MX23RW : Saturday, September 25 19:17:08| >> :60:1392:1392:
Dec 10, 2005 at 3pm UK at Anfield
Liverpool
2-0
Middlesbrough
Morientes (72', 77')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Riggott (84')

On this day: Fernando Morientes brace downs Middlesbrough

Nine years ago today, Spanish striker Fernando Morientes scored both of Liverpool's goals in a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

When Liverpool shelled out £6.3m to sign Fernando Morientes in January 2005, it was seen by many as a statement of intent from the Merseysiders.

After all, they had recruited a three-time Champions League winner who had been a prolific marksman for Real Madrid to the tune of 72 goals in 112 La Liga starts.

Yet, from very early on into his spell at Anfield, it became apparent that the Spanish international had left his clinical touch at the arrivals gate of Liverpool's John Lennon Airport.

When he returned to his native Spain with Valencia for £3m in the summer of 2006, the frontman had scored just 12 goals in 61 appearances for the Reds.

Fernando Morientes of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Barclays Premiership match against Middlesbrough on December 10, 2005© Getty Images

That's not to say that there wasn't the odd bright moment to Morientes's fleeting Premier League tenure, such as when Middlesbrough visited Anfield nine years ago today.

The hosts had won their last six league encounters, despite the fact that Morientes had struggled for form for most of the campaign. Boro, though, would be on the receiving end as the centre-forward briefly rediscovered his range.

Following a goalless first half, Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez replaced Peter Crouch with Luis Garcia and the Spaniard went on to make an almost instant impact in the 72nd minute. It was his low cross that found his compatriot Morientes, who having taken one touch, then found the bottom corner of Mark Schwarzer's net.

That was followed by a second Morientes goal just five minutes later as the three points were secured. Boro defender Franck Queudrue misplaced his headed clearance and Morientes pounced, before lobbing his effort over a helpless Schwarzer.

Fernanado Morientes of Liverpool scores the first goal during the Barclays Premiership match between Liverpool and Middlesbrough at Anfield on December 10, 2005© Getty Images

Speaking after the final whistle, Benitez was full of praise for his two-goal striker, saying: "Fernando Morientes has been playing well but as a striker one of the most important things to score goals and he did that in this match.

"It is his best performance for Liverpool and he finished both his goals very well. The whole team performed well and it was a pleasing home display."

LIVERPOOL: Reina; Finnan, Hyypia, Carragher, Riise; Gerrard, Alonso, Sissoko, Kewell; Morientes (Josemi), Crouch (Garcia)

MIDDLESBROUGH: Schwarzer; Bates, Southgate, Riggott, Queudrue; Morrison (Hasselbaink), Doriva, Boateng, Rochemback; Viduka, Yakubu (Ehiogu)

ID:192842: cacheID:192842:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:5260:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Liverpool's Peter Crouch celebrates after soring his first goal against Wigan during their Premiership match at Anfield, in Liverpool, 03 December 2005
Read Next:
OTD: Crouch ends Liverpool drought
>

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Premier League
Championship
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
League One
League Two
National League
National League North
National League South
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
NIFL Premiership
Belarusian Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Ligue 2
Major League Soccer
Brasileiro
Copa Diego Maradona
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
J1 League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
International Friendlies
Women's Super League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool64201541114
2Manchester CityMan City64111211113
3Chelsea64111221013
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd6411135813
5Everton6411127513
6Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton540174312
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham6321138511
8Aston Villa631297210
9Brentford62318539
10Tottenham HotspurSpurs530236-39
11Watford621379-27
12Leicester CityLeicester6213710-37
13Arsenal520329-76
14Crystal Palace512258-35
15Southampton504146-24
16Wolverhampton WanderersWolves510425-33
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle6033714-73
18Leeds UnitedLeeds6033614-83
19Burnley6024511-62
20Norwich CityNorwich6006216-140

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!