YNWA takes a look back at our previous meetings with Auxerre, as we prepare to face them for the fifth time in a pre-season encounter in Switzerland on Friday. Our record so far reads three wins and one defeat.
Djimi Traore played his fiftieth reds game in February 2003, while Jerzy Dudek was making his fiftieth European club appearance. Our 1-0 defeat of Auxerre at their Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps in the Fourth Round of the UEFA Cup, courtesy of a Sami Hyypiä strike, was our first competitive win in France over French opposition.
In the second leg a week later, Michael Owen scored in his fifteenth different European game, a club record, as we won 2-0 with Danny Murphy also on target. Owen's goal was his twentieth in Europe, equalling Ian Rush's club record. Future red Djibril Cissé featured in both matches.
The great comeback
Back in October 1991, Jamie Redknapp made his debut as we lost 2-0 at Auxerre in the UEFA Cup Second Round with Bruce Grobbelaar in fine form to keep the score down.
However, we won the Anfield return 3-0, the only time the reds have overcome a two-goal first leg deficit in European competition. Jan Mølby set things rolling with a penalty, then Mike Marsh bagged his first reds goal to level the tie with a stunning header, before Mark Walters scored a memorable winner in front of the Kop seven minutes from time.