Monday 28 October 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler grabbed two goals as Liverpool humbled Manchester City at Anfield for the second time in four days.
The sides had met in the Milk Cup the previous Wednesday night with the Reds running out 4-0 winners - and the Barclays Premier League match followed a similar path.
Liverpool, fifth in the table at kick-off, attacked from the off and it took only three minutes for Rush to open the scoring by pouncing on a rebound after Eike Immel had saved Jason McAteer's low shot.
Two minutes later, bottom-placed City were 2-0 down when Jamie Redknapp's free-kick from the edge of the area flew in off the outstretched leg of defender Keith Curle.
The match was over as a contest two minutes after half-time following a lovely goal by Fowler, who beat two defenders before slotting the ball past Immel following good work by Mark Wright.
Liverpool were rampant and in the 53rd minute, substitute Neil Ruddock powerfully headed home a corner before, on the hour mark, Fowler hit his 10th Premier League goal of the season when he volleyed home after McAteer's cross diverted to him via Rush's heel.
Rush had the final say four minutes later when he again snapped up a loose ball inside the penalty area after Immel had blocked a shot from Redknapp.
The match reflected the paths the season took for each club with Liverpool finishing third in the table behind champions Manchester United and Newcastle United while City were relegated on goal difference after coming 18th - with Southampton surviving.