It´s do or die for Liverpool on Saturday when we face Arsenal at Emirates. We must win to keep top four hopes alive. The Reds has through the years had trouble beating Arsenal away but 20 years ago we did in a most satisfying fashion. The current team can study how it happened and copy it.
It was on the 12th of April 1995 when 5th placed Liverpool travelled to London to face 12th placed Arsenal at Highbury. The Reds came from a home defeat in the previous game when Leeds won 1-0 at Anfield. Arsenal was in a far worse state. They had suffered five losses in the six preceding matches.
Liverpool featured 19 year-old winger Mark Kennedy, the most expensive teenager in British football at the time. He played his second game in red and was accompanied by two other Marks coming in from the bench. Mark Wright and Mark Walters was fielded early in the second half beacause defenders Rob Jones and John Scales got injured. But it was another guy who was on the mark, God himself, Robbie Fowler.
But Liverpool fans had to wait long for the only goal of the game. Liverpool had few problems keeping Arsenal at bay but couldn´t find so many openings themselves either. It appeared to end in a goalless stalemate something the home side was looking for. But after missing a chance just before the end Robbie Fowler popped up in the 90th minute to smash home the winner, set-up by Steve McManaman.
For the third time that season Liverpool broke Arsenal hearts and Fowler was the slayer twice and Ian Rush the other time. In the league in August Fowler scored his famous four minute hattrick, still a Premier League record, and in January Ian Rush scored in the fifth round of the League Cup giving Liverpool a 1-0 win at Anfield.
The 1994/95 season ended in a decent way for Liverpool landing in fourth place in the league and winning the League Cup. For Arsenal it was a disaster, they ended up in the bottom half in the 12th position and lost the final in the Cup Winners Cup.
The game in 1995 was the start of a six match unbeaten run Liverpool had away to Arsenal. Let´s hope we can begin a similar sequence on Saturday. Another 1-0 victory will do fine, with Philippe Coutinho hitting the winner in the last minute, enabling us to say:
We Go Again.
Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.