On January 18, 1997, more than 40,000 fans inside Anfield witnessed a rarity – although they probably didn’t realise it at the time.
Academy graduate Jamie Carragher, who had made his Liverpool debut as a substitute against Middlesbrough just 10 days earlier, scored for the Reds.
The strike initiated a 3-0 win over Aston Villa and, on the Scouser’s first start in front of the fans that would come to adore him, helped launch an incredible 16-year playing career with Liverpool.
A one-club man, the Bootle-born defender would go on to achieve some awesome feats in a red shirt. He won the treble in 2001 and gallantly battled through cramp in extra-time against AC Milan to triumph in the greatest Champions League final ever played in 2005.
But a prolific goal return is not among them.
Just four more would follow over the Liverpool legend’s 737 appearances for the club.
His second arrived almost exactly two years later, in a 7-1 win against Southampton, with his third, fourth and fifth coming in respective victories against FBK Kaunas (2005), Fulham (2006) and Middlesbrough (2008).
It’s an unusual quirk for a player who began his youth career as a striker – and scored past iconic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon as an England U16, as he’ll happily tell you – before going on to become one of Liverpool’s greatest ever defenders.
Used as a utility man in his breakthrough years at LFC, he was featuring in midfield when his perfectly-timed header from Stig Inge Bjornebye’s corner delivered that first goal of his career.
“Of all the preparations I’d considered, celebrating a goal was not one of them,” Carragher later reflected.
“You spend years dreaming of such a moment, visualising how it will play out and how it will feel. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience you can never explain or understand. Suffice to say, having 40,000 supporters cheering you is spine-tingling.”