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A history of Liverpool’s European Cup finals

A look at the club’s previous final appearances.

Liverpool will play in their eighth European Cup final when they take on Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday (live on BT Sport 2, 7.45pm kick-off).

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The Reds have lifted the trophy on five occasions and have also tasted defeat in the final twice.

Here, we take a look at their previous final appearances.

1977 – Liverpool 3 Borussia Monchengladbach 1

Liverpool’s Terry McDermott celebrates scoring the opening goal
Liverpool’s Terry McDermott celebrates scoring the opening goal (Peter Robinson/Empics)

Liverpool became only the second English club, after Manchester United, to lift the European Cup. It was Kevin Keegan’s last game for the club and Tommy Smith made his 600th Liverpool appearance. It was old warhorse Smith’s headed goal that lingers most in the mind from a convincing victory. Terry McDermott had opened the scoring and after Smith had restored his side’s lead, Phil Neal wrapped up the win from the penalty spot.

Team: Clemence, Neal, Jones, Smith, R Kennedy, Hughes, Keegan, Case, Heighway, McDermott, Callaghan.

1978 – Liverpool 1 Club Brugge 0

Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish chips the ball over Club Brugge goalkeeper Birger Jensen for the winner
Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish chips the ball over Club Brugge goalkeeper Birger Jensen for the winner (PA)

Liverpool became only the sixth club to retain the trophy in what was not the greatest of games at Wembley. Kenny Dalglish had arrived from Celtic to replace Keegan and scored the winner, a classic poacher’s strike. The scoreline was close, but Liverpool never looked in danger of losing their crown.

Team: Clemence, Neal, Thompson, Hansen, R Kennedy, Hughes, Dalglish, Case (Heighway), Fairclough, McDermott, Souness.

1981 – Liverpool 1 Real Madrid 0

Liverpool v Real Madrid Kennedy
Alan Kennedy nets the only goal for Liverpool (PA)

A majestic night in Paris with full-back Alan Kennedy scoring a splendid winner against a star-studded Madrid team that included future Real managers Vicente del Bosque and Jose Antonio Camacho, plus Laurie Cunningham. The match was Ray Clemence’s last for Liverpool.

Team: Clemence, Neal, A Kennedy, Thompson, R Kennedy, Hansen, Dalglish (Case), Lee, Johnson, McDermott, Souness.

1984 – Liverpool 1 Roma 1 (Liverpool won 4-2 on penalties)

Roma’s Francesco Graziani blazes the vital penalty over the bar
Roma’s Francesco Graziani blazes the vital penalty over the bar (Peter Robinson/Empics)

Facing Roma in their own stadium seemed a tall order, but Liverpool did not crack under the pressure and survived a dramatic penalty shoot-out with the never-to-be-forgotten Bruce Grobbelaar “spaghetti legs” trick to put off Francesco Graziani for the crucial miss. Roberto Pruzzo had earlier cancelled out Neal’s 13th-minute opener.

Team: Grobbelaar, Neal, A Kennedy, Lawrenson, Whelan, Hansen, Dalglish (Robinson), Lee, Rush, Johnston (Nicol), Souness.

1985 – Juventus 1 Liverpool 0

Michel Platini scores the winning goal for Juventus from the penalty spot
Michel Platini scores the winning goal for Juventus from the penalty spot (Peter Robinson/Empics)

The terrible tragedy that was Heysel makes the result of this final irrelevant. The players did not want to play but UEFA officials were fearful of further crowd trouble. Michel Platini scored from the spot and Liverpool’s era as kings of Europe was over. English clubs were banned from European competition in the aftermath of the Heysel disaster.

Team: Grobbelaar, Neal, Beglin, Lawrenson (Gillespie), Nicol, Hansen, Dalglish, Whelan, Rush, Walsh (Johnston), Wark.

2005 – Liverpool 3 AC Milan 3 (Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties)

Liverpool’s Jerzy Dudek saves the final penalty from AC Milan’s Andrei Shevchenko
Liverpool’s Jerzy Dudek saves the final penalty from AC Milan’s Andrei Shevchenko (Matthew Ashton/Empics)

Liverpool had almost gone out of the tournament at the group stage but they reached the final after beating Juventus and Chelsea in the knockout stages. Looked to be heading for defeat after going 3-0 down by half-time in Istanbul, but then produced one of the most remarkable comebacks ever seen. Goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