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There have been some magical strikes by Liverpool players against their most bitter rivals over the years, from long-range efforts to cleverly worked tap-ins. Henry Jackson (@OnFootballTweet) selects his top 10 Liverpool goals against Man United.
Dirk Kuyt celebrates scoring his hat-trick after scoring the third goal against Manchester United. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
10. JIMMY CASE (1976/77 FA Cup Final)
Case’s terrific turn and finish brought the Reds level in the 1977 FA Cup Final. While the day was to end in disappointment for them, the former midfielder’s goal remains one of Liverpool’s best in Wembley history.
9. FABIO AURELIO (2008/09 Premier League)
Some would say Andrea Dossena’s goal was more memorable because it put the icing on the cake in Liverpool’s incredible 4-1 win at Old Trafford back in 2009, but it was Aurelio’s goal that was the most pivotal.
Nemanja Vidic had just been sent-off for hauling down Gerrard, and from the resulting free-kick the Brazilian bent a wonderful effort past Edwin van der Sar. It was his finest moment in a Reds shirt.
8. NIGEL CLOUGH (1993/94 Premier League)
With Liverpool 3-0 down to their bitter rivals, Clough’s double inspired his side to an unlikely and unforgettable 3-3 draw at Anfield.
It was the midfielder’s first goal that was both crucial and high in quality. He fired the ball home from 30 yards in front of the Kop to make it 3-1, bringing his side right back into the game in the process.
7. DANNY MURPHY (2001/02 Premier League)
There may have been more spectacular goals scored by Liverpool players at Old Trafford- Patrik Berger springs to mind- but for sheer importance Murphy’s late winner back in 2002 has to make the list.
With the game heading towards a goalless draw, Steven Gerrard’s wonderful pass found the midfielder, who caressed a clever finish over Fabien Barthez. It revitalised Liverpool’s title challenge that season, and they eventually finished second; above United.
6. IAN RUSH (1992/93 Premier League)
Although the Reds eventually lost this game back in 1993, Rush’s superb strike lives long in the memory.
Liverpool’s all-time leading goalscorer was struggling to get into the side under Graeme Souness, but this terrific half-volley, past a motionless Schmeichel, showed him just what he was missing.
5. DIRK KUYT (2010/11 Premier League)
Kuyt may take the credit for scoring the goal, but the reason for its brilliance was the genius of Luis Suarez.
El Pistolero had only joined Liverpool a month or so previously, and he introduced himself in a big game with a mesmerising dribble past several United defenders before putting the ball on a plate for Kuyt to open the scoring.
4. ROBBIE FOWLER (1995/96 Premier League)
This was the day that Fowler overshadowed the much-talked about return of Eric Cantona from suspension.
‘God’ scored twice in an enthralling game that ended 2-2, but it was his first that was truly brilliant. With Ian Rush waiting in the middle for a cross, Fowler fired a magnificent effort past Peter Schmeichel to stun the hosts.
3. JAN MOLBY (1984/95 Milk Cup)
This forgotten gem from a Milk Cup clash at Anfield in 1984 was an unstoppable effort from the big Dane. Although not known for his mobility, Molby’s long run and stunning shot remains one of the best goals ever scored against the Red Devils.
2. STEVEN GERRARD (2000/01 Premier League)
Gerrard was just 20 when he hit this thunderbolt in 2000, and it was further proof of the huge talent the now legendary midfielder possessed. It was the first of many goals against United for the skipper, and it remains comfortably his best.
1. JOHN ARNE RIISE (2001/02 Premier League)
It has to be number one, doesn’t it? The Norwegian’s unbelievable strike back in 2001 put the Reds 2-0 up, almost breaking the Anfield Road crossbar in the process. They went on to beat Sir Alex Ferguson’s side 3-1 at Anfield, in what was a crucial win for Gerard Houllier’s side.
What would be your number one? What goals did we miss?
Liverpool have bowed out of the FA Youth Cup after losing on penalties to Reading at the Madejski Stadium – the quarter final had ended 4-4 after extra time.
