We Go Again - Liverpool Reds

We Go Again - Liverpool Reds

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Welcome to We Go Again - Liverpool Reds, a blog about Liverpool Football Club with a Swedish perspective written in English. My name is Leif Larsson and I am a Swede living in Sweden. I have been a Liverpool supporter for over 40 years. I will write about all kinds of things that concerns Liverpool FC. Sometimes I will hand out praise, other times it will be the opposite. I will continuously add different categories to the blog.

Write to me on this e-mail address: wegoagain.reds@gmail.com

Bimpson´s quick four shocked Burnley

HistoryPosted by Leif Larsson Tue, March 03, 2015 18:33:34

Next up for Liverpool in the league is the game at Anfield tomorrow versus 18th and relegation placed Burnley. In the last decades Liverpool has handled Burnley well and only recorded one defeat in the last 20 games at L4. Even the season when Liverpool ended up in 22nd place Burnley was comprehensively downed at home. Let´s take a look at that top tier match from 1953 when a Liverpool player found the net four times.

It was the tenth fixture in the 1953/54 campaign. Burnley started the season well and was in 4th place when they travelled to face 20th placed Liverpool. Their positions were no surprise, the previous season Liverpool finished in 17th place and Burnley landed in 6th spot. The visitors were clear favourites this September Saturday.

But from the off Burnley realized that Liverpool was in no mood to roll over and surrender. Quite the contrary, the home side came out at full throttle. After just two minutes Louis Bimpson put the hosts in front. He didn´t give Burnley any time to recover and found the net once more four minutes later. Bimpson kept terrorising the away defence and in the 22nd minute he completed his hattrick. Just before the interval Liverpool´s number nine smashed home his fourth.

In the second half Liverpool cruised and no more goals fell. The 4-0 win gave the Reds some momentum and they won two more games in a short time and climbed to 16th. But the joy was shortlived, between the 30th of October and the 20th of March Liverpool won just one game and was firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. A small revival at the end didn´t help, Liverpool finished in 22nd place, their lowest ever placing in the league, and got relegated. Burnley recovered from the Anfield humiliation and finished in 7th place.

Forward Louis Bimpson is not a household name in Liverpool history and he was never a regular in the side. During eight seasons he just managed to play 96 league games and score 38 goals. His best season goal-wise was the one when Liverpool made up the table rear, Bimpson struck 12 times in just 24 appearances. His four goal haul against Burnley was his only hattrick for the Reds. Burnley was also the team which he scored most against in total, namely the four strikes mentioned.

During the fifties every team was attack-hungry and it was gung-ho all the way. Liverpool, for instance, scored 68 goals in 1953/54 and was still relegated, unheard of today. Just one team scored less than 60, Cardiff on 51. The goals against column provides the same goal-crazy evidence. Champions Wolverhampton let in 56 goals and the four bottom teams shipped 90 goals or more. Liverpool had the worst record letting 97 goals end up in their own net.

Some other figures presents more of the same. Liverpool won six games at home and scored three, three, four, four, five and six in these matches. The Reds failed to score just twice in 21 home games and six times in the 21 away fixtures. It was the same scenario at the defensive end. Liverpool kept just three clean sheets at home and two away.

Let´s hope Liverpool can copy what happened 62 years ago and bag a hatful against Burnley tomorrow night. If one of our worst teams ever could do it then the present one should aswell. Another 4-0 victory would the perfect tonic as:

We Go Again.

Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.

D-day for Man City at Anfield

HistoryPosted by Leif Larsson Sat, February 28, 2015 09:51:30

Twenty years before the real D-day invasion during World War Two Liverpool´s attack invaded Manchester City´s defence and claimed a 5-3 win and all Red goalscorers had first names beginning with the letter D. A D-day to the letter.

On the 6th of June 1944 Allied Forces invaded Normandy in a quest to defeat the Germans and win WW2. On the 13th of September 1924 Liverpool had their own a lot more friendly version. The Reds raided Man City at Anfield and won a humdinger of a match. When the dust had settled the home team had ran out 5-3 winners. And it was Donald, Dick, Danny, another Dick and Danny again who where the goalscorers.

