Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield on Monday, looking to end a run of four consecutive league defeats against their opponents.
The Reds have made a storming start under Jurgen Klopp this season, and victory over José Mourinho’s Man United would put them level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table, as well as going some way to enhancing their case for being considered as title challengers.
Down the years, Liverpool have scored some spectacular goals against their fierce rivals (and with such clean strikers of the ball as Steven Gerrard and John Arne Riise that was always going to be the case), five of which are featured below in no particular order.
Steven Gerrard – 31st March 2001
Liverpool completed a double over Man United in the 2000/01 season as a young Steven Gerrard powered a long-range drive past Fabien Barthez. It proved to one of many spectacular efforts from the future Reds captain.
John Arne Riise – 4th November 2001
Riise, a £4m signing from Monaco in the summer of 2001, made himself an Anfield favourite almost immediately with a thundering free kick against Man United a few games into his first season. Liverpool went on to win that match 3-1 and finished in second place behind Arsenal at the end of the campaign.
Andrea Dossena – 14th March 2009
The signing of Andrea Dossena to replace John Arne Riise in 2008 is widely regarded as a big error of judgement from Rafa Benítez, but the Italian defender still made himself something of a cult hero when he put the finishing touches on four-goal destructions of Man United and Real Madrid within a few days of each other.
Highly composed finish from a left-back.
Dirk Kuyt – 6th March 2011
Technically, this is three goals as opposed to one, but Dirk Kuyt’s hat-trick from a combined distance of less than ten yards out showed what a wonderful poacher the Dutch international was, and was also one of the most bizarre hat-tricks ever scored in the Premier League.
Christian Benteke – 12th September 2015
Christian Benteke didn’t have the best of years in his single season at Anfield, but this was unquestionably his best moment in a Liverpool shirt. Usually lauded for his heading ability, the Belgian striker produced a brilliant acrobatic finish to pull one back for Liverpool having gone 2-0 down.
Liverpool went on to lose 3-1, and it is a shame that a goal that good was little more than a consolation.