotspur in December 2020, the North London club were sitting in first place. A Liverpool win, and only a win, would have taken Liverpool to the top, pushing down Jose Mourinho's men to second place.

Liverpool took the lead early though Mohamed Salah but Spurs soon equalized. The game went into extra time with the same scoreline, until, Roberto Firmino popped up with a last gasp header after a corner, and celebrated with full gusto while running towards the fans in the Kop end. 

Liverpool fans had started to believe that Liverpool could win the Premier League back-to-back, as the Reds finally got their hands on first place in the table.

6. Falling apart at King Power

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Alisson of Liverpool reacts after conceding a third goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on February 13, 2021 in Leicester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

 Alisson reacts after conceding Leicester's third (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

This game was just after a certain Manchester City game at home (we will come back to that later). Liverpool were holding onto their place in the top 4, a win at Leicester would have widened the hap between Klopp and Brenden Rodgers' teams.

Liverpool utterly dominated for the first 70 minutes, and were leading 1-0. After the 75th minute though, things started to go downhill rapidly. Leicester scored an equalizer though a free kick, and mere minutes later, Alisson Becker came out of the box to clear a ball, colliding with Ozan Kabak instead. 

The ball fell to Jamie Vardy, who slotted it into an empty net. Liverpool's defence got invaded again and in a matter of eight minutes, Leicester were leading 3-1. The collapse of Liverpool's mentality in those last 15 minutes was frightening. 

5. Champions League Qualification 

Trent Alexander-Arnold Free Kick Against Crystal Palace

Trent Alexander-Arnold attempting a freekick.

After beating Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor, Liverpool finished matchday 37 in the top 4, for the first time since February. A win against Palace in the last day of the season ensured Champions League for the next season.

Liverpool did just that, and not only did they just get top 4, but also got a 3rd place finish, after Chelsea fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa. 

The return of the fans, hearing those old chants again, and seeing the team play good football was a soothing balm after so many terrible weeks this year. It was also good to see Sadio Mané finish his season with a brace.

4. Both Merseyside Derbies 

Jordan Pickford tackling Virgil van Dijk. 

Jordan Pickford tackling Virgil van Dijk. 

Technically, this isn't a single moment, but leaving out one of the games wouldn't be fair for the other, so unbelievably disastrous they were. The 2-2 at the Goodison was an absolute robbery, after Jordan Pickford escaped an early red card and a perfectly legal Liverpool injury time winner was chalked off. 

To add salt to the wound, Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara and Joel Matip all got injured in the same, the Dutchman ruled out for the reason. Thiago didn't return on the pitch until two and a half months later.

The 2-0 Anfield defeat of Liverpool was arguably fairer, despite Everton being awarded a controversial late penalty. The result meant Liverpool were handed a loss at home by Everton for the first time since the late 90s.

3. Liverpool's Old Trafford triumph 

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah displaying emotion after sealing victory.

Liverpool went to Old Trafford, a ground they didn't win at since 2013, in May as underdogs. Yet another centre back was injured, in the form of Ozan Kabak, and the starting Liverpool centre backs were as unexperienced as it could get. 

After going 1-0 early, Liverpool fans were bracing themselves for another humiliation. 

However, Liverpool massively perked up after the United goal, and scored twice though Diogo Jota and Firmino, leading 2-1 at halftime. The Brazilian struck again right in the beginning of the second half. 

Rashford scored United's second with about 20 minutes to go. In the 90th minute though, Mo Salah was given the ball in a counter attack move and sped past United defenders to roll the ball into the net. 

As Salah collapsed on the pitch in ecstasy, everyone associated with Liverpool heaved a sigh of relief.

2. Losing 4-1 to Manchester City 

Henderson and Fabinho mark Phil Foden (February 2021)

Manchester City's Foden in action.

Before the match, Liverpool were behind both Manchester clubs in the league table, but defeating City at home would have meant that Liverpool were closing onto the gap.

Despite good spells in the first half and the second, a catastrophic 20 last minutes for Liverpool turned the game on it's head. City scored three times in that period, two of them being results of Alisson Becker howlers. 

The 4-1 scoreline at fulltime meant City had defeated Liverpool at Anfield for the first time in 17 years, and most probably ended any hope of a title retention. 

1. Alisson Wonderland

Alisson

Liverpool players celebrating Alisson's goal.

Was there ever any doubt on what was Liverpool's moment of the season?

Witnessing a goalkeeper score from open play is definitely rare, but watching a goalkeeper score a winning header in the 95th minute must be a once in a lifetime moment. 

This is what Alisson Becker gifted to us when Liverpool played West Brom away this season, where a win was so much needed.

The goal meant even more after knowing what our big Brazilian went though this year, tragically losing his father in Brazil and never even getting to attend his funeral. 

The reaction of the Liverpool team made it all the more special, with everyone scrambling to embrace Alisson, who later broke into tears and dedicated his goal to his father. Liverpool's number one's header also won Liverpool's 20/21 goal of the season. 

It was the first ever header goal by a Premier League goalkeeper, the first ever winner scored by a PL goalkeeper, and the first goal ever to be scored by a Liverpool keeper.

Honorable Mentions:

Negative 

3-1 defeat at the Alfredo di Stefano .

0-0 draw at Anfield vs Real Madrid.

Conceding a 94th minute equalizer to Newcastle. 

Positive 

Liverpool's 7-0 win at Selhurst Park

Defeating Atalanta 5-0 at the Bergamo

Winning at Anfield against Wolves 4-0 infront of 2000 fans.