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Wednesday 19 February 2014

On this day in 1997: Collymore double helps Liverpool beat Leeds

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a comfortable win for the Reds at Anfield

We remember a Stan Collymore double for Liverpool, Man Utd beating Arsenal at Highbury and Spurs twice coming from behind to draw with Wigan Athletic rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

19 February 1997: Liverpool 4-0 Leeds United

Stan Collymore scored two goals in three minutes and John Barnes produced a virtuoso display as Liverpool overwhelmed Leeds United.

Collymore struck in the 35th and 37th minutes to keep Liverpool one point behind leaders Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League table and stretch their unbeaten League run at Anfield to six matches.

Leeds goalkeeper Nigel Martyn had already saved from Collymore and Robbie Fowler, before the latter opened the scoring in the 21st minute. Barnes and Stig Inge Bjornebye caused problems down the left before Collymore sent in a low cross that Fowler tucked into the net for his 13th Premier League goal of the season and 19th in all competitions.

Rod Wallace missed a good chance to equalise for Leeds when he hit the bar before Collymore took centre stage. He scored his first when Barnes tackled Lee Bowyer and set him up to beat Martyn and then his second from close range, after a centre by Steve McManaman, to give him 10 Barclays Premier League goals for the season.

Liverpool continued to control the second half and Fowler chipped just over the bar.

Leeds did try to rally and Wallace drove just wide and, with 17 minutes to go, they threw on former Anfield favourite Ian Rush as a substitute.

Jamie Redknapp completed the scoring in the 87th minute when he powered home a free-kick from 20 yards.

"It was very pleasing, especially against a team we knew we would make it difficult for us," said Liverpool manager Roy Evans.

Although they were second after the match, Liverpool ended the season in fourth place while Leeds finished 11th - the same position they occupied in the table after their Anfield defeat.

  • A quickfire double from Stan Collymore helped Liverpool emphatically beat Leeds at Anfield

  • He profited from John Barnes and Steve McManaman assists in a three-minute spell

  • The match also saw former Anfield favourite Ian Rush return to face his old club

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when a Liverpool side inspired by Stan Collymore defeated Leeds 4-0 at Anfield