League Cup replay agony for Reds

League Cup replay agony for Reds22 March 1978

Having dispatched Arsenal, Wrexham, Coventry and Derby en route to the final, only Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest now stood in the way of Liverpool winning their first League Cup.

After playing out a stalemate in front of 100,000 supporters at Wembley four days earlier, the two sides reconvened at Old Trafford for another try.

It's bizarre to think that a team containing attacking talent such as Steve Heighway, Kenny Dalglish, Ian Callaghan and Ray Kennedy could once again be stifled, but it's worth remembering that Cloughie was building a side that would, in the following two years, win and retain the European Cup.

The replay was ultimately decided when John Robertson scored a harshly-awarded penalty, when Phil Thompson was pulled up for an alleged push on the edge of the box.

McDermott had a goal disallowed at the other end for a supposed handball. The game also saw Callaghan receive his one and only career booking.

Thankfully, Liverpool's agony would be erased two months later when they retained the European Cup with a 1-0 Wembley win over FC Bruges.

They'd have to wait until 1981 for their first League Cup – and, remarkably, the trophy did not then leave Anfield for another four years.