Leeds United versus Liverpool: Three memorable clashes following EFL Cup draw

Tony Yeboah - Leeds United scores his goal

After Liverpool and Leeds United were drawn together in the last eight of the EFL Cup we reminisce on three memorable clashes between the two clubs from the last 25 years.

Gary McAllister - Leeds United in action against Steve Nicol - Liverpool

13th April 1991: Leeds United 4 - 5 Liverpool

Leeds United: Lukic, Sterland, Whitlow, Fairclough, Whyte, Strachan, Batty, McAllister, Speed, Shutt, Chapman

Liverpool: Hooper, Hysen, Staunton, Nicol, Molby, Burrows, Beardsley, Houghton, Rush, Barnes, Speedie.

Liverpool entered this encounter with a stuttering hope of retaining their status as reigning champions of England. After an impressive start to the 1990-91 campaign, Liverpool struggled after the turn of the year and found themselves five points behind leaders Arsenal prior to this encounter against Howard Wilkinson's Leeds at Elland Road. 

The Leeds United team of April 1991 benefitted from the goal scoring feats of Lee Chapman and the experience of Gordon Strachan. The midfield in particular was an exciting department of the early 1990s Leeds side - it included Gary McAllister and the young talents of Gary Speed and David Batty. 

The game was played at a frantic pace and both sides had numerous chances to score before Liverpool took the lead through a Ray Houghton goal. The floodgates then opened as a penalty from Jan Molby and goals from David Speedie and John Barnes made the score 4-0 to Liverpool within the first 30 minutes.

The second half saw a valiant Leeds response - as Carl Shutt and a hat-trick from Chapman, sandwiched between another Barnes strike for Liverpool, saw the game at 5-4 to the visitors.

The incredible comeback was almost complete in the final stages, but Lee Chapman's fourth goal was disallowed for a foul on Liverpool keeper Mike Hooper.

Viduka v Liverpool

4th November 2000: Leeds United 4 - Liverpool 3

Leeds United: Robinson, Kelly, Harte, Woodgate, Matteo, Bowyer, Bakke, Dacourt, Burns, Smith, Viduka

Liverpool: Westerveld, Carragher, Ziege, Babbel, Hyypia, Smicer, Murphy, McAllister, Hamann, Berger, Heskey

By the year 2000 Leeds were considered serious title contenders under manager David O'Leary. The Irishman had developed a youthful and talented squad that included the likes of Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, Harry Kewell and Alan Smith. Liverpool were yet again in search for their first league title since 1990 and, with Gerard Houllier at the helm, had made a promising start to the 2000-01 campaign - having won the previous six matches before arriving at Elland Road for this memorable encounter.

Viduka scoring his fourth against LiverpoolViduka scoring his fourth against Liverpool

Despite Liverpool taking an early two-goal lead through defenders Sami Hyypia and Christian Ziege, and scoring through Vladimir Smicer in the second half, the game will always be remembered for Australian striker Mark Viduka scoring all four of Leeds' goals as O'Leary's side took the three points.

Whilst Leeds took the spoils in this encounter, it was Liverpool who qualified for the following season's Champions League after they finished the 2000-01 Premier League campaign in third place, one point and one position above Leeds in fourth - in addition to winning an historic League Cup, UEFA Cup and FA Cup treble.

Collymore scores vs Leeds - Picture Supplied by Action Images

20th January 1996: Liverpool 5 - 0 Leeds United

Liverpool: James, Scales, Ruddock, Babb, McAteer, Thomas, Barnes, Jones, McManaman, Fowler, Collymore

Leeds United: Beeney, Kelly, Palmer, Wetherall, Worthington, Ford, McAllister, Speed, Wallace, Brolin, Chapman

This 1995-96 Premier League clash at Anfield was another high-scoring affair between Liverpool and Leeds United - albeit more one-sided than our other two memorable matches. Leeds United were still under the tutelage of Howard Wilkinson and languished in the bottom half of the table, whilst Liverpool were re-building under boot-room member Roy Evans and possessed a more talented set of players compared to their 1996 Leeds counterparts.

The likes of Steve McManaman, Stan Collymore and goal-machine Robbie Fowler (who scored 183 goals for Liverpool and 14 for Leeds) were all on top-form by the mid-1990s and Wilkinson's side were on the receiving end of a five goal showing from Evans' Reds. Then record signing Collymore and two goals a-piece from Fowler and - rather surprisingly - defender Neil Ruddock, secured the comprehensive victory and propelled Liverpool ahead of Manchester United and into second place in the league table - where they trailed Kevin Keegan's Newcastle United by twelve points.

The 1995-96 season would culminate in Newcastle imploding, including a Premier League classic 4-3 defeat to Liverpool, as Manchester United finished above both Keegan's and Evans' sides to be crowned Premier League champions. Leeds United finished 1995-96 in 13th position and sacked long-term manager Wilkinson in September 1996.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Leeds boss Garry MonkLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Leeds boss Garry Monk will go head-to-head in the EFL Cup

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