The last Liverpool team to win the FA Cup in 2006 - what happened to them?

  • Kat Lucas
FA Cup Final:  Liverpool v West Ham United

The FA Cup is far from a priority for Jurgen Klopp this season. 

The Liverpool boss has confirmed he is set to rest key players ahead of the third-round Merseyside derby against Everton. 

“We have some tired players and a lot of injuries, and we’ve just had a tough game,” he said after the 2-0 victory over Sheffield United, per the Guardian.

“I will do what I think is best but I will not be telling Carlo Ancelotti the line-up in advance.”

An eighth FA Cup trophy would be a pleasant cherry on the cake of what is already shaping up to be a historic season at Anfield. 

The Reds boast a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and are through to the last-16 as they look to defend their Champions League crown. 

Nevertheless, another trip to Wembley is something their supporters would relish, particularly as Liverpool haven't reached the FA Cup final since 2012, when they lost 2-1 to Chelsea. 

Their last victory in English football's greatest showpiece came all the way back in the 'Gerrard final' in 2006, when they beat West Ham 3-1 on penalties following a 3-3 draw after extra time. 

It's the club's longest wait between FA Cup wins since they first lifted its silverware in 1965 - and it's led us at GIVEMESPORT to look back at the last Liverpool team to win it. 

Pepe Reina

The goalkeeper is now winding down his career with AC Milan, for whom he's made just two Serie A appearances all season. Since leaving Liverpool permanently in 2014, Reina has won a Coppa Italia with Napoli and a Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich. 

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina kisses t

Steve Finnan

Perhaps not quite as exciting a full-back as the current pair who occupy the Anfield flanks. Yet Finnan was very happy to get forward, especially for his time, and Liverpool got his best years out of him before an ill-fated spell at Espanyol. The Republic of Ireland international ended his career with Portsmouth but nobody was quite sure what became of him after that - until the Liverpool Echo tracked him down and found him running a property company alongside his brother. 

Chelsea v Liverpool

Jamie Carragher

Carragher, it almost goes without saying, has hardly faded into obscurity, securing a spot as a commentator and pundit on Sky Sports. The former defender retired in 2013. 

FA Cup Semi Final: Liverpool v Chelsea

Sami Hyypia

Now 46, Hyypia initially looked determined to carve out a career in management, working as assistant for his national team, Finland. He then took the top jobs at Bayer Leverkusen, Brighton and FC Zurich but hasn't worked in that capacity since 2016. 

FA Cup Final:  Liverpool v West Ham United

John Arne Riise 

The left-back led an intriguing and varied career post-Liverpool. His most high-profile spells came at Roma and Fulham, but he also plied his trade around the world with APOEL, Delhi Dynamos, Aalesund, Chennaiyin and Rollon. 

Liverpool's John Arne Riise lifts the FA

Steven Gerrard 

Gerrard has done an impressive job at Rangers. While he's yet to win any silverware with his first managerial club, he's done well to chase down Celtic and the gap is now just two points at the top of the Scottish Premier League. He oversaw Gers' first win at Celtic Park since October 2010 just last weekend. 

FA Cup Final:  Liverpool v West Ham United

Xabi Alonso

What a midfielder Alonso was. Three years after the 2006 FA Cup final, he finally left Liverpool - having already secured legend status - and joined Real Madrid. The Spaniard won five major honours with Los Blancos, including a Champions League, and later won three successive Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich. 

FA Cup Final:  Liverpool v West Ham United

Mohamed Sissoko

Almost certainly the biggest question regarding what became of a Liverpool player from the starting XI that day concerns Mohamed Sissoko. The midfielder was a key part of Rafa Benitez's side at that point but eventually became something of a journeyman, turning out for [inhales]: Juventus, PSG, Fiorentina, Levante, Shanghai Shenhua, Pune City (who no longer even exist), Ternana, Mitra Kukar, Atletico San Luis, Kitchee, Sochaux. He played in eight different countries throughout his career.

FA Cup Final:  Liverpool v West Ham United

Harry Kewell 

The Australian probably didn't score enough goals but he was a real talent in his day. Kewell has been back in England since hanging up his boots, managing both Crawley Town and Notts County, leaving the latter in 2018. 

FA Cup Final:  Liverpool v West Ham United

Peter Crouch

Since retirement, Crouch has surprised a few people as a pundit. On top of his oratory skills on BT Sport, Crouch has brought out two books - How to be a Footballer, and his most recent, I, Robot. 

FA Cup Final:  Liverpool v West Ham United

Djibril Cissé

One of the unluckiest men in football, breaking both his legs in separate incidents in two years. Cisse ended his career with A.C. Vicenza 1902, where he didn't play a single game. Fortunately, he's already turned his attention to ventures outside of football, starting a clothing and fragrance brand, and featuring in a cameo role in French comedy film Taxi 4. He's also been on the French version of Dancing with the Stars, so his legs can't be holding him back too much. 

Liverpool's Djbril Cisse celebrates afte

Subs: 

Jerzy Dudek

The hero of Istanbul spent four years at Real Madrid after Liverpool, settling back in Poland post-retirement. The stopper briefly attempted to carve out a new career as a racing driver. 

UEFA Champions League - Galatasaray v Liverpool

Jan Kromkamp

The Dutchman headed back to his native land soon after Liverpool's FA Cup success, playing for PSV and the Go Ahead Eagles. 

FA Cup Final:  Liverpool v West Ham United

Djimi Traoré

The words 'Traoré' and 'memorable FA Cup moments' have nothing to do with Liverpool's 2006 win. Unfortunately, the defender is probably best remembered for his comical own goal that knocked the Reds out against then second-tier Burnley a year earlier. The Frenchman is currently the assistant coach at MLS outfit Seattle Sounders. 

UEFA Champions League: Anderlecht v Liverpool

Dietmar Hamann

Hamann stayed in the Premier League with Bolton and then Manchester City, before finishing up at MK Dons. He briefly became a player-coach at stadium:mk, his only official role in management coming at Stockport County back in 2011. Then, out of nowhere, he signed a contract as a *player* again with amateur side TuS Haltern, aged 41. 

FA Cup Final:  Liverpool v West Ham United

Fernando Morientes 

Things didn't really work out for the Spaniard in English football and he soon returned to Spain with Valencia. A year at Marseille followed before he rounded his career off at Madrid minnows Santa Ana. 

FA Cup Final:  Liverpool v West Ham United

Perhaps the magic of the FA Cup isn't what it used to be and as such, it will inevitably fall down Klopp's list of priorities at such a hectic stage of the season - but going all the way to Wembley is still a way for this current group of players to write themselves further into Liverpool folklore. 

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