In a few days Liverpool take on their first oppoenent in the Premier League 2014/15. Southampton arrives at Merseyside and that sparks rather unhappy memories for Liverpool fans since the Saints won 1-0 at Anfield last season. Let´s go back to more happy times when Liverpool smashed Southampton to pieces in a 7-1 drubbing. Which is Liverpool´s largest win against the south coast team.
The match took place 15 years ago, on the 16th of January 1999. Liverpool was not enjoying the best of seasons. Reds finally landed in 7th place but was prior to the Southampton clash in a decent streak that contained three wins and a draw against Arsenal who in the end was runners-up in the league. Southampton was in a fix. They were destined for relegation all season but a final push with three wins in the last three fixtures saved them, by a whisker.
However, in the game versus Liverpool they resembled cannon fodder, relegation material and amateurs. But hardly any team could have stopped Liverpool on that winter day. The Reds were magnificent. Robbie Fowler started the demolition in the 22nd minute and completed his hattrick two minutes after the break. No wonder he was at it, the notorius goalscorer is for instance noted for nine Premier League hattricks altogether. The surprise came from two other players who hardly ever hit the back of the net. But now it was time. After a corner defender Dominic Matteo headed home 2-0 with power, his only league goal for Liverpool in 129 games. Fellow defender Jamie Carragher got inspired and fired home a rebound for 5-0. It was one of Carra´s three goals in 508 league matches for the Reds. Michael Owen also scored as did David Thompson.
Can this marvellous performance and scoreline be repeated on Sunday? Probably not, but you never know. But if it ends 7-1, 1-0 or 0-1, you know what:
We Go Again.