The historical encounter with Man City was the third fixture in the 1924/25 season. Liverpool started with two defeats and were in 20th place, in the 22 team top tier. The visitors had played three games, winning two, losing one and was uphelding ninth place in the table.

The Reds needed a win to get out of relegation trouble. And 30 000 people at Anfield got what they wanted, a home win and goals galore.

But after 45 minutes the outlook was bleak. Man City lead by 2-1 and Liverpools only strike came on the half hour mark when Donald Mackinlay netted. It was the opener but the vistors scored two in quick succession to turn the tables.

In the second half more misery fell on Liverpool when the guests made it 3-1. A third straight defeat stared the home team in the eyes. But Liverpool didn´t cave. They attacked desperately and got their reward when Dick Forshaw cut deficit to one goal in the 62nd minute. The L4 lads chased the equalizer but in vain. With ten minutes left it was still 2-3. Then finally the Reds got on level terms when Danny Shone made it 3-3 with a fine shot.

Encouraged by the recovery Liverpool continued to attack and three minutes from time the turnaround was completed when Dick Johnson netted. He was the fourth Liverpool guy with a first name starting with a D scoring this afternoon. Right at the death Danny Shone put som icing on the cake wrapping up the scoring with his second and Liverpool´s fifth.

The magnificent effort gave Liverpool confidence and the team improved all season through and ended up in respectable fourth place in the final table. Manchester City had to settle for a final 10th place.

Tomorrow Liverpool play host to Manchester City in a clash extremely important to both teams. Another two goal win would be great and Daniel Sturridge and Dejan Lovren being the D-named goalscoring heroes. They owe us fans after the below-par European performance the other day. Soon enough:

We Go Again.

Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.

Brace from young Whelan sank Saints

HistoryPosted by Leif Larsson Sat, February 21, 2015 11:45:21

Last season Liverpool claimed their biggest ever victory at Southampton winning 3-0. We have actually never scored more than three away against the Saints. We did it 33 years ago when youngster Ronnie Whelan hit the winner at the death. Can our present young talent Jordon Ibe copy his feat when the Reds face Southampton tomorrow?

Time for a another historical look at a fine Liverpool performance ahead of a meeting with the same opposition. The game at The Dell took place on the 24th of April 1982. Liverpool was in a title fight with Ipswich leading the table at this point with the East Anglia side hot on our heels two points behind. To win at Southampton was therefore extremely important. It was a tough proposition though, the Saints had been table-toppers a month earlier but some bad results had made them slip to fifth. They were seeking revival.

It was a clash containing several top players. Southampton fielded Kevin Keegan, Mick Channon, Mark Wright and Alan Ball among others. Liverpool presented a line-up with players like Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Phil Neal.

But it was at the time a pretty unknown player who stole the show, namely 20-year-old midfielder Ronnie Whelan. He established himself in Liverpool this season, 1981/82, after making his debut a year earlier. Occupying the number five shirt he followed the act of legend Ray Kennedy in fine fashion.

It was however another legend, Ian Rush, who put Liverpool on the victory trail when he opened the scoring in the 12th minute. Southampton responded and Mick Channon equalized 24 minutes later. At the break nothing was settled and all to play for.

Nine minutes into the second period Ronnie Whelan put Liverpool on the front foot again putting the ball in the net for 2-1. But the home side drew level once again, this time just two minutes later when former Red Kevin Keegan converted a penalty.

It appeared to end all square and two points dropped for the Reds but Whelan had other ideas. With the clock on 88 minutes he popped up to score his second, and the winner, and in the process getting Liverpool three points closer to another league title.

Liverpool kept plugging away in the final matches and didn´t give Ipswich a look in. The title was wrapped up with a four point margin despite Liverpool drawing three of the last five matches.

Ronnie Whelan was regardless of his tender years a major figure in the league winning side playing 32 matches in the 42-game programme and hitting ten goals. This was the best ever goal effort from the Dublin-born Irishman, only equalled once, 1985/86, in his 14 year long Liverpool career.

