Date: Saturday, 4th November 2000.

Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.

Competition: English Premier League.

Score: Leeds United 4 Liverpool 3

Scorers: Leeds United: Viduka (4). Liverpool: Hyypia, Ziege, Smicer.

Attendance: 40,055.


Leeds United: Robinson; Kelly, Woodgate (Hay), Matteo, Harte; Bakke, Dacourt, Bowyer, Burns; Smith, Viduka. Unused Subs: Jones, Evans, Milosevic                            

Liverpool: Westerveld; Carragher, Babbel, Hyypia, Ziege; Hamman, McAllister (Fowler), Murphy (Gerrard), Berger (Barmby); Smicer, Heskey. Unused Subs: Arphexad, Henchoz

Referee: Mr D. Ellery (Harrow-on-the-Hill).


The avaricious appetite for goals which made Mark Viduka the leading goal-scorer in Scotland the previous season had been far from satisfied and this game showed that it would threaten the EPL defences for years to come, as the huge and immensely talented Australian’s exquisite quartet took him to ten in just fourteen games. Pleasingly, Viduka’s goal-scoring knack was also matched by his ability to hold up the ball and some excellent close control. He made his £6 million fee from Celtic look money well spent and, as the Game was beamed live around the world as a live TV event, millions were able to marvel at his skills and goal-scoring ability.


An away win seemed a certainty as Liverpool swept into the lead with a goal in one hundred seconds and then went two up after only seventeen minutes and threatened to run riot with a series of assaults on Paul Robinson’s goal.


Fortunately Mark Viduka had other ideas. After watching Liverpool spurn chance after chance with finishing that was, at times, laughably inept, he personally took the game by the scruff of the neck and gobbled up everything that came his way. The man of the match modestly played down his contribution, saying “It was one of those games. Every time I had a sniff at goal, it went in. Sometimes, very rarely you get that kind of game. It was good to be part of it, anyway. I didn’t think I played all that well. I have scored four before in a match, although never at this level. We gained in confidence after drawing level and it ran right through the team.”  His manager beamed, “I loved beating Liverpool as a player and I certainly enjoyed this as a manager. I always thought that Viduka and Smith upfront had the measure of their defence and could score at any time, and we won despite Smith missing the chance of the season.”  Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier, showing remarkable composure for one whose cage had been so violently rattled said, “Our defence was exhausted in the last twenty minutes after our Worthington Cup endeavours against Chelsea, but we view this as three points thrown away.”


United had been boosted by the return to midfield of Olivier Dacourt and Lee Bowyer, while Dominic Matteo reverted to a central defensive role, alongside Jonathan Woodgate, against his former club. Manager O’Leary took the unprecedented step of naming only four substitutes as an injury crisis had continued to decimate his squad.


Christian Ziegler’s early free-kick had found Emile Heskey, but he was not able to properly direct his header. However, Liverpool raced into the lead in less than two minutes. Another free-kick out on the right was floated over by Patrik Berger and Captain Sami Hyypia rose above everybody to glance his header into the far corner. It was all Liverpool and when Jonathan Woodgate failed to clear properly Patrik Berger was allowed a free shot at goal, but it bobbled wide.


United were dealt another blow when Jonathan Woodgate was forced to limp out of the action on sixteen minutes with a pulled thigh muscle to be replaced by Danny Hay, and immediately, Liverpool went two up. Gary Kelly upended Patrik Berger on the left and when Gary McAllister delivered his free-kick Christian Ziege was miles above the pack to head home. Leeds at last manufactured an attack and when Jacob Burns crossed Alan Smith did well to get in an header, which was not far wide of the target. Then United pulled one back in the twenty-fourth minute, the persistence of Alan Smith allowing him to rob the statuesque Christian Ziege before bringing Mark Viduka into play. Cleverly, Viduka chipped his shot over the advancing Sander Westerveld and Leeds were back in it.


United were caught napping by a quick free-kick, which saw Vladimimir Smicer shoot narrowly wide, then Gary Kelly was forced to concede a corner as Emile Heskey threatened. Liverpool wasted a golden opportunity to extend their lead eight minutes before the break when Christian Ziege’s cross gave Vladimir Smicer a free header in front of the goal, but he was well over the bar. Then Paul Robinson saved the day with an excellent one-on-one stop from Dietmer Hamman as the United defence went AWOL. And United breathed again when Emile Heskey’s powerful header from a Gary McAllister cross looked certain to go in, only for Gary Kelly to pop up from nowhere and direct it for a corner.


A splendid shot from Olivier Dacourt brought a flying save from Sander Westerveld as Leeds rallied and when Patrik Berger handled on the edge of the area Ian Harte’s free-kick was headed clear via a post by Gary McAllister.


