ACCORDING to the always excellent LFCHistory.Net, Liverpool FC has scored 9,408 goals in 5,456 competitive matches. So for a goal to live long in the memory for a lot of Reds, it has to be a bit special. This was a bit special.
On this day 31 years ago, after a dour draw at Wembley the previous Sunday, Liverpool went head to head with Everton for a second time to decide the winners of the 1984 Milk Cup. Fifty two thousand reds and blues were at Maine Road on a Wednesday night to witness that special goal — from the boot of Liverpool captain Souness.
After mis-controlling a pass from Phil Neal, the ball bounced invitingly for the Scot and he cracked a “bounce volley” (copyright Mike Nevin) past Neville Southall in the Everton goal. The captain then sets off on that now famous run, chest stuck out, pushing aside team-mates. It was enough to win a first major trophy for Joe Fagan.
The gaffer told the Liverpool Echo: “Winning a trophy is a manager’s dream and I’ve been incredibly lucky to achieve it quicker than many other people. Never forget it was Bob Paisley’s era that brought the players here. To be honest, I felt a bit embarrassed when they said they wanted to win something for me.
“Our club has gone on for so many years that winning trophies has become a tradition. I wouldn’t like to break it.”
Souness said: “I mis-controlled it and had my back to goal but flashed a leg at it and it just dipped in front of Everton keeper Neville Southall before going in. It was a bit ad hoc when we were presented with the trophy. A fan got in the way between me and Bruce Grobbelaar as I passed it down the line but it was all good fun.”
LIVERPOOL: Grobbelaar, Neal, Kennedy, Lawrenson, Whelan, Hansen, Dalglish, Lee, Rush, Johnston, Souness (c).
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