Where are they now? Liverpool’s Champions League finalists of 2007

Liverpool 2007 Champions League final
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Harry Kewell

Harry Kewell 2007

One of Australia’s finest footballing exports, Kewell replaced Bolo Zenden in the 59th minute of this game, but couldn’t really affect it.

The midfielder’s Liverpool career in general was a case of what could have been, with injuries ultimately hampering his progress at Anfield. The story that emerged in the years following Kewell’s departure was that Liverpool dropped their interest in a young Cristiano Ronaldo to sign him – a decision which the Australian maintains was the right one.

After five years at Liverpool he joined Galatasaray, and later turned out for Melbourne Victory, Al-Gharafa and Melbourne Heart before moving into coaching.

A stint in charge of Watford’s under-21s was unsuccessful, but he’s now the head coach at Crawley Town – the first Australian to manage a professional team in England – and led them to a 14th-place finish in League Two this season.

Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch 2007

When all is said and done, Crouch may never get the credit he deserves for his footballing ability. The 2007 final was one of 134 appearances for Liverpool from 2005 to 2008, when he was thrown on as a 78th-minute substitute as the Reds chased an equaliser.

The 6ft 7in striker scored 42 times in his three seasons at Anfield, and was their top scorer in 2006/07 across all competitions with 18 goals.

He appeared at two World Cups for England, and after leaving Liverpool in 2008 played for Portsmouth, Spurs and is currently at Stoke, where he was relegated this season. Still: at least he's also a Twitter icon these days.

Alvaro Arbeloa

The man who replaced Steve Finnan on the night, and would ultimately make the right-back position at Anfield his own in the years after 2007.

He returned to former club Real Madrid in 2009 – twice winning the Champions League, in 2014 and 2016 – and retired in 2017 after an instantly forgettable season with West Ham.

He’s currently working in the Spanish media, and judging by his social media, will be supporting Los Blancos rather than the Reds this Saturday.

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