YWNA looks back at our previous European Super Cup matches as we prepare to take part in the competition for the fifth time on Friday in Monaco. This competition is special for the bionic carrot, as David Fairclough has etched his name on the scoresheet in three separate Super Cup matches.
Winning the trophy...
The recently departed Kevin Keegan faced his old club for the first time in November 1977 as we faced Hamburger SV in a two-legged European Super Cup, our first time in this competition. We drew 1-1 in Germany, with David Fairclough on target. Terry McDermott grabbed a hat-trick in the Anfield return as we triumphed to win the trophy 7-1 on aggregate, with Phil Thompson, David Fairclough and Kenny Dalglish also on target.
We claimed our second European Super Cup four years ago, beating European champions Bayern München 3-2 at the Stade Louis II in Monaco. John Arne Riise, with his first reds goal, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen put us in a commanding lead before the Germans staged a late, but ultimately fruitless, come-back.
Not such super matches...
RSC Anderlecht beat the reds 3-1 in the first leg of the European Super Cup in December 1978, with Jimmy Case nabbing our consolation. We won the return leg 2-1 at Anfield two weeks later with Emlyn Hughes and David Fairclough scoring, but we could not retain the trophy, losing 4-3 on aggregate. Steve Ogrizovic played at Anfield instead of Ray Clemence, who was on the bench, missing his first European fixture for the reds since November 1969 ? a run of 67 consecutive appearances in continental competition.
We lost 2-0 at Juventus in Super Cup in January 1985, with Zbigniew Boniek grabbing both the goals. We were, again, the reigning European Cup holders, while the Turin side had won the European Cup Winners’ Cup the previous season.