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Riise and Carragher celebrate 2005 Champions League final win.

John Arne Riise recalls Jamie Carragher's comment after he missed 2005 CL final penalty

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Thirteen years after Steven Gerrard’s heroics against Olympiakos in their final Champions League group stage game, Liverpool faced the exact same scenario against Napoli this week.

The Reds had to win either 1-0 or by two clear goals.

In 2005, Rivaldo had put the Greek side ahead before three second-half goals from Florent Sinama Pongolle, Neil Mellor and Gerrard sealed passage into the last-16.

Rafa Benitez’s side then went on to do the incredible and win the competition in dramatic circumstances, coming back from 3-0 down against AC Milan to win on penalties after making it 3-3.

Jerzy Dudek saved Andriy Shevchenko’s penalty to win Liverpool their fifth European Cup.

One player that would have been very relieved by Shevchenko miss was John Arne Riise.

The Norwegian missed his penalty during the shootout and in his new book, Running Man, the Norwegian has revealed what Jamie Carragher told him when he returned to the halfway line.

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"I had cramp and felt insecure," he recalled.

"Walking forwards I had three options. Smash it, place it or do a Panenka chip. I went for safety and regret it because it is the only time of my life I went for safety in anything. Dida saved it.

"I walked back and Carra (Jamie Carragher) said: 'Ginge, didn't you realise that Dida went to that same side for every penalty so far?.' I was like: 'Why didn't you tell me before?'"

UEFA Champions League Final - AC Milan v Liverpool

"It still annoys me! But Carra is funny. He text me the other day asking if he gets a good mention in the book. I said: 'Of course.'"

Lucky for Riise, that miss didn’t matter and has been completely forgotten about.

Topics:
John Arne Riise
UEFA Champions League
Steven Gerrard
Jamie Carragher
Football
AC Milan
Premier League
Liverpool

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