Liverpool have been involved in some incredible games in recent years in the Premier League, the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup. Here I plan to break down our greatest ever games and analyse what made them so incredible.
7. Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid [Champions League Quarter Final 2008]
One of the most incredible Champions League nights Liverpool have experienced at Anfield. Real Madrid were full of stars that night in 2008, with the likes of Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Cannavaro, Robben, Raul and Higuain. They turned up expecting an easy match. Liverpool had other ideas. Fernando Torres was on fire this night, scoring the first goal and running rings around some of the best defenders in the world. Stevie G came up with two goals and even Andrea Dossena got in on the act, scoring right at the death. This was a game that made all of Europe sit up and take notice of the Reds.
6. Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool [Premier League 2008]
This game will go down as one of our best ever Premier League games. The rivalry between the Scousers and the Mans is huge, United had a full strength team with an in form Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, and a solid defence in Rio Ferdinand and Vidic. Liverpool went behind to a penalty but suddenly the game changed. Torres equalised shortly after and then Stevie G stepped forward to win and score a penalty of his own. Fabio Aurelio scored an amazing free-kick before Andrea Dossena got in on the act yet again, looping the ball over Edwin Van Der Sar. A comfortable win that the Reds will never forget.
5. Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund [Europa League Quarter Final 2016]
There’s been many magical nights at Anfield over the years, but not many better than the Europa League Quarter Final second leg against Borussia Dortmund. Liverpool looked dead and buried after 3 Dortmund away goals, but from somewhere Liverpool fought back with goals from Divock Origi, Phillippe Coutinho and Mamadou Sakho. The winner came in stoppage time from Dejan Lovren with a powerful header at the back post. Anfield erupted into life and the celebrations were full of joy and relief. One of the greatest comebacks in our history.
4. Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool [FA Cup Final 2001]
Remembered as the ‘Michael Owen’ final. Michael single-handedly won this final for Liverpool, after the Gunners controlled the majority of the match and looked comfortable with a 1-0 lead given to them by Freddie Ljungberg. In the final 8 minutes Owen popped up with two goals that would win the Reds the trophy. It was an incredible season where Liverpool won the treble of the FA Cup, League Cup and the UEFA Cup.
3. Liverpool 3-3 West Ham United [FA Cup Final 2006]
Renamed the ‘Steven Gerrard’ final. One of the best individual performances ever seen by a player. Liverpool looked to have blown the chance when they went 2-0 down to goals from Jamie Carragher (OG) and Dean Ashton. The Reds fought back and leveled with goals from Djibril Cisse and Steven Gerrard. Paul Konchesky looked to have won the game with a cross that found the top corner but late drama again saw Gerrard volley in an equaliser from a good 40 yards. Liverpool went on the win on penalties as Pepe Reina was the hero from the spot.
2. Liverpool 3-1 Olympiakos [Champions League Group Stage 2005]
What a game…the strike, the commentary, this game was magical. Liverpool needed to win the game by two clear goals to have a chance of progressing to the knockout phase of the Champions League. This task was looking even harder when Rivaldo made it 1-0 with a soft freekick. Liverpool yet again fought back with goals from Sinama Pongolle and Neil Mellor. Stevie G then came up with one of his most iconic moments for the Reds, scoring an absolute screamer of a volley. Andy Gray made that moment with his commentary. Liverpool progressed and the rest is history.
1. Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan [Champions League Final 2005]
Liverpool Football Clubs greatest ever game. The Champions League final in 2005 against Europe’s best team at the time, AC Milan. Their team was filled with world class players…Maldini, Gattuso, Shevchenko, Stam, Nesta, Seedorf, Pirlo, Kaka and Crespo. It looked impossible to beat. That was more apparent when Milan scored 3 first half goals, leaving Liverpool stunned. The game looked done and the players were on the floor. A team talk from Rafa Benitez and a regroup by the captain and Liverpool came out for the second half a completely different team. Gerrard pulled one back early in the second half with a looping header over Dida. Vladimir Smicer then scored another with a powerful low shot which the keeper couldn’t keep out. Gerrard was then pulled down and Xabi Alonso stepped up to have his penalty saved but to then finish the rebound. The Reds were level. The game played out and Liverpool defended and defended. The game went to penalties and Jerzy Dudek proved to be the hero saving the all important fifth penalty from Shevchenko. This game has been officially voted the greatest ever Champions League final and I very much doubt that it will ever be beaten.
These are my best Liverpool games, but I’d love to know about any that you think I might have missed. Leave your comments below.
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