On This Day: Liverpool’s 1992 FA Cup win

On This Day: 30 years since Ian Rush secured another record as Liverpool beat Sunderland to win the FA Cup

This is an image of Ian Rush putting Liverpool two goals ahead in the 1992 FA Cup final.
Striker Ian Rush doubles Liverpool's advantage over Sunderland in the 1992 FA Cup final. Photo: Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo.

Liverpool held the FA Cup trophy aloft for the fifth time in their history 30 years ago today after defeating then second-tier side Sunderland 2-0 at Wembley Stadium.

Michael Thomas and Ian Rush netted the crucial goals in front of a crowd of almost 80,000 to secure what turned out to be the only trophy Graeme Souness won as Reds manager.

Many Liverpool fans had feared being on the end of an upset prior to the game due to the absence of key players John Barnes and Ronnie Whelan through injury, but Sunderland ultimately came up short on the day.

Record-breaking Rush

Welsh striker Rush is renowned for the many records he collected as a player, and his goal against the Black Cats in 1992 saw him achieve one which still stands 30 years on.

That record is for the most goals scored by one player in FA Cup finals, with Rush notching five in total.

Liverpool’s all-time top goalscorer won the FA Cup three times in his career, and he unsurprisingly found the net in all three winning finals.

Medal confusion

Something which the 1992 final is often remembered for is a mix-up which occurred shortly after the game as the trophy presentation took place.

As Liverpool’s players paraded the cup, they realised that they had each mistakenly been handed runners-up medals, with the winners’ medals hanging on the necks of the Sunderland team.

However, the FA’s blushes were spared somewhat, as the situation was quickly resolved by the players themselves on the pitch.

30 years on, could Liverpool win at Wembley once more?

The Reds have tasted FA Cup glory twice since 1992, and they have the chance to win the national competition for the eighth time this coming weekend.

Jurgen Klopp has never lifted the FA Cup before, but will add the trophy to his cabinet if his side can beat Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

This is an image of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Jurgen Klopp can win the FA Cup for the first time this weekend. Photo: Mark Fletcher / Alamy Stock Photo.

It is still not impossible for Liverpool to complete an unprecedented quadruple this season, and a victory in five days’ time would be an important step towards it.

Klopp and his players will be hopeful that the 30th anniversary of the 1992 final serves as a good omen.