On this day in 2000 Dietmar Hamann scored his first ever Liverpool goal as the Reds beat Leeds United 3-1.
In a top of the table clash at Anfield, Gerard Houllier’s Liverpool played hosts to David O’Leary’s high flying Leeds United who were looking to close the gap on league leaders, Manchester United, to just 3 points with their game in hand on the Red Devils. Though coming to Anfield is no easy task and the hosts took the lead 20 minutes into the first half as German midfielder Didi Hamann scored his first ever goal in a red shirt since joining Liverpool in July 1999.
Into the second half and Leeds managed to equalise just after the hour mark through Lee Bowyer, but it wasn’t long before Liverpool restored their lead. Patrik Berger converted with a thunderbolt of a strike after referee Mike Reed allowed play to continue (after Vladimir Smicer was fouled) prompting a controversial first pump from the man in the middle. As the game went into injury time at 2-1 the three points looked certain to be going to the hosts, though just to make sure, substitute Danny Murphy added a third, seeing Liverpool run out 3-1 winners on the day.