6 December 1997, Anfield
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(Fowler 60)

(Cole 51, 74; Beckham 70)

Liverpool: James, Kvarme (Berger 60), Matteo, Carragher, Bjornebye (Riedle 72), McAteer, Redknapp, Leonhardsen, McManaman, Owen, Fowler.                       

United: Schmeichel, Neville G, Berg, Pallister, Neville P, Beckham, Johnsen, Butt, Giggs, Cole, Sheringham.

26/01/2012 08:00, Report by Ann-Marie Keegan, Steve Muncaster

Video: Anfield '97

Games between United and Liverpool have featured many moments of individual brilliance over the years - like David Beckham's trademark free-kick in a memorable duel on December 6, 1997.

However the headlines belonged to Andy Cole, who opened the scoring with a low finish moments after the half-time break before Robbie Fowler drew the Merseysiders level from the penalty spot with half an hour to go.

Beckham then produced his party piece to regain the lead before Cole sealed a deserved victory, tapping in Teddy Sheringham’s flick for his fifteenth goal of the season.

“We looked the better side and I’m delighted by the win,” said Sir Alex Ferguson. “You always get it hard at Anfield – we had to really perform today.”

Unfortunately, this would later stand out as one of the season's few highlights. Life after Cantona proved tough when injuries took their toll and the Reds ultimately lost the title to Arsenal.

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