|Stadium||Anfield, Liverpool, Merseyside|
|League Season information|
|Final League position||Premier League|
|FA Cup||Third round|
|League Cup||Fourth round|
|Champions League||Group stage|
|FA Community Shield||Runners-up|
The 2020–21 season is Liverpool Football Club's 129th season in existence and the club's 59th consecutive season in the top flight of English football. In addition to the domestic league, Liverpool are participating in this season's editions of the FA Cup, the EFL Cup, the FA Community Shield and the UEFA Champions League. The season covers the period from August 2020 to 30 June 2021.
On 22 November 2020, the team broke the club record for longest unbeaten run at home in the league (which had previously stood at 63) with a 3–0 win over Leicester City. The run ended on 21 January 2021 following a 1–0 defeat to Burnley; it had stood at 68, the second-longest unbeaten home run in English top-flight history.
Liverpool were not particularly active early in the summer transfer window, their only signing of the summer being Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas, although many links were made with Spanish midfielder Thiago, then a player of Bayern Munich. In terms of summer outgoings, the Reds released Andy Lonergan, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana, the latter moving to Brighton, and sold Dejan Lovren and Ovie Ejaria.
On 19 August, Liverpool announced meetings with two pre-season friendly opponents, VfB Stuttgart and RB Salzburg, as part of their training camp in Austria. The first took place on 22 August against Stuttgart, The Reds winning 3–0 thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Naby Keïta and Rhian Brewster. The second against Salzburg three days later ended in a 2–2 draw thanks to a brace scored by Brewster, after conceding an early brace to opponent Patson Daka. The club's final match of pre-season was played on 5 September at home to Blackpool. Again, the Reds went 2–0 down early on, but goals from Joël Matip, Sadio Mané and Firmino took the game into Liverpool's control. Later goals from Harvey Elliott, Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi and Sepp van den Berg completed a 7–2 route over the Seasiders.
Between the pre-season friendlies, Liverpool, as champions of the 2019–20 Premier League, competed in the FA Community Shield against winners of the FA Cup the previous season, Arsenal. The Reds went a goal down early in the first half conceding to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, however, Minamino's second half equaliser forced the game to penalties. Brewster missed the decisive penalty, and Liverpool missed the chance to win a first trophy of the season.
Liverpool's league season kicked off with a home fixture against newly promoted Leeds United on 12 September. In an eventful game, the Reds won 4–3 over the Championship winners; Mohamed Salah opening the scoring early in the match from the spot after a handball by Robin Koch, only for Jack Harrison to equalise for the visitors soon after. Virgil van Dijk restored Liverpool's lead with a header, only to be at fault for Leeds’ equaliser just ten minutes later, Patrick Bamford the scorer. Salah scored Liverpool's third minutes later, concluding a competitive first half. The home side were ahead and in control until midway through the second half, when a Mateusz Klich volley levelled the scores for a third time. In the closing stages, however, Leeds’ new signing Rodrigo committed a strong challenge on Fabinho in the box, resulting in the awarding of Liverpool's second penalty of the night. Salah scored, sealing his hat-trick and ensuring the defending champions emerged victorious in their first league game of the season.
On 18 September, Liverpool confirmed the signing of long-term target Thiago for a fee in the region of £20m. The following day, the Reds reached an agreement with Wolves for the transfer of Portuguese forward Diogo Jota for around £45m, seeing youth prospect Ki-Jana Hoever moving the opposite direction for a potential fee of £13.5m. The moves were confirmed on the same day on the club's official website. Towards the end of the window, the club also sold Rhian Brewster to Sheffield United, for a fee of around £23m.
The next fixture saw Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge on 20 September to face Chelsea. The game was relatively balanced until the hosts were reduced to ten men after Christensen’s sending off on the stroke of halftime. Early in the second half, Mané scored a quick brace – firstly heading in from Firmino's cross, then capitalising on a Kepa Arrizabalaga mistake. Chelsea were handed the opportunity to get back in the game from a penalty following Thiago's foul on forward Timo Werner, but Jorginho's shot was saved by Alisson. The visitors created several more chances, comfortably dominated possession and left London with a 2–0 victory and all three points.
On 4 October, Liverpool were defeated 7–2 by Aston Villa at Villa Park. Not only did the scoreline represent the first time the club had conceded 7 goals in a match since 15 April 1963 against Tottenham Hotspur, but was at the hands of a Villa team almost relegated at the end of the previous season. The 5-goal margin also equalled Liverpool's heaviest defeat in the Premier League.
The following league match on 17 October in the Merseyside Derby against Everton controversially ended 2–2, after club captain Jordan Henderson’s strike in second half injury time was ruled out by the VAR officials, denying Liverpool of a late victory. Even so, the result signified a decade-long run of 23 games unbeaten for Liverpool against their city rivals - a new club record for longest run of games unbeaten against an opponent. The Reds suffered two major injuries during the game, Virgil van Dijk suffered a cruciate ligament injury following a reckless challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, the club soon after confirming that knee surgery would be required and that a lengthy recovery lay-off was forthcoming. While after the match Jurgen Klopp revealed that new signing Thiago had suffered an injury following another bad challenge, this time from striker Richarlison, who received a straight red card for the tackle.
