Top 10: League Cup finals

8. Liverpool 1-1 Birmingham (5-4 on pens), 2001

Football's first major final at the Millennium Stadium brought Liverpool's first trophy in six years – and like the other two cups they won that season, it was a struggle. Trevor Francis's second-tier Birmingham put up a valiant fight after the Reds went ahead through Robbie Fowler’s thumping half-volley on the half-hour, but it took the much-loved Darren Purse’s injury-time penalty equaliser to send Blues fans into delirium. A goalless extra time meant the first major English final to be settled on penalties; therefore someone had to be the villain – and it was the still-hirsute Andrew Johnson, a fortnight out of his teens, whose spot-kick was saved by Sander Westerveld.


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