Liverpool comfortably demolished Premiership newcomers Burnley with a scintillating display at Anfield on September 12 2009.
A Yossi Benayoun hat trick, and a Dirk Kuyt effort wrapped up the victory for the Merseysiders. The Israeli international opened the scoring in the first half before Kuyt scored a second goal before the break, giving Liverpool a comfortable 2-0 cushion at half time.
Benayoun then scored two more goals in the second half. With Javier Mascherano rested after playing 90 minutes for Argentina in South America, Steven Gerrard was asked to drop back alongside Lucas and provide midfield support.
Michael Shields attended his first Liverpool match after his release from prison, and was invited to the club’s executive lounge. He was given the royal treatment by the club, meeting and shaking hands with his Red heroes as the fan was made a guest of honour at the game against Burnley.
As part of the welcoming ceremony, Shields met with Steven Gerrard and vice-captain Jamie Carragher.
Shields's royal pardon from secretary of state for justice Jack Straw was highly controversial, but Shields said in an interview that all he wanted to do was get on with his life and go to Anfield.
"I cant wait to step back inside Anfield for the first time in over four and a half years. The thought of going back to the match has kept me going though some horrible times in prisons," Shields said, quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"I used to have a picture on my prison wall which was the mosaic the Kop held up for me. Their support kept me going. I’ll never be able to thank them enough".
"It’s been the solidarity from the fans, especially the Spirit of Shankly union" he said. He is due to release his book, Michael Shields – My Story.