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Anfield memories - '95 and '05

Posted on 2 April 2016  - 10:00

Anfield. One of the most iconic stadiums in the world. We first played league football there in 1910 and it's certainly been a tough place for us - but there have been highs as well - and we'll document a few as we prepare to travel to the Red half of Merseyside again on Saturday...

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JURGEN'S CUP OF DREAMS - '95

There were so many golden moments in Jurgen Klinsmann's first season at Spurs but a 2-1 win at Anfield in the quarter-final of the FA Cup on March 11, 1995, topped the lot.

The German star made such a huge impression after his move from Monaco in the summer of 1994 and formed a lethal partnership with Teddy Sheringham, the pair hit 52 goals between them in all competitions.

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They clicked better than ever that Spring day on Merseyside.

Trailing to Robbie Fowler's goal on 38 minutes, Klinsmann rolled a pass into the path of Sheringham to hit an exquisite equaliser before the break before roles were reversed as Klinsmann raced onto Sheringham's flick in the last minute for a dramatic winner.

Unfortunately, as Jurgen recalls below, dreams of an FA Cup win were dashed by Everton in the semi-finals.

Jurgen: "When I grew up we had the English league on TV and when I was little, that was the great years of Liverpool. To play them at this famous stadium, Anfield, which has such a big name around the continent and then scoring that goal a minute before the end, winning the game, well, we'd never won a cup game at Anfield before.

"We thought we were on a roll and thought we could do it after the win at Anfield. That was a first for me, unforgettable because I’d never played in a stadium away from home where you win and then the whole stadium rises and gives you a standing ovation. I thought ‘this isn’t real’.

"It was very emotional. I will always remember the Liverpool fans clapping us off the pitch and that is fair play you can only expect in England.

"When we walked off at Anfield, perhaps we were too confident but then Everton gave us a big wake-up call and those dreams were over. It was a big lesson for me to understand what the FA Cup really means to the English people. It was an exciting run but it came to a very disappointing end."

ERIK'S CRACKER - '05

It was Michael Dawson's debut and a cracking 2-2 draw, but there is one lasting memory from our trip to Anfield on April 16, 2005 - Erik Edman's wonder goal.

With 12 minutes on the clock, the Swedish full-back picked up the ball in space, but in football terms, miles from goal. It mattered little though, as Erik weighed up his options for a second before unleashing a one-in-a-million drive into the top corner of the Kop end goal. Wow!

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Even Erik struggled to find the words...

"I got the ball outside the box and just shot," he said later that night at Anfield. "I was a little confused as what to do. I was thinking maybe I should pass the ball or cross it to the far post but then I decided to shoot.

"It was a really nice feeling. I knew straight away it would be difficult for Jerzy Dudek. You have to decide so quickly and to be honest, I don't remember what I thought! Perhaps that was the best thing!"

It certainly was!