Gerard Houllier returned on an emotionally charged night at Anfield on this day 18 years ago.
Following heart surgery and a subsequent five-month convalescence, Houllier unexpectedly took his place in the dugout ahead of Liverpool’s crucial Champions League tie with AS Roma on March 19, 2002.
The Reds needed to win 2-0 in order to qualify for the quarter-finals and, amid a raucous atmosphere, did just that thanks to Jari Litmanen’s early penalty and a towering header by Emile Heskey.
“It was a great night, one of the greatest nights in the club’s history,” said assistant manager Phil Thompson post-match.
“It was also an emotional night for Gerard. We discussed him giving the team talk this afternoon, and he said ‘I fancy it’. I said: ‘The time’s right - let’s do it.’”
Liverpool’s most recent match on this day came three years ago, when James Milner scored from the spot in a 1-1 draw at Manchester City.
Further back, Peter Crouch, Steven Gerrard and Djibril Cisse netted as Rafael Benitez’s Reds beat Newcastle United 3-1 at St. James’ Park on March 19, 2006, while in 1995, Jamie Redknapp’s goal helped earn a 2-0 home victory over Manchester United.
Forty-three years ago today, Liverpool reached the semi-final of the FA Cup courtesy of a 2-0 sixth-round win against Middlesbrough at Anfield. David Fairclough and Kevin Keegan were on the mark.