Burnley away is the proposition tomorrow. Hopefully we´ll see a carbon copy display of the one Liverpool produced on Boxing Day away to Burnley in 1969.
Liverpool won 5-1 and the match 45 years ago was also played on a Friday, just as the fixture this time. With so many things correlating it would be appropriate for the present Red side to do exactly as the historic one did, namely take Burnley to the cleaners.
When the game started Liverpool was in third place and Burnley in 16th. The vistors were clear favourites and Liverpool did their job well. Two Ians were prominent in the win, a legend and a rather unknown player.
First man to get his name on the scoresheet was Liverpool´s number eight Ian Ross. Hardly a household name and he only played 48 league games for the Reds during his six seasons at Anfield. His opening goal in the 26th minute was his first and last league goal for Liverpool. Goal number two came from another not so famous red player. Bobby Graham played just over 100 league matches for Liverpool scoring a respectable 31 goals. This season, 1969/70, was his best goal-wise, he made the net bulge 13 times. Just before half-time legendary defender Chris Lawler put the issue beyond doubt when making it 3-0.
In the second half Liverpool took the foot off the gas, let Burnley get a consolation goal, but added two of their own aswell. Another legend, Peter Thompson, hit the fourth and the legend of legends Ian Callaghan wrapped up Liverpool´s goal-spree when smashing home the fifth on the hour.
Ian Callaghan is of course Mr Liverpool after his 20 years with the club when he racked up 857 competitive matches for the Reds, a record no other Liverpool player been able to even come close to.
Liverpool had a topsy-turvy campaign in 1969/70 and mixed the results throughout. The 5-1 win versus Burnley is nevertheless our biggest ever win at Turf Moor and the largest winning margin that season. Burnley had a funny sequence at this time finishing in 14th place for the fourth season running.
There are no Ians in the Liverpool squad nowadays but perhaps Jordan Henderson and Jordan Rossiter or even Jordan Williams can follow up the tradition of the namesake/goalgetting business against Burnley. And when Santa has done his job:
We Go Again.
Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com