LIVERPOOL 4 Portsmouth 0 – October 3, 1987
KENNY Dalglish’s side continued extended their seven-game unbeaten run, seeing off Portsmouth in trademark fashion.
Peter Beardsley scored the first of The Reds goals, on the half-hour mark, after an uncharacteristic first 30 from a Liverpool side that made light work of many of their opponents during that time.
However, they came back out for the second half looking every bit as deadly as what they had displayed in previous games, first Steve McMahon scored five minutes after the restart before John Aldridge converted a penalty just 90 seconds later. Ronnie Whelan rounded off the scoring in the 71st minute to leave the away side licking their wounds.
Dalglish’s men would go unbeaten until March, as they lost to both Everton and Nottingham Forest in the space of three games, but would still win the league by nine points — in a season which saw some of the best football a Liverpool side has ever produced.
Manchester City 0 LIVERPOOL 3 – October 4, 1980
GOALS from Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness put Liverpool two up against Manchester City, but the biggest moment of the game came in the 69th minute.
David Fairclough made way for Toxteth-born Howard Gayle, who became Liverpool’s first ever black player. His moment in the limelight would come later that season, replacing Kenny Dalglish early in the game against Bayern Munich. He would run the Munich defence ragged for 61 minutes before being subbed off — out of fear he would have been sent off for retaliation — having been kicked all over the park for little over an hour.
Gayle would only make five appearances for the club, in total, but that night in Munich would shape his career, and help coin the title of his new book 61 Minutes in Munich.
LIVERPOOL 5 Fulham 0 – October 5, 1993
AFTER scoring on his debut in the first leg of this tie, Robbie Fowler would put on a show for the 12,000-plus in attendance at Anfield.
The 18-year-old scored five against Fulham to secure an 8-1 aggregate win over the Cottagers, in the second round of the League Cup.
Fowler became a legend over two spells at the club, amassing 369 appearances and scoring 183 goals. Six goals in his first four Liverpool appearances told you all you need to know about the player.
LIVERPOOL 5 Exeter City 0 – October 7, 1981
ANOTHER League Cup second round tie and the same result. This time Exeter City were on the wrong end of a 5-0 thrashing, though this time the goals were shared out slightly.
Ian Rush, Terry McDermott and Kenny Dalglish all notched in the first half, before Rush added his second and Ronnie Whelan put the exclamation mark on a comfortable night for The Reds.
Bob Paisley’s side would go on to win the League Cup, beating Tottenham 3-1 in the final at Wembley.
Crewe Alexandra 1 LIVERPOOL 4 – October 9, 1990
IT was a case of the usual suspects on this occasion. Another League Cup second round. Another convincing Liverpool win. And more goals from Ian Rush.
The club’s all-time top scorer notched a hat-trick against Dario Gradi’s Crewe Alexandra, a team which featured former Liverpool right-back Rob Jones, and Steve Staunton got himself on the scoresheet — with a Crewe consolation coming six minutes from time.
This wasn’t a sign of things to come for The Reds, however, as they were knocked out in the next round by Manchester United at Old Trafford.