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29/08/2013 11:15, Report by Adam Marshall

Anfield: Strachan cigar

In readiness for this weekend's north-west derby, we look back on some classic memories from previous visits to Anfield. Next, it's a cheeky celebration from Gordon Strachan to cap a fabulous comeback...

There was no disputing Liverpool were top dogs in 1987/88 and sitting proudly atop their perch looking down at the rest of Division One.

United may have finished second but ended up nine points adrift, despite winning the last five games. Hence, in truth, this stirring comeback only delayed the inevitable coronation of the champions for a sixth time in the 1980s.

Trailing 3-1 and down to 10 men after Colin Gibson's sending-off, any thoughts of a heavy defeat were extinguished when Bryan Robson scored his second of the game to reduce the deficit. But surely the Reds could not complete the job and escape Anfield with a point when a man light against Kenny Dalglish's all-conquering leaders?

Norman Whiteside's introduction as a substitute helped turn the game but it was Peter Davenport's adroit turn and through-ball that provided Strachan with a one-on-one opportunity against Bruce Grobbelaar in the 77th minute. The Scot was always a cool character and nervelessly placed his finish wide of the keeper before celebrating in memorable fashion by smoking an imaginary cigar in front of the home fans.

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