Rampant Reds net eleven

Rampant Reds net eleven

17 September 1974

Liverpool romped to a record-breaking victory as Norwegian minnows Stromsgodset were put to the sword in the European Cup Winners' Cup first round, first leg at Anfield.

The Reds were quite simply irresistible and as the game wore on the visitors' must have found themselves praying for the full time whistle, as Goliath tore David to shreds with an exhibition of flowing football and ruthless finishing.

Bob Paisley's men had gone into the game on the back of a frustrating 2-0 defeat at Manchester City, but any fears of a lack of confidence evaporated as early as the third minute when the hosts were awarded a spot-kick that Alec Lindsay duly converted.

Ten minutes later and they had doubled their advantage courtesy of the in-form Phil Boersma, who netted his eighth goal in four weeks, before defender Phil Thompson made it 3-0 on the half hour mark.

Boersma, who was revelling in the number seven shirt that had been made temporarily available by the suspension of Kevin Keegan, notched his second of the game on 40 minutes with Steve Heighway all-but wrapping up the tie three minutes before the interval.

It was a case of damage limitation for the Norwegians, but with confidence beginning to ooze from every department, the Liverpool players continued to pour forward in the hope of getting their name on the scoresheet.

The away side held out for 20 minutes following the restart but it was no surprise when Peter Cormack made it six. Number seven followed soon after courtesy of Phil Thompson's second of the contest.

By now the Kop was baying for double figures and as the visitors' Anfield experience evolved from dream into nightmare, they saw goals eight and nine hit the back of their net through Emlyn Hughes and Tommy Smith.

With less than four minutes remaining a tenth was still on the cards against the fatigued away side and the biggest cheer of the night greeted Ian Callaghan's goal that took the score into double figures.

It was the perfect way to round off a typically efficient display and there was even time for Ray Kennedy to make it 11-0, leaving poor old Brian Hall as the only outfield red not to get his name on the scoresheet.