Twenty-three years ago, Liverpool lost a crushing match that had a bright silver lining.
The Reds had entered the final two matches of the Premier League season knowing they had no chance of winning the league but still had hopes of a Champions League berth.
A 2-1 loss to Wimbledon on May 6, 1997 stopped Liverpool from claiming a hold on second-place on the table, and they’d draw at Sheffield Wednesday the following week to finish fourth, outside of the UCL.
Wimbledon started current NBC analyst Robbie Earle in the midfield, and the Dons took a 2-0 lead in the 55th minute.
Two minutes later, Liverpool boss Roy Evans signalled for the debut of 17-year-old forward Michael Owen.
It took Owen barely more than quarter-hour to score his first senior goal, and he’d score 149 more in the Premier League, tied for ninth-most all-time. Most of them, 118 to be exact, came for Liverpool.
Owen would also become an England national team sensation and later went to Real Madrid before returning to Newcastle. The star shows dropped off significantly after that, but 150 goals is 150 goals.
Watch the highlights here. You’ll see Owen’s goal and also catch a glimpse of one of our 2 Robbies in his playing prime.