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Game #4481

Monday, 22 September 1997

Attendance: 34,843


Premier League

16th (-7)


Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Villa lose for the first time in five but for the fifth time in nine Premier League games to drop back to 16th in the table.



Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


Stan Collymore, grabbed the lead




๐Ÿ•’ | HT Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 56โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Liverpool, pen), Robbie Fowler
๐Ÿ” | 62โ€™ Sub off, Ian Taylor, Sub on, Julian Joachim
๐Ÿฅ… | 79โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Liverpool), Steve McManaman
๐Ÿฅ… | 90โ€™ Goal, 0-3, (Liverpool), Karl-Heinz Riedle
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Liverpool 3-0 Aston Villa

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Ian Taylor
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Gareth Southgate


After the mini recovery another heavy defeat ended the run of 3 wins after Villa and Liverpool were unusually required to play consecutive Saturday and Monday fixtures by the Premier League.

Future Villa goalkeeper David James and future Villa midfielder Patrick Berger lined up for Liverpool.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96


European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1994-95



Previous 5 vs. Liverpool: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ


Season | 1997-98 |
Matchday | #9 |
League Game | #8 |
Manager Game | #135 |
Monday, 22 September 1997


Manager: Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: Martin Bodenham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Looe, 1981-1998
Kick off: 8.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-3
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Martin Bodenham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Looe, 1981-1998
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 19 April 1997, Villa 1-1 Tottenham, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ



Martin Bodenham


Saลกa ฤ†urฤiฤ‡ drops to the subs bench as Simon Grayson is recalled.


Starting XI Average Age
| 26.80 |

Oldest Player
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 29.32 |

Youngest Player
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 24.90 |



Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Roy Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
RB Simon Grayson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Fernando Nรฉlson | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Stan Collymore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Stig Inge Bjรธrnebye | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB Bjรธrn Tore Kvarme | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB Phil Babb | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Jamie Carragher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Danny Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Michael Thomas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Steve McManaman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Patrik Berger | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
CF Robbie Fowler | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Michael Owen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ” | CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 62โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Danny Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M David Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Robbie Fowler | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | (CF Karl-Heinz Riedle | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |)


GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Riccardo Scimeca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Saลกa ฤ†urฤiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CF Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |


GK Tony Warner | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |
M Nicky Rizzo | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
W Mark Kennedy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |


1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/16



1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/16



Not recorded


Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Not recorded


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"Villa appeared the more assured. particularly when Draper began to assert his control on proceedings. Ably assisted by the busy Simon Grayson. Draper began dispatching the ball to all parts of Anfield's sumptuous surface."

*The Irish Independent*
Tuesday, 23 September 1997

Fowler spot on but Owen steals show

LIVERPOOL overcame their nerves and then Aston Villa in a game of gathering dramas at Anfield last night.

Missing so many regulars. Roy Evans' makeshift side produced little of note until the second half, when Robbie Fowler's penalty relaxed them and led to two further goals, a magnificent run and strike from Steve McManaman and a final flourish from Karlheinz Riedle.

Although not on the scoresheet. Michael Owen proved the pivotal figure, running with gusto throughout. even during the long first-half periods when his team-mates stuttered.

He won the penalty which allowed Fowler. starting a game for the first time this season, to register his 11th goal in 10 games against Villa. Then, in the final minute. Owen raced through to set up Riedle. It was another fine display from a phenomenal prospect.

The hugely welcome return of Fowler, making his first start since April, was offset by the loss of almost half the team who started against Southampton on Saturday.

Evans has a decent side residing in the treatment room, not the dressing room. Paul Ince. Jason McAteer. Dominic Matteo and Mark Wright joined Jamie Redknapp. Oyvind Leonhardsen, Rob Jones. Steve Harkness and Neil Ruddock in the stands, although Riedle at least made the bench.

For all their problems. Liverpool began well. McManaman. wearing the captain's armband, presided over a thoroughly lively start, full of movement and belief, a period of real hope until Mark Draper shook Villa into life and local anxieties returned.

The Kop could have been forgiven for venting its first-half frustration as their team's early brio dissolved. One moment, Owen was vaulting hoardings such was his speed and determination after getting in a cross. The next minute. Michael Thomas was conceding possession.

Right before their very eyes. the Kop almost saw Villa take a fifth minute lead. Stan Collymore. jeered for ill-considered comments about his former club. unleashed a 20-yarder which David James palmed to his left. As Dwight Yorke slid in. James recovered to smother the danger.

Yet still there were signs of promise from Liverpool's makeshift side particularly from Owen. who was always willing to form the first line of defence. lan Rush-style.

Also on the credit side was the contribution of Jamie Carragher. a young midfielder who proved more than a stand-in centre-half. executing one exceptional penalty-box tackle on Dwight Yorke. His distribution will have pleased the watching Peter Taylor. the England U-21 coach. But these were the only plusses of a barren first period.

Villa appeared the more assured. particularly when Draper began to assert his control on proceedings. Ably assisted by the busy Simon Grayson. Draper began dispatching the ball to all parts of Anfield's sumptuous surface.

One cross-field pass to Fernando Nelson brought nods of approval even from the home support. Driven by Draper. Villa were improving all the time but failed to turn their possession into real penetration.

Bjorn Tore Kvarme cleared the danger as Yorke lurked and Stan Collymore headed the ball far wide, much to the Kop's delight.

Then, just before the half-hour. Draper again switched, this time from right to left, where Alan Wright waited unmarked. The wing-back's cross fizzed with danger, forcing Carragher into a hurried clearance. which he nearly sliced into his own net.

Liverpool began the second half as they had the first, running with vigour but this time sustaining the momentum. Murphy and Patrik Berger. with long-range efforts. hinted at a resurgence.

Then came the craved-for goal. admittedly from unpromising beginnings, hesitation in pointing to the spot, from where Fowler scored with such confidence it was hard to believe he had been away.

Villa. throwing caution to the winds. replaced lan Taylor. a midfielder. with a forward, Julian Joachim. This adventure almost paid off when Steve Staunton. encouraged to push forward. brought a stop from David James.

Liverpool. though, were in no mood to let things slip and. with 11 minutes remaining. McManaman swayed through. leaving a trail of defenders before unleashing a low. irresistible shot past Mark Bosnich.

And still there was more. As the Kop roared 'Stan. what's the score.' Owen dribbled through Villa's disorganised ranks before squaring the ball for Riedle to score.