Saturday 13 November 2004
Milan Baros scored the only hat-trick of his Liverpool career in his most prolific season for the club – scoring 13 goals in total during Rafa Benitez’s first campaign in charge.
Baros completed his hat-trick with a last minute penalty and give Liverpool victory. In fact, two of Baros’ goals came via the penalty spot after the Czech Republic international had won the spot-kicks himself.
The Reds were without injured duo Steven Gerrard and Djibril Cisse – a recent £14m acquisition – and had just lost their 100% home start under Benitez days earlier against Birmingham.
After the match, Benitez said “We fought right until the end and that was important. We knew it would be difficult but I thought we played as we had to.”
The return fixture later that season saw Liverpool defeated 1-0, Andy Johnson scoring the only goal. It wasn’t enough to save Palace from relegation though – narrowly dropping out as West Brom pulled off a miracle escape.
Liverpool went on to finish fifth in the League, but their season ended in Istanbul on May 25th…
Goals: Baros 23 pen, 45, 90 pen – Kolkka 44, Hughes 52.
Liverpool: Kirkland, Josemi, Hyypia, Carragher, Traore, Garcia, Alonso, Hamann, Riise, Kewell, Baros.
Subs: Dudek, Finnan, Biscan, Sinama-Pongolle, Mellor.
Crystal Palace: Kiraly, Leigertwood, Popovic, Boyce, Granville, Routledge, Watson, Riihilahti, Hughes, Kolkka, Freedman.
Stats via the excellent LFCHistory.