1967 - 5th
1968 - 3rd
1969 - 2nd (last piece of the jigsaw time, next season lads, it'll be ours again)
1970 - 5th (sack him, we're going backwards!)
1971 - 5th (no progress, boooooo!)
Apart from getting beat by Arsenal in 1971, there were no cup finals during Shankly's rebuilding phase. None. Not even a shitty UEFA Cup final, which looks like it's now been replaced by the shitty European Cup as an object of derision on these shores.
To think Shankly's Red Army had won fuck all since the title in 1966 when that picture was taken in 1971. Five seasons of fuck all and we turn up in our droves to welcome home the losing FA Cup finalists, apparently even Chairman Mao hadn't seen such a show of Red strength! We won fuck all the following season as well.
Since this -
We didn't win that day but we still appreciate that he got us there in the first place, and gave us a chance.