The Reds of Merseyside are the most successful club in the history of English football, the most successful club from England in Europe and has one of the biggest trophy cabinets in the World. They have built a legacy at Anfield that precedes any individual and stands for great values and ethics. We look at 10 victories that defined Liverpool Football Club.
10. Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Liverpool, 1977 European Cup Final
Liverpool appeared for the first time in the continental showpiece event in 1977 when they took on Borussia Mönchengladbach in Rome.
The Reds went ahead early, but Borussia Mönchengladbach came back early in the next half. However, second half goals from Tommy Smith and Phil Neal meant that Europe’s biggest prize was coming home with Bill Shankly’s team.
9. AS Roma vs Liverpool, 1984 European Cup Final
By the time Liverpool took on Roma in the Final of the European Cup in 1984, they had become the new force in Europe and won three continental trophies.
The opposition, AS Roma were playing on their home patch at the Stadio Olympico in Rome. With the match tied a goal apeice after extra time, Liverpool won 4-3 on penalties to bring the fourth European trophy home, a record at the time.
8. Liverpool vs Everton, 1986 FA Cup Final
The 1986-87 season was all about Merseyside. Everton, Liverpool’s sworn rivals gave the Reds a tough time to the title haul as they finished second behind Liverpool in first.
The two sides then squared off in the FA Cup Final with Liverpool’s double on the line. Even with Gary Lineker’s first half goal, Liverpool came back strongly to score through Craig Johnston and Ian Rush to grab the double and rub further salt into their oppositions’ woes.
7. Liverpool vs Everton, 1989 FA Cup Final
Another classic Cup final featuring the Merseyside teams, Everton’s last minute equalizer meant the game went to extra time, where Liverpool once again pipped their arch-rivals winning 3-2.
The match was an extreme showpiece of English football emotions with fans singing the club songs and people rushing onto the pitch. However, it was also just days before the famous Hillsbrough disaster.
6. Liverpool vs Newcastle United, 1999-97 Premier League
Often tipped as the best game in the Premier League era, Liverpool and Newcastle United played out an absolute cracker at Anfield, one that decided the title race and went a long way in establishing the modern day identity of the two clubs.
The Reds scored twice through Robbie Fowler and twice through James Collymore as Newcastle had an answer to everything throughout the game, equalizing three times when Liverpool scored.
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5. Liverpool vs Alaves, 2001 UEFA Cup Final
Liverpool took on Spanish side Alaves in the 2001 UEFA Cup Final at Dortmund. The high-flying Reds were on a roll and the favorites, considering their low-key Spanish opponents.
The match turned out to be a cracker as it went to extra time to be finally decided with a Delfi Geli own goal to make 5-4 in favor of the English side. A true cracker of an European Final.
4. AC Milan vs Liverpool, 2005 UEFA Champions League Final
The best European Final of all time, Liverpool took on the dangerous AC Milan coached by Carlo Ancelotti in Istanbul.
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After a pathetic first half, where Liverpool conceded three goals to Maldini and Crespo’s Milan, Liverpool came back strongly in the second half to score through Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Shevchenko to take the game to penalties and wrap it up with a 4-3 penalty win.
3. West Ham United vs Liverpool, 2016 FA Cup Final
The Londoners took on Liverpool at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff in the Final of the FA Cup, a match which is remembered for Steven Gerrard’s 90th minute equalizer and Pepe Reina’s terrible goalkeeping in the first half.
However, the Spanish shot stopper came back strongly in the penalty shootout to give the Reds an unlikely 3-2 victory.
2. Manchester United vs Liverpool, 2008-09 Premier League
Any Liverpool success list is incomplete without the mention of Manchester United, their arch-rivals and the side that truly challenged them in the 20th century.
The rivalry has only got bitter with time, but this match, one in the 2008-09 season was one where Liverpool showed what they are made of as they came back from 1-0 down at Old Trafford to win 1-4 thanks to goals from Torres, Gerrard, Aurelio and Dossena.
1. Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspurs, 2019 UEFA Champions League Final
Liverpool had lost out on the continental trophy a year before, when Real Madrid had run away 3-1 winners to clinch the Champions League.
A stronger, more determined and focused Liverpool arrived in Madrid to play Tottenham Hotspurs in the Final again and put on a dominating display as they whisked away their English rivals 2-0 with goals from Mane and Origi. This was Liverpool’s and Klopp’s first major trophy in the decade.