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Anfield Memories: Rooney's Winner

We all remember O'Shea's last minute winner at Anfield; most of us can see Gordon Strachan imitating to smoke a cigar; and very few forgot the legendary 3-3 in 1994. But there are some Liverpool v United games which are rarely recalled as they weren't so significant anyway.

On January 15, 2005, United visited Anfield rocked by injury problems but attempting to keep up the pace with Chelsea and Arsenal. Liverpool themselves were underwhelming in Rafa Benitez's first season and fighting a losing battle for fourth place with Everton.

The game itself, as Liverpool v United games so frequently are, was pretty dire. The dippers started the better but Dudek's customary howler - this time he let Rooney's not exactly ferocious effort to sneak in at the near post - gifted us the lead and rocked Liverpool.

Roy Keane should have added another with a brilliant 30-yard thunderbolt that rattled the crossbar. There were not many more chances in the game, to be honest, as United defended uncharacteristically well, even without Rio Ferdinand. What IS memorable about the game is the anticipation of Fernando Morientes' debut.

In hindsight it's a little difficult to believe but the general feeling was that Benitez pulled off a coup by securing the Spanish striker who was indeed one of the best in Europe in his prime. The season before his goals were vital in getting AS Monaco to the Champions League final, knocking out Real Madrid and Chelsea in the process.

But of course we did not know back then what we know now: that it's extremely perilous for a striker to sign for Liverpool as Benitez has a real knack for ruining them, shattering their confidence - with the obvious exception of Fernando Torres. Morientes was the first in the line: he was quiet and disappointing in this game (I must admit I had been somewhat anxious about the prospect of facing him but he proved toothless) and his Anfield career never got going.

Not that we foresaw it that day: we were happy to put another tricky fixture behind, especially as we had to play the last 30 minutes with ten men after Wes Brown was sent off on 64 minutes. But Liverpool proved unable to create a single chance even against 10 men and we fully deserved to win.

Did they accept defeat gracefully, with dignity? We're talking about Liverpool here, chaps! Their official website came up with this after the game:

'In fact, never mind Chelsea and Arsenal, Watford performed better than United at Anfield and still lost.'

Not bitter at all, were they?

Liverpool: Dudek, Carragher, Pellegrino, Hyypia, Traore, Luis Garcia, Gerrard, Hamann (Biscan 79),Riise (Sinama Pongolle 72), Baros, Morientes (Nunez 75).

United: Carroll, Phil Neville, Brown, Silvestre, Heinze, Fletcher, Keane, Scholes, Ronaldo (O'Shea 67),Rooney (Bellion 90), Saha (Fortune 79).




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 24 2009

Time: 10:45AM

Your Comments

Zae.. keep it real my friend.They absolutly trounced us last seaon at Old Trafford and beat us at anfield without torres and gerrard!!! They are well capable of doing the same today, in fairness they are a good side! We'll go a bad patch also this season..no doubt!!! Chelski imo are the team to beat this season!!! Don't be too cocky my friend!!! Egg on face is no good!!!
java
p.s. A shut mouth catches no flies!!! ;)
java
Bit difficult to keep your mouth shut when you use it for breathing.
fifthcolumnblue
fcb it would be slightly worrying if you haven't noticed that thing protruding from your face, just above your mouth, its called a nose, suprisingly enough you can use that to breath instead of your mouth.
One United 92
aaaaaaaaah ha ha ha... liverpool!!!!!
johnny come lately
That thug at the back for you lot must really hate playing against Liverpool - 3 red cards in a row against them.
Kevinho
I was implying that he was a mouth breather (that's an insult BTW). Funny, you miss my digs but criticise me when I agree with you. Being a manure fan clearly messes with your head.
fifthcolumnblue
When are you ever just simply outclassed? It's always down to the officials, or you having a bad day at the office, or wearing grey kit, or too early a kickoff, or not enough injury-time added?! Not even that defeat in Rome last May v Barca reserves counts, does it?! Classless. Truly classless. And you wonder why you're the most hated club in history!?! Of course we're all jealous - keep on kidding yourselves. 5 TIMES.
Howard
Howard, first of all every one of us know we got outclassed by Barca and none of us are afraid to admit. Secondly don't take the opinion of one united fan as the voicepoint for all united fans, I among others believe we were outplayed by Liverpool today. Thridly were the most hated club because we ignorant like the Liverpool fans? Hmm think that one needs to be thought through a little bit more because frankly sounds like blind hatred rather than justified hatred.
One United 92
 

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