Liverpool have had a fair few notorious title collapses during the Premier League’s 18-year-history and their shortcomings in 1997 led to the beginning of the end for former manager Roy Evans and his time at Anfield.

31 Jul 1998: The Liverpool management team of Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier sit on the bench during the pre-season tournament match against St Patricks Athletic in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Liverpool won the match 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/Allsport

The Reds were locked in a gruelling title battle with Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United and following revelations, it has emerged that the Scotsman instructed his players to listen to Evans hit the fan after Liverpool’s championship hopes were reduced to tatters.

Victory for the Reds would have put their Premier League destiny in their own hands with just three games of the season to play.

However, United prevailed and left Anfield triumphant  3-1 winners gifting Ferguson yet another league title and ensured the remainder of Liverpool’s season utterly derailed as the Reds ended up in fourth place and missed out on Champions League qualification.

One player who was at Anfield for that famous encounter was former United centre back Ronny Johnsen United who explained what happened after the game.

“We came into the changing room and the gaffer came in a little bit late,” said Johnsen, speaking to the UTD podcast.


“We were buzzing and he said: ‘Quiet, quiet!’ The changing rooms in that stadium are very close to each other and you can hear their manager go ballistic and (Ferguson) is like: ‘Listen, you can hear them!’

“I loved it!”

21 Apr 1999: Ronny Johnsen of Manchester United brings down Angelo Di Livio of Juventus in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match at the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin, Italy. United won 3-2 on the night to go through 4-3 on aggregate. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

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Undoubtedly another difficult memory to recall for Kopites following the Reds’ 30-year wait for a league title.

Fortunately for Liverpool supporters, we can look at these heartbreaking memories in a position of strength with the English champions-elect just four victories shy of the club’s first-ever Premier League title.

Even more amusing for Reds fans is the change of fortunes that have come to fruition since Ferguson departed the club in 2013 with the Red Devils currently in a spell of turmoil and unrest following seven-years a million miles away from winning the league.


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