Cult Heroes, Legendary Goals: Liverpool’s biggest ever wins

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After Liverpool’s 7-0 demolition of Manchester United last weekend, where does it rank with the rest of their high scoring victories?

There have been other big wins this season under Jurgen Klopp, against the likes of Bournemouth and Rangers, respectively.

Previously, other eras have seen similar goal frenzies.

Under Rafa Benitez, Liverpool beat Besiktas 8-0 in the Champions League.

Gérard Houllier’s Reds also beat Stoke City 8-0 by the same scoreline in the League Cup.

Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish’s side in the 80s beat London sides Fulham 10-0 and Crystal Palace 9-0.

Before that Bob Paisley’s Anfield machines annihilated Oulun Palloseura 10-1.

Let’s go through each one in turn as we take a stroll down memory lane.

Liverpool 7 vs 0 Manchester United – Sunday 5th March 2023

This one is feeling fresh and must bring a smile to every Liverpool fan’s face.

Going into the match, United were the form team of the Premier League and the hosts were seen as languishing behind having had a difficult season.

But Liverpool turned the form book on its head with a majestic attacking display.

And boy were they clinical with seven of their eight shots on goal turning to gold.

Cody Gakpo got the ball rolling just before half-time with an exquisite curling finish.

Then came SIX second-half goals, as Darwin Núñez tapped home from close range for 2-0.


The floodgates quickly opened as Gakpo got his second with a fine finish from an acute angle.

Mohamed Salah then got in on the act as he slammed in a first-time effort.

Núñez then headed in his second to make it five.

Salah then got his second of the match, a significant one as he broke Robbie Fowler’s record to become the club’s all-time top Premier League goal scorer.

There was even time for Bobby Firmino to get on the scoresheet as he stepped off the bench to flick home as his legendary Anfield career comes to a conclusion.

This was Liverpool’s biggest ever win against their long-time arch rivals, and  United’s heaviest defeat since 1931.

Rangers 1 vs 7 Liverpool – Wednesday 12th October 2022

The Scottish giants took a surprise lead in the 17th minute as Scott Arfield slotted in a fine goal.

But Liverpool rebounded immediately five minutes later as an unmarked Firmino headed in Konstantinos Tsimikas’s corner to net the all-important equaliser.

It was all Klopp’s men thereafter in the second-half, as Firmino stylishly tucked in Joe Gomez’s cross.

Núñez then made it 3-1 with a nice strike into the bottom corner.

Salah then dinked in a typical Salah goal for four.

Just a few minutes later the Egyptian was celebrating again as he hooked in a fine goal past Allan McGregor as the substitute made an instant impact.

And it was a five-minute hat-trick for Mo, the fastest ever in Champions League history, as he blasted into the bottom corner.

The result was confirmed as youngster Harvey Elliott volleyed in for his first ever Champions League goal, much to the delight of his boss.

Liverpool 9 vs 0 Bournemouth – Saturday 27th August 2022

This is Liverpool’s biggest ever Premier League win, and was much needed for their first win of the season.

Luis Díaz opened the scoring with a towering header.

Elliot then made it 2-0 with a sublime 25-yard curling drive.

Trent Alexander-Arnold then struck a thunderbolt of his own to put the home side 3-0 up and cruising.

It was soon four after just 31 minutes, as a defensive error from the Cherries saw Firmino cash in for an easy finish.

Virgil van Dijk then made it 5-0 on the stroke of half-time with a bullet header from an Andy Robertson corner.

Within a minute of the second-half, Liverpool were still on fire as Chris Mepham diverted an Alexander-Arnold cross into his own net.

A chuckling Firmino soon got his second of the game as Robertson’s shot was palmed into his path for a simple rebound goal to make it seven.

New signing Fabio Carvalho scooped home for number eight.

And another cheeky header from Díaz, who ironically began the goalscoring shenanigans, ended the day with the final goal.

Liverpool 8 vs 0 Beşiktaş – Tuesday 6th November 2007

Having lost 2-1 to the same opponent just a fortnight before, Benitez’s team knew they needed a quick start.

And that they did after 19 minutes as Peter Crouch one-on-one bundled in the rebound to get the Reds up and running on another big Champions League evening at Anfield.

Yossi Benayoun volleyed in a fine goal into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

The Israeli soon got his second as he tapped in an easy rebound.

And Benayoun made it a hat-trick as he poached another rebound, a copy-cat goal to his last strike.

Captain Steven Gerrard smashed home to make it 5-0 to the hosts.

A Ryan Babel flick from a Benayoun cross added another to the scoreboard.

