6-0 win secures Super Cup success

6-0 win secures Super Cup success06 December 1977

Terry McDermott struck a magnificent hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed Kevin Keegan's Hamburg to secure the European Super Cup at Anfield.

Bob Paisley's men went into the second-leg having claimed a hard-fought 1-1 draw in Germany and Reds fans came out in force hoping to see their side lift an early season trophy.

There was added spice to the encounter too, with Kopites eager to get a glimpse of former favourite Kevin Keegan who was coming up against the successor to his number seven shirt, Kenny Dalglish, for the very first time.

It proved to be an academic contest as Liverpool ran the visitors ragged with Phil Thompson and McDermott giving them a deserved 2-0 interval lead.

Keegan was rarely involved and instead had to watch on as a new King of the Kop played a key role in destroying his new teammates, with McDermott notching two in a minute just before the hour mark to complete his hat-trick.

By this point Liverpool were producing some marvellous football and the German outfit had no answer to the pass and move philosophy that had been the blueprint for their European Cup success seven months earlier.

A fifth followed courtesy of David Fairclough before Dalglish, rather fittingly, put the seal on an emphatic 6-0 victory with the final goal two minutes from time.

However, for all the pre-match talk of Keegan and Dalglish, there was no doubting who the hero of the hour was, with McDermott later revealing that it is the game he identifies as the one that helped shape his Anfield career.

"Someone was injured, I think it may have been Ian Callaghan," he recalled in the years that followed.

"I was moved in rather than be out wide on the right. I scored a hat-trick and I always remember John Toshack saying: 'That's your position'. I got the confidence from John Toshack saying a thing like that. He probably won't remember, but I do."