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International Reds: LFC stars demolish Germany

On September 1, 2001, England handed Germany an unprecedented and stunning 5-1 defeat in Munich that grabbed the attention of the football world. All five goals were scored by LFC players.

A debut international strike from Liverpool youngster Steven Gerrard, a hat-trick for Michael Owen and a World Cup qualifying victory that had never been seen on German soil in the history of Die Mannschaft.

Beaten 1-0 by Germany 11 months earlier, in the last-ever game at the old Wembley, manager Kevin Keegan had immediately resigned and the FA opted to appointed the first foreign manager in their history: Sven Goran Eriksson.

The Swede had lost just one game, a friendly, since taking charge but England trailed group leaders Germany by six points in the race for the solitary automatic qualifying place and Eriksson's team needed to win in Munich.

However, England had never won a competitive match in Germany and the Germans had never lost a World Cup qualifier, to anyone, at home.

Carston Janker put Die Mannschaft 1-0 up after just six minutes and the odds were stacked against England... and then it happened.

Michael Owen equalised just six minutes later and with the interval imminent Gerrard chested down a headed clearance and drove a trademark 25-yard strike into the bottom corner of Oliver Kahn's net with the last kick of the half. The momentum had shifted.

A fired up Owen made it 3-1, from Emile Heskey's knockdown, shortly after the break and then completed his hat-trick on 66 minutes after latching onto a pass from Liverpool teammate Gerrard. With the hosts reeling, Heskey applied the coup de grâce on 73 minutes.

A victory made on Merseyside.

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