August 3, 1977
Key note: “The European Cup holders Liverpool were supposed to play a supporting role to the Kevin Keegan inspired SV Hamburg in their opening pre-season game in the Hamburg World Cup stadium last night. That was the script according to the 61,000 excited German fans, who packed the ground expecting to see another massacre along the lines of the 6-0 thrashing Hamburg had handed out to Barcelona a week ago. But it all turned out quite differently for the shocked Germans. Although Liverpool lost 3-2 to a late Hamburg goal, their display was immensely impressive, considering that this was their first match for more than two months and they are naturally far from match fit.” (Liverpool Echo: August 4, 1977)
Match: Friendly, Harbour Cup, at Volkspark Stadion.
SV Hamburg – Liverpool 3-2 (1-0).
Referee: Mr. W. Horstmann.
Hamburg (4-3-3): Rudolf Kargus, Hans-Jürgen Ripp, Manfred Kaltz, Peter Nogly, Ivan Buljan, Kevin Keegan, Felix Magath, Caspar Memering, Willi Reimann, Georg Volkert, Arno Steffenhagen.
Substitutes: Peter Hidien for Memering at half time; Ferdinand Keller for Volkert after 50 min.
Liverpool (4-4-2): Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson, Emlyn Hughes, Joey Jones, Jimmy Case, Terry McDermott, Ian Callaghan, Ray Kennedy, David Johnson, David Fairclough.
Substitutes: Sammy Lee (not used); Alan Waddle (not used); Tommy Smith (not used).
The goals: 1-0 Keegan (19 min.), 2-0 Magath (63 min.), 2-1 Johnson (65 min.), 2-2 Fairclough (69 min., assist: Johnson), 3-2 Keller (80 min.).