On this day in 2002 Liverpool played out a 6-0 win at Ipswich Town, seeing them rise to the top of the Premier League.
Going into the match at Portman Road, only four points separated fourth from first. Sitting behind Newcastle and Manchester United in third, it was crucial that Gerard Houllier’s men picked up a win against the in-form Ipswich in order to keep the pressure on their fellow front runners. The match got off to a dream start for the Reds as debutant Abel Xavier put his name up in lights, opening the scoring on 16 minutes to give the visitors the advantage. An Emile Heskey goal just before halftime saw Liverpool go into the interval with a comfortable two-goal lead to their name.
As the second half begun the floodgates opened as skipper Sami Hyypia lead by example, heading home a from a Danny Murphy corner to make it 3-0. 10 minutes later Michael Owen got his name on the score sheet, finishing after some brilliant play from Steven Gerrard saw him teed up to add Liverpool’s fourth of the match. Owen claimed a brace just 10 minutes after, following some link-up play between himself and strike partner, Heskey, seeing the young England striker claim his 23rd goal of the season. Heskey finished off the rout on the 90th minute, matching Owen’s goal scoring exploits that match and seeing off Ipswich with an all too comfortable 6-0 victory.