On this day in 2001 Liverpool beat Roma 2-0 in Italy on their road to Dortmund.

Going into the first leg of the UEFA Cup 4th round Liverpool were set to travel to Rome to play Fabio Capello’s Roma. Coming up against a side featuring the likes of Cafu, Walter Samuel and Gabriel Batistuta it looked as though Houllier’s men would have their work cut out for them if they were to progress to the next round. 

It was Michael Owen who opened the scoring for the Reds just seconds into the second half. The young England striker cut out a pass by Roma and Italy man Alessandro Rinaldi and finished, firing beyond Frencesco Antonioli to make it 1-0 to the visitors. Owen doubled Liverpool’s lead on 71 minutes, getting on the end of a Christian Ziege cross and glancing a header beyond the Roma goalkeeper to give the Merseyside outfit a 2-0 advantage going into the second leg of the tie.