THE Reds’ achievements in the 2000/1 season guaranteed Gerard Houllier‘s side a place in the history books, and the feel good factor didn’t stop there.
It’s 15 years this week that Liverpool secured a 3-2 win over Champions League winners Bayern Munich in the European Super Cup.
Houllier’s men looked head and shoulders above their opponents, striding into a 3-0 lead after 46 minutes.
The first goal was John Arne Riise’s debut goal for the club, while Emile Heskey and a Michael Owen goal just after the restart saw the Reds take a commanding lead over Omar Hitzfield’s side.
Bayern weren’t quite out of it, though, as goals from Hasan Salihamidzic and Carsten Jancker ensured a nervy end for Liverpool, but they held firm to secure an impressive victory.
The Bayern team that day: Oliver Kahn, Willy Sagnol, Pablo Thiam, Radoslav Kovac, Thomas Linke, Bixente Lizarazu, Ciriaco Sforza, Hasan Salihamidzic, Owen Hargreaves, Élber, Claudio Pizarro.
The Liverpool team: Sander Westerveld, Stephane Henchoz, Sami Hyypia (c), Markus Babbel, John Arne Riise, Jamie Carragher, Didi Hamann, Steven Gerrard, Gary McAllister, Emile Heskey, Michael Owen.
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Another Super Cup victory for Liverpool, this time following their incredible 2005 Champions League final win over AC Milan.
The opposition weren’t of the same level four years on, however the outcome was the same as Rafa Benitez‘s side secured a 3-1 win over CSKA Moscow.
The Russians took the lead just before the half hour mark, courtesy of Daniel Carvalho, but substitute Djibril Cisse equalised with eight minutes remaining to take the game to extra time.
Cisse scored again just before half time in extra time, and Luis Garcia wrapped up the win shortly after the restart.
The Liverpool side that day: Pepe Reina, Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypia, John Arne Riise, Josemi, Jamie Carragher (c), Luis Garcia, Xabi Alonso, Didi Hamann, Bolo Zenden, Fernando Morientes.
Subs: Scott Carson, Stephen Warnock, Momo Sissoko, Djibril Cisse, Florent Sinama-Pongolle.
It’s 32 years since Liverpool signed Jan Molby, one of the most talented players to wear the red shirt. In 11 and half years at the club he made 292 appearances and 61 goals, winning two league titles and two FA Cups.
Emlyn Hughes and Didi Hamann were born this week, in 1947 and 1973 respectively.
Emlyn’s honours: League Title – 1972/73, 1975/76, 1976/77, 1978/79; FA Cup – 1974; European Cup – 1977, 1978; UEFA Cup – 1973, 1976.
Didi’s honours: FA Cup 2001, 2006; League Cup 2001, 2003; Champions League 2005; UEFA Cup 2001.