The 2012/13 was a season of little success for the Reds. Getting knocked out of both cup competitions early on by Swansea and League One side Oldham alongside severely underperforming in the league again left Brendan Rodgers’ side having a season to forget.
There were a few highlights, though, including a 6-0 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park in April 2013. This was Rodgers’ biggest win as Liverpool manager over the three years he was in the Anfield dugout.
It was, again, a time of uncertainty for the club, with this game coming just under a week after Luis Suarez, unbelievably, bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic for having the nerve to shield the ball from the Uruguayan hitman.
Suarez’ season was over as he would be banned until the 6th matchday of 13/14. However, Daniel Agger put any worries aside, opening the scoring in just the 3rd minute with his 3rd goal of the season.
Daniel Sturridge, who had signed in January for a £13.5million, put the second goal of the game on a plate for Jordan Henderson. The former Mackem, naturally, got a barrage of abuse from the Toon fans as he promptly ran to the corner and celebrated his 5th strike of the season.
The Reds could’ve easily put the game beyond doubt before the break but went into halftime 2-0 to the good.
However, just 9 minutes into the second half, their new £8 million signing, Phillipe Coutinho played a, quite frankly, ridiculous ball into Sturridge’s path and the Englishman dispatched the chance past Tim Krul with aplomb.
The Reds could take their foot off the gas knowing that, without a miracle from West Brom, 7th place in the league was secured. 6th place looked way off in the distance as Everton looked to finish above Liverpool for the second consecutive season.
Sturridge got his second of the game just 6 minutes later. A typical Steven Gerrard pass found Jordan Henderson on the left wing. The midfielder returned the favour to Sturridge as he comfortably finished into an empty net.
This game also had an absolute collectors item, a goal from Fabio Borini. Stewart Downing ran down the right hand side and found Borini in the box. The Italian poked the ball past Krul for his first league goal of the season, just one minute after replacing Stevie Gerrard. 5-0 to the Reds with 16 minutes to go.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Borini’s only time scoring against Newcastle as, in the next season, he would win the Tyne/Wear derby for Sunderland with an absolute screamer.
Mathieu Debuchy had joined Newcastle for a reported £5.5million in the same window we signed Sturridge and Coutinho and the Frenchman compounded a miserable afternoon for the Magpies by picking up his second yellow card in the 75th minute for a poor tackle on Phil Coutinho.
The resulting free kick was swung in towards the far post by Jordan Henderson. No one got a touch as it nestled into the corner and the former Mackem completed the scoring for Liverpool 7 years ago today. 7 years ago, that is absolutely terrifying.
Liverpool won 2 of their 3 remaining games and drew the other one. A fortunate 0-0 draw in the Anfield derby was followed up by a 3-1 away victory against Fulham thanks to a Daniel Sturridge hattrick.
The final game of the 12/13 season saw Jamie Carragher call time on his Anfield career in a 1-0 home win against QPR which meant Liverpool trundled to a 7th place finish, far away from the dizzy heights of the season which followed.