Liverpool is one of the most successful teams in Europe, albeit in England as well. Their huge fan base is used to see their team make merry on the pitch and win trophies at ease. However, that brings its own share of scrutiny where the Reds are subjected to intense criticism in case things go wrong. And they have, on multiple occasions. We take a look at 10 Liverpool defeats that embarrassed the Reds no end.
10. Liverpool vs Chelsea, 2013-14 Premier League
With the title race poised on a knife’s edge, the Blues visited Anfield knowing that a defeat would mean the Premier League is out of their hands. This was the match with the famous “Gerrard slip”.
The Liverpool veteran and captain slipped while receiving a pass and Demba Ba made no mistake in punishing the Reds with a sublime pass into the net. The match was theirs and so was the Premier League.
9. Crystal Palace vs Liverpool, 2013-14 Premier League
After Gerrard’s horrendous mistake against Chelsea at Anfield, they needed to win against Palace at Selhurst Park to stay in the title race.
And it all went according to the script till the 55th minute when Suarez scored Liverpool’s third to make it 3-0 Liverpool. However, there was drama still to come as Delaney and Dwight Gayle’s brace meant Liverpool had to settle for a 3-3 draw.
8. Stoke City vs Liverpool, 2014-15 Premier League
A year after losing out on Premier League honors narrowly, Liverpool embarrassed themselves at Stoke as they slumped to a 6-1 loss away to Stoke.
This defeat also sounded the bells for Brendan Rodgers who moved on after the season for Jurgen Klopp to take over.
7. Liverpool vs AC Milan, 2007 UEFA Champions League Final
Two years after the miracle night in Istabul, Carlo Ancelloti’s AC Milan came back to take revenge on the same stage, the Champions League Final in Athens.
AC Milan scored twice through Pirlo and Ingazhi to cancel out a late Dirk Kuyt goal. The miracle of Istanbul couldn’t be repeated in Athens as Liverpool went down without a fight.
6. Liverpool vs Sevilla, 2016 UEFA Europa League Final
The final of the 2016 Europa League was dominated by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who even got a deserved lead thanks to Daniel Sturridge’s brilliant shot and goal.
However, Unai Emery’s Sevilla came back strongly in the 2nd half and got three goals through Gameiro and Koke. A truly disappointing Final loss for Jurgen Klopp and his men.
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5. Liverpool vs Real Madrid, 2018 UEFA Champions League Final
Liverpool had a fairytale ride to the Final of the Champions League in 2017-18 as they beat Manchester City in the Quarterfinals and Roma in the semis to set a date with Real Madrid in the Final.
However, things didn’t quite go according to plan as Mo Salah suffered an injury really early in the game, leading to him being substituted and Lloris Karius’ unforgivable mistakes leading to Madrid beating the Reds 3-1.
4. Burnley vs Liverpool, 2004-05 FA Cup Third Round
Liverpool slumped to a shock defeat against lower opposition in the FA Cup 2005 when Burnley from League 2 made merry and ran away with a victory thanks a pathetic Traore mistake resulting in a terrible own goal.
The defeat hurt the fanbase who booed the players on the way out of the pitch.
3. Fiorentina vs Liverpool, 2009-10 UEFA Champions League
For a team that featured in the Final of the last edition of the Champions League, bowing out at the group stage in the consequent stage was a disgrace.
And Liverpool did exactly that, losing to Fiorentina twice and once to Lyon to finish third in the group. The Reds were outdone by the Italians, especially away when two goals from Stephan Jovetic guided them to a 2-0 victory.
2. Manchester City vs Liverpool, 2018-19 Premier League
For a game that ultimately decided the title, Liverpool and City played the game of the season at the Etihad stadium, but Jurgen Klopp’s side came up short against the mighty Citizens who ran away with a 2-1 victory in a really important match.
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1. Liverpool vs Manchester United, 2007-08 Premier League
Manchester United did the double over Liverpool as Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice and Wes Brown scored after three years to rub the noses of their arch-rivals after Javier Mascherano had been sent off for arguing with the referee.
The match was a statement of sorts at the time, with Liverpool performing brilliantly in Europe and United in a domestic sense.