LIVERPOOL 2 CITY 2
League Division 1
21st December 1991
City White(48 & 55)
Liverpool Saunders(9), Nicol(81)
Ref D Phillips
City Coton, Brightwell, Pointon, Reid, Curle, Redmond, White, Heath, Quinn, Sheron, Hughes. Subs Megson(unused), Clarke(unused)
Liverpool Grobbelaar, Jones, Burrows, Nicol, Wright, Tanner, Saunders, Houghton, McManaman, Thomas, McMahon – Subs Marsh(79), Walters(58)
In the build up to this fixture Peter Reid had singled out Dean Saunders as the Liverpool dangerman. He knows the Welsh international needs no assistance finding the net and the City boss must have been bemused when Tony Coton provided exactly that. The veteran goalkeeper somehow let the former Derby man‘s weak 25-yard shot slip through his hands in the ninth minute. While Liverpool celebrated Reid rallied the troops and when Rob Jones appeared to tug back David White in the area they had a legitimate penalty claim waved away,
White bagged a brace against the Reds back in August and he was proving menacing again as be latched on to Niall Quinn’s pass but, under pressure from David Burrows, could only fire his shot straight at Bruce Grobbelaar. The Zimbabwean was properly stretched confusion. Quinn and Nicky Tanner battled for possession while Grobbelaar appeared to hesitate. With all around him floundering White stretched out his leg and somehow hooked the ball into the net via the far post.
Graeme Souness acted immediately by sending on Mark Walters in place of Steve McMahon. The former Rangers man went to the left wing while Steve Nicol switched to the right and Ray Houghton moved into the centre as the home side went in search of an equaliser. Walters was quickly into the action and two dangerous crosses required excellent interventions from Michael Hughes and Brightwell. With just over twenty minutes to go he combined with Burrows to release Saunders and his snap shot flew just wide.
Souness had one last throw of the dice when he introduced Mike Marsh to the action and within three minutes the equaliser arrived as the substitute broke down the left and pulled the ball back. Steve Nicol had timed his run perfectly and matched it with an excellent finish. There was still time for Jones to dispossess Reid and release Walters but Coton smothered his low shot as City held on for a point.