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.