The 15 most famous European nights at Anfield in Liverpool’s history

Liverpool need another famous European night at Anfield against Atletico Madrid tonight.

Jurgen Klopp’s side lost 1-0 in the Wanda Metropolitano as they failed to break down Diego Simeone’s stubborn outfit after conceding an early goal.

The second leg is going to follow the same pattern – Liverpool trying to find their way past a deep defensive line.

But a 1-0 deficit will seem like lightwork for this Liverpool side.

Just last season, they came from 3-0 down against Barcelona to win 4-3 and progress to the Champions League final.

It was just the latest in a long list of incredible European nights at Anfield.

So ahead of potentially another one against Atleti, GMS have ranked the 15 most famous nights at Anfield in Europe in Liverpool’s history.

Spoiler: there have been some unbelievable nights!

15 | Liverpool 3-0 Borussia Monchengladbach | 1973

Liverpool won their first ever European final after a two-legged UEFA Cup final victory against Borussia Monchengladbach. In truth, the Reds probably thought it was over after the first-leg at Anfield as a Kevin Keegan brace and a Larry Lloyd goal sealed a 3-0 win.

Bill Shankly’s side were 2-0 down by half-time in Germany but held on.

14 | Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid | 2009

This wasn’t a vintage Real Madrid side but Liverpool breezed through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in style. A 1-0 win at the Bernabeu was followed up with a 4-0 victory at Anfield to seal a 5-0 aggregate win.

Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard ran riot and there was even time for Andrea Dossena to get in on the act.

13 | Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal | 2016

Liverpool conceded an injury-time goal to lose 1-0 in their Europa League semi-final first leg in Spain. But they blew the Yellow Submarine away at Anfield, going 1-0 up after seven minutes. Only one side was making the final from that moment as Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana ensured passage to the final.

12 | Liverpool 2-1 Juventus | 2005

Liverpool and Juventus met for the first time since the Heysel stadium disaster and it was an emotional night.

This was an incredible Juve team but two first-half goals from Sami Hyypia and a Luis Garcia screamer put Liverpool in control. Fabio Cannavaro pulled a goal back for Juve in the second-half but Rafa Benitez masterminded a 0-0 draw in Turin to send them through to the semi-finals. You probably don’t need reminding that Liverpool went on to win the Champions League that season.

11 | Liverpool 5-2 Roma | 2018

Imagine winning 5-2 in a Champions League semi-final and it only making 11th in the list of famous European nights at Anfield. Fans were already booking their flights to Kiev when the Reds went 5-0 up after 68 minutes. Two late Roma goals took the shine off the night. In the second leg, Liverpool edged through after a 4-2 loss in Rome.

10 | Liverpool 2-0 Roma | 2002

The same opposition but very different circumstances. Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier had undergone life-saving emergency heart surgery and his return three months later was timed perfectly. His side needed a two-goal victory against Fabio Capello’s Italian champions to progress through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

9 | Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea | 2007

By 2007, Liverpool and Chelsea had established a fierce rivalry. This semi-final second leg was the sequel after what happened two years previously (more on that later). Chelsea led 1-0 from the first-leg but a well-worked free-kick saw Daniel Agger level the tie.

After 210 minutes, the clash was settled by a penalty shootout as Benitez sat in a Buddha pose watching Dirk Kuyt send his side to Athens to face Milan. Unfortunately, there was no miracle of Istanbul this time around.

8 | Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City | 2018

Liverpool had already beaten Manchester City 4-3 at Anfield in the Premier League but Pep Guardiola’s incredible side were favourites to reach the semi-final.

But an incredible bus welcome outside the ground appeared to rattle Guardiola and his City side, who found themselves 3-0 down in half an hour thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane. There was no away goal from City and Liverpool went to the Etihad and won 2-1.

7 | Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund | 2016

It was ‘only’ the quarter-finals of the Europa League but what a night. It started spectacularly with both sets of fans singing an incredible rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. After a 1-1 draw in Dortmund, the Germans were probably slight favourites to progress to the semi-finals. They certainly were when Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them 2-0 up inside nine minutes.

