After a week Liverpool and manager Kenny Dalglish would rather forget, they now have the chance to put 'handshake-gate' behind behind them by securing a quarter final place in the F.A Cup with a win over Brighton on Sunday.
The Reds have an illustrious, if chequered, history in the competition having claimed seven wins in total, and GMF is here to run down their best, and worst moments in the oldest club cup competition in the world.
West Ham 3-3 Liverpool, F.A Cup final, 2006
Generally regarded as the greatest F.A Cup final of the modern era, this was the game, along with the 2005 Champions League final, that cemented Steven Gerrard’s reputation as a genuine Liverpool icon.
The game had it all. The plucky underdogs, West Ham, had taken a 2-0 lead thanks to a Jamie Carragher own goal and an 28th minute Dean Ashton effort.
Liverpool then fought back, firstly through a sublime effort from Djibril Cisse before Gerrard got in on the act with his first.
Future Liverpool full-back then put West Ham ahead with a speculative effort, but then Gerrard came to the fore with a 30-yard drive that almost razed the Millenium Stadium to the ground. The Reds went on to win on penalties.
Liverpool 4-4 Everton, 5th Round, 1991
A game that was so dramatic that Kenny Dalglish stepped down from his role as Liverpool boss, the 4-4 draw with Everton in the fifth round.
Peter Beardsley put the Reds ahead, before Everton forward Graeme Sharp equalised minutes into the second half.
Beardsley gave his side the lead once more only for Sharp to haul his side level agains, and when Ian Rush made it 3-2 the tie looked done and dusted, late substitute earned his place in F.A Cup history with a last-gasp equaliser that took the game to extra time.
John Barnes bagged Liverpool’s fourth, but Everton demonstrated their resilience only for Cottee to score again and take the game to a replay that Everton won.
Wimbledon 1-0 Liverpool, F.A Cup final, 1988
Heralded as the greatest David v Goliath story in the history of the F.A Cup, Wimbledon’s ‘crazy gang’ demonstrated just why the competition is still held in such high regard.
Outsiders at 33-1 before the third round in January, Wimbeldon showed scant regard for their illustrious opponents as Lawrie Sanchez scored the goal that secured his team’s place in history and denied Liverpool another cup success.
Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool, F.A Cup final 2001
Continuing Liverpool’s strong tradition of F.A Cup heroes, Michael Owen wrote his name into the history books to break Arsenal hearts by scoring twice in the last eight minutes.
Arsenal has taken the lead through Freddie Ljungberg with 20 minutes left after a tense encounter.
Stephane Henchoz denied Arsenal what would have most likely been a winner for the Gunners in somewhat dubious fashion as he palmed Thierry Henry’s shot of the line.
Owen then stepped up to take the game by the scruff of the neck, equalising with eight minutes to go before claiming a dramatic win for his side with just three minutes left on the clock.
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