At the launch of the book Liverpool: Match of My Life , three Reds legends spoke to the Pioneer's Paul Hassall about their contributions.
SCORING a sensational 40-yard free kick to clinch victory in the final seconds of a derby is the perfect way to secure your place in Merseyside folklore - as hero and villain.
And so it came as no surprise to Gary McAllister that as he hurried through Liverpool city centre to the launch of the book Liverpool: Match of My Life, an Evertonian approached him, still furious about that goal.
McAllister chuckles: 'It has to be my favourite goal for Liverpool because it was so important, and it shows how much the derby means when an Everton fan runs after me calling me a cheat four years on!'
Fortunately, the likeable Scot survived the confrontation to join fellow Anfield legends John Barnes and Tommy Smith to discuss their contributions to Liverpool: Match of My Life.
And yet, the former Scotland International has not chosen the epic 3-2 derby triumph of 2001 as his most memorable in a Reds shirt. Instead he has opted for another classic from the magical 'treble' season.
'It has to be the UEFA Cup Final against Alaves. We won 5-4 and it was arguably the most exciting European final ever until recent events in Istanbul,' he says with a smile.
'The golden goal was good for us, but very cruel on them. During the game I thought the way we started
we were going to win very comfortably. Credit to them though, they came back and it was maybe a bit cruel on them to lose.'
McAllister was one of three former Reds overwhelmed by hordes of ardent Liverpool fans eager for their heroes to sign copies of the book and exchange anecdotes about their experiences at Anfield.
Tommy Smith was happy to take time out to speak to the Pioneer about his memories.
He said: 'I chose the Second Leg of the 1973 UEFA Cup Final. We'd won the first game 3-0 at Anfield, but we got beat 2-0 against Borussia Mönchengladbach at their ground.'
Smith's choice of a game Liverpool lost seems strange when compared to McAllister's memory of triumph, but the former Reds defender explains that it was some unprecedented praise from the bootroom that makes the match so special.
He said: 'We were 2-0 down in 10 minutes, but I rallied the troops and it was a good tactical game after that. Joe Fagan wasn't one to go overboard with congratulations, but he grabbed hold of me at the end and said: 'Smithy, that's the best game you've ever played son'.
'With him saying it, I think that's gospel, so that was my best game.'
While Smith's selection focuses on a display of fantastic resilience, John Barnes decided to opt for a performance that had the purists purring, and a match that the great Tom Finney described as 'one of the finest exhibitions of football I have ever seen in my life.'
Barnes said: 'I wanted to choose a game based on the quality of the performance and the 5-0 win against Nottingham Forest at Anfield, back in 1988 was special.
'We played some wonderful attacking football against a top quality side. Not many teams beat a Brian Clough team like that. It was an enjoyable side to play in because we played with such flair and the mentality was to always attack.'
Such memories highlight the extent of Liverpool Football Club's illustrious history and although the book offers tales of the glories of yesteryear, it is fitting that the final chapter from Jamie Carragher is an account of the current side's miraculous triumph in Istanbul.
Arguably one of the greatest matches in history and certainly the match of my life.