Olympiacos, Juventus, Chelsea and AC Milan.
Just the mere mention of those names will bring a smile as wide as the Mersey to the face of every Liverpool supporter. This is because it was not just the 2005 Champions League final victory in Istanbul that was a miracle; it was the whole journey.
A foreign manager with European pedigree had inherited a bunch of misfits, and in his first season on Merseyside had the whole of Anfield swept along on a wave of unbridled emotion.
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Fast forward eleven years and is history repeating itself?
It is only the Europa League this time but Jurgen Klopp can write his name into Anfield folklore if he can emulate Rafa Benitez by winning a European trophy in his first season, qualifying for the Champions League by the back door in the process despite their Premier League form being indifferent.
Before the 1-1 draw in Germany, the Westfalenstadion fans produced a rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ that ex-Red and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson described as a “wow moment”, but the Kopites will want to show the ‘yellow wall’ that the original is always best.
Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, ……
That Liverpool could be only four games from immortality, and the name of left-back Alberto Moreno mentioned in the same breath as Liverpool legend Djimi Traore, scarcely seemed conceivable at the start of the season.
The Germans need to score at least once, but will be confident having netted in each of their previous six away games in the competition, including twice against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the previous round.
Midfielder Joe Allen is looking forward to the “electric” atmosphere at Anfield while trying to take one game at a time.
“I'd be lying if I said the excitement levels didn't increase the further you get in a competition like the Europa League, especially when you play a team like Dortmund,” he admitted.
The match is the day before the 27th anniversary of Hillsborough and a huge mosaic is planned in memory of the ‘96’ so it is guaranteed to be an emotional night.
Something is stirring deep in L4.
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