As 2019 is winding down and we close out another decade, Liverpool are back on their perch as the most successful club in England. Along the way, there have been many highs and lows as a club. From almost going bankrupt and relegated under the leadership of George Gillett and Tom Hicks, to claiming the sixth European Cup in Madrid. In between all of the madness over the last decade, there have been some of the most mental matches of football played on the pitch.
The lads and I at The Anfield Talk have comprised the list of matches below. There is no particular order, but we can all agree that these memorable matches have brought us to love this club even more and what it stands for.
We wish you all the best in 2020 and over the next decade. Here’s to more silverware and memories made! You’ll Never Walk Alone, Reds.
2-2 v. Manchester City January 2012.
The League Cup semi-final second leg was one of the typical Liverpool-City games. Back and forth with lots of goals. Except this time, it wasn’t Pep and Klopp and the tactical games. It was a proper hard fought, scrappy game from both sides, which saw Liverpool go through to the final against Cardiff City via a Craig Bellamy goal.
3-0 v. Everton March 2012.
It was only right to include at least one Merseyside Derby in this list. It was even more fitting that Steven Gerrard was the one that scored the hat-trick against the Blues. From that point in early 2012, it was the start of the era of Louis Suarez’s rampage in the Premier League. Suarez assisted on two of Gerrard’s goals, and it was the start of something special at Anfield.
4-1 v. West Brom October 2013.
A quite brilliant start to the season from Liverpool saw them rip apart West Brom at Anfield. Suarez led the way with a hat-trick of his own and Daniel Sturridge got in on the fun with a beautiful chip over the ‘keeper. Suarez put on a clinic with his finishing and set his precident for scoring the rest of the season. Little did we all know that Suarez would only get better as the season went on to push Liverpool to the brink of a league title.
5-1 v. Norwich City December 2013.
Honestly the only thing to say about this game is Louis Suarez. Having the audacity to chip the ‘keeper on the half volley was just rude. Even after the chip, Suarez ran away with three more world-class goals in a thrashing of Norwich. After that day, it was safe to say that Suarez owned Norwich.
3-0 v. Manchester United January 2014.
In one of the matchups of the season, Liverpool went to Old Trafford to square off with a struggling United side. Steven Gerrard would slot home twice, both of which would come from the penalty spot. Nemanja Vidic would be sent off after two yellow cards, but only after Liverpool took complete control of the game. Luis Suarez would put the the eventual icing on the cake in the 84’ with a fine finish past De Gea.
5-1 v. Arsenal February 2014.
It was a proper top four battle, but of course it was a typical Arsenal calamity. Martin Skrtel of all people ran riot scoring two (!) goals along with Sterling bagging two himself. To be honest, it should’ve been a lot more, but the Reds wanted to spare Arsene Wenger his job to see Arsenal suffer for the years to come. How nice of Suarez, Sterling, and Sturridge.
3-2 v. Manchester City April 2014.
It was a battle between first and second, with Liverpool hoping to strengthen their lead at the top of the table. A back and forth game which saw Liverpool score the first two goals via Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel, but City responded with two of their own until Phillipe Coutinho scored the winner. I’m not gonna say anymore to spare everyone the pain.
5-4 v. Norwich City January 2016.
There are honestly no words to describe the game. I’m sure it was fun to watch from a neutral perspective, but I think all Liverpool fans had some sort of health problem during those 90 minutes. The only thing I will say is that Adam Lallana, you are one lucky lad to have scored that last minute goal to keep yourself on Klopp’s good side.
4-3 v. Borussia Dortmund April 2016.
It was one of those magical European nights at Anfield once again. Dortmund came out flying scoring two quick goals, but big Divock Origi got the fun started for the Reds by slotting past an onrushing Weidenfeller. Marco Reus then put a third past Simon Mignolet which sucked the life out of Anfield. Coutinho then curled one into the bottom corner followed by a Mamadou Sakho header to bring things level. Of course in stoppage time, Dejan Lovren rises above every defender to head one home at the back post. Dejan Lovren, you beauty.
3-0 v. Villarreal May 2016.
After losing the first leg in Spain 1-0, Klopp’s men would have to win at Anfield to go through to the Europa League Final. The scoring started early with a Villarreal own goal, which sucked the life out of the Spanish side. Liverpool dominated the rest of the game until Sturridge scored in the second half, followed by another rare Lallana goal to seal the deal. The first European final in the Klopp Era was all set, but I’ll spare everyone that pain once again.
4-3 Manchester City January 2018.
City was already running away with the league being 15 points clear at the top and yet to lose a game. Of course, Klopp had other ideas than to roll over and let City have the points. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started out the scoring with a cracker from the outside of the box. Leroy Sane responded with a goal himself after another Loris Karius mistake. A flying start to the second half which saw three goals from Bobby Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mo Salah. City were no longer the invincibles everyone saw them to be. Cry your tears once more, Pep.
3-0 v. Manchester City April 2018.
Ah. The sweet smell of City choking at Anfield once again. Pep really hates coming to Anfield doesn’t he? Mo Salah got the fun started early by finishing off a good counter attack. Ox unleashed an absloute screamer from 25 yards which flew past Ederson and City were crumbling. Mane finished off the first half with a wonderful header to cap off a great first half and game.
5-2 v. Roma April 2018.
What a European night at Anfield. Liverpool ran riot against a Roma side that completed the come back against Barcelona. Salah scored two unbelievable goals against his former club in the first half. Mane started the scoring in the second half until Firmino added two of his own to see of the Romans at Anfield. Oh, and Alisson couldn’t get enough of the Anfield faithful, so he joined in the Summer. Smart man.
3-1 v. Bayern Munich March 2019.
After a 0-0 stalemate in the first leg at Anfield, the Reds had to get a result at the Allianz to progress to the quarterfinals. Mane scored a fantastic goal after rounding Neuer and slotting home. A Joel Matip own goal saw Bayern get back into the game, but a towering header by Virgil van Dijk took the tie right back into the Reds’ hands. Mane put the icing on the cake with a cute header at the back post to seal the deal in Munich. A pivotal game in the run to number six in Madrid.
4-0 v. Barcelona May 2019.
It’s been seven months since that night and I still don’t have words to sum up that game. The only thing I can say is “corner taken quickly… ORIGIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII.” Build Divock Origi a statue outside of Anfield right now. What a hero.
2-0 v. Spurs June 2019.
Words can’t describe that wonderful night in Madrid. From Mo Salah’s penalty within the first minute to Origi doing it once again in a big game, it was a special night all around. Number six is in the bag and it’s only right considering the form we were in last season. Being able to see the Reds lift a European Cup is a day I’ll never forget, thank you Reds.