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.