Where are they now? Liverpool’s Champions League finalists of 2007
Centre-back: Jamie Carragher
An Everton fan, but a Liverpool legend. By this point, Carra was still one of the first names on the Reds teamsheet, and had just come to the end of his first season in partnership with Agger.
Carragher spent his entire career at Liverpool, spanning 737 appearances, and retired in 2013 with winners' medals from the Champions League (2005), FA Cup (2001, 2006), League Cup (2001, 2003, 2012) and UEFA Cup (2001).
After moving into punditry and forming an unlikely, formidable partnership with former rival Gary Neville on Sky Sports, Carragher was suspended after spitting at a car following Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in March 2018.
Left-back: John Arne Riise
The Norwegian with a sledgehammer left foot became a cult hero at Liverpool thanks to his frightening ability to punish footballs – and by extension, poor goalkeepers. Riise was a classic modern full-back: constantly looking to get forward, but not always the most reliable defensively. As a result, he was often played on the wing.
He left Liverpool in 2008 and went on to play for Roma, Fulham and APOEL, as well as two clubs in the Indian Super League and a short return to the club where he began his career, Aalesund.
Riise is now a football agent, and CEO of Global Finest Athletes.
Central midfield: Xabi Alonso
Alonso epitomised the cool, calm and collected Spanish midfielders of his generation. After scoring in the 2005 final – his first season at Anfield – he played alongside Javier Mascherano in Athens, but gave away the close-range free-kick from which Milan scored their opener.
Despite signing a five-year contract in June 2007, Alonso left Liverpool for Real Madrid in 2009 after a breakdown in relationship with Rafa Benitez, who was desperate to sign Gareth Barry from Aston Villa.
A Liga title in 2011/12 preceded a Champions League success in 2013/14, when Madrid landed La Decima against local rivals Atletico (although Alonso was suspended for the final itself). The midfielder wasn’t around to see them try to defend it, however, as he joined Bayern Munich that summer.
There, the Bavarians were beaten Champions League semi-finalists in each of his three seasons. After retiring at the end of 2016/17, Alonso has been getting his coaching badges and been linked with coaching roles at Arsenal and boyhood club Real Sociedad.
Central midfield: Javier Mascherano
Mascherano was the hard-hitting midfielder who allowed Alonso and Steven Gerrard more freedom in their play. Most people agree that his substitution for Peter Crouch late in the game gave Kaka the space to set up Milan’s winning goal on the night.
The Argentinian left Anfield in 2010 to join Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. It was here where he enjoyed most of his success – including two Champions League titles – and later converted into a ball-playing centre-half. Mascherano won everything available to him at Barça, and dedicated his first lifting of Ol’ Big Ears to Liverpool fans after 2011’s 3-1 win over Manchester United at Wembley.
The now 33-year-old Mascherano joined Chinese side Hebei China Fortune in 2018, and scored a first goal in only his ninth game – having taken 330 to manage it at the Camp Nou.