Liverpool collected their second consecutive Premiership victory in a pulsating game at Anfield. The first half was dominated by Liverpool, but despite all their efforts they failed to take the lead. Ince was inspirational in the midfield but collected his third yellow card of the season. Steve Harkness limped off after a crunching tackle. Eventually, after 55 minutes, Ince gave the Reds the lead. Liverpool went 2-0 up after 70 minutes courtesy of Michael Thomas's fierce left strike. Then in the 80th minute the Owls were back with a glancing header by Wayne Collins. Liverpool hang to the 3 points which lifted them to seventh place. - condensed from TeamTalk
This game lived up to the "Battle of Britain" hype and must have kept the nation glued to the live national TV coverage. Owen nipped in with a handy shot after 6 minutes and Liverpool proceeded to dominate in what was a scrappy but pulsating affair in the first half. In the second half, however, Celtic came out with all guns blazing and it only took 8 minutes for McNamara to find the net with a cracking drive. Celtic took command and, after hitting the crossbar, deservedly went ahead when Donnelly scored from the penalty spot after James had up-ended Larsson. It was up to a fantastic run and curled shot from McManaman to save Liverpool's blushes in the dying minutes, but Celtic must feel they let Liverpool off the hook and it's the Reds who look favourites to go through now. - MightyReds
Liverpool struggled against a bottom-of-the-table team they were expected to beat and only had a Riedle header and a fluffed chance from McManaman to their credit before Riedle popped up to head past the reaching Jones some 8 minutes before the break. Southampton claims that McAteer handled just before half-time time were forgotten when a Kevin Davies' shot flew past James' outstretched hand and into the net shortly after the break to level the game. More chance for the Saints came and went, with the only clear-cut Liverpool second-half effort coming from Fowler, whose chip 6 minutes from time was deftly tipped over by Jones. - MightyReds News
Steve McManaman's second wonder goal in a week wrecked Stan Collymore's return to Anfield and sparked Liverpool to a much-needed Premiership victory. Macca scored the second after Robbie Fowler had given Liverpool the lead from the penalty spot following a foul on Michael Owen. Riedle made it 3-0 in the last minute from a simple tap-in after Owen had made a great run into the area and passed square to him. Stan Collymore was time he went anywhere near the ball. Roy Evans was forced to make five changes from the side that started the disappointing 1-1 draw against Southampton. - condensed from World Soccernet
Liverpool lose to the Hammers In an inconsistent performance, Liverpool lost 2-1 to West Ham United on Saturday, their first away defeat of the season. Fowler equalised in the 52nd minute after West Ham took a shock lead by a Hartson goal in the 15th minute. Though superior in most departments, Liverpool failed to convert their chances to goals. Berkovic finally scored the winner in the 64th minute to give West Ham all 3 points.
Liverpool and Celtic fought to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the 2nd leg of the 1st Round in UEFA Cup. The Reds go through on away goals rule.
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