Monday, August 23, 1999 Published at 21:52 GMT 22:52 UK
Cool Camara clinches victory
Liverpool keeper Sander Westerveld looks on as Rigobert Song scores an own goal
Leeds 1-2 Liverpool
Liverpool's multi-million pound team gave their faltering Premiership campaign a kickstart, with an impressive victory at Leeds.
But the victory was masterminded by one of Houllier's summer signings, Titi Camara, who scored Liverpool's first goal and was at the heart of all the best moments.
Houllier's reaction at the final whistle, when the normally composed manager repeatedly punched the air in delight, showed how much the result meant to the visitors.
For Leeds, however, the home reverse came as a major setback.
Victory would have taken David O'Leary's highly-rated young team alongside Manchester United at the top of the Premiership.
But instead they were outplayed for most of the match and barely managed to test Liverpool keeper Sander Westerveld.
Leeds went ahead against the run of play in fortunate circumstances - through yet another own goal, the 10th in the Premiership already this season.
Poor defending - believed by many to be the long-term reason for Liverpool's decline in recent years - was again exposed for Leeds' 20th-minute opener.
The goal was a cruel blow for Liverpool, who had looked much more incisive going forward than their hosts,
England midfielder Jamie Redknapp thought he had put them ahead in the 13th minute.
His arrowing long-range drive beat Leeds keeper Nigel Martyn and was heading for the back of the net - until Lee Bowyer flung himself across the line and somehow headed it clear.
But the goal the Merseysiders deserved eventually arrived in first-half injury time - and it was a superb improvised effort from man of the match Camara.
The knockout blow came 10 minutes after the break.
The impressive Berger curled a pacy cross from the left into the danger area and Radebe, under pressure from Robbie Fowler could only divert the ball past the helpless Martyn.
Leeds desperately tried to force their way back into the contest, but they were unable to wrestle the initiative back from Houllier's men.
And Camara almost claimed a sensational second in the last minute of the match - but his thunderous strike just cleared the Leeds bar.
Leeds: Martyn, Mills, Woodgate, Radebe, Harte, Hopkin, Batty, Bowyer, Kewell, Bridges, Huckerby. Subs: Kelly, Smith, Bakke, Duberry, Robinson.
Liverpool: Westerveld, Song, Carragher, Hyypia, Matteo, Thompson, Gerrard, Redknapp, Camara, Berger, Fowler. Subs: Staunton, Meijer, Murphy, Traore, Friedel.
Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill)