Thursday 16 January 2014
Robbie Fowler hit his second Barclays Premier League hat-trick of the season, and scored the 100th League goal of his career in the process, as Liverpool routed Southampton.
Fowler scored his goals in a 25-minute spell either side of half-time to take his tally for the season to 13, nine of them in the League.
Michael Owen had already come close four times before Fowler struck for the first time in the 22nd minute after goalkeeper Paul Jones failed to hold Stig Inge Bjornbye's left-wing corner.
Dominic Matteo doubled the lead in the 35th minute by powerfully heading home Patrik Berger's corner for his first senior goal in his 106th Liverpool appearance.
Two minutes later Fowler reached his century for the Reds after working a shooting chance for himself following a pass from Owen.
The pair combined again two minutes after the break with Owen crossing for Fowler to head in from 10 yards for his hat-trick.
It was 5-0 in the 55th minute when Jamie Carragher scored his second-ever Liverpool goal after a 25-yard Jamie Redknapp free-kick looped up off the diving Jones.
Egil Ostenstad scored Southampton's consolation four minutes later after a pass by substitute Matthew Le Tissier but it was only a brief respite.
Fowler became the provider for Owen, who tucked away his 63rd minute cross.
Substitute David Thompson completed the victory 10 minutes later, a minute after coming on, when he pounced after Jones failed to hold a long-range shot.
"People say Robbie and Michael are not suited as partners but they have proved they can be an excellent combination at any level," Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier said.
The victory stretched Liverpool's unbeaten run in all competitions to six matches and moved them up to sixth in the Barclays Premier League table while Southampton remained 17th.
That was where the Saints finished the season as they avoided relegation by five points, while Liverpool came seventh.