14 years ago today Liverpool pulled off the best comeback in CL history v AC Milan

Steven Gerrard with the Champions League trophy

Liverpool produced the best comeback in Champions League history against AC Milan 14 years ago today.

The Reds went into the final against AC Milan as the heavy underdogs.

The Italian side had a star-studded lineup which included the likes of Paolo Maldini, Kaka and Andriy Shevchenko.

Liverpool's starting XI, on the other hand, featured Djimi Traoré, Steve Finnan and Milan Baros.

And it was the Italian's who raced out of the traps and asserted their dominance in the first half.

Maldini gave Milan the lead when he volleyed home to become the oldest goalscorer in the history of the competition.

And Hernan Crespo scored twice in six minutes to give Milan a three-goal lead going into half-time.

Rafa Benitez knew he needed to make changes at half-time.

Liverpool changed formation to a 3-5-2, while Finnan was replaced by the experienced Dietmar Hamman.

Steven Gerrard's header got Liverpool back into the game

And it proved to be a masterstroke.

Remarkably, Liverpool scored three times in just six minutes to restore parity.

Steven Gerrard pulled one back with a lovely header, before Vladimir Smicer and Xavi Alonso drew Liverpool level.

The game went to extra-time and Milan thought they had won it through Shevchenko.

Jerzy Dudek saves from Andriy Shevchenko

The legendary Ukrainian striker had the goal at it's mercy from a few yards out, only for Dudek to pull off a miraculous save to take it to extra-time.

And the Polish goalkeeper would recreate Bruce Grobbelaar's famous 'spaghetti legs' in the shootout to give the Reds their fifth Champions League title.

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But how did Liverpool get the inspiration needed to make such a comeback?

Djibril Cissé believes it was Steven Gerrard, who he credits for giving the 'best captain's speech' he heard in his career.

“At half time, Rafa did a speech. He tried to boost and tried to put us back in the game. He was really optimistic. But what really changed the game was Stevie’s speech," he said in 2017, per the Mirror.

Steven Gerrard raises the Champions League aloft

“He asked nicely to the staff to be alone with the players and he said that he is a Liverpool kid, always been his club, he didn’t want to see his club being like this, being humiliated and he said if we scored in the first 15 minutes we would win the game and he’s the guy who scored the first goal.

“He gave the best captain’s speech I ever heard in my career. He asked everyone to leave, including Rafa, he just asked to be with the players. That’s what gave us the power to go and win the game. You need to have some balls to do this."

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