Liverpool, 2005: Where are they now?
Goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek will always be asked about his match-winning contributions during Liverpool's Champions League triumph in 2005. Despite mounting an incredible comeback from three goals down at halftime, the Reds could still have lost it all if not for their oft-maligned custodian.
The Polish international made himself an instant hero with a double save to deny Milan's lethal Andriy Shevchenko at the end of extra time, before stopping two more penalties in the shootout, from Shevchenko and Andrea Pirlo.
Despite his heroics, Dudek lost his place in the team the very next season to Pepe Reina, before earning a move to Real Madrid in 2007, where he made two league appearances in four years as the back-up to Iker Casillas.
Hanging up his gloves in 2011, the goalkeeper came out of retirement in 2013 to make one final appearance for Poland in a 2-0 friendly win over Liechtenstein. This allowed him to win his 60th cap, the minimum number required in order to be inducted into his country’s Hall of Fame.
He might only have scored a single top-flight goal for Liverpool, but Steve Finnan’s solitary strike meant he had the unique achievement of being one of only two players to have netted in each of the five highest divisions in English football.
The full-back was a regular for the Reds from 2004 to 2008, appearing in both Champions League finals in 2005 and 2007, but thereafter lost his place in the side when manager Rafael Benitez preferred to start Spaniard Alvaro Arbeloa.
A move abroad to Espanyol followed, but with injuries limiting him to a handful of appearances, the Ireland international was constantly linked back to the Premier League. He finally made his return with Portsmouth in 2008, but was not offered a contract extension after the club went into administration and was relegated.
Strangely enough, when an Istanbul Reunion was planned earlier this year, Finnan was the only player organisers were unable to track down. This led to a Twitter campaign to #FindSteveFinnan. The bemused 39-year-old was finally tracked down in London, where he is currently running a property development company with his brother.
Retiring in 2013, former England international Jamie Carragher has remained in the spotlight thanks to his high-profile role as one of Sky Sports’ leading pundits. A rare one-club man, the Liverpool great spent 17 years at Anfield and was vice-captain for a decade.
These days, Carragher usually finds himself paired up with one-time rival and fellow analyst Gary Neville. Although neither were the flashiest of players on the pitch, they have proven a very effective team on air, drawing plenty of praise from football lovers around the world.
Though the former Liverpool defender once harboured hopes of stepping into a managerial role, he has since admitted that a coaching job doesn’t hold as much of an appeal these days.
Possessing a UEFA ‘B’ level coaching badge, Carragher revealed in a Daily Mail column that he was uncomfortable with the pressure put on managers at the highest level, having seen two coaches he admired tremendously – Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez – leave Anfield worse for wear.