Liverpool  4 - 2  Manchester City      
Sunday 18 February 2001 16:00 FA Cup 5th Round
"Liverpool" "Manchester City"
4 - 2  (2-1)
 Litmanen 7 p, Heskey 12, Smicer 54 p, Babbel 85  Kanchelskis 28, Goater 89
Image with site   1  Sander Westerveld
 23  Jamie Carragher
  2  Stephane Henchoz
 12  Sami Hyypia (c)
  6  Markus Babbel
  3  Christian Ziege
 37  Jari Litmanen
  7  Vladimir Smicer
 25  Igor Biscan
 16  Dietmar Hamann
  8  Emile Heskey

 19  Pegguy Arphexad
 27  Gregory Vignal
 20  Nick Barmby
  9  Robbie Fowler
 10  Michael Owen
Image with site   1  Nick Weaver
  4  Gerard Wiekens
  5  Andy Morrison
  7  Spencer Prior
 22  Richard Dunne
 19  Danny Tiatto
 36  Danny Granville
 12  Andrei Kanchelskis
 15  Alf-Inge Haaland (c)
 21  Darren Huckerby
 10  Shaun Goater

 26  Richard McKinney
  3  Richard Edghill
 28  Tony Grant
 14  Gareth Taylor
 29  Shaun Wright-Phillips
 Litmanen (Barmby 46)
 Smicer (Owen 75)
 Heskey (Fowler 84)
 Morrison (Grant 60)
Referee: Graham Poll (Tring) Linesman: A J Martin, D S Bryan
 Booked:  Booked: Haaland 39
Anfield (capacity 45,362)
Attendance: 36,231
Gerard Houllier (Liverpool)
Joe Royle (Manchester C)

Official matchday programme  Price: J3,00

    Liverpool keep good times rolling

  Houllier's side maintain interest on four fronts as City are swept aside

  And so, as Liverpool roll on, Manchester City continue to roll over. Teams on fine runs are accidents waiting to happen but Liverpool cleared a tricky hurdle in some style yesterday and their season is poised for an intriguing cli max. As the campaign hurtles towards its sharp end Grard Houllier's team is still locked in combat on four fronts and with so little time between key fixtures they might just forget how to stop winning.

  "We have done well in the cup competitions this season; we have enjoyed them," said Houllier after learning his side face a short trip to Tranmere Rovers or a rather longer one to Southampton in the tournament's quarter-finals.

  An uninspiring, 35-mile stretch of invariably clogged motorway is all that separates the great cities of Liverpool and Manchester and yet though the reds of the former and the blues of the latter currently share the same grand stage in footballing terms, they actually have little in common.

  Both enjoy fine support and both have a rich pedigree but, arguably, there the similarities end; those who decry the Premiership as a cash-conscious haven for sport's nouveau riche should remember that there are haves and have-nots even among the elite.

  In the days leading up to this tie, the City manager Joe Royle had made great play of the fact he was lacking eight, possibly nine, senior players. Had they been miraculously restored to health late on Saturday evening they would not all have played yesterday, of course, but statistics, however distorted, remain an under-pressure manager's most dependable ally.

  If Royle was down to the bare bones, his opposite number yesterday had far too many bodies to play with.

  Luxury is when you can take your team to Rome, beat the Serie A leaders comfortably and then make four unforced changes. The Frenchman must be the envy of his peers.

  The rotation of household names with fragile egos comes easily to Houllier these days and so out went Robbie Fowler, Gary McAllister, Nick Barmby and Michael Owen, whose brace had done for Roma on Thursday.

  But shuffling your pack becomes akin to a pleasure when you have so many aces at your disposal and though Liverpool's football never flowed quite as it did in the Olympic Stadium, it was always going to be too much for a City defence that seemed to be peopled by leaden-footed men of enormous girth.

  City struggled from the first whistle and had Liverpool not chosen to lift a collective foot off the accelerator pedal after sweeping into an early two-goal advantage, all the arguments would have been gathering dust long before the interval.

  Although much of Liverpool's early football was mesmerising, they required a slice of good fortune to underscore their superiority. Well, that's the way it looked, anyway.

  Seven minutes in, Jari Litmanen released Vladimir Smicer with the first of many sublime touches. As Smicer worked his way into a shooting position he was knocked to the ground by the City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver - or maybe he was not.

  Adamant that Weaver had made no contact, City, to a man, protested. It was all to no avail though and Litmanen stroked home the penalty.

  "It wasn't a penalty and without going into too much detail it was fiction, a ridiculous decision," said Royle. "That is the last thing you need when playing at Anfield."

  Only five minutes later City were undone for a second time, Emile Heskey collecting Litmanen's magnificent through ball before steering home low and extremely hard.

  As Mancunian heads dropped the abacuses were out. And then, strangely, Liverpool stopped playing. Royle's teams are rarely pretty or sophisticated but they never give up and so a competitive edge was restored to an afternoon that had looked to be dead in the water.

  The outcome was briefly placed in some doubt when Andrei Kanchelskis curled a shot just inside Sander Westerveld's far post but, from a City perspective, it proved to be a false dawn.

  Liverpool increased the tempo of their game and duly prospered, again by way of a penalty for another Weaver foul on Smicer. No arguments this time though and with Litmanen having been substituted at half-time Smicer did the honours crisply and efficiently.

  Markus Babbel turned home a neat header from a Christian Ziege free-kick with five minutes remaining and Shaun Goater steered in a very late consolation for the visitors but by that point Liverpool had switched to auto-pilot, conserving their energies in readiness for the arrival on Thursday of Roma.

  Liverpool (2) 4 - 2 (1) Man City
  Litmanen (7) pen
  Heskey (13)
  Smicer (54) pen
  Babbel (85)
  Kanchelskis (29)
  Goater (90)

  Westerveld; Babbel, Carragher, Henchoz, Hyypia, Ziege; Biscan, Hamann, Litmanen (Barmby); Heskey (Fowler), Smicer (Owen).

  Manchester City
  Weaver; Dunne, Granville, Morrison, A (Grant), Prior, Wiekens; Haaland, Kanchelskis, Tiatto; Goater, Huckerby.

  Referee: G. Poll (Tring)

  Attendance: 36,231

  Liverpool: None
  Manchester City: Haaland (39)

  Sent off


  Liverpool: 18
  Manchester City: 17


  Liverpool: 2
  Manchester City: 2

  Goal attempts

  Liverpool: 12
  Manchester City: 7

  On target

  Liverpool: 7
  Manchester City: 4

  Hit woodwork

  Liverpool: 0
  Manchester City: 0


  Liverpool: 3
  Manchester City: 5

  Guardian Newspapers Limited 2001
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