Holding a potentially perilously long injury list including first choice goalkeeper Alisson, Liverpool travelled to the Netherlands on October 21 to begin their Champions League campaign against Dutch side Ajax. The match was also the first without Van Dijk, leading manager Klopp to deploy midfielder Fabinho as a central defender. A first half own goal scored by opposition defender Nicolás Tagliafico from a wayward Sadio Mane shot and a crucial goal-line clearance by Fabinho secured a hard-fought 1–0 victory.
Liverpool played their 6th Premier League game of the season against Sheffield United at Anfield on October 24. Fabinho conceded a penalty early in the match, Sander Berge consequently converting the spot-kick to give United the lead. Minutes before the interval, however, Roberto Firmino pounced on a saved Mane header to level the scores, Mane again being called into action later in the match with a precise cross into the box to Diogo Jota. Jota marked his first league start for the club with a headed goal and Liverpool held on to win 2–1, continuing their unbeaten run at Anfield.
On 22 November, Liverpool won 3–0 at home to Leicester City in a club record 64th consecutive league match unbeaten at Anfield – surpassing the previous record of 63 games under Bob Paisley between 1978 and 1981.
On 16 December, Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League table by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and a late header from Roberto Firmino. They followed this win with a 7–0 thrashing of Crystal Palace.
An away 1–0 loss to Southampton on the 4th of January, followed by a 0–0 home draw at Manchester United on the 17th of January put them at 4th place in the Premier League table, and 5 points off of the top. A 1–0 loss to Burnley followed. This ended Liverpool's 68-match unbeaten streak at home, and was Burnley's first win at Anfield in nearly 50 years. On January 28th, they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3–1, which was followed by another 3–1 win, this time against West Ham United.
Liverpool lost 1–0 to Brighton at Anfield. Liverpool lost 1–4 to Manchester City at Anfield. Then, Liverpool lost 3–1 to Leicester City at King Power Stadium. Their next fixture was against RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League which they won 2–0. Then, on 20th, they lost to Everton for 2–0 at Anfield, their first derby defeat in a decade and their first at home in the 21rst century. They won 2-0 against bottom placed Sheffield United on 28 February.
On 4 March Liverpool lost 1-0 to Chelsea, tasting defeat in 5 home games in a row for the first time in the club's history. However, three days later the record was broken with another home defeat against Fulham 0-1 which was their sixth straight home loss.
UEFA Champions League
- Main article: 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Liverpool entered the competition in the group stage.
- Main article: 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage#Group D
The draw for the group stage was held on 1 October 2020.
|Liverpool||6||4||1||1||10||3||+7||13||Advance to knockout phase|
|Ajax||6||2||1||3||7||7||0||7||Transfer to Europa League|
|1 21 October 2020||Ajax||0–1||Liverpool||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|21:00 CEST (UTC+2)||Promes 90+3'||Report||Tagliafico 35' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena|
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
|2 27 October 2020||Liverpool||2–0||Midtjylland||Liverpool, England|
|21:00 CET (UTC+1)||Milner 41'
Salah 90+3' (pen.)
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)
|3 3 November 2020||Atalanta||0–5||Liverpool||Bergamo, Italy|
|21:00 CET (UTC+1)||Report||Jota 16', 33', 54'
|Stadium: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia|
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
|4 25 November 2020||Liverpool||0–2||Atalanta||Liverpool, England|
|21:00 CET (UTC+1)||Tsimikas 58'||Report||Iličić 60'
De Roon 89'
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
|5 1 December 2020||Liverpool||1–0||Ajax||Liverpool, England|
|21:00 CET (UTC+1)||Jones 58'
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
|6 9 December 2020||Midtjylland||1–1||Liverpool||Herning, Denmark|
|18:55 CET (UTC+1)||Onyeka 9'
Scholz 62' (pen.)
|Stadium: MCH Arena|
Referee: François Letexier (France)
- Main article: 2020–21 UEFA Champions League knockout phase
Round of 16
The draw for the round of 16 was held on 14 December 2020.
|First leg 16 February 2021||RB Leipzig||0–2||Liverpool||Budapest, Hungary|
|21:00 CET (UTC+1)||Haidara 5'
|Stadium: Puskás Aréna|
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
|Second leg 10 March 2021||Liverpool||2–0
|RB Leipzig||Budapest, Hungary|
|21:00 CET (UTC+1)||Salah 71'
|Report||Stadium: Puskás Aréna|
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 19 March 2021.
|First leg 6 April 2021||Real Madrid||v||Liverpool||TBD|
|21:00 CEST (UTC+2)||[ Report]|
|Second leg 14 April 2021||Liverpool||v||Real Madrid||Liverpool, England|
|20:00 BST (UTC+1)||[ Report]||Stadium: Anfield|
|Liverpool F.C. seasons|
|Liverpool F.C. matches - 2020-21|
|2020-21 Premier League|
|2020-21 FA Cup|
|Aston Villa · Manchester United (a)|
|2020-21 League Cup|
|Lincoln City (a) · Arsenal (h)|
|2020-21 Champions League|
|FA Community Shield|