YNWA takes a look back at past memorable League encounters in the West Midlands, which have featured a host of famous reds debutants, as we prepare to make our 56th League trip to West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day. Our League record to date reads twenty wins, sixteen draws and nineteen defeats, with our most recent defeat being all of 24 years ago.
Michael Owen scored four, including his hundredth League goal, as we triumphed 6-0, our record win over the Baggies, with his final gaol being our 700th Premiership strike. Milan Baroš added a brace as we won our fifth League game in a row at The Hawthorns, a record for either side in this fixture.
Our most recent game until two years ago at The Hawthorns resulted in a 2-1 win. Goals from the old one-two of Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush kept us on course for the double.
John Wark scored a hat-trick in our 5-0 thumping of the Baggies - becoming the only red to score hat-tricks in three different competitions in the same season. Steve Nicol and Kenny Dalglish also scored.
WBA’s most recent victory over us was secured with goals from Bryan Robson and Cyrille Regis.
Kenny Dalglish equalised to hand us a 1-1 draw after hiding behind keeper Tony Godden and poking the ball home when he rolled it out.
Graeme Souness, recently signed from Middlesbrough, made his reds debut. David Johnson netted the only goal of the game.
Centre-half Larry Lloyd made his reds bow in the 2-2 draw, with our goals coming from Bobby Graham and Roger Hunt.
We lost our third consecutive League game 3-0 to the Baggies.
Two men made their debuts in our 1-0 defeat - goalkeeper Tommy ‘The Flying Pig’ Lawrence and inside-left Gordon Wallace. They had contrasting Anfield careers, making 390 and 21 senior appearances, respectively.
Right-half Phil Taylor played his 314th and final League game in our 5-2 defeat on Christmas Day, with Alan A’Court and Ray Lambert, from the spot, on target. He took over from Don Welsh as Manager in 1956. The reverse fixture went somewhat better the next day, ending in a goalless draw.
We suffered another heavy defeat, with Jack Balmer netting our consolation in a 5-1 thumping.
WG Richardson scored a hat-trick for the Baggies in their record League win over the reds, 6-1. Jack Balmer struck our goal.
Another convincing defeat, this time 4-0.
Robert McDougall scored the only goal of the game, on his reds debut. This was his only Liverpool goal, and he only played a further seven games for the reds.
Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf made his reds bow in our 3-1 defeat, with Tom Miller on target.
Our first game at The Hawthorns ended 1-0, with inside-right John Walker grabbing the only goal to help us towards our first League title.
Our first trip to the Albion was to their old Stoney Lane ground and ended in a thumping 5-0 defeat.