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Premier League
Game 31: Sunday 23 March 2003

Liverpool 3 - 1 Leeds United
(Half-time: 2 - 1)
Crowd: 43021
Referee: A D'Urso (Billericay)
Leeds United
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Match Facts
Liverpool Team Leeds United
Jerzy Dudek   Paul Robinson
Djimi Traoré   Danny Mills
Sami Hyypiä   Teddy Lucic
Jamie Carragher   Raúl Bravo Subbed - 45 minutes
Goal - 20 minutes Danny Murphy   Lucas Radebe
Subbed - 78 minutes Dietmar Hamann   Eirik Bakke Booked - 31 minutes
Goal - 72 minutes Steven Gerrard   Paul Okon Subbed - 78 minutes
John Arne Riise   Nick Barmby Subbed - 45 minutes
El-Hadji Diouf   Jason Wilcox
Goal - 12 minutes Michael Owen   Alan Smith
Subbed - 78 minutes Emile Heskey   Mark Viduka Goal - 44 minutes
Pegguy Arphexad   Nigel Martyn
Sub - 78 minutes Salif Diao   Ian Harte Sub - 45 minutes
Igor Biscan   Jamie McMaster Sub - 78 minutes
Vladimir Smicer   James Milner Sub - 45 minutes
Sub - 78 minutes Milan Baros   David Batty
Match Reports
BBC Liverpool brush aside Leeds
The Guardian Liverpool make best of Leeds' bad job
The Independent Reid fails to find instant cure for Leeds' sickness No winning start for new boss Reid at Anfield
The Sporting Life Liverpool 3 - 1 Leeds United
The Electronic Telegraph Liverpool trio's brio keeps Leeds in limbo
The Times Reid identifies cure for Leeds
Yorkshire Evening Post Pete's passion play hits spot

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Liverpool make best of Leeds' bad job - Dominic Fifield

Copy from Football Unlimited of 24/03/2003.

Beating Leeds does not carry the old kudos but then finishing fourth never used to constitute a successful campaign for Liverpool. At least by achieving the former so comfortably here yesterday, the Merseysiders' pursuit of the latter, with all its lucrative overtones, gathers pace.

Liverpool awake this morning menacing in fifth place, two points behind Chelsea and above Everton for the first time this year. Champions League qualification, which would make a disappointing campaign distinctly more palatable, appears increasingly possible after a third successive Premiership win.

"We didn't expect this to be the height of our ambition at the start of the season," said Michael Owen, "but you have to live for the moment."

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