Some household names have scored at Liverpool’s iconic stadium Anfield.
Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Kenny Dalglish and Luis Suarez – to name but a few – are the sort of players you associate with scoring absolute bangers at one of the country’s most iconic stadiums.
But back in 2004, a young and unlikely hero hit a ball so sweetly, at such a crucial time, that he would write himself into the club’s folklore, despite the underwhelming career that followed.
Neil Mellor downed Arsenal’s Invincibles in November 2004 with a goal that was as close to perfect as you could hope for.
Deep into stoppage time, with the game poised at 1-1, a loose ball dropped out of the air in front of the 22-year-old Mellor.
Many in the stands wouldn’t have wanted the youngster to pull the trigger. Surely it was too far out; surely he didn’t have that in his locker; surely Jens Lehmann would save whatever came his way.
But Mellor threw caution to the wind, wound up his right boot and hit the ball sweet as you like. Lehmann, who was slightly off his line, had absolutely no chance. The ball curved around the German and into the back of the net, right in front of the Kop.
It was pandemonium in the stands, pandemonium on the pitch and Neil Mellow, a lifelong Liverpool fan, had downed the best team the Premier League has ever seen.
Liverpool would win the Champions League that season, and Mellor would play his part in that triumph too.
And although his career may have faltered before being cut short by injury, Mellor’s name will always be remembered fondly at Anfield for that moment of pure beauty.