Neil Mellor wrote himself into Liverpool folklore in 2004-05, but his first memorable moment might have come on his very first game for the club a couple of seasons earlier had it not been for a certain El Hadji Diouf.
Mellor broke records on his way through the Liverpool ranks but did not make his debut until a month after his 20th birthday in December 2002 when Gerard Houllier started him in a League Cup tie against Ipswich Town at Anfield.
And Mellor thought a memorable evening was about to get even better when, seven minutes into the second half, he won a penalty in front of the Kop end. Sadly for the young striker, Diouf had other ideas.
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