As Liverpool prepare for one of their biggest games of their season when bitter arch-rivals Manchester United come to town at Anfield, the atmosphere will be 100% deafening and intimidating for the travelling supporters.
In fact, Liverpool had once gone six years without a win against United (2002-2008) – here’s a look at the recent five wins against them in front of the Kop in the Premier League:
Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United (1st September 2013)
This was Liverpool’s most recent trimuph, at Anfield, in front of their own supporters against the Manchester side. This was the David Moyes era that Liverpool fans remember fondly – and the start of a miraculous title push as well. Liverpool edged the battle of the North West by one goal – laying down a marker for the rest of the season.
Daniel Sturridge headed in after 3 minutes, to settle a cagey match.
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United (11th March 2011)
Liverpool completed their third victory in a row at home over Manchester United when they comfortably disposed of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side with a comprehensive win in a bad-tempered match – the 3 yard hat-trick from fan favourite Dirk Kuyt was enough to continue Liverpool’s revival under Kenny Dalglish, and stopped United’s title bandwagon in its tracks at a rocking afternoon on Merseyside.
Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United (25th October 2009)
Liverpool were struggling in the Premier League, having suffered 3 successive defeats, and therefore were in need of a win desperately. Boadroom problems collided with the under-fire gaffer Rafael Benitez, so with their arch-rivals in town, something had to give.
Liverpool won the game comfortably 2-0 in a bad tempered contest – a brilliant goal from Fernando Torres and a cool David N’Gog strike in the final minutes ensured Benitez won the battle of the games.
Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United (13th September 2008)
Six years had passed since the Reds last beat Manchester United at Anfield – but they settled that unwanted statistic with an impressive display. Carlos Tevez’s early strike gave the visitors the lead, but a Wes Brown own-goal and a late Ryan Babel winner won Liverpool their first game against United in the league under Rafa Benitez. It later became the battle of the title contenders, but, United were the ones who won the Premier League at the end of the season.
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United (4th November 2001)
This game was like any other Liverpool-Mancheter United game, but the look on the dugout was different. Gerard Houllier, Liverpool’s regular manager, had been out for a month with a serious heart condition, so therefore, assistant manager Phil Thompson was taking charge of the Reds until the Frenchman’s return.
There was nothing strange about Liverpool’s performance though; they let their talking happen on the pitch, as they comfortably dispatched the Mancs with a Michael Owen brace and a Norwegian thunderbolt from John Arne Riise. Here’s another look at that fizzing & thunderous effort..
A David Beckham goal sandwiched in between Riise’s strike and Owen’s second gave them brief hope, but it was a formality for the Merseysiders, recording an impressive win that later gave them the impetus to mount a title challenge, and finish above Ferguson’s United.
Written by @SteLindellLFC