Liverpool’s players look dejected after losing 5-4 on penalties after a 4-4 draw against Reading during the FA Youth Cup Quarter-Final match at the Madejski Stadium. Jordan Rossiter, Harry Wilson, Daniel Trickett-Smith, Daniel Cleary, Jordan Williams, Sergi Canos, Sheyi Ojo (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
FA Youth Cup Quarter Final
Reading U18s 4-4 Liverpool U18s (AET) – Reading win 5-4 on penalties
Report by Michael Sweeting (@M_Sweeting)
It was cruel on the young Reds who dominated proceeding from start to finish but couldn’t make their control of the game decisive on the score board.
Liverpool may have scored inside a minute when Reading headed a corner into their own goal but the referee correctly judged there had been a slight push in the build-up.
Liverpool then settled into their regular game plan and knocked the ball around nicely with Sheyi Ojo and Cameron Brannagan influential whilst Harry Wilson tested the Reading goalkeeper on a couple of occasions.
However, Reading struck first with Harry Cardwell picking up on a Reading clearance and tricking his way superbly past Jordan Williams before firing in under Ryan Crump.
Liverpool kept pressing throughout the half but despite sustained pressure they couldn’t find their way past the Reading goalkeeper, an England U19 international, who made a string of excellent saves.
The second half began in much the same way with Reading sitting back on two banks of four and relying on the pace of Fosu or long throws of Fridjonsson to relieve pressure and launch attacks of their own. Usually tactics like this are reserved for first team matches with youth football focused on development but in fairness they were understandable in the circumstances of a Youth Cup quarter-final, probably the biggest game of most of these players’ lives so far.
Liverpool spent the opening ten minutes of the second half camped in Reading territory but simply couldn’t find that decisive final ball. The luck was summed up when Ojo was given the chance with an open goal but the bounce of the ball just took away the shooting angle.
Remarkably, amongst all this pressure Reading struck again taking advantage of a rare piece of possession, Harry Cardwell was there again to steer home from close range.
Substitute Dan Trickett-Smith hit the bar a minute later as it looked like Liverpool would never get the goal they deserved.
Eventually however the pressure told, Jordan Williams stepped up from centre back to fire in from 25 yards.
Liverpool’s Daniel Trickett-Smith celebrates scoring the third goal against Reading in the first half of extra-time during the FA Youth Cup Quarter-Final match at the Madejski Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Suddenly Liverpool had the impetus again and right at the end of stoppage time Williams hit a cross field pass to Ojo who controlled first time, slowed the game down and allowed Maguire to make a run in behind. Ojo calmly laid the ball to Maguire whose pull back was met by the inspirational Jordan Rossiter on the edge of the six yard box and Liverpool were level, headed for extra time.
Sergi Canos, a second half substitute, came alive in extra time. First he pinched the ball off the Reading left back, nipped to the byline and pulled it back for Trickett-Smith to give Liverpool the lead with a smart finish.
Liverpool looked home and dry as Canos then played a wonderful through-ball to 16 year old Welsh international Harry Wilson who finished the one on one with cool precision.
However, the exertions of Liverpool’s high pressure style started to tell late into the second half of stoppage time. In quick succession Jordan Williams, Cameron Brannagan and Jordan Rossiter went down with cramp and it was while Brannagan was down that Reading got themselves back into the game taking advantage of midfield space that the stricken midfielder would have occupied.
There were also, sadly, some unsavoury behaviour from the Reading coaching staff at this time as they urged the referee to book Sergi Canos for kicking the ball away. While this may be commonplace in the Premier League it is completely against the spirit of the Youth Cup, unfortunately showing that some youth coaches still judge their record based on wins, not development. Until this changes across the board the level of young player produced in this country will not reach its potential.
Finally, an exhausted Liverpool side couldn’t keep out the resurgent Reading as substitute McLennan, who had earlier been involved in a tangle with Sergi Canos where he appeared to kick the Spanish playmaker in the head, blasted into the roof of the net following some tidy build up play on the edge of the penalty area.
Penalties were never going to be easy after such an emotional roller coaster and Reading looked the fresher of the two sides. Young midfielder Cameron Brannagan missed his spot kick which unfortunately proved to be the only miss. Once again it was cruel as Brannagan had arguably been Liverpool’s best player on the night.
So Liverpool bow out of the tournament but can hold their heads up high. They played tough highline football with high pressing and some wonderful, flowing football as well but they just couldn’t hold on as the tiredness took hold late on.
