The Reds welcomed a familiar face to the dugout as iconic ex-captain Graeme Souness brought his Rovers side to the Scotsman’s former haunt.
Liverpool were managed by the late, great Gerard Houllier on a night whereby even the best defenders were well and truly put to the sword.
Midfielder Danny Murphy opened the scoring for the Reds before goals from flamboyant French striker Nicolas Anelka and battle harder Finnish centre-back Sami Hyypia added to the tally.
Rovers continuously fought fire with fire as Damien Duff, Andy Cole and Matt Jansen threatened to spoil the final home game of the 2001/02 campaign.
But, with just five minutes remaining, a pirouetting Jamie Carragher found striking powerhouse Emile Heskey turned his man to fire home past Alan Kelly.
For Liverpool, it was yet another case of ‘always the bridesmaid’ in their quest for an elusive Premier League title – a wait that ended in 2019/20.