Where are they now? Liverpool’s Champions League finalists of 2007
Attacking midfield: Steven Gerrard
The homegrown hero couldn’t repeat his Istanbul act from 2007, and missed a glorious one-on-one chance to equalise just after the hour mark in Athens.
Gerrard was never able to win the Champions League again in another decade at Liverpool post-2005, and famously never managed to win the Premier League either as the Reds fell agonisingly short in 2013/14 after that slip.
The midfielder left for LA Galaxy in 2015, then retired a year later to combine BT Sport punditry with his role as Liverpool under-18s manager. In May 2018, it was confirmed that Gerrard would take over as Rangers boss – his first senior job in management.
Left wing: Boudewijn Zenden
Zenden, or “Bolo” as he was commonly known, spent six years of his career in England across three different clubs from 2001 to 2007 – then returned for another two-year stint with Sunderland in 2009.
The Dutch winger only scored twice for Liverpool in his two injury-ravaged years on Merseyside, but featured heavily in their Champions League campaign of 2006/07. The final turned out to be Zenden’s last game for the club, and he left on a free transfer to Marseille before retiring at Sunderland in 2011.
Now 41, the Dutchman has since moved into coaching, and hooked up with former manager Benitez as the Spaniard’s assistant at Chelsea. He’s now the assistant manager to Dennis Haar at Jong PSV in the Dutch second division.
Right wing: Jermaine Pennant
The only English player to play in a Champions League final, but never for his country. Pennant’s career has been full of strange twists and turns.
After scoring a hat-trick on his league debut for Arsenal – having previously been English football’s most expensive trainee at £2m – Pennant’s career never really took off as expected. He struggled to hold down a starting place at many of the clubs he played for, though his time at Liverpool was probably his most successful – 81 appearances in total, and he was very much a first-team regular in his first season of 2006/07.
It wasn’t to last, though: by January 2009 he was out on loan to Portsmouth, then gone altogether for a year in La Liga with Zaragoza. There were two good years at Stoke, but then his career petered into relative insignificance with short-term spells at Wolves (loan), Pune City, Wigan, Tampine Rovers and, most recently, Billericay Town.
Striker: Dirk Kuyt
Strong Anfield favourite Kuyt was Liverpool’s late goalscorer in Athens, latching on to Agger’s flick in the 89th minute – but he might not have made the game at all after Peter Crouch almost ploughed into him with a go-kart.
The industrious forward, famous for his six-yard-box hat-trick against Manchester United in 2011, left Liverpool for Fenerbache in 2012 and remained in Turkey for three seasons before rejoining old side Feyenoord. Fittingly, he netted a treble on his final appearance for them in May 2017, aged 36, to extend his all-time scoring record at De Kuip.
Despite announcing his retirement in 2017, Kuyt returned to help out his fourth-tier first club Quick Boys, where he is now a coach.
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