Within a minute of the restart Leeds were level, Gary Kelly bursting down the right from Eirik Bakke’s quick free-kick and crossing brilliantly for Mark Viduka to head powerfully home at the near post. They should have gone ahead in the fifty-first minute when a poor back-pass from Markus Babbel let in Alan Smith, who having rounded Sander Westerveld, was casual enough to allow Jamie Carragher to get a vital goal-saving challenge. At the other end Paul Robinson spread himself to keep out Emile Heskey, but Liverpool were swiftly on the offensive and Ian Harte got in a vital block to keep out Markus Babbel’s goal-bound header from Patrik Berger’s cross.


Liverpool were back in front on the hour when, after good work by Christian Zeige, Patric Berger crossed for Vladimir Smicer to cut inside Dominic Matteo and bury his shot in the bottom corner for his first goal of the season. Lee Bowyer spotted Sander Westerveld off his line and tried a lob that was too high before Liverpool made a double substitution in the sixty-seventh minute, introducing Steve Gerrard and Robbie Fowler for Danny Murphy and Gary McAllister.


Olivier Dacourt’s powerful shot from Lee Bowyer’s corner was kept out at some personal cost by Christian Ziege and then, in the seventy-third minute, an excellent ball from Olivier Dacourt found Mark Viduka, who twisted and turned his way through two challenges before firing home for a splendid hat-trick. Ten minutes later United, incredibly, were in front for the first time in the game and it was that man Viduka, who again did the damage, picking up on Olivier Dacourt’s miss-hit shot and delicately chipping in.


It had been a fantastic match, but the kind that guarantees managers with high defensive standards, premature baldness.



Match Action:







Mark Viduka heads the second goal


Mark Viduka chips the third goal


Mark Viduka beats Markus Babbel and Sander Westerveld to get his hat-trick



Mark Viduka chips in the fourth goal                                                                          


Mark Viduka celebrates the fourth goal



Mark Viduka beats Sander Westerveld at the near post                                                                



Mark Viduka chips Sander Westerveld                                                                                      



Mark Viduka leaves the Liverpool defence in tatters










Mark Viduka celebrates his hat-trick  Mark Viduka salutes the victory        The scoreboard tells the story




Liverpool: 2000-01

Back Row: Steve Staunton, Markus Babbel, Emile Heskey, Stephane Henchoz, Erik Meijer,

Jørgen Nielsen, Sander Westerveld, Pegguy Arphexad, Unknown, Titi Camara, Dietmer Hamann,

Frodi Kippe, Dominic Matteo, Rigobert Song.

Middle Row: Five non-players, Richie Partridge, Alan Navarro, Vegard Heggem,Vladimir Smicer,

Stephen Wright, Patrik Berger, Djimi Traore, Gary McAllister, Igor Biscan, Bernard Diomede,

Five Coaching Staff.

Front Row: Steven Gerrard, Danny Murphy, Sami Hyypia, Jamie Redknapp, Assistant Manager,

Gerrard Houllier (Manager), Robbie Fowler, Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen.


Leeds United: 2000-01

Back Row: Michael Bridges, Michael Duberry, Robert Molenaar, Danny Milosevic, Nigel Martyn,

Paul Robinson, Jonathan Woodgate, Eirik Bakke, Mark Viduka, Matthew Jones.

Middle Row: Dave Hancock (Physio), Sean Hardy (Kit Manager),

Steve Sutton (Goalkeeping Coach), Gary Kelly, David Batty, Ian Harte, Danny Mills, Lee Bowyer,

Eddie Gray (Assistant Manager), Roy Aitken (Coach).

Front Row: Alan Smith, Darren Huckerby, Harry Kewell, Peter Ridsdale (Chairman),

Lucas Radebe, David O’Leary (Manager), Jason Wilcox, Olivier Dacourt, Stephen McPhail.





Four Goal Mark Viduka                                                   Leeds were strengthened by the return of Olivier Dacourt and Lee Bowyer



Paul Robinson made some                 Dominic Matteo reverted to central defence to partner Jonathan Woodgate,                       Danny Hay subbed

fine saves.                                           who was soon injured.



Jacob Burns was in midfield                Gary Kelly saved a certain goal                       Alan Smith missed a sitter                  Ian Harte made a vital block



Sander Westerveld was in goal                        Jamie Carragher and Christian Ziege were the full backs        



Markus Babbel and Sammy Hyypia were the central defence             Vladimir Smicer and Emile Heskey were the Liverpool spearheads



                                               Dietmer Hamman, Gary McAllister, Danny Murphy and Patrik Berger started in midfield



   Future Leeds players, Robbie Fowler and Nicky Barmby, and Steve Gerrard were substitutes