Player profile

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Birthdate: 24 August 1967
Birthplace: Lambeth, England
Other clubs: Arsenal (1982-91), Portsmouth (loan 1986-87), Middlesbrough (loan 1998), Benfica (1998-2000), Wimbledon (2000-01)
Bought from: Arsenal
Signed for LFC: £1.5m, 16.12.1991
International debut: 16.11.1988 vs. Saudi Arabia
International caps: 2/0 - 13.12.1989
Liverpool debut: 18.12.1991
Last appearance: 10.05.1998
Debut goal: 18.01.1992
Last goal: 13.09.1997
Contract expiry: 01.08.1998
Win ratio: 50.31% W:82 D:41 L:40
Honours: FA Cup 1992; League Cup 1995
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 16 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 124 / 9
Total LFC games/goals: 163 / 12

Player profile

Many Liverpool fans got the shock of a lifetime when the Arsenal player who ruined the club's title dreams in the most dramatic fashion in May 1989 joined the Reds. If ever you wanted to run on to Anfield and rugby-tackle somebody as a last resort it was when Thomas slipped past the Liverpool defence in the very last minute to secure the League Championship for the Gunners. It was certainly a dream come true for Thomas who had joined the club as a schoolboy in 1982 and had gone on to forge a tremendous career. Thomas made some amends though when he scored a fantastic goal for Liverpool in the 2-0 win over Sunderland in the FA Cup final at the end of his first season. Souness liked his versatility as Thomas was able to play as a right-back, centre-half or a midfielder. Thomas snapped his Achilles tendon in January 1993 and was effectively out for a season and a half. His Liverpool career took off again in the 1995/96 season, now under the management of Roy Evans, when he displayed his box-to-box athleticism and played a holding role in midfield allowing Barnes the freedom to attack. Thomas rejoined Souness at Benfica in 1998.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 124 17 10 12 0 163
1991-1992 17 5 0 0 0 22
1992-1993 8 2 1 2 0 13
1993-1994 7 0 0 0 0 7
1994-1995 23 3 3 0 0 29
1995-1996 27 6 1 3 0 37
1996-1997 31 1 4 6 0 42
1997-1998 11 0 1 1 0 13

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
11 Arsenal
10 Tottenham
9 Manchester United
7 Leeds United
7 Aston Villa
7 Everton
7 Wimbledon
6 Blackburn Rovers
6 West Ham United
6 Sheffield Wednesday
6 Chelsea
5 Sheffield United
5 Middlesbrough
5 Nottingham Forest
5 Leicester City
4 Sunderland
4 Coventry City
4 Southampton
3 Newcastle United
3 Charlton Athletic
3 Derby
3 Manchester City
3 Burnley
3 QPR
3 Crystal Palace
2 Norwich City
2 Bolton Wanderers
2 Portsmouth
2 Oldham Athletic
2 Spartak Vladi.
2 Spartak Moscow
2 Mypa 47
2 Sion
2 Paris St Germain
1 Rochdale
1 Brøndby
1 Shrewsbury Town
1 Notts County
1 Crewe
1 Luton Town
1 Ipswich Town
1 WBA
1 Celtic
1 Birmingham City
Total Started/substitutions
128 Started
28 On the bench
35 Substitute
14 Substituted
Total Competition
107 Premier League
17 League
17 FA Cup
10 League Cup
8 European Cup Winners Cup
4 UEFA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 9 2 1 0 0 12
1991-1992 3 2 0 0 0 5
1992-1993 1 0 0 0 0 1
1993-1994 0 0 0 0 0 0
1994-1995 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995-1996 1 0 1 0 0 2
1996-1997 3 0 0 0 0 3
1997-1998 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Started/substitutions
11 Started
1 Substitute
Total Competition
6 Premier League
3 League
2 FA Cup
1 League Cup
Total Goal minute period
3 1-15 minutes
1 31-45 minutes
2 46-60 minutes
6 61-75 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
12 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 18.12.1991 Tottenham White Hart Lane League
50 18.12.1994 Chelsea Stamford Bridge League
100 16.03.1996 Chelsea Anfield League
150 11.05.1997 Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 73 18.01.1992 Oldham Athletic Boundary Park League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Arsenal 1986-1987 England First Division 11 0 17 0
Portsmouth 1986-1987 England Second Division 3 0 3 0
Arsenal 1987-1988 England First Division 37 9 46 11
Arsenal 1988-1989 England First Division 37 9 44 9
Arsenal 1989-1990 England First Division 36 5 43 8
Arsenal 1990-1991 England First Division 31 2 41 3
Arsenal 1991-1992 England First Division 10 1 15 1
Middlesbrough 1997-1998 England First Division 10 0 10 0
Benfica 1998-1999 Portugal 1 18 1 24 1
Wimbledon 2000-2001 England First Division 8 0 9 0
Total 201 27 252 33
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