The young Reds are next in action against Blackburn Rovers on Friday night, it is a 7pm kick off at The Academy although it has been allocated as behind closed doors and will not be admitting spectators. The game is live on LFCtv though.
READING: Cardwell 8, 70, Taylor-Crossdale 117, McLennan 119.
LIVERPOOL: Williams 83, Rossiter 90+3, Trickett-Smith 94, Wilson 100.
Liverpool Under 18s: Crump, Randall (Cleary 111), Jones, Williams, Maguire, Chirivella (Trickett-Smith 68), Rossiter, Brannagan, Ojo, Wilson, Kent (Canos 68).
Subs not used: Firth, Hart,.
Aaron Cutler takes exception to those journalists questioning Daniel Sturridge’s popularity among Liverpool fans.
The Daily Mail published an opinion piece on Wednesday by their “esteemed” football correspondent Neil Ashton. A well respected journalist, Ashton is perhaps best known for fronting Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement program, this and a very public spat with Andre Vilas Boas last Christmas. Back then the Portuguese boss accused his Fleet Street nemesis of harbouring a personal grudge (something which may or may not have contributed to his eventual demise) and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could now share those sentiments.
For Ashton has filed a most peculiar article questioning the England forward’s popularity amongst Kopites. Let’s be clear, this is not a new debate, rather a topic which has provoked opinions since the beginning of the season. It is though the writer’s dismissive tone which has irked supporters. According to Ashton not only does Sturridge fall below the status of Kop Idol but his future efforts are meaningless for he will never achieve such reckoning.
A controversial statement it also a misguided one. Here is a section of the column:
Every club has them: players who are respected, but not loved or idolised by their supporters. Regardless of how many goals they score or trophies they win, they will never be cherished. Sturridge, with 23 goals for club and country this season, falls into that category.
Ashton is not alone in his ill-judged stereotyping of our fanbase. Indeed his Mail colleague Martin Samuel (another huge favourite among Kopites) bemoaned our misgivings at Sturridge’s England involvement, this in contrast to a carefree attitude when Luis Suarez clocked up air miles playing for Uruguay.
What he neglected to mention of course was the subsequent injury Sturridge sustained having been ‘tested’ by Roy Hodgson in a FRIENDLY no less. Suarez meanwhile, was competing at the same juncture for his homeland in a World Cup play-off, this of far greater significance.
Sturridge may not yet rank as a fans favourite but make no mistake, should Liverpool lift the title in two months time his name will be etched into Anfield folklore. He is 14 months into a reds career and building towards such hero-worship. If Ashton expects that acclaim to surface immediately he has discarded our supporter’s intelligence and track record.
For we have seen some fine footballer’s down the years and will not afford any old striker notoriety. Sturridge would already be a legend had he produced these feats for a West Brom, a Fulham, a West Ham but we have basked in the brilliance of Hunt, Dalglish, Rush, Fowler – we take a little more convincing.
He is well on his way but will not gain that adulation from a year’s football, particularly in an era of false idols such as Fernando Torres.
Sturridge celebrates making if four vs Arsenal. Pic: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda
Ashton went on to make some questionable comparisons as his article veered into the territory of gutter journalism. Stan Collymore was flagged-up first, before the obvious example of Michael Owen. It’s easy to name drop of course without going into the specific reasoning behind a point.
Take Collymore. No – he was never that popular – primarily because he was viewed by many as a complete prick. It was not simply our fans (and players for that matter) that found him hard to love or even tolerate but successive sides, teammates, managers, supporters ..
The man was plagued by personal demons which eventually curtailed his career. He had all the attributes to become a Liverpool hero but squandered his talent. I defy any set of fans to marvel at such an inconsistent maverick, particularly during a trophy-less spell. Collymore was more hassle than he was worth and was rightly shipped-out by Roy Evans before a predictable nose dive ensued. Hardly the best example Neil.
Then there’s Owen. We wanted to love him but he made it so, so difficult. He always had this aloof air about him, single-minded to the point where no loyalty emanated. Indeed England seemed his be-all and end-all, never a good thing when the vast majority of your club fans feel sheer antipathy towards the national side.