He obviously liked to play against Southampton, he scored five against them through the years, more than against any other team. Many thinks Ronnie Whelan is one of the best playmakers ever wearing the red shirt. I am inclined to agree.

Can our new young hot-shot, 19-year-old Jordon Ibe, do what 20-year-old Whelan did in 1982, score two and down the Saints tomorrow? I back him to do it as:

We Go Again.

Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.

Fred hit four in 7-2 win over Tottenham

HistoryPosted by Leif Larsson Mon, February 09, 2015 11:25:21

A win is crucial tomorrow when Liverpool play hosts to Tottenham in the Premier League. The Londoners are four points ahead of us in the battle for top four and can´t be allowed to increase the gap. A 100 years ago Liverpool showed how Tottenham should be disposed of. The match in October 1914 ended in a 7-2 home win.

When history and Tottenham are mentioned many Liverpool fans remember the match at Anfield in 1978 when the Reds played sensational football and won 7-0. The final goal, a header by Terry McDermott, is often described as the greatest team goal scored by Liverpool.

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfWlciSofiM

But already 64 years prior to this match Liverpool managed to put seven past Spurs at Anfield. The game was played during World War One. It is the only English professional football season to have been played in WW1 or WW2.

Many thought it was wrong to play football while other young men went off to war to fight for their country. Attendances were low and only 20 000 came to Anfield on the 31st of October 1914. The ones who chose to be there could at least enjoy an extraordinary goal-fest.

Liverpool took an early lead through Billy Banks in the 10th minute. Thirteen minutes later Fred Pagnam started a goal-spree of his own. Before half-time Tottenham´s Bert Bliss cut back the deficit and at 2-1 ahead of the second half everything was left to play for.

Goal-wise nothing happened until it remained 20 minutes. Then number 10 Fred Pagnam put Liverpool 3-1 up. But just two minutes later Tommy Clay gave the guests hope when converting a penalty. But Fred Pagnam had some unfinished business to take care of. He completed his hattrick in the 80th minute and found the net once more two minutes later to get a memorable quadruple. Liverpool cruised at 5-2 up and Jackie Sheldon made it an even more miserable day for Tottenham with two late goals to make it 7-2.

Fred Pagnam just played in two seasons for Liverpool, the war-time one and one after the war, 1919/20. He then left for Arsenal. He was really prolific and scored 28 goals in 37 league games in the red shirt.

Despite this goal-hungry performance Liverpool didn´t perform particularly well this season. The Reds landed in a final 13th place (out of 20) and was also shamed by a match-fixing scandal involving Liverpool and Manchester United players. The season ended even bleaker for Tottenham who propped up the table and was relegated.

I don´t expect a 7-2 result this time but a victory is a must if there is any point in claiming:

We Go Again.

Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com, www.wsc.co.uk.

Rushie behind a 3-1 win at Goodison

HistoryPosted by Leif Larsson Fri, February 06, 2015 13:05:30

Liverpool FC has left Goodison Park with a winning feeling many times. Just as we did in September 1989, the season when we grabbed our latest league title. Let´s take a look how the Red men downed Everton by 3-1 26 years ago.

The season before Liverpool lost the title to Arsenal in that terrible final league match at Anfield. Was the Kop crew downhearted when the season 1989/90 started? Not particularly. We met Everton away in the seventh league game and was undefeated after three wins and three draws. The Reds were nicely placed second in the table. But Everton was in even better form sitting above us. So the derby was an early top of the table clash. So far Everton had won all three game on home turf while Liverpool had just one win in three on their travels.

Liverpool was in for a tough test. And it became even more severe when the Toffees got their noses in front when Mike Newell made it 1-0 in the 18th minute. Everton dominated the first half hour and rattled the bar on one occasion.

But Liverpool didn´t buckle and in the 33rd minute we were level. John Barnes finished a nice move after a free-kick and headed home for 1-1.

