Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The English League Cup Revisited: 1985 Milk Cup Liverpool win over Manchester United

Any Liverpool fan would remember the skills and talent of Danish turned honorary Scouser, Jan Molby. Voted in at no. 16 on the list of 100 Players Who Shook The Kop, he was a player with as immense a talent as was his waistline. Before the elegant Xabi Alonso, Liverpool fans marvel at the sublime passing skills and long range shooting of Jan Molby. He is currently a TV pundit with Viasat, appraising Liverpool's performances.

Finally the video footage of Jan Molby scoring possibly his best goal at Anfield against Manchester United in the 1985 Milk Cup 4th round tie has been released to LFC TV to be shared with every Liverpool fan. I picked this up from 101 Great Goals website, a highly recommended site (videos and blog) for football fans.

This was the Liverpool lineup on that day.
Starting line-up
1 Bruce Grobbelaar
2 Steve Nicol
3 Jim Beglin
4 Mark Lawrenson
5 Ronnie Whelan
6 Alan Hansen
7 Paul Walsh
8 Craig Johnston
9 Ian Rush
10 Jan Mølby
11 Steve McMahon
12 Phil Neal

Liverpool hold the record for the most League Cup (now Carling Cup) titles. They have won the competition seven times, including four consecutive titles from 1981 to 1984. They have also appeared ten times in the final overall, which is also a record. Winning the League Cup competition allowed Liverpool to complete two trebles of trophy wins, in 1984 and 2001.

Some of the records held by Liverpool and Liverpool players in League Cup history are,
* Most tournament wins (team): 7 wins, Liverpool
* Most final appearances (team): 10, Liverpool
* Most tournament wins (individual): 5, Ian Rush for Liverpool
* Most final appearances: (individual): 5, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish, both for Liverpool
* Highest goalscorer (career): Geoff Hurst, Ian Rush 49 goals
* Biggest win: Liverpool 10–0 Fulham, second round first leg, 23 September 1983 (shared with West Ham)

Just something to put the shocking loss to Fulham into perspective.
Liverpool - a great club with a great history....but what's to look forward to for the future? I am one of those joining the ever-growing bandwagon asking for Rafa's resignation. And I can't shake off the feeling that Jose Mourinho would have won the Premiership title last season with the squad that Rafa had.

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