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Gerard Houllier
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Joe Royle
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Saturday, 9 September, 2000, 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK
Hamann double sees off City
Hamann blasts in the winner at Anfield
Hamann blasts in the winner at Anfield
Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City

Michael Owen scored again for Liverpool but Dietmar Hamann was the hero at Anfield with two goals that killed off City's fightback.

Owen claimed his seventh strike in four games to set Liverpool on their way, but Hamann came to the rescue with the winner after Liverpool had surrendered a two-goal lead.

Hamann had the first shot on target after five minutes, though his weak free-kick from 25 yards out was comfortably saved by City's Nicky Weaver.


Paolo Wanchope looked more menacing minutes later when he bustled goalwards, though Sander Westerveld was equal to his fierce drive from the edge of the box.

Owen opened the scoring in the 11th minute after being superbly released by fellow England international Emile Heskey.

We dropped points at Southampton through lack of character, this time it was our character that gave us our win. We did show guts, and the fact that we are winning while not playing well, is important
  Gerard Houllier

His pass allowed Owen to break free down the middle and he neatly clipped the ball past Weaver with the outside of his right foot.

City's Paul Dickov had a great chance to level things up from Mark Kennedy's corner, but he could only hook the ball wide from eight yards out.

Dickov was involved again as City put the pressure on at another corner and Liverpool were relieved to see Heskey back on his own goal-line to clear the danger amid a frantic scramble.

Michael Owen struck again for Liverpool
Michael Owen struck again for Liverpool
Liverpool had strong a penalty appeal turned down on the half-hour mark after Heskey was brought down, but referee Graham Barber gave a free-kick instead and Nick Barmby blasted over the crossbar.

Curling shot

At the other end, Gerard Wiekens brought a smart save from Westerveld, who stretched to tip over his curling shot.

Wiekens came perilously close to turning the ball into his own net just before the break, but City trailed by a single goal at half-time.

Liverpool, stung by City's adventurous first-half performance, made a positive start to the second period and stretched their lead when Hamann chested the ball before volleying into the top corner.

George Weah started City's comeback
George Weah started City's comeback
City sent substitute George Weah into the fray and he almost made an instant impact, though his close-range header was straight at Westerveld.

Weah proved more deadly soon after when he evaded the challenges of Rigobert Song and Stephane Henchoz before firing home low past Westerveld on 67 minutes.

City's pressure was further rewarded when they equalised from the penalty spot, with Kevin Horlock scoring after Alf Inge Haaland was tripped by Djimi Traore.

We have not been well served. We deserved at least a draw. It is time for the PFA to get involved and name and shame divers in football
  Joe Royle
Parity was short-lived as Hamann powered in his second of the match, with Christian Ziege marking his debut with a long throw that set up the winner with eight minutes to go.

Wanchope claimed to have levelled the scores again but in bundling the ball into the net he was ruled to have fouled Westerveld, who struggled to deal with crosses all afternoon.

Westerveld's display typified another disturbing afternoon for Liverpool's defence and they were relieved to hang on at 3-2 for the three points.

Liverpool: Westerveld, Henchoz, Song, Babbel, Heskey, Owen, Hamann, Gerrard, Barmby, Carragher, Traore. Subs: Ziege, Murphy, Meijer, Arphexad, Diomede.

Man City: Weaver, Wiekens, Horlock, Prior, Dickov, Haaland, Ritchie, Whitley, Wanchope, Howey, Kennedy. Subs: Wright, Weah, Grant, Wright-Phillips, Granville.

Referee: G Barber (Tring)

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