In the second half Liverpool took care of matters and played brilliantly. A certain Ian Rush was once again the man to put Liverpool on the path to victory. In the 62nd minute a Barnes cross was put in the net by the lurking Rush. Just two minutes later the Welshman showed his scoring skills again when his shot was too hard too handle for Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall and suddenly the Reds were 3-1 up. This was Rushie´s 23rd goal in his 24th derby, an exceptional record.

In the second half players like Rush, Peter Beardsley, John Barnes, Ronnie Whelan and Steve McMahon showcased their attacking magic and Liverpool cruised to another derby win. It was a perfect tonic for the rest of the season where Liverpool was in no mood to copy the mistake from the previous campaign. The title was wrapped up with a nine point margin to runners-up Aston Villa.

Another 3-1 Liverpool win will suit me fine when the Reds tomorrow take the short trip to Goddison and hopefully makes sure that:

We Go Again.

Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.

Super Reds smashed Hammers 6-0

HistoryPosted by Leif Larsson Fri, January 30, 2015 14:18:01

Liverpool is in 8th place in the Premier League table, one point behind West Ham in 7th. Tomorrow the Reds play host to the Hammers and has a chance to leapfrog them. Liverpool has a nice habit og beating West Ham at home and let´s take a look in the historical mirror and check out when we did it in goal-hungry style.

Liverpool´s biggest win against West Ham at Anfield came on the 7th of April 1984. A totally merciless home side ran out 6-0 winners. Things were settled already at half-time when Liverpool had got themselves a cosy 4-0 cushion.

It was a season when Liverpool rose to the summit before Christmas and stayed there for the remainder of the campaign. We faced West Ham in the 34th match (out of 42), on paper a tricky task as the Londoners at the time occupied fourth place in the table. But the contest was over before it started. The Liverpool line-up was filled with great players and they really showed what they could do when on song.

Already in the 6th minute one of Liverpool´s best goalscorers in history, Ian Rush, headed the home side in front. Another six minutes passed before another goalhero, Kenny Dalglish, made it 2-0 with a low shot. And history repeated itself quickly. Another six minutes later Ian Rush netted again with a fine effort.

After that Liverpool let Hammers off the hook for a while. But not so long. In the 28th minute Ronnie Whelan finished off a great move and had no problem putting the ball in the net. West Ham never knew what hit them and the Red slaughters weren´t finished. In the second half the annihilation continued with goals and wonderful football.

Midfield maestro Graeme Souness smashed home 5-0 just after an hour and in the 70th minute he concluded the goalscoring business and put number six behind the bewildered away keeper Phil Parkes.

Liverpool Echo described the Liverpool performance as the best in ten years by any English team. High praise indeed. But what else can you expect from a team with a line-up containing Rush, Dalglish, Whelan, Souness, Phil Neal, Mark Lawrenson, Alan Hansen and other superstars.

If the Liverpool of today can at least be half as good as the team 31 years ago then Hammers are in for a hammering at Anfield. 3-0 sounds nice to me, so here:

We Go Again.

Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.

When 4-0 became 4-4 versus Villa

HistoryPosted by Leif Larsson Fri, January 16, 2015 12:02:13

This season Liverpool has squandered leads on a few occasions. But it´s nothing new, in 1960 the Reds were 4-0 up against Aston Villa but could only manage a 4-4 draw. Hopefully Liverpool can avoid a repeat when the teams meet tomorrow at Villa Park. A couple of Liverpool goals and a clean sheet would be ideal.

Let´s go back 55 years and check out how not to do it. The match on the 30th of March in the old second division was a tough proposition for Liverpool. Aston Villa was topping the table at the time and the Reds held a 7th place. But this and the disadvantage of playing away didn´t faze Liverpool. At Anfield Liverpool had won four months earlier and was determined to do a league double over the Villains. It started well when Roger Hunt poked home a rebound in the 19th minute. Five minutes later number nine Dave Hickson ran through the home defence and made it 2-0.

Hickson is one of not too many players to make the ”forbidden” switch between Everton and Liverpool. As a 30-year-old he signed for Liverpool and scored twice on his debut in the 2-1 win versus Aston Villa in November 1959. And now he was at it again against the Midlanders. Hickson only stayed for two seasons at Anfield and was ousted when Ian St John signed. Hickson claimed a fine record though, scoring 37 league goals in 60 appearances.

Back to the Villa game. Just before half-time Liverpool went three up when John Molyneux smashed home a free-kick. On the hour Hickson scored Liverpool´s fourth and his fourth against Villa that season. The Reds were cruising and seemed to have wrapped up the win with 30 minutes to go.

But Aston Villa made an incredible come-back in this humdinger of a match. The second division champions to be cut the deficit to three in the 66th minute thanks to Peter McParland. And the recovery continued instantly. In the 72nd and 75th minute Bobby Thomson and Stan Lynn found the net and made sure of an exciting finale. Five minutes from time Thomson equalized and broke Red hearts and sent Villa fans into frenzy. And it was even close to a home victory when McParland missed a great opportunity to make it 5-4.

Aston Villa was crowned champions with one point to spare and got promoted to the top tier. Liverpool finished the season in fine fashion and ended up in third place. But the Reds had to wait another two seasons before Bill Shankly guided them to the top division.

It´s always great to see crazy goalfests but this time I would settle for a repeat of last season´s result when Liverpool won 1-0 at Villa Park. So tomorrow:

We Go Again.

Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.

Lees only league brace downed Sunderland

HistoryPosted by Leif Larsson Thu, January 08, 2015 17:44:37

On Saturday a tricky tie awaits as Liverpool travels to Sunderland. The Reds has never scored more than four goals away to the Black Cats. Here we go back 35 years to take a look at a high-scoring encounter when Sammy Lee scored his only league brace in the red shirt and Liverpool had a remarkably bad season.

The match at Roker Park took place on the 29th of November 1980 in the 80/81 season. Liverpool ran out 4-2 winners in one of only four away victories that season. In the other three we scored three, two and one goal. A funny old statistic.

But it was not so funny to be a Liverpool fan at this time. Every Kopite expected an assault at the league title because prior to this campaign Liverpool had won the league four times in five seasons. The Reds was in fact smack in the middle of a golden era when eleven league titles in 19 seasons were brought to Anfield. And in seven of the other seasons Liverpool finished second. So it was league title battle in 18 seasons out of 19 between 1972/73 and 1990/91. The odd season out was the one in 1980/81 when the Reds finished in fifth place, a lowly position then, not so much these days. If Liverpool had been champions instead it would have meant six league titles in a row, a record in English football. And eight league triumphs in nine years. That would have been something.

But in 1980/81 things didn´t go to plan. But some matches were worth remembering. For example the 4-2 victory in Sunderland. Especially for wee Sammy Lee, Liverpool´s live-wire on the right side of midfield. He found the net twice and it was the only time he did it in a red shirt in the league. He managed a brace in the League Cup once, against Swindon, also in the 80/81 season.

Lee always worked like slave in games but had a hard time finding the net. He just scored 13 league goals in 197 appearances. And in the Sunderland game it seemed that he once again was going to leave the field without goals to his name.

In the first half David Johnson and Terry McDermott put Liverpool in a comfortable 2-0 position. And in the second period it stayed that way for a long time. But late on the match sprung to life. In the 82nd and 84th minute Sammy Lee popped up and smashed home two goals to put Liverpool 4-0 up. A final 4-0 score-line would have been Liverpool´s biggest win in Sunderland to this day. But fate wanted something else. In the 87th and 88th minute Alan Brown and Stan Cummins scored two consolation goals for the home side.

But for Sammy Lee it didn´t matter, he got his league brace and it was probably a match he´ll never forget. The 1980/81 season was his best goal-wise, Lee scored four in the league, two in Europe and two in the League Cup. Eight goals was by far his best effort, his second best came the following season with four.

Let´s make the match in two days something to remember for all persons connected to LFC. Another 4-2 win will do when:

We Go Again.

Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.

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