A boxing day clash was won by the Reds thanks to goals from Hansen and David Johnson. Kenny Dalglish and Phil Thompson were both passed fit before the game and played their part in te win.
Alan Hansen has since said the goal was the best he had ever scored but due to a tv strike no cameras were in the ground to record it for him. Hansen finished off a fine move with a one two between himself and Ray Kennedy.
David Johnson doubled the lead five minutes from time when Gary Bailey made a howler and let the ball squirm in to the goal. Bailey very nearly scored in the game when a long clearance forward bounced over Clemence but thankfully hit the top of the bar and went over.