EPL: No match for class of 1987/88

EPL: No match for class of 1987/88
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.

It was April 13, 1988, at Anfield on a Wednesday night.

Liverpool put on a masterclass, routing Nottingham Forest 5-0 in a display that could best be described as symphony on legs.

Many of those who watched it were left spellbound by its magic, intoxicated by its stardust.

The late England legend Sir Tom Finney said at the time: "It was the finest exhibition I've seen the whole time I've played and watched the game.

"You couldn't see it bettered anywhere, not even in Brazil."

Brian Clough's Forest were no sissies. With a squad packed with quality such as Stuart Pearce, Des Walker, Neil Webb and Nigel Clough, they would go on to finish third in the league.

But Liverpool were something else. The victory over Forest came to be held as the benchmark of their excellence.

Behind him, John Aldridge was backed by sheer finesse, in the form of John Barnes, who scooped the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award and Football Writers' Association gong at the end of that season.

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