Champions League matches under the floodlights of Anfield. There aren’t many better experiences in football. While almost all European nights at the home of Liverpool are special occasions, some still manage to stand out more than others. Here are five of the best Champions League games to be played at the famous old stadium.
Liverpool 5-2 Roma – 2018
Having been handed the more easier of potential opponents, Liverpool knew they had an excellent chance of reaching their first Champions League final since 2007. However, despite avoiding the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the draw, and having knocked Manchester City out in the previous round, there was trepidation among fans after Roma had completed a stunning comeback against Barcelona in the previous round.
Those nerves were soon put to bed though as Jurgen Klopp’s men opened up a sensational 5-0 lead. Despite that, it seems strange that some Liverpool supporters will have walked away from Anfield with a tinge of disappointment and regret. The Reds conceded two late goals meaning there is still plenty to play for back at the Stadio Olimpico next week.
A repeat of their 3-0 victories over Chelsea and Barcelona will see them progress to the final, but if Liverpool can progress, this first leg clash will be remembered fondly as one of he finest Champions League nights at Anfield.
Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid – 2009
While it may not have been the greatest side Real Madrid have ever had in their history, Real Madrid are Real Madrid! Their 2009 side could still boast world class players such as Casillas, Ramos, Cannavaro, Robben, Sneijder and Raul.
However, it was another Spaniard in the shape of Fernando Torres who stole the show with an excellent performance and a goal to open the scoring. Two goals from Steven Gerrard and a fourth from substitute Andrea Dossena sealed Liverpool’s progress to the quarter-finals on another famous night.
Liverpool 3-1 Olympiakos – 2005
Without Gerrard’s famous strike in this game, Liverpool’s run to the Istanbul final could never have happened.
Liverpool found themselves 1-0 down in a must-win final group stage game, needing to score three goals to qualify for the knockout rounds. Florent Sinama Pongolle and Neil Mellor gave Liverpool hope before Captain Steven Gerrard scored that goal to ensure the Reds’ progression.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City – 2018
With Manchester City running away with the Premier League, Pep Guardiola’s men went into the tie as favourites to progress to the last four. However, despite being the underdogs, Liverpool were the only domestic team who had beaten City that season, giving them cause for positivity.
What came next though was an attacking masterclass, and a raucous Anfield crowd urged their side on to an impressive 3-0 victory. While City were unlucky with a few of the refereeing decisions on the night, the result was certainly deserved, and they were able to follow it up with a 2-1 win at the Etihad.
Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea – 2005
Another Champions League knockout game against the runaway winners of the Premier League, this time however it was Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
While it wasn’t a high scoring game, it had everything you would want from a Champions League semi-final. There was tension, drama, controversy, and a place in the final at stake.
For the Reds, Luis Garcia’s ghost goal was enough to send them through to the Istanbul final….and we all know what happened there!