Chase for top four places hottens up as Liverpool travels to Swansea tomorrow. Here is an historical lesson of how to down Swans in their own den. In 1982/83 the Reds triumphed 3-0.
We have pretty miserable record away to Swansea. In eleven league games through the years the home side has been victorious on seven occasions and Liverpool just twice. But in the league winning season of 1982/83 there was no question that Liverpool really ran the rule over Swansea.
In the 35th match, out of 42, Liverpool downed the Swans 3-0 at home and all but secured the league title. In fact Liverpool didn´t win any of the remaining seven fixtures but still won the league with an eleven point margin to runners-up Watford. Earlier in the season the same 3-0 scoreline beamed at the final whistle at Vetch Field, then home of Swansea City. But in the reverse order of course since Liverpool was the winner.
It was a game with many Liverpool-Swansea connections. Swansea manager was John Toshack, a former Liverpool favourite. And in the home line-up two former Red players featured, Ray Kennedy and Colin Irwin. Bob Latchford, a former Everton striker, also played for Swansea.
But none of this helped. The visitors were in no mood to give any favours. The only thing occupying Liverpool minds this September Saturday was to grab the three points.
Halfway into the first half it was as good as game over. A certain Ian Rush scored in the 15th and 23rd minute to put Liverpool firmly in the driver´s seat. Swansea couldn´t get near the guests and in the 84th minute Craig Johnston put the issue beyond any reasonable doubt hitting home for 3-0.
This was the sixth game of the season and Liverpool had won four and drawn two. A month later the Reds climbed to the summit and stayed there for the rest of the season. It was a glorious campaign. Liverpool won 24 matches, scored 87 goals and the league title was the second in a row. A third on the spin was achieved the following season.
This season, 1982/83, Ian Rush really came to the fore as the most lethal marksman in English football. He had scored 17 league goals the season before and this time he found the net on 24 occasions. The following season was his best ever, the Welshman smashed home 32 league goals and a grand total och 47 cup and league goals.
If Liverpool is to keep up hopes for Champions League places then we must beat Swansea in Wales for the third time in our league history. It can be done, so the rallying cry for tomorrow is:
We Go Again.
Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.