Ten titles for Reds after Hammers draw

Ten titles for Reds after Hammers draw14 May 1977

The First Division title triumph of 1976-77 was built upon a home record that saw Bob Paisley's men claim an impressive 18 victories from their 21 matches at Anfield.

Only Middlesbrough, West Brom and West Ham managed to escape from the red half of Merseyside without suffering defeat as Liverpool continued their imperious march towards the 10thtitle in our history.

Fresh from a league and UEFA Cup double secured a year earlier the Reds were targeting European Cup glory this time around.

Indeed, the season's greatest moments came in Europe's premier competition against St Etienne and Borussia Moenchengladbach, but the league remained our bread and butter.

A solid start to the campaign sent out an ominous message to the rest of the First Division and although the Reds suffered early season defeats against the likes of Birmingham City and Newcastle, they maintained their charge towards the title with 12 wins from their opening 18 league matches.

However, the low point of the season was just around the corner when a trip to Villa Park on December 15 ended in a 5-1 hammering, with all the goals coming in the first-half.

Concerns were heightened three days later when our heaviest defeat since 1963 was followed by a 2-0 reversal against West Ham at Upton Park.

However, it would prove to be a mere blip and as the Reds recovered their winning mentality they claimed a vital edge over title rivals Manchester City during the Easter period.

The Citizens arrived at Anfield on Easter Saturday knowing that a victory would see them move one point clear of Liverpool at the top of the table.

But it was the home side, who went into the clash fresh from a convincing European Cup semi-final first-leg win in Zurich, that dominated the proceedings. Wave after wave of Liverpool attack eventually resulted in Kevin Keegan heading home Joey Jones' nod down to give them a deserved interval lead.

The second period followed the same pattern with Liverpool failing to make their dominance count on the scoresheet, and with 12 minutes left they looked to have been punished when Brian Kidd levelled the scores.

The frustration inside Anfield was tangible but within 60 seconds of the restart they had restored their lead when Steve Heighway arrived to fire the rebound beyond Joe Corrigan after Jimmy Case's 25 yard thunderbolt smashed back off the crossbar.

With the finish line within sight Liverpool drew with Stoke before a hat-trick of Anfield victories against Arsenal, Ipswich and Manchester United meant they needed just three points from their last four matches to claim the title.

Draws at both QPR and Coventry ensued, providing Paisley's men with the perfect opportunity to wrap up championship number 10 on home turf.

With just a point required 55,675 fans packed into Anfield expecting to see the Reds crowned champions and following a forgettable 0-0 draw with West Ham the majority went home happy.

The 1-0 success over the Red Devils prior to the three straight draws was also significant for being Kevin Keegan's final goal for Liverpool; although he would go on to enjoy a sensational swansong with a sublime performance in the 3-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach in Rome.