Steven Gerrard’s funny answer to ‘Who won the 2006 Champions League final?’ In 2017

  • Rob Swan
Steven Gerrard’s response to ‘Who won the 2006 Champions League final?’ Is still gold

Arsenal fans of a certain age will always remember May 17, 2006, as one of their most painful days as football supporters.

This was the night that the Gunners came close to becoming European champions for the first time in their history – only to let it all slip away with 15 minutes remaining.

Arsenal got off to the worst possible start against Barcelona when goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was sent off in the 18th minute; however, Arsene Wenger’s side still managed to take the lead through Sol Campbell shortly before half-time.

But Barça, with their man advantage, fought back and turned the game on its head thanks to two goals in four minutes from Samuel Eto’o and substitute Juliano Belletti.

Arsenal’s players were left crestfallen at the final whistle. They probably feared this would be their best opportunity to lift the Champions League trophy with Arsenal.

Thierry Henry was furious after the game and accused the referee of being biased towards Barcelona in a remarkable post-match interview.

Twelve months later, Arsenal’s greatest ever player signed for the Catalan giants.

Steven Gerrard’s answer when asked: ‘Who win 2006 Champions League final?’

Fast-forward to 2017 and Gary Lineker was left surprised when Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand were stumped while trying to remember who won the 2006 Champions League final.

Gerrard, though, further endeared himself to Liverpool fans with a brilliant answer.

Watch the footage here:

Gerrard, of course, helped Liverpool win the unforgettable 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan thanks to a typically talismanic performance in Istanbul.

The Anfield legend will be cheering on the Reds on May 28 when Jurgen Klopp’s side face Real Madrid in this season’s Champions League final, which will be played, coincidentally, at the same stadium where Arsenal were beaten by Barcelona in 2006 – the Stade de France in Paris. 

Stade de France, Champions League final
PARIS – MAY 17: A general view of the action during the UEFA Champions League Final between Arsenal and Barcelona at the Stade de France on May 17, 2006 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Will Steven Gerrard stop Man City winning the league?

Before that, though, Gerrard may have the opportunity to help Liverpool become champions of England.

Gerrard’s Aston Villa take on Premier League leaders Manchester City on the final day of the season – and his beloved Liverpool will still be in contention to win the title if they avoid defeat away at Southampton on Tuesday night.

Jurgen Klopp and Steven Gerrard
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MAY 10: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks towards Steven Gerrard, Manager of Aston Villa, during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park on May 10, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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