And Crouch, who began the goal scoring blitz, got his second with a glancing header to give Liverpool a stunning 8-0 win.

At the time it was a then record Champions League victory, but it is now the joint highest.

Stoke City 0 vs 8 Liverpool – Wednesday 29th November 2000

This League Cup fourth-round encounter saw Houllier’s men begin their quest for silverware.

Which as we all know the 2000-2001 season capped a historic treble, and this competition being the first of such trophies.

Liverpool in their smart yellow jerseys began brightly as Christian Ziege dispatched Fowler’s pinpoint cross.

Vladimír Šmicer made it 2-0 as the ball trickled in.

Markus Babbel then hammered in the third of the night.


There was till time for Fowler, captain on the night, to make it four just before half-time as he netted with a close-range header.

Sami Hyypiä then bashed in number five.

Danny Murphy tapped in an easy goal to add to the hammering.

Ziege then turned recipient as he put through Fowler who made it seven.

And the marksman made it 8-0 from the penalty spot to complete a sublime hat-trick, and a record away victory for the Reds.

Liverpool 9 vs 0 Crystal Palace – Tuesday 12th September 1989

This was a huge win for Kenny Dalglish’s side.

Steve Nicol’s smart finish got the night underway.

And fellow Steve, McMahon, chipped in a fine goal to double their lead.

Ian Rush then slammed in to make it three.

In the second-half, Gary Gillespie then added another as he headed in at close range.

Peter Beardsley then got number five as he smashed home.

John Aldridge in his final Reds match, cooly slotted in from the spot as the London side soon found themselves six down.

John Barnes then scored an amazing free-kick to add further gloss to the victory.

Swedish defender Glenn Hysén headed in to make it eight.

And the final goal of the night, as again with some of the other plot twists in this article, Nicol got the first and last as he completed the scoring.

The win took them to the top of the table, as they would eventually wrap up another league title.

Liverpool 10-0 Fulham – Tuesday 23rd September 1986

In this League Cup second-round encounter, the home side destroyed the visitors in some style.

The Anfield crowd witnessed a huge win as Rush stroked home.

It was then 2-0 inside the first ten minutes, just two minutes later as striker John Wark slotted in.

Then Ronnie Whelan got in on the act, scoring a sublime volley.

There was still time just before half-time for McMahon to strike for 4-0 Liverpool.

And the second-half was a complete blitz as Wark headed in number five and his second of the match.

It was then McMahon who turned and slammed in his second goal of the night.

Just five minutes later, McMahon got his hat-trick as he stroked in a cool finish.

Another from Rush piled more misery on poor Fulham keeper John Vaughan.

A tap-in at the back post from McMahon saw him notch his fourth goal of the game.

All of Liverpool’s attacking players were on fire that night, and there was even time for Nicol to cap off a memorable night as he squeezed the ball into the bottom corner.

It broke the club’s 90-year record stretching back to 1896, as their biggest win in domestic cup competition, a statistic still intact today.

Liverpool 10-1 Oulun Palloseura – Wednesday 1st October 1980

This was a European Cup first round second leg encounter, after the Anfield side could only draw one all in the first leg in Finland.

Dalglish put through Graeme Souness for an easy tap in after just six minutes.

It was his first goal for the club in European competition.

Souness soon got his second, as a simple shot bounced off the Oulun keeper’s foot and went in.

Terry McDermott then got the third.

Dalglish nearly got the fourth just before half-time as the ball was going in, but McDermott cheekily swept in to take the goal for himself.

Keith Armstrong then pulled a goal back for the Finns three minutes after half-time.

Souness was then brought down for a penalty, which McDermott again sensing an opportunity for an easy goal, tried to take.

But he eventually, at the crowd’s insistence, gave the ball to his 80s lookalike brother Souness, with the same curly mullet hair and moustache, and he slammed it down the middle to net his hat-trick after 53 minutes.

Merely a minute later, Sammy Lee smashed in the sixth.

Ray Kennedy then tapped in Phil Neal’s cross.

David Fairclough then nodded into the bottom corner two minutes later.

Fairclough quickly got his second, another header this time at the back post.

And the final goal saw McDermott get the hat-trick he so desperately craved as he blasted in a long range stunner.

James Spencer

My name is James and I have supported Liverpool since I was 6 years old. My favourite players growing up were Steven Gerrard and Sami Hyypia. My most memorable match would be the UEFA Cup Final win over Deportivo Alaves that finished 5-4 to Liverpool! I am studying journalism in Manchester although I am a Liverpool fan through and through.