On this day - 23 May

Classic match

Liverpool 5-1 West Ham United
Division One
23 May 1989

West Ham United's only involvement on this date was not one they would want to remember - as not only did they suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of Liverpool, but they also suffered relegation to Division Two as a result.

The Hammers, who had been stuck in the bottom three since the sixth game of the season, kept their hopes of survival alive the previous weekend with a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest.

But this trip to Anfield, their fourth away game in succession, would not yield the result they craved.

Liverpool took a 20th minute lead through John Aldridge, but West Ham soon hit back through Leroy Rosenior's 15th goal of the season.

That was as good as it got for West Ham though, as Liverpool pulled away after the hour mark.

Ray Houghton's double set them on their way, before Ian Rush and John Barnes added late goals to settle it. Liverpool's season still had one more game to go, and they were pipped to the title by losing out to Arsenal in a winner-takes-all final fixture.

Complete record

1989 Liverpool 5-1 West Ham United (Division One)

Played 1, Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 1, Scored 1, Conceded 5