From the vault

From the vault: Five classic matches at Anfield

Arsenal 1989

Anfield will always hold a special place in our supporters’ hearts for the events of May 26, 1989 as we clinched the championship in dramatic circumstances, however we have claimed plenty of other famous results at the old ground.

From glorious goalfests, dogged displays and late, late drama, this fixture has had it all, and you can see five of the best encounters below:

May 26, 1989
Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal

Simply one of the most famous football matches in English league history. The First Division title race had gone down to a final-day shootout between us and the Reds, which we had to win by at least two goals to leapfrog our opponents and claim the glory.

After a goalless first 45 minutes, Alan Smith netted a header but as the 90 minute-mark ticked by, the championship chase seemed in vain. However in stoppage-time, Michael Thomas raced through to prod the ball past Bruce Grobbelaar and provide one of the game’s great moments.

December 23, 2001
Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

We provided an ideal early Christmas prevent to Gooners around the world by sealing a big win against one of our title rivals during the 2001/02 campaign, which proved to be our first win on the red half of Merseyside for eight years.

Despite seeing Giovanni von Bronkhorst dismissed early on, we opened the scoring when Freddie Ljungberg was brought down in the box by Jerzy Dudek, allowing Thierry Henry to convert the resulting spot-kick, and then in the second half Robert Pires centred for the Swede to fire home. Jari Litmanen would pull one back, but our 10 men held on for a big win.

January 9, 2007
Liverpool 3-6 Arsenal

For the first time in 77 years, the Reds conceded six goals at home, with Julio Baptista bagging four of them in this League Cup quarter-final. Jeremie Aliadiere and Robbie Fowler had both got on the scoresheet before The Beast came to the fore, netting a free-kick before Alex Song added our third.

The Brazilian completed his brace to hand us a 4-1 half-time lead, but after missing a penalty, he rifled in from long-range to eventually complete his hat-trick. Steven Gerrard and Sami Hyypia pulled goals back, but Baptista’s fourth of the night rounded off the scoring.

April 21, 2009
Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal

Two years later, incredibly we had another player who could say they netted four times at Anfield. Andrey Arshavin fired us into a one-goal advantage at the break, but the second half exploded into life when Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun turned the game on its head.

A topsy-turvy encounter continued when Arshavin unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot to beat Pepe Reina, and was then in the perfect place to complete his hat-trick three minutes later. Torres quickly levelled things up again, but in the last minute the Russian blasted home his fourth, however Benayoun would pop up with an equaliser in stoppage-time.

March 3, 2012
Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

We would be on the other end of last-gasp drama in this meeting, which saw Robin van Persie's clinical edge in front of goal prove to be the difference between the teams and take us to victory. 

After Dirk Kuyt had squandered a penalty, Laurent Koscielny's own goal gave the hosts the lead, however our Dutch striker responded with a header eight minutes later. Then two minutes into second half stoppage-time, a fine pass from Song was volleyed past Reina by van Persie to clinch the three points.

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