Gérard Houllier’s last Liverpool XI

The final game of Gérard Houllier as Liverpool boss came against Newcastle United on May 15th 2004, finishing in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

The Frenchman was sacked after six years as Liverpool boss (with the first six months of that being ‘joint-manager’ with Roy Evans) and six trophies in the cabinet.

Things had gone well under Gérard Houllier – an FA Cup, a UEFA Cup, two League Cups being the team’s highlights – but a disappointing 03/04 campaign had put too much pressure on Houllier, and it wasn’t much of a secret that he would be let go at the end of the season.

Liverpool and Houllier, however, had built an excellent foundation of a team around Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard. It would leave his successor with a decent foundation for success.

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Rafa Benitez would take over that summer, bringing Houllier’s six years to a close. He began to clear the side of some deadwood, and brought in the likes of Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia to add to the side, but what Houllier had left him was the backbone of the next European Champions.