Sky Sports Vault
This season, we're unlocking the Sky Sports Vault and picking out some classic football moments from yesteryear for you to watch and enjoy once again. Remember Liverpool's epic comeback against Manchester United in 1994?
By Jon Holmes - @jonboy79
Last Updated: 30/08/13 4:42pm
Last week, the Sky Sports Vault reflected on Chelsea's title-clinching win at Bolton in April 2005, as Jose Mourinho delivered the goods in his first season as Blues manager.
This week, the focus is on Liverpool's meeting with Manchester United at Anfield in the first of Sky Sports' Super Sunday live games. With that in mind, we've selected the epic 3-3 encounter between the two sides back in January 1994.
As always, we'd love to hear your suggestions so let us know what you'd like us to search for in the Vault by leaving a comment below, or you can tweet us on @SkyFootball using the hashtag #skysportsvault.
The Kop terrace's days may have been coming to an end, but the Liverpool home end made a particularly memorable contribution to the cause on a Tuesday night in early 1994.
Reigning Premiership champions Manchester United were top of the table, and arrived at Anfield having lost just once in the league all season (a 1-0 reverse at Chelsea in September) and on a 17-game unbeaten run to boot.
Alex Ferguson's men were 21 points ahead of Graeme Souness' Liverpool, who were well adrift in ninth place as the rot threatened to set in on Merseyside.
And the Reds were rocked when United breezed into a three-goal lead after just 23 minutes. Steve Bruce headed in the first from an Eric Cantona left-wing cross; then 20-year-old Ryan Giggs chipped 36-year-old Bruce Grobbelaar; and Denis Irwin increased the advantage with a sublime free-kick.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, also just 20 at the time, had established himself as a first-team regular under Souness that season.
"The first quarter of the game was a nightmare for us," Redknapp recalled. "Bruce had already scored, and then I gave a short pass back to Mark Wright, and Giggs went round him and chipped a goal in for United's second. We were all struggling.
"We were soon 3-0 down and in a fixture of that enormity, you want the ground to swallow you up. You're at home to your biggest rivals, and you're getting outclassed."
However, the first sign of a renaissance came just two minutes after Irwin's goal as Redknapp and his colleagues - attacking the Kop in the first half - were roared back to life before the interval.
"We got a goal back through Nigel Clough, and then he scored another shortly before half-time, and that gave us a different teamtalk and a lot of confidence. When we got back to 3-2, you could sense the crowd knew something special was happening."
With Anfield rocking, the Reds were hunting an equaliser - and Redknapp almost snatched it.
"I had a good chance midway through the second half. I went past Paul Ince and bent one and thought it was going into the top corner - but Peter Schmeichel made a brilliant save to his left.
"That would have been great; after making a mistake for a goal, I was desperate to repay my team mates."
However, the goal did arrive, with Neil Ruddock powering home a header from Stig Inge Bjornebye's left-wing cross, sending the home fans into raptures.
"Razor made it 3-3 with about 10 minutes to go," said Redknapp. "It really was an amazing night.
"The atmosphere was fierce. It makes your hair stand on end - and the players will be feeling exactly the same this weekend."
For a club of Liverpool's history and prestige, the Souness years are not remembered with particular fondness - in fact, the Scot would resign as manager less than a month after that 3-3 draw with United. Bristol City sent the Reds crashing out of the FA Cup, and that proved to be the final straw.
"We were a young side," added Redknapp. "We were in transition. We had Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and myself who were all about 19 or 20.
"The following year, under Roy Evans, we beat United 2-1 at home when I scored and we got an own goal. We were always vying with them but they just seemed to out-do us in the end. It was a young team, but we were getting better and better."
For Redknapp, the central midfield battle in that January 1994 contest and the subsequent meetings with United was always one to relish.
"I always enjoyed playing against Paul Ince and Roy Keane. I liked playing against Incey - he was a good player and you like playing against the best. It was the same with Keane. Later on, I always found the best out of all of them was Scholes. He could do everything. He was the one that for me ticked every single box."
Now, over 19 years later, the visitors are at last under new management as David Moyes sits in the away dugout for the first time in this fixture.
"Liverpool v Manchester United games are huge occasions and this one is going to be no different on Sunday," said Redknapp. "Liverpool have had a good start to the season.
"It's one of those fixtures you look for at the start of the year. It's the same for the players now. Ferguson always said this was the big game. There's a lot of animosity between the fans, and there was with the players at times. At England squads, Manchester United lads would want to sit apart from the Liverpool lads and vice versa. So it did spill over.
"But they are great games to play in, and they remain great if you win - but they're a nightmare if you lose."
Watch Liverpool v Manchester United on Sky Sports 1 HD on Sunday, from 1pm.