Monthly Review - August

Aug 1 - Norway XI 1 Liverpool 3

A great 30 minutes from Liverpool and it was all done. It was all they needed to do against a Norwegian team consisting of some international players (Tore Andre Flo from Chelsea) and local league players. Fowler and Owen both showed their superior goalgetter skills with three great goals. Fowler was injured after scoring Liverpool's second.

Aug 4 - Crewe 1 Liverpool 3

Michael Owen continued his excellent goal-scoring form in the build-up to the new season, scoring his fifth goal in four friendlies against Crewe. Liverpool won 3-1. It was also the debut by Karl-Heinz Riedle in a red shirt. Paul Ince grabbed his debut Liverpool goal and ex-Crewe favourite DannyMurphy scored from the spot. Mark Rivers volleyed in for Crewe.

Aug 9 - Wimbledon 1 Liverpool 1

Teenager Michael Owen rescued Liverpool at Selhurst Park after Marcus Gayle had put the Donsahead. The 17-year-old missed a host of chances in the first half but made no mistake from the spotafter Vinnie Jones had fouled Karl-Heinz Riedle. Gayle had given Wimbledon a scent of victory witha superb free-kick which went in off the bar after 55 minutes. Andy Clarke nearly set up a last-gaspwinner but Neil Ardley shot wide. Ruddock was injured midway through the first half and was expected to be out for at least 6 weeks.

Aug 11 - Barnes given free transfer

John Barnes has been told he can leave The Reds on a free transfer after 10 years at the club. Barnes asked to be released after failing to begin the new season in the first team, and the arrival of three new midfielders at Anfield.

Aug 12 - Mark Kennedy requests for transfer

Winger Kennedy has stunned Liverpool with a transfer demand, just 24 hours after John Barnes wastold he can quit Anfield on a free. He managed just eight appearances as substitute last season and has started only five matches in his two years at Anfield.

Aug 13 - Liverpool 1 Leichester City 2

Liverpool suffered the sort of shock start they just did not need in their first Anfield league game ofthe season. A goal after just 72 seconds stunned the stadium into silence. Paul Ince captained the side for the first time on home soil, while the boy for the future, 17 year-old Michael Owen, made his home debut to great acclaim from the Kop. Fenton increased Leichester's lead in the 83rd minute before Ince scoring the Red's consolation goal a minute later.

Aug 14 - Macca negotiates with Barcelona

Steve McManaman has been linked with a sensational 12.5 million move from Liverpool to Spanish giants Barcelona according to Sky Sports. The 25-year-old was reportedly watched by Barca general manager Bobby Robson in Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat by Leicester at Anfield. Macca flew over to Barcelona for talks later in the day.

Aug 15 - Macca's deal falls through

Macca's proposed deal fell through. Steve McManaman says he is happy to stay at Liverpool but is surprised the club wanted to sell him to Barcelona. The 12m move fell through but he said: "I have maintained all along that I would not leave Liverpool unless they did not want me any longer.

Aug 23 - Blackburn Rovers 1 Liverpool 1

Teenage sensation Michael Owen looked to have given Liverpool a win, but Martin Dahlin came offthe substitutes' bench to earn Blackburn a point. The Swedish international, who moved to Ewood Park in the close season, scored six minutes from time. He traded passes with Lars Bohinen beforebeating keeper David James. Owen had charged down a pass from Jason Wilcox and then spedaway before drilling a low shot into the net - CEEFAX.

Aug 26 - Leeds United 0 Liverpool 2

Liverpool not only secured their first league win of the season, but their defence held firm for the firsttime in the league for six months. The match was marred by niggly fouls and dubious refereeing (4Liverpool players were booked), but Steve McManaman's goal mid-way through the first half setthe scene for Liverpool's domination against a Leeds team playing mainly on the break. A fantasticchipped goal from Riedle (his debut goal for Liverpool) 16 minutes from time sealed the match. - Mighty Reds

Aug 29 - Celtic v Liverpool in UEFA Cup clash

Celtic and Liverpool are set for a 'Battle of Britain' showdown next month after being paired together in the first round of theUEFA Cup. (Press Association)

Aug 31 - Liverpool Vs Newcastle clash postponed

The FA and Premireship officials decided to postpone the clash with Newcastle to a later date as a mark of respect for the death of Princess Diana in a car clash in Paris earlier in the day.

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