It was the game which will never be forgotten by Leeds United fans, it ended Leeds United 4 Liverpool 3.
That thrilling encounter took place at Elland Road almost 18 years ago. Leeds United battled back from two goals down with Mark Viduka putting in arguably the best shift in his entire career, scoring all four goals for The Whites. Today is the Australian’s 43rd birthday and we thought it would be the perfect occasion to look back at that famous fixture.
It was Liverpool who came flying out of the blocks in West Yorkshire with defenders Sami Hyypia and Christian Ziege both netting early goals to give Gerard Houllier’s side a comfortable lead.
Defensively, it had been a sloppy start by Leeds United but they grabbed a lifeline in the 24th minute when Viduka stole in to lob a loose ball over Liverpool keeper Sander Westerveld to reduce the arrears for the home side.
The so often volatile Lee Bowyer then escaped a red card for a reckless challenge before Liverpool squandered a couple of great chances to make it 3-1 and effectively put the game to bed. The Reds were made to rue those misses and early in the second half, Viduka levelled matters with a sharp header from a Gary Kelly delivery into the box.
Jamie Carragher then saved Liverpool’s blushes with a last-gasp clearance to avoid his side conceding a swift third goal before The Reds regained the lead when Vladimir Smicer bundled in a Patrik Berger cross.
Liverpool’s 3-2 lead was short-lived with Viduka holding off Berger to lash in a third Leeds United goal and his complete hat-trick. The Australian’s afternoon was to get even better moments later when he lobbed Westerveld once again to make it four goals for both The Whites and his personal tally as the West Yorkshire side won 4-3 in dramatic fashion.