Monthly Review - October

October 1 - Ruddock, Leonhardsen and Redknapp returns from injury

Jamie Redknapp has completed his first full game since breaking his leg playing for England last May. Redknapp together with Leonhardsen and Ruddock took part in a specially-arranged practice match at the Merseysiders' Melwood training ground against Crewe reserves on Wednesday afternoon. Redknapp, who broke his leg in the England game at Old  Trafford against South Africa, is considered to be several weeks ahead of his recovery schedule, providing a major boost for England boss Glenn Hoddle. Crewe won the match 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Steve Garvey but the Liverpool trio's return was a major boost too for boss Roy Evans after the previous night's UEFA Cup success over Celtic.

October 6 - Liverpool 4 Chelsea 2

The Reds defeated Chelsea in a pulsating match. Patrick Berger scored his first ever hat-trick for Liverpool and set up Fowler's goal for Liverpool's fourth. Zola scored for Chelsea 2 minutes after Berger opened the Red's account. The goal was hotly disputed as Mark Hughes was alleged to have fouled Kvarme before Zola latched on to the loose ball.Chelsea's Lambourde was sent off for his second bookable offence in the 35th minute. From then onwards, Liverpool fully maximise the one man advantage.

October 15 - West Bromwich Albion 0 Liverpool 2

Liverpool showed a commitment to the Coca-Cola Cup that put Manchester United to shame, as they overwhelmed West Bromwich Albion to an extent that was not mirrored by the final scoreline at the Hawthorns. Goals from Czech international Patrik Berger and Robbie Fowler settled the third-round tie, but Evans' men backed up his claim that Liverpool "try to win every competition we enter" message with a totally committed and classy display. Evans fielded his strongest available side, and his team showed from the first whistle that they were in the mood for the challenge. by John Curtis of the "Press Association"

October 18 - Everton 2 Liverpool 0

Liverpool surprisingly lost 2-0 to Everton to continue the barren spell at Goodison Park in the 90's. Neil Ruddock returned to the team by scoring an own goal off his chest in the 45th minute. Talented Everton youngster, Danny Cadamarteri scored in the 75thminute to complete Everton's victory. Truely a disappointing match after a high beating Chelsea. The Reds faces Strasbourg 3 days later for their UEFA clash.

October 21 - RC Strasbourg 3 Liverpool 0

The Reds suffer deja vu nightmare. Liverpool had another 3-0 French disaster in Europe as RC Strasbourg clinically took their chances, making it very difficult for the Reds to progress to the next round.

October 24 - James's place threatened.

Liverpool is keen on signing American keeper Brad Friedel from the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. However the signing will depend on the grant of the work permit by the Deparment of Employment. British newspapers said Friday that Friedel had agreed to personal terms and was ready to sign a four-year contract. Should Friedel sign for the Reds, he is expected to wrestle the no 1 spot form James as he has to fulfil the 75% match attendance record to stay for the next season. Thus it is unlikely that Evans will be signing Friedel just as a back-up to James.

October 25 - Liverpool 4 Derby County 0

Liverpool put four goals past in-form Derby County, much to Reds' fans relief after two poor defeats. Fowler scored 2,  Leonhardsen scored his first for Liverpool and Macca a rare header goal in the 85th minute to complete the rout.

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