On this day in 2000 Liverpool dealt Arsenal a 4-0 defeat at Anfield.
Going into the fixture against the Gunners, having just dispatched Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford, Gerard Houllier named an unchanged team to face Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. With end to end football straight from the word go it wasn’t long until the deadlock was broken with Steven Gerrard firing in from 20 yards, beating Alex Manninger down low to his right post.
Despite Arsenal’s persistence in attack the Reds were able to hold onto their 1-0 lead going into the break with Thierry Henry and Denis Bergkamp both unable to breach Liverpool’s back line. Throughout the second half it seemed Arsenal were getting the lion’s share of the chances, though it was Liverpool who would get the second goal of the game as Michael Owen took advantage of a dropped shot by Manninger as he scrambled the ball over the line to double the home side’s lead.
From there it seemed everything would go Liverpool’s way with Nick Barmby adding a third goal not long after Owen’s, chipping the keeper to put the game well beyond Arsenal’s reach. Having come on to replace goal scorer Owen, Robbie Fowler added a fourth goal for the Reds in injury time to complete the rout and seal a convincing 4-0 win.