The 1982-83 season would be Bob Paisley's last as manager of Liverpool Football Club. In his eight previous years in charge, Liverpool had won at least one trophy in seven of them, including five league titles and their first three European Cups. His final season would see Liverpool capture their sixth league title under his watch, their fifth Charity Shield, and their third League Cup. Sandwiched between the Shield and league title would be their League Cup victory, a defeat of Manchester United that marked Liverpool's third triumph on four trips to the final.
At the time, Liverpool and Manchester United had faced off in finals on three occasions, with the sides drawing in two Charity Shield appearances and United taking victory in the 1977 FA Cup. In their first clash in the League Cup finals, United would take the lead after just twelve minutes—the third time in a row that Liverpool had fallen behind early. After going down in the fifth minute in 1981 and the eleventh minute in 1982, at least Liverpool could say they kept their opponents off the scoresheet a little while longer at the third time of asking, though as had been the case the season before it would be a long and nervy wait for the eventual equaliser.
On this occasion it took a stunning 75th minute strike from distance by left back Alan Kennedy to draw the Reds level and force extra time for the third year in a row. And for the second year in a row it was Ronnie Whelan who would score in the added period to put Liverpool ahead and prevent a replay, giving Paisley his final cup victory and giving Liverpool fans one more reason to think of Wembley as the second home Kenny Dalglish would one day dub "Anfield South."