On this day in 2003 Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 in the League Cup final in Cardiff.
After scraping by Southampton in the semi-final, Houllier’s Reds faced the daunting task of playing Manchester United as the two sides competed for the first available piece of silverware available in the season. It was Steven Gerrard who opened the scoring on the day, taking aim from range and beating Fabien Barthez after his shot deflected off England skipper David Beckham, looping into the net.
Throughout the match it looked as if United would find the net at some point, dominating the match with only the Jerzy Dudek keeping the Red Devils from running away with it. Fortunately for Liverpool they were afforded some insurance late into the match as a counter-attack resulted in a goal for Houllier’s men. Sloppy play from United on the halfway line saw Dietmar Hamann take possession of the ball and play through Michael Owen who calmly finished one-on-one with the United keeper on 85 minutes. As the final whistle blew it was a jubilant Liverpool side who would come away from the Millennium Stadium with the lions share of the spoils having bested Sir Alex Ferguson’s side 2-0.