Oh, I don't know about that. He only enhanced what we already had there. 2008 Olympics Asia Qual I think every Liverpool fan who came to games would go away thinking they had been entertained. It was a dream of mine to do it and we'd just missed out the previous season against Wimbledon, so I thought that was going to be our year. Then on the Saturday the likes of John Aldridge, Steve Staunton and myself had to fly to Dublin - after losing to the Gunners- to play in a World Cup Qualifier for Ireland in Dublin on the Sunday. We just listened to what the families had to say and looked for direction. The move was terrific and once he was through you knew he was going to score. Yes, we couldn't have got much closer. I had gone down to a coffee shop and saw Roy Evans and Ronnie Moran sitting there. We didn't finish the season like we would have wanted, particularly in the FA Cup. We went away to Spain in pre-season and Alan Hansen picked up a nasty injury. UEFA Europa League We'd won the league the previous year at a canter. The understanding they had had when they played up front together, meant he knew him inside out and knew he was a Liverpool player through and through. But George Graham had changed them tactically. We didn't always play beautiful football and we could win ugly. Liverpool is a real family club and we felt it was only right we paid our respects to them. It's the summer of '88 and you've just got back from the European Championships - how are you feeling? footballsite - The results of Nottingham Forest in the 1988/89 season when they finished 3rd in Division 1 of the Football League, won the League Cup and were beaten FA Cup semi-finalists. I think it was the overriding feeling amongst the players. Everyone felt for John when he missed the penalty the year before against Wimbledon, so to get off the mark so early was great. People say John Barnes should have kicked it into the stand when he broke down the flank in the dying seconds. Results since: doesn't matter 20/21 19/20 18/19 17/18 16/17 15/16 14/15 13/14 12/13 11/12 10/11 09/10 08/09 07/08 06/07 05/06 04/05 03/04 02/03 01/02 00/01 99/00 98/99 97/98 96/97 95/96 94/95 93/94 92/93 91/92 90/91 89/90 88/89 87/88 86/87 85/86 84/85 83/84 82/83 81/82 80/81 79/80 78/79 77/78 76/77 75/76 74/75 73/74 72/73 71/72 70/71 69/70 68/69 67/68 66/67 65/66 64/65 63/64 If there was competition for places he would be up for it and I think he proved himself over the course of the campaign. We were 1-0 up with only a few minutes to go. We knew they had a quality side. It was a very difficult time. It was the bread and butter and what you are judged on. That's when Kenny Dalglish and Brian Clough went out to try and put a message across to the fans for some calm out there. He'd been on the Kop as a kid and probably knew one or two of them too. Unfortunately it wasn't quite enough because we lost to Holland in our last match. Barclays Premier League Related articles . We'd worked so hard from January to get ourselves into that position to put pressure in Arsenal and there we were going into that last game with a three point advantage. Was he disappointed because he'd had a great season previously... Well he had, but I think John is one of those lads who just gets his head down. As professionals you get through it as best as you can. On the day all the scarves and flags were out and it was terrific. Well he did eventually. For two straight seasons we nearly won the double. It's a regret for all of us but we learned a lot from that. They wanted to come along and pay their respects to the people that died and I think that they did that and made it such a special occasion. It looked like he was going to be out for some time. They just wanted to talk about football. They got off to a fantastic start and anyone who does that gets the momentum and gets a confidence lift. They came and supported us. I had the chance to foul him but I just hesitated which was the difference. England EFL Cup I had to go and meet him afterwards and obviously he was overjoyed and there was me totally devastated. It wasn't a great match. We searched for another and got the third and final goal courtesy of a great header from Rushie. It was major boost for us. No not particularly. So what was it like at the final whistle when you finally got your hands on the cup? HILLSBOROUGH: Houghton's Class of 88-89 Steve Hunter @Shunter77 In an exclusive interview with LFC TV Ray Houghton recalls the highs and lows of the 1988-89 campaign and talks in detail about how the players tried to come to terms with the Hillsborough tragedy. However, nobody could see it. No I didn't. At some point you knew the season was going to go on. How were you feeling about coming back to Liverpool? In some ways it helped me get through the agony and pain I had seen. We'd lost convincingly in our first match against Atletico Madrid so I was expecting to see them with their heads down. But it was taken away from us by that goal in the last few seconds. That's testament to Kenny that in a lot of those matches he went with five attacking players, in John Barnes on the left, myself on the right and Peter Beardsley, John Aldridge and Ian Rush up top. Were the players always confident you could turn it around? They just wanted to go there and be part of it. Here he pays his tribute to the 96. I've got some great memories from that summer. Community Shield UEFA Super Cup How early on in the season did you notice that Arsenal would be the main rivals? John Aldridge showed his scoring prowess scoring 31 goals in all competitions. It was a much happier occasion and more family-like. I've got to say the two goals he got that day were really clinical too. I remember Steve McMahon holding his finger up telling us all we had one minute left. At first you wonder about the safety of your own family and when you get up there it's a relief to see they are okay. Do you think the team from that era was THE best attacking side that Liverpool have had? FA Cup UEFA Champions League He was that good. Maybe it had an effect on us. Match Statistics supplied by Opta Sports Data Limited. We'd qualified for our first major tournament as the Republic of Ireland, beaten England and I'd scored my first goal. The first was against West Ham, who were fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table. If I listen to the likes of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher now, what's missing is the Premier league title. I think if we'd gone into it in a different frame of mind, needing to win it may have been a different story. I think it was goals scored. It's etched in every person's mind. UK Friendlies Competition: It just snowballed from there, where the wives, girlfriends etc would come down too, listening to what they had to say. It's something that will live with every player and every fan for the rest of their lives. You returned to league action, rather fittingly, against Everton. Initially though, the chance to bring Ian back was huge for Kenny. He hadn't had the greatest of times at Juventus and the opportunity was too good to miss. We saw Liverpool fans going past the changing rooms after 25 -30 minutes saying there were major problems out there. We were taken off the pitch and the referee came in and said keep warm lads, you'll be going back out very quickly. Were you surprised that Kenny Dalglish brought in a striker? John was a flair player. Ultimately Ian Rush was the hero. For you personally, it's 20 years on from the Hillsborough tragedy - is there still a special bond between the players of that time and the friends and families of those involved? I don't think Everton were going to win it. Even now, whenever you see the footage of the flowers on the pitch it brings a lump to your throat. Everton hadn't really done enough to win it. Well I'd never done the double.