Despite agonisingly missing out on winning the title, Liverpool can take some solace in the fact they played the game in the correct manner…
The Premier League have announced that Liverpool finished top of their Fair Play League during the 2013-14 campaign.
The Reds pipped Arsenal (324) to the accolade with a score of 328.8. Everton finished third, just 0.5 of a point behind the Gunners on 323.5.
A complex scoring system not only rewards teams for keeping the number of cards received down but also for aspects such as positive play, respect towards officials and opponents and the behaviour of fans.
Liverpool received just the one red card all season – Jordan Henderson during the 3-2 win over eventual champions Manchester City in April – and racked up a total points tally of 1315.
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Commenting on the news, manager Brendan Rodgers told Liverpoolfc.com: “We are delighted to top the Fair Play League at the end of one of our most successful seasons in recent history.
“Our fans, players and staff make up what we like to call the world’s greatest football family and as part of that we look to uphold the club’s values which include unity, dignity and commitment, which have been shown throughout the season.”
To recognise their success in this area, the club will be awarded £30,000 by the FA Charity Committee to be used towards community or youth projects.
Liverpool also came within touching distance of lifting a separate award given to the club whose supporters offered the most positive verbal support and recognition of outstanding play by the opposition, as well as respect for match officials and opposing fans.
The Behaviour of the Public Fair Play League was eventually won by Sunderland, who bettered the Merseysiders’ tally of 329 points by six. Crystal Palace were third.
Bob Humphries, chair of the Liverpool FC Supporters’ Committee, reflected: “Liverpool FC supporters are some of the world’s most loyal and passionate fans.
“As chair of the club’s Supporters’ Committee I am extremely proud that us fans rank so highly on the Behaviour of the Public league table.
“We travel across the world following our team and we do our best to represent the club in the best way possible.”
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