Liverpool needed three. They got one just after half-time via Divock Origi but any hope of a miracle was seemingly extinguished by Marco Reus’ strike with half an hour remaining.

Ten minutes passed and Liverpool needed three goals in 25 minutes. Philippe Coutinho got the first, Mamadou Sakho made it 3-3 with 13 minutes remaining and then, in injury-time, Dejan Lovren made it 4-3 to send Anfield crazy.

If they hadn’t lost the final to Sevilla, this night would probably be a few places higher.

6 | Liverpool 3-1 Olympiakos | 2005

“Lovely cushioned header for GERRARD. Oooooh you beauty, what a hit son, what a hit!”

Liverpool were on the brink of going out of the group stages of the Champions League and there were doubts over Steven Gerrard’s future if they did. When Rivaldo scored a first-half free-kick for Olympiacos, the Reds needed three second-half goals. Unlikely duo Neil Mellor and Floren Sinama-Pongolle set up a grandstand finish before THAT Gerrard strike sent them through to the knockout stages.

Even then, nobody expected them to go on and win the whole thing.

5 | Liverpool 3-2 Bruges | 1976

Let’s take you back. In the first leg of the UEFA Cup final, Liverpool were 2-0 down after 12 minutes and looked down and out. But Bob Paisley took off striker John Toshack for midfielder Jimmy Case at half-time. Three goals in six minutes (where have we seen that before…?) saw Liverpool win the game 3-2.

A 1-1 draw in Belgium saw Paisley win his first European trophy for the club.

4 | Liverpool 3-1 Inter Milan | 1965

Eleven years previously, Bill Shankly’s Liverpool looked to become the first English side to win the European Cup as they faced Inter Milan in the semi-final. They had just won the FA Cup for the first time three days earlier and the atmosphere was heightened when Roger Hunt scored after just three minutes. Liverpool went on to win the game 3-1 and had one foot in the final.

However, they were cheated out of the second leg when Spanish official Jose Maria Ortiz de Mendibil gave Inter a goal scored from an indirect free-kick and then allowed them to kick the ball out of Tommy Lawrence’s hands. Meanwhile, Liverpool had a goal wrongly disallowed as they lost 3-0 and crashed out. Fans will never forget that first leg and many believe that was a catalyst for what has happened since.

3 | Liverpool 3-1 St Etienne | 1977

This night is still spoken about by fans who were lucky enough to experience it.

Liverpool trailed 1-0 from the first leg in their European Cup quarter-final. But a famous 3-1 victory saw them reach the semi-final, before going on to win the competition for the first time. It was Paisley’s first of three European Cups before Joe Fagan added a fourth in 1984.

2 | Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea | 2005

And this win helped set up the fifth.

The atmosphere was incredible that night. Every Chelsea touch was booed as Liverpool looked to reach their first European Cup final in 20 years. After a 0-0 draw in the first-leg, a Chelsea away goal would have changed everything. But Garcia’s ‘ghost goal’ gave Benitez’s side the perfect start, which they managed to hold on to.

The scenes at the end of the match were quite incredible as fans realised they were on their way to Istanbul. Even Jose Mourinho applauded them as he walked off.

1 | Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona | 2019

Of course.

Liverpool just need to look at their incredible comeback against Barcelona last season for inspiration tonight.

They were unlucky to lose 3-0 to Barca at the Camp Nou and, without Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino in the second-leg, they appeared to have no hope.

Origi’s seventh-minute strike gave them a glimmer of hope. But it was Andy Robertson’s injury that changed the game as he was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum at half-time. The Dutchman scored twice in two second half minutes to level the tie before CORNER TAKEN QUICKLY allowed Origi to complete the most incredible night at Anfield.

Yeah, Liverpool have had a few famous European nights at Anfield down the years, haven’t they?

With six European Cups and three UEFA Cups to their name, the Reds are one of most successful sides in European competitions.

But if they manage to progress against Atleti tonight, we could well have a new entry into our list – especially if it leads to a second consecutive Champions League triumph come the end of the season.

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