Gerrard kissing the camera is something the Liverpool fans still remember about this game.
March 14th, 2009, is not a date that anyone associated with Manchester United will want to remember anytime soon.
It's not because of something like the rise in prices of tickets or the releasing of an obnoxious new marketing campaign. It wasn't even the day that Cristiano Ronaldo was sold to Real Madrid.
It was, however, the day on which Liverpool came to Old Trafford and humiliated a full-strength United side by a scoreline of 4-1.
The men from Manchester eventually won the Premier League title by four points over Liverpool, but their Merseyside counterparts made the run-in much more dramatic, taking an unlikely three points at Old Trafford.
Though Liverpool began to get a grip on the game after some initial United pressure, they found themselves against the ropes on 23 minutes. Pepe Reina hauled down Ji-Sung Park inside the box, leaving referee Alan Wiley with no choice but to point to the spot.
Ronaldo, the reigning FIFA World Player of the Year, stepped up to take the penalty, and though Reina guessed the right way, the United man rocketed his kick into the left corner to give the hosts a one-goal lead.
Things weren't looking good for the men from Anfield, as United had emerged victorious in every game at Old Trafford in which Ronaldo scored. Going down a goal at the home of United is a black hole that many never emerge from, and it didn't seem that the visitors were likely to get out of such a stranglehold.
However, despite United keeping the ball for most of the next five minutes, Liverpool would equalize out of nothing.
United defender Nemanja Vidic, tipped by many to win the PFA Player of the Year award, misjudged an innocuous ball forward from Martin Skrtel. Though he may have had time against many other players to pass back to Edwin van der Sar in the United goal, he apparently forgot that Fernando Torres was on the pitch, as the Liverpool forward used his lightning-quick speed to steal the ball and leave Vidic for dead before coolly slotting past the United goalkeeper to make it 1-1.
The hosts went close through a Ronaldo free kick and a piledriver from Michael Carrick, but it would be Liverpool who grabbed the next goal on 44 minutes.
Torres, who caused plenty of problems for the United back line with his pace and movement, was again at the center of the action, providing a ball for Steven Gerrard. Making his way towards goal, the Liverpool skipper was hauled down inside the box by Patrice Evra, leaving Wiley with no choice but to award a penalty for the second time in 20 minutes.
Gerrard, who had successfully converted from the spot in the recent victory over Real Madrid, lined up to take the kick. Though van der Sar guessed the right way, he could do nothing to stop the Liverpool captain—who famously kissed a television camera following his successful penalty—from scoring.
Despite the 2-1 scoreline, there was still plenty of football to be played. The makings of a cracking second half were in place.
Having weathered a spell of pressure from United at the beginning of the second half, the Merseysiders went on the attack and got their reward on 77 minutes. Gerrard, clean through on goal, was hauled down by Vidic on the edge of the United box, leading to the United defender to be red-carded, his nightmare afternoon finally over.
However, it was about to get worse for the rest of his teammates, as Fabio Aurelio curled a beautiful left-footed strike over the wall and into the net past a static van der Sar.
Andrea Dossena would add another goal with a lob in injury time, but that would simply prove gloss for the scoreline; the game had already been won.
United would go on to win the title that year, but they are no doubt still haunted by the day that Liverpool turned the stadium known as the "Theatre of Dreams" into the setting for a nightmare.