As Liverpool prepare for the clash with Manchester City away, where the Reds lost last season, we take a walk down memory lane and examines how it should be done.
In a twelve match sequence between 1982 and 1991 Liverpool won nine, drew two and lost only one game versus Man City in league and cup. The oldest three games in that streak are the picks of the bunch. Especially the first when Liverpool went to Manchester and smashed the light blue team 5 to nothing. The two following matches between the teams ended in Liverpool victories with 5-2 and 4-0. The latter coming at Maine Road just as the 5-0 hiding.
It was on the 10th of April 1982 that Bob Paisley led the red men to their biggest ever away win against City. It was a performance of outmost splendour. The goals coming from defenders, midfielders and forwards in a steady rate.
Sammy Lee started the netfinding procedures with his 1-0 strike in the 8th minute. In the 42nd minute Phil Neal followed it up with a penalty, one of his 38 successful 12-yard conversions for LFC. After the break two quick goals around the hour mark made it impossible for the hosts to think of a comeback, let alone make one. Craig Johnston and Alan Kennedy were the executors.
Funnily enough fullback Alan Kennedy was on the scoresheet once again a year later when Liverpool downed City 4-0 at Maine Road. Yesterday it was 36 years since Kennedy made his debut for Liverpool and in 11 days, on the 31 of August, he will celebrate his 60th birthday. Congrats, by the way. The 5-0-demolition was completed when a 20-year old Ian Rush scored one of his 17 league goals that season, in total he made the net bulge 30 times in 1981/82.
Liverpool was crowned champions that season and City had to settle for 10th place. A repeat this season would be perfect. As would the 5-0-result. If it´s not to be this time:
We Go Again.
Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.