Liverpool Football Club has been relegated from the top division of English football three times since its formation in 1892. The Reds were last relegated in the 1953-54 season when they finished bottom of the 22-team First Division behind Middlesbrough.
It was legendary manager Bill Shankly who steered Liverpool back to the top flight after their relegation in 1954, although the Reds didn’t return to the First Division until 1962. Liverpool then went on to win the 1965 FA Cup against Leeds United, and the following season they sealed promotion back to the top division as champions.
Since then, Liverpool has gone on to become one of the most successful clubs in English football and one of the most decorated teams in Europe. The club has won 19 league titles, eight FA Cups, nine League Cups, and six European Cups.
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It was German Manager Jürgen Klopp who guided Liverpool back to the top of English football in 2019-20, ending a 30-year wait for a league title. Liverpool had come close in previous seasons, but it was Klopp’s tactical brilliance and his ability to bring the best out of players that eventually saw Liverpool crowned Premier League champions.
Klopp has transformed Liverpool from a team who were struggling to qualify for the Champions League into a force to be reckoned with.
Odds On Relegation
However, the 2022/23 season has been far from plain sailing for Liverpool, with the club currently in ninth place in the table and struggling to find their best form.
Liverpool has a fourteen-point cushion from the relegation zone, so it is highly unlikely they will be relegated this season, but it is clear that Liverpool still has a lot of work to do if they are to remain at the top of English football.
Betfred is offer odds of 200/1 on the Reds being relegated this season. A far more likely candidate for the drop are city rivals, Everton. The Toffees are currently in the relegation zone and running out of time to save themselves from the dreaded drop.
Has Jürgen Klopp ever been relegated?
Yes, in Klopp’s first managerial job, his team Mainz 05 was relegated in the 2006/7 season.
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In his 7th season at Dortmund, Klopp’s side suffered a dramatic dip in form. The team went from challenging Bayern Munich for the league title to languishing in the relegation zone after ten Bundesliga games.
Klopp’s side routinely dominated games, creating numerous openings, only to squander them and then lose a goal on the counterattack. That might sound like a familiar pattern of play to Liverpool fans.
Thankfully, Klopp’s side turned a corner in February and eventually finished 7th in the league with 46 points. However, It was a terrible season for the club that regularly challenge for the title.
This season Liverpool has been far from their best. It might be a timely reminder to Klopp of what can happen if complacency sets in.
Liverpool has the points cushion that will almost certainly see them avoid relegation this season, but they look likely to have one of their worst seasons in recent memory.
Premier League Relegation 22/23
If we assume that Liverpool will do enough to avoid the drop. Here are the teams most likely to be relegated from the Premier League in 22/23, according to Betfred:
1. Bournemouth 1/5
2. Southampton 2/9
3. Everton Evens
The team most likely to go down is Bournemouth. Relegation from the Premier League is a distinct possibility this season. After just one season back in the top flight, the club is in desperate need of a spark to reignite their season.
Southampton have been on a downward spiral since the start of the seas. They look like they are facing an uphill battle against relegation. Although, the club has a history of avoiding the drop at the death.
Everton have improved of late and could yet pull off a great escape. However, their fate remains firmly in their own hands. Liverpool fans will hope that Everton stays in the relegation position until the end of the season.
If you fancy a punt of which teams will go down this season, you can get the latest relegation odds from Betfred. Liverpool’s fate looks secure, but they will no doubt be looking over their shoulder in the coming weeks. If just to see how far Everton fall.