Owen was also a victim of Robbie Fowler’s popularity. Fowler had produced those same goods just years before but not only that, he delivered them with a cheek, a verve, a charisma that endeared him to his faithful. We always felt Robbie was one of us, a man very much connected to his city and supporters. Owen, despite being a brilliant player in his own right, was detached and never a kindred spirit.
Our reservations were born out when he signed for Manchester United in 2009. Collymore and Owen, hardly the best examples.
Sturridge though should avoid those pitfalls. He has all the makings of a fans favourite. Firstly and most importantly, his ability is frightening. His self belief can be mistaken for arrogance but take a look at those stats – 32 goals in 40 appearances. Phenomenal and worthy of a streak of confidence.
Look at the manner of his goals also. He scores from tap ins, headers, screamers, mazy runs, audacious chips. He possesses every type of finish, a skill set to rival Fowler in his pomp.
Secondly he has a personality. Back in August he jumped out of his car to dance alongside fans re-enacting his celebration. When quizzed on why his moves were replaced by a stern gaze after scoring in the derby he replied, “Sometimes you just have to chill out, look at the Everton fans and let them know what time it is.” Hilarious and endearing in equal measure. Rightly or wrongly, we revel in that sort of mischievousness.
He also cares about the club. Ashton, inexplicably, claimed his crestfallen drop to the knees following defeat to Arsenal was merely because he had failed to set a club record of scoring in nine consecutive matches. No, he was devastated to be knocked out of the FA Cup, a pain exasperated by the fact he had missed three good opportunities during the game. Not all players are self-centred egotistical mercenaries. Then again Ashton spends most of his time at Stamford Bridge so he could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.
Finally, he is an integral part of a team going places. Legends are written when history is made. If this Liverpool side go on to compete for honours both domestically and in Europe the Sturridge stock will rise accordingly. The journey to Istanbul immortalised the likes of Smicer, Cisse and Biscan – individuals with far less talent than Studge. If he plays his part in some memorable occasions he will be lauded around the fields of Anfield Road, of that there is no doubt.
Perhaps then Ashton will write a piece based purely on his footballing ability, without sensationalism or agenda. On second thoughts…
Liverpool Football Club were keen to show off their success and worldwide fan base when they posted this lovely compilation of fans singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ at various stadiums around the world on YouTube.
In the build-up to Sunday’s Manchester United v Liverpool clash at Old Trafford, Paul Machin of The Redmen TV give five reasons why Liverpool fans hate their arch rivals… or should that be used to hate?
Liverpool have added another fixture to their pre-season tour of the USA this summer, set to face Roma at Fenway Park, Boston on Wednesday 23rd July.
Liverpool take on Roma during a pre-season friendly match at Fenway Park in 2012. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
The match is a repeat of the Reds’ first trip to Fenway Park in 2012, when the Italians beat Liverpool 2-1.
It continues the ties created by Liverpool’s owners between the club and American baseball team the Boston Red Sox, who they also own.
It was confirmed last month that Liverpool will play three other games in the USA as part of preparations for the 2014/15 season.
On Sunday 27th July, Liverpool take on Olympiakos at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears NFL team in Illinois.
On Wednesday, 30th July, the Reds take on Manchester City at the Yankee Stadium, New York.
On Saturday, 2nd August, Liverpool face their European Cup Final opponents of 2005 and 2007 at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner said of the game against Roma that kicks start the summer tour, as per LFC Tour, “Liverpool FC and AS Roma are two of the most highly regarded clubs in all of football and we’re thrilled to welcome them back to Boston and showcase some of the world’s top talent playing the ‘Beautiful Game’ right here on the pitch at Fenway Park.
“The atmosphere at their first Fenway match was electric and with both clubs’ passionate supporters, tremendous worldwide following and strong ties to the city, the rematch is sure to be memorable.”
Tickets for the Liverpool v Roma game in Boston go on sale on Friday, May 2nd.
Full LFC US tour dates:
- Wednesday 23 July – Liverpool FC v AS Roma – Kick-off 5pm CST at Fenway Park, Boston
- Sunday 27 July – Liverpool FC v Olympiacos – Kick-off 5pm CST at Soldier Field Stadium, Chicago
- Wednesday 30 July – Manchester City v Liverpool FC – Kick-off 7pm EST at Yankee Stadium, New York
- Saturday 2 August – Liverpool FC v AC Milan – Kick-off 6:30pm EST at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte