Ranked! Liverpool’s 10 best European nights at Anfield since the 1990s
3. Liverpool 3-1 Olympiakos (Champions League group stage, 2004)
The night that began the road to Istanbul. Needing to win by two clear goals to progress from the group stage, a goal from Rivaldo midway through the first half left Liverpool facing an uphill battle.
However, an inspired double substitution led to both Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Neil Mellor unexpectedly immortalising themselves in Liverpool history. Steven Gerrard’s late piledriver, launched into the net like a torpedo, inspired a famous line from commentator Andy Gray. Oh you beauty indeed.
2. Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund (Europa League quarter-final, 2016)
With Liverpool 2-0 down inside nine minutes, then 3-1 down with half an hour to go, this looked game, set and match to Jurgen Klopp’s former side. Yet somehow Liverpool produced one of the most incredible European comebacks, with goals from Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren.
“The atmosphere was the best I have ever experienced,” said Klopp. “It should serve as an example to everyone about how supporters can influence a team and influence a game.”
1. Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea (Champions League semi-final, 2005)
Could it be anything else? Qualifying for a first European Cup final 20 years will always ensure a place in history, but to do so in such unexpected fashion added another layer to Liverpool’s defeat of Chelsea in 2005. This was a Blues side that romped to the league title and finished 37 points ahead of Rafa Benitez’s side. They’d also beaten the Reds in the League Cup final two months earlier.
Luis Garcia’s dramatic early goal – the one that Jose Mourinho still moans about to this day – eventually proved to be the match-winner, but Liverpool fans still have nightmares about Eidur Gudjohnsen’s late shot going in during the longest six minutes of stoppage time in their lives.
Anfield was a wall of noise and Chelsea defender John Terry later said: “I have never heard anything like it before and I don’t think I ever will again. It is the best atmosphere I’ve ever played in. I walked out into that cauldron and heard that singing and saw that passion. The hairs on my arms were standing up.”