'We made it into a dogfight': Didi Hamann explains how Liverpool pulled off Miracle of Istanbul

Kaka of AC Milan and Dietmar Hamann of Liverpool compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium on May 25, 2005 in Istanbul, Turkey.
(Image credit: Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

Didi Hamann has revealed to FourFourTwo Liverpool's masterplan to turn the 2005 Champions League final around.

On that unforgettable night in Istanbul 18 years ago, the Reds trailed AC Milan 3-0 at half-time – only to mount one of the greatest comebacks of all time and ultimately triumph on penalties to become champions of Europe for the fifth time.

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...