Saturday 02 November 2013
A double from Michael Owen in a comfortable win over West Ham United helped Liverpool earn their seventh consecutive Barclays Premier League victory as they moved seven points clear at the top of the table.
The result maintained their unbeaten start to the 2002/03 league campaign, including an impressive 21-point haul from their last seven matches.
England international Michael Owen threatened the visitors throughout the match with his pace and, despite spurning earlier opportunities, gave the Reds a 27th-minute lead as he beat three players before scoring with a clever finish.
Steve Lomas went close for the Hammers, without injured Paolo Di Canio and Frederic Kanoute, just after the half-hour mark, but the Reds doubled their lead 10 minutes after the half-time interval as Owen's mis-hit shot found its way past goalkeeper David James.
The fortunes of the high-flying Reds changed after the victory though, as they went 11 matches without a victory, although they went on to finish fifth and qualify for the UEFA Europa League in the process.
Despite accruing 42 points over the 2002/03 season, West Ham were relegated by just two points on the final day of the campaign. But, under the tutelage of Alan Pardew, the club secured promotion back to the top flight three years later and finished ninth in their first season back in the Premier League.