The season is all but dead and buried but Liverpool still has to show pride in the last six fixtures. Why not begin on Saturday when we face West Bromwich away and do what the Reds did in 2003, winning 6-0.
The historical match this time is only twelve years gone. It was on the 26th of April 2003 when the pulverisation took place. In fact almost a dozen years to the day for our upcoming clash with the Baggies.
Despite the 6-0 scoreline it was not plain sailing all the way. At least not in the first half. Liverpool dominated completely but found the net just once when Michael Owen scored in the 15th minute.
In the second half the Reds turned on the heat from the first whistle. In the 47th minute Milan Baros made it 2-0 from close range. Just two minutes later Liverpool took a firm grip when Owen rounded the keeper for 3-0. The England striker completed his hattrick in the 61st minute when bundling the ball over the line. It was one of eight league hattricks in Owen´s career and the second goal was his 100th in the Premier League.
Liverpool wasn´t satisfied with four goals. They kept harrassing the home team at that stage already destined for relegation and a home defence being without a recognized central defender. Owen was red hot this Saturday afternoon and sprinted through the Albion backline to make it 5-0 in the 67th minute. His partner up front, Baros, got his second in the 84th minute to round off the romp.
This was the 36th league match of the season and Liverpool was in 5th place, same as now. In the last match the Reds faced Chelsea away and a win would have secured a Champions League spot but we went down 2-1 and handed the CL position to Chelsea. Hopefully history won´t repeat itself and we once more misses out on CL and land in 5th. A 6-0 scoreline on the other hand is something I can live with. With the right winners of course. Do it Reds and make sure us fans can live with hope and keep saying:
We Go Again.
Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.