Robbie Fowler, voted Young Player of the Year by his fellow professionals, grabbed his 31st goal of the season -- and 25th in the Premiership -- to end relegated Leicester's brave resistance at Anfield.
Leicester had kept Liverpool out for 75 minutes when Fowler received a John Barnes pass just outside the Leicester box, turned and fired a precise, low drive beyond keeper Kevin Poole's desperate dive. Six minutes later, goalscorer Fowler turned goalmaker, playing a deft through ball for Ian Rush. The Welsh international, who had gone close three times in the second half, advanced and calmly tucked the ball away.
Leicester, saluted with the Last Post by a lone bugler in a dismal first half, had looked likely to collect a meaningless away point until defender Mike Whitlow was sent off for a second bookable offence after 70 minutes.
The late flurry gave a 36,000 crowd something to cheer about from a fixture which, until then, had looked every inch the irrelevant end of season affair it was. Poole distinguished himself with an early double save from Barnes and Steve McManaman, then held on well to a Jamie Redknapp free kick and a Mark Wright shot. Redknapp and Michael Thomas also had shots blocked by defenders in a dangerous looking attack.
But Leicester midfielder Mark Draper, said to be high on Roy Evans' summer shopping list, missed a great chance to impress the Liverpool boss after 17 minutes when a mix-up between Neil Ruddock and keeper David James presented him with the ball. He should have buried the chance but Ruddock was able to stretch out a boot and deflect it wide.
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