Liverpool's 6 Most Glorious Moments

Hayden Deitrick@hdeitrickFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2012

Liverpool's 6 Most Glorious Moments

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    Liverpool has recently fallen on tough times.  

    They are currently 14th in the table with losses to Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion.  

    This comes after a disappointing campaign last season that ended with an eighth place finish in the table.

    In times like this, it is often nice for fans to recall the historic moments that made Liverpool great and the memories that made them fans to begin with. 

The 1984 Treble

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    The Liverpool squad that won the treble in 1984 is a team that many consider to be the greatest of all time.  

    The 1984 Liverpool squad featured some of the greatest players playing in England at the time, including Ronnie Whelan, Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Alan Kennedy and Bruce Grobbelaar.  

    This team was simply unbeatable.

    They had the right mix of defense and attack that allowed them to win their league, the League Cup and the European Cup in the same season.  

    This feat was only made more incredible by the fact that this was Joe Fagan's first season as manager.

    This team that was defined by utter and complete dominance created a golden age for Liverpool soccer.  The three trophies they won in 1984 are material proof of Liverpool's dominance during this time period.  

1988: Liverpool's Prime

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    In 1988, Liverpool had an impressive squad.  The team was led by player and manager Kenny Dalglish.

    Liverpool also boasted Irish forward John Aldridge, defender and captain Alan Hansen, Peter Beardsley and many other world class players.

    Liverpool started that season with a streak of 29 games without a loss.  This could be attributed to the terrific goal scoring of John Aldridge and the deft managerial skills of Dalglish. 

    Liverpool went on to win the First League over Alex Ferguson and Manchester United.  This title was Liverpool's 17th overall.  

    In 1990, Liverpool won their 18th league championship which, at the time, set the record for number of league championships won by an English team.  

Robbie Fowler’s Historic Hat Trick

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    In 1994, striker Robbie Fowler scored the fastest hat trick in league history.  It took Fowler just over four minutes to score three goals against Arsenal.

    Fowler’s first goal came off a rebound in the box.  He quickly put the ball in the back of the net.

    Just one minute later, Fowler ripped the ball to the back right post to score his second goal. 

    Finally, John Barnes lobbed the ball through the defense to Fowler.  While his initial effort was saved, he quickly recovered, took a dribble and scored to complete his hat trick.

    Fowler became one of Liverpool’s greatest players of all time, and this moment is arguably the greatest of his career.  He would go on to score 128 goals in 266 career appearances and is currently ranked fourth all time in EPL scoring with 163 total goals. 

The Rise of Michael Owen

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    Michael Owen will go down as one of the greatest English strikers of all time. Liverpool is lucky enough to be able to claim Owen as one of their youth academy graduates.

    Owen was spotted at a young age by Liverpool’s youth scout and former player Steve Heighway.  After receiving a letter from Heighway, Owen decided to join Liverpool’s youth squad.

    Owen impressed early and often in his career with the Liverpool youth squad. Heighway was so impressed by the young Owen that he wrote a letter of recommendation for his promotion.

    Heighway praised Owen, saying “He is ready for whatever you throw at him; nothing fazes Michael Owen. He's ready.”

    Owen certainly was ready. 

    He was promoted to Liverpool’s senior team, and the rest is truly history.

    Owen scored 158 goals for Liverpool before transferring to Real Madrid in 2004.  He led Liverpool to many trophies, including a treble in 2001.

The 2001 Treble

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    In 2001, Liverpool won a much different treble than that of the 1984 team.  

    Striker Michael Owen and midfielder Steven Gerrard led Liverpool to victories in the League Cup, FA Cup, and UEFA Cup

    This team was not nearly as talented the tremendous Liverpool squad that won the treble in 1984.  This team, however, had incredible poise and confidence.

    They defeated Birmingham in penalties to win the League Cup.  They showed great strength and resolve to win despite a late equalizer that brought the game into extra time.

    Fans rejoiced a very clutch Michael Owen double as Liverpool dispatched Arsenal to win the FA Cup. 

    Liverpool’s most impressive trophy win, however, was the UEFA Cup.  Liverpool defeated Alavés in one of the highest scoring European finals of all time. 

    This team is one that fans will remember fondly for their incredibly heroic play in the biggest games on the biggest stages.

2005 Champions League Final

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    In 2005, a Liverpool team spearheaded by midfielder and captain Steven Gerrard met a loaded A.C. Milan squad in the Champions League final in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Liverpool had fought through a tough group stage, and subsequently defeated Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus to reach the semi-final match against Chelsea.  Liverpool defeated Chelsea in a 1-0 nail-biter of a match.  

    In the final, Milan jumped out ahead by three goals before half.  Things looked grim for Liverpool, who were not favored to win the match anyway. 

    Liverpool, however, came out in the second half with a new resolve to win.  A shift to a three man back line allowed them to push more men forward.

    Steven Gerrard would open the scoring for Liverpool with a brilliant header.  A goal from Vladimír Šmicer and a rebounded penalty shot by Xabi Alonso eventually forced the game into overtime and then penalties.

    Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek made three exquisite saves to award Liverpool with their fifth Champions League trophy in a fantastic come from behind fashion