A history of Liverpool against Spanish opposition

Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the champions league but the spaniards are just a name in a long list of Spanish opposition.
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It's Champions League quarter final time and Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the hope to advance to the semi finals.

A tie that could be labelled as the 'my centre back is better than yours trophy', due to the absentee's in the central position.

When the Spanish champions take on the English champions it will be a tie for European juggernauts. Liverpool are no strangers to Spanish opposition in Europe though.


Liverpool's first ever scuffle with a Spanish side was against Athletic Bilbao in the Inter-Cities Faires (Now the Europa League).

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After 180 minutes of football and a 3-3 scoreline the match was decided on the flip of coin with the reds coming out on the wrong side of the toss.

Most recently, the Reds tangled with Atletico Madrid in last seasons champions league. Losing the first leg 1-0 the reds got the equaliser and then what looked like the winner in the first half of extra time.

Two howlers from Adrian and a well taken goal saw Liverpool lose the game 3-2 and were eliminated from the Champions League.


Amongst these lows there have been so many highs including a 1-0 1981 cup final win against Real Madrid. This was the third time Liverpool had lifted old big ears and the goal came from an unlikely hero in Alan Kennedy.

On the way to number four, the Reds beat the old foe of Bilbao 1-0 over two legs thanks to an Ian Rush header.

The European success in Spain would then dry up till 2001 which is a year to remember. Surpassing a strong Barcelona side in the semi finals of the UEFA Cup, Alaves stood in Liverpool's way

A nine goal thriller saw Liverpool win 5-4 thanks to a golden goal and the UEFA Cup became one of five trophies for the year. Cementing why 2001 is favourite year for many Liverpool fans.


Despite many memorable ties such as Barcelona in 2007 and Villarreal in 2015, Barcelona in 2019 will always be one for the ages.

3-0 down in the first leg and no Roberto Firmino or Mohamed Salah for the second, the 4-0 win at Anfield easily cements itself as the best European night for Liverpool in history.

Lets hope Liverpool make it another memorable European tie against Spanish opposition tonight.