Liverpool's Famous Champions League Comebacks

Ahead of Liverpool's match against Real Madrid, we take a look at the Reds' Most Memorable Champions League Nights
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After a Champions League Quarter-Final first leg loss to Real Madrid coupled with a poor performance, it appears Liverpool have another mountain to climb to progress to the semi-finals of the competition. 

Although a tough task lies ahead, The Reds are no strangers to being underdogs and as neutral fans are well aware, they are a force not to be underestimated and one of the most feared sides in Europe. Let’s take a look at some of their most famous comebacks.

Liverpool Vs. Dortmund – Europa League Quarter-Final 2016

There were big expectations for Jürgen Klopp in his first season at Anfield. A massive test undeniably laid ahead for the German given the squad he had inherited and the deflation throughout the club due to their then form and loss of club legend Steven Gerrard. 

No one could have expected the instant impact Klopp would make. Not only did he bring new found confidence to the fans, but an enhanced spirit in the squad. An example of this was shown when Liverpool played Borussia Dortmund in a Europa League Quarter-Final second leg tie at Anfield. 

The Reds were coming back to Merseyside with a 1-1 draw but progression looked grim as the German side took an early two goal lead in the game. Despite a third Dortmund goal, Liverpool scored three late goals including a dramatic late header from Dejan Lovren leading to a win in both the leg and tie overall. Although Liverpool lost to Sevilla in the final, it was clear that famous comeback was the start of something special.

Liverpool Vs. Barcelona – Champions League Semi-Final 2019

A night that will forever be etched in the memory of every Liverpool fan, not just because of the result but the manner in which the game played out. After a heart aching 3-0 defeat in the Nou Camp despite an incredible performance, Liverpool’s European journey looked like it was coming to an end once again. 

But unlike previous years, this was different. There was a unanimous feeling among fans that Liverpool were well capable of performing another Miracle at Anfield. Despite the confidence, it still came as a surprise to all when the Reds succeeded in dominating Barcelona and winning the game 4-0. In what is considered their greatest every performance in Europe, Liverpool battered the Spanish giants from every angle of the pitch covering every blade of grass. 

With every goal conceded the roar of the Anfield crowd cut through the Barcelona team like butter leading to several memorable shots of mega-stars such as Suarez and Messi looking absolutely stunned. No Mohamed Salah, no Roberto Firmino and a mid-game injury sustained by Andy Robertson didn’t matter. While Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum reached club legend status, Liverpool reached the Champions League Final that year defeating Tottenham Hotspurs and showed themselves for the first time in many years as the best team in the world.

Liverpool Vs. AC Milan – Champions League Final 2005

Another manager with big expectations on his shoulders in his debut season was Rafa Benitez. Arriving in 2004, Benitez was inheriting a squad that had played under the brilliant Gerard Houlier who had won five trophies during his time at the club including a famous treble in 2001. 

During this time Liverpool were not a bad side by any means and had some very solid and reliable players but it was clear they lacked the quality of teams like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and AC Milan. The Reds qualified through the group stages by a hair in a dramatic last game against Olympiakos who they qualified ahead of on goal difference. 

This was a Champions League campaign that Liverpool was consistently written out of, but following a controversial Luis Garcia goal, the former champions were somehow in the final. Istanbul and AC Milan awaited. Milan’s place in the final came to the surprise of none, they were the in-form team to beat with giants like Paolo Maldini leading the side. 

In a somewhat David and Goliath tale, little was expected from Liverpool and the realists were undoubtedly rubbing their hands when the Reds went down 3-0 by the end of the first half. To the fans all over the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, this tie was done and dusted. But the second half highlighted why Liverpool had won four Champions League titles. 

Their determination, heart and support is unmatched. Titans such as Dietmer Hamann, Sami Hypia, Jamie Carragher, Xavi Alonso and most importantly captain Steven Gerrard inspired the team to what is possibly greatest footballing comeback scoring three goals taking the game to penalties. Precision penalties and a stellar performance by Jerzey Dudek brought Liverpool their fifth European title reminding the footballing world why they should never be underestimated in Europe again.