Liverpool are one of the strongest players in European football, and they have proven this with consistently impressive performances in the continent’s elite competition.
The Reds were the kings of Europe in the 1970s and 1980s, winning the European Cup on four massive occasions, and since the tournament was renamed the Champions League, they have followed up that success with two victories in 2004/05 and 2018/19.
To celebrate their incredible history in the competition, we’ve decided to rank Liverpool’s best moments in the UEFA Champions League since its rebranding in the early 1990s.
Champions League semi-final against rivals Chelsea at Anfield?
It doesn’t get much better than that.
Chelsea and Liverpool have had many battles over the years, but the 2005 semi-final match was probably the most memorable and perhaps the most controversial.
The match would be decided by a lone ‘ghost goal’ by Luis García – aptly named
This is because William Gallas cleared the ball before it crossed the line.
With no goal-line technology, technology was given a goal dependence and Anfield broke out.
From one magical night at Anfield to the next.
En route to their final group stage match of the 2004/05 Champions League season, Liverpool needed a minor miracle to qualify for the knockout stages – and they got it.
After falling behind in the first half, the Reds needed three goals to qualify for the round of sixteen at the expense of Olympiacos. The first two would come from Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Neil Mellor, before superb captain Steven Gerrard headed home one of the best goals ever at Anfield.
Cue Andy Gray screaming “What a beat son!” What a hit! It is one of the most iconic races in the UEFA Champions League in the history of the competition.
Anfield has been the setting for an astonishing number of memorable Champions League moments, but this is perhaps the best choice.
Facing the greatest footballer of all time (Lionel Messi) and three goals down after a crushing defeat at the Camp Nou a week ago, it’s fair to say Liverpool’s chances of reaching the 2018/19 final were slim at best.
However, they took it off.
An early goal from Divock Origi was followed by a second-half brace from Gini Wijnaldum, before Origi emerged again from a quickly grabbed corner to seal a 4-0 victory and take the Reds another place in the Champions League final.
Liverpool will face a surprising surprise in the final, Tottenham Hotspur, at the Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, after defeating Barcelona in the semi-finals.
Any early nerves calmed down in the first two minutes when Mohamed Salah converted a penalty kick, then in the second half, Origi sealed the club’s sixth European win.
Of course Istanbul is number one.
it’s the the essence UEFA Champions League game.
It’s the most iconic victory in Liverpool’s long cup history.
After losing 3-0 at half time to an astonishingly good Milan side – which included Andrea Pirlo, Kaká and Paolo Maldini to name a few – the Reds looked set to return to Anfield empty-handed.
But in the second half, Liverpool miraculously managed to turn the match on its head. Three goals in six minutes from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smyser and Xabi Alonso stunned Milan and made it 3-3, before heroic penalties from Jerzy Dudek sealed victory for Liverpool.
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