5 Historic Clashes Between Liverpool and Leeds in the Buildup to Their EFL Cup Quarter-Final

Tomorrow is the reunion of a great tie between Liverpool and Leeds in the EFL Cup Quarter-Final. The sides have only met once since Leeds United’s relegation to the Champioship in 2004 – that was in 2009 when David N’Gog scored to give the visitors a 1-0 vitcory at Elland Road.

Dating back throughout the 20th century, these two sides have had some magnificent clashes… 

5. Premier League 1995, Leeds 1-0 Liverpool

Perhaps not best remembered for the game itself but rather for the stunning strike from Leeds United’s star player Tony Yeboah, the Ghanian striker gave the Yorkshire side a 1-0 victory in 1995. 

He went on to score 32 goals in a Leeds shirt and another impressive strike came against Wimbeldon later in the same season.

4. Division One 1991, Liverpool 5-4 Leeds

Leeds v Liverpool 1991

The 1991 clash between the two teams at Elland Road brought another thriller. 30 minutes into the game, John Barnes had given Liverpool their fourth goal and they went into half-time 4-0 up – Martin Tyler said “This is wonderful. Its slaughter here”. 

Leeds pegged Liverpool back to 4-2 during the second half but the goals were not done there. Barnes scored his second to put Liverpool further ahead. Leeds nearly pulled off a remarkable comback with a second-half Lee Chapman hat-trick. However, Liverpool eventually came out 5-4 winners in this thriller.

3. Charity Shield 1992, Leeds 4-3 Liverpool

Due to Leeds winning the Division One title and Liverpool winning the FA Cup 2-0 against Sunderland, the two met in the Charity Shield at Wembley in 1992. 

This game was dominated by Eric Cantona, with the Frenchmen scoring a hat-trick. His hat-trick in the Charity Shield places him among the small elite group of players to have scored three or more goals in games at Wembley Stadium. 

Leeds took the cup with a 4-3 win, after Liverpool scored a late consolation goal in the 89th minute through a Gordan Stachan own goal. Cantona was duly sold to Manchester United two months later. 

2. FA Cup Final 1965, Liverpool 2-1 AET

FA Cup Final 1965 - Liverpool

On the 1st May 1965, the two teams locked horns in the FA Cup final at Wembley with a crowd of 100,000. 

The two teams were lead out by two iconic managers, Leeds by Don Revie and Liverpool by Bill Shankley. One key player in the fixture included World Cup winner Jack Charlton. 

The game was still all to play for after 90 minutes as the score stayed at 0-0. However after extra time, that was when the game really came to light with Liverpool taking the lead in the 93rd minute through Roger Hunt – Hunt’s strike was cancelled by a Billy Bremner strike in the 100th minute. 

The game’s winner came in the 113th minute through a goal by the Scottish striker Ian St John, giving Shankley’s side a famous 2-1 victory.

1. Premier League 2000, Leeds 4-3 Liverpool

An Elland Road crowd once again witnessed a match filled with goals between Leeds and Liverpool. 

Liverpool took the lead with a Hyppia header and Zeige made it 2-0. However Mark Viduka lead the fightback as he made it 2-2 with his second shortly after half-time. Liverpool however stunned the home crowd making it 3-2 with Smicer calmly putting the ball into the back of the net. 

Leeds were not finished though, and in particular, Mark Viduka. Viduka’s goal in the 73rd minute brought Leeds back level once again. His ‘Man of the Match’ perfomance was summed up by his exqusite chip in the 75th minute to give Leeds a historic 4-3 victory over their rivals.

Leeds and Liverpool have provided great enconters over the years, h FA Cup Final extra-time drama to hat-tricks from Cantona. Can tomorrow’s match prove to be another thriller?

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