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5 great European nights at Anfield in the Premier League era

Liverpool attempting to reach the group stages for only the second time in eight years.

FOOTBALL 23/08/17 18:15
5 great European nights at Anfield in the Premier League era

Liverpool hold a 2-1 lead heading into the second leg of their Champions League qualifying play-off against Hoffenheim at Anfield on Wednesday night (live on BT Sport 2, 7.45pm kick-off).

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A maiden strike for 18-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold on his European debut – after Simon Mignolet had saved an early penalty – and a Havard Nordtveit own goal had put the Reds in control in Germany, only for them to allow Mark Uth to score three minutes from time.

With the Reds attempting to advance to the group stage for only the second time in eight years, here we look back at some memorable European nights on Merseyside.

2001 – Liverpool 1 Barcelona 0

Gary McAllister's penalty sent Liverpool into the UEFA Cup final
Gary McAllister’s penalty sent Liverpool into the UEFA Cup final (Adam Davy/Empics)

 

Three days after his last-gasp winner in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, Gary McAllister was again the difference as Liverpool booked their place in the UEFA Cup final – which they won by beating Alaves 5-4 after extra time. Following a goalless draw at the Nou Camp, McAllister made no mistake from the penalty spot just before half-time as the Reds reached their first European final for 16 years.

2004 – Liverpool 3 Olympiacos 1

Steven Gerrard struck a crucial late goal for Liverpool
Steven Gerrard struck a crucial late goal for Liverpool (Phil Noble/PA)

 

Liverpool had to win by two goals to advance to the knockout stages, so Rivaldo’s 27th-minute goal left the hosts with an uphill struggle. Florent Sinama Pongolle put the Reds back on terms after the break before Neil Mellor edged Liverpool into a 2-1 lead with nine minutes to play. Then up popped Steven Gerrard, firing home from 20 yards to secure that two-goal victory margin, with just four minutes of normal time remaining.

2005 – Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0

Liverpool's Luis Garcia scored the winner against Chelsea
Liverpool’s Luis Garcia scored the winner against Chelsea (Phil Noble/PA)

 

Twenty years after their last appearance in the European Cup final ended in tragedy at Heysel, Liverpool finally returned to the big dance. Luis Garcia’s fourth-minute strike was enough to secure a dramatic victory over newly-crowned Premier League champions Chelsea, who were denied a possible treble as they endured the pain of a second consecutive semi-final defeat.

2008 – Liverpool 4 Arsenal 2

Ryan Babel celebrates with his Liverpool team-mates
Ryan Babel celebrates with his Liverpool team-mates (Peter Byrne/PA)

 

Liverpool marched into their third Champions League semi-final in four years after a stunning triumph. With seven minutes left, Arsenal looked like were through with the score at 2-2. But Steven Gerrard became the first Liverpool player in history to score in four successive home European matches to put his side ahead again from the penalty spot with four minutes remaining before Ryan Babel’s breakaway goal sealed victory.

2016 – Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 3

This will go down as one of Liverpool’s most stunning European comebacks as they snatched an added-time winner. All hope seemed lost at 2-0 down – 3-1 on aggregate – after 10 minutes and
later at 3-1 behind on the night and 4-2 adrift over the two legs, but the hosts dug deep and produced a remarkable turnaround which saw Dejan Lovren score a dramatic winner. A 4-3 win carried Liverpool through 5-4 on aggregate.

Highlights: Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United

Highlights: Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United

Highlights: Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United

Highlights: Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United

Highlights: Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United

Highlights: Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United

Manchester United came from behind to thrash Newcastle United 4-1 in the Premier League.

Manchester United came from behind to thrash Newcastle United 4-1 in the Premier League.

Manchester United came from behind to thrash Newcastle United 4-1 in the Premier League.

Manchester United came from behind to thrash Newcastle United 4-1 in the Premier League.

Manchester United came from behind to thrash Newcastle United 4-1 in the Premier League.

Manchester United came from behind to thrash Newcastle United 4-1 in the Premier League.

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