No. 98 : John Barnes control, pace, skill and strength v QPR

No. 98 : John Barnes‘ control, pace, skill and strength v QPR

Barnes who had just joined at the start of the 1987/88 season willl always be remembered on the Kop for his awesome blend of control, pace, strength and skill. At the start of the 1987/88 season Liverpool entertained QPR at Anfield, QPR were in great form at the time but it was another majestic Liverpool performance with Liverpool winning 4-0.

However, this game will always be remembered for John Barnes magical goal when he went on a mazy dribble from the halfway line before calmly rolling the ball past David Seaman to send the Anfield faithful home mesmerised.

In the TIA Ex Red series, Ste Speed shares his memories of that special day…. “We won 4’“0 that day and Barnes scored two superb goals. His first was a beautiful run into the box and a one two pass before firing past David Seaman. It was his second goal that day that I’ve chosen. I still remember the first time I saw this goal on Match of the Day that night. Every time I see this goal I’m transported back to being a kid again and it continues to impress me again and again. Barnes won the ball inside his own half and then went on a fantastic run towards the goal. As he got to the edge of the box he jinked past a couple of defenders before slotting the ball home with perfection in front of The Kop. I believe that it was this performance that made him a true Kop Idol, which he remains to this day.”

  • Click here to read ‘Ex Reds Remembered – John Barnes’. Profile by Ste Speed.