The Real Madrid defeat is history and tomorrow Liverpool need to dust themselves down and rise again and beat Hull at home. It´s definitely doable and the Reds have done so in five of the six league games the sides have clashed at Anfield. In 2009 we smashed home six goals but if we dig deeper in history we find a 5-3 win in 1959 which could be an inspiration for the Reds going into the Premier League duel this weekend.
The match on the 29th of August 1959 was played in the second tier of English professional football. Both teams started that season with one defeat and one victory. Liverpool leaked goals in those games and Hull was even worse. So when the Tigers came to Anfield a lot pointed to goals galore. And the teams didn´t disappoint.
Hull started brightly and went two nil up via a brace from John Coady. But in the second half Liverpool came to life. In the 52nd minute attacking midfielder Jimmy Harrower scored a fantastic solo goal, described as one of the finest ever at Anfield. Six minutes later Jimmy Melia headed home to make things even.
Then a left back, later in his life manager of Liverpool, stepped up and gave the home side the lead in the 65th minute. Ronnie Moran smashed home a free-kick for 3-2. The legendary Liverpool defender hit 15 goals in his 342 league games for the Reds. The one against Hull was special as it was his first in a Liverpool shirt.
Moran joined Liverpool as a 15 year old and signed professional terms three years later. He stayed on for 16 years as a player and then became a member of the famous Liverpool Boot Room. He was predominantly a coach during his staff years but twice he was promoted to the hot seat. In 1991 he deputised for Kenny Dalglish as manager for ten games and a year later he was caretaker manager for a short spell when Graeme Souness had heart surgery.
Back to the Hull game in 1959. Moran´s goal gave the Reds the winning feeling and a platform to go on scoring. And after goals from Liverpool legends Melia and Moran another one well-known Liverpool player found the net in the 80th minute. Alan A´Court hit a formidable shot, probably the best of his career to put the match beyond doubt. The icing on the cake came five minuets later when Liverpool goal machine Billy Liddell made it 5-2. Vic Metcalfe scored a consolation goal a minute later.
A similar scoreline tomorrow is not so far-fetched as Liverpool´s defence is leaking at the moment and the same goes for Hull. I wouldn´t mind a repeat of the result 55 years ago. So why not just make sure that:
We Go Again.
Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.