YNWA takes a look back at previous memorable home League meetings as we welcome Portsmouth for their 29th League visit to Anfield on Wednesday. We have won fifteen, drawn nine and lost four of our previous encounters, and they have failed to score in four of their last six League visits.
We won 4-1 in our last game before Christmas last year, with Fernando Torres adding a brace after a Yossi Benayoun volley and an own goal by Sylvain Distin.
Louis Bimpson played his 102nd and final reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw in October 1959, with Ronnie Moran grabbing our goal early on in this Second Division fixture. In February 1951, Jack Balmer struck his 111th and final reds goal in our 2-1 win over the reigning League champions, with Bill Jones also on the scoresheet.
Jack Balmer scored a hat-trick in our 3-0 win in November 1946 on our way to a fifth League title, the first of his three consecutive trebles. In October 1932, Gordon Hodgson netted a twenty-minute second-half treble as we won by the odd goal in seven. Dave Wright was also on the scoresheet.
Centre-forward William Devlin scored four goals back in October 1927, and Gordon Hodgson bagged one of his seventeen reds hat-tricks as we trounced Pompey 8-2 in our first ever meeting, still our record win over the South coast outfit. George Pither nabbed our other goal, his only one for the reds, while left-half Tom Bromilow was playing his 300th reds game.
Other recent meetings
Young Moroccan forward Nabil El Zhar debuted as we were held to a goalless draw in November 2006, with Jamie Carragher stepping up into central midfield as we struggled to overcome an injury crisis.
Steve Finnan reached a century of reds games as we won 3-0 a year earlier. Peter Crouch saw his penalty saved as he still awaited his first goal for the club. Fortunately, Bolo Zenden converted the rebound and Djibril Cissé and Fernando Morientes were also on target to secure victory. We ended the game with ten men after Xabi Alonso had to limp off after we had used all three of our substitutes. This was Alain Perrin's final game as Pompey boss.
Harry Kewell played his fiftieth League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw in December 2004, with Steven Gerrard netting our goal. Unfortunately, Lomano Lua Lua headed a last minute equaliser.
More comfortable victories
We won 3-0 in March 2004, thanks to goals from Dietmar Hamann and a Michael Owen brace, the first of which was our 500th strike under the sole charge of Gérard Houllier. Didi's goal was later voted Goal of the Season by the BBC's Match Of The Day. This was El-Hadji Diouf's fiftieth League game, and 75th in all competitions.
Pompey's most recent League visit before their recent return to the top flight was also their first in seventeen years, which ended in a 4-0 reverse in October 1987, as we scored four for the third consecutive League game. Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon and Ronnie Whelan bagged our goals, to add to a spot-kick from John Aldridge. Aldo had now scored in all of our first eight League games, with the reds notching a total of 24 goals.
On the losing side
Portsmouth's most recent win at Anfield came back in August 1951, when we lost 2-0. They finished fourth that season, as we ended in mid-table. Full-back Steve Parr made his reds debut. We lost 3-0 in January 1948, our heaviest home defeat by Pompey. This completed their second, and most recent, League double over the reds.
Pompey had completed their first League double over us when they won 3-1 in April 1932. Daniel McRorie struck our consolation. Inside-left Sydney Roberts made his reds bow in this game.
Dave Hickson netted a brace in October 1960, with Roger Hunt also on target, in another high-scoring draw, this time 3-3 as we twice came from behind. Pompey were relegated to the old Third Division at the end of that season. In March 1939, Phil Taylor bagged a brace, with Willie Fagan and Berry Nieuwenhuys also on target as we drew 4-4, despite having led 4-1 with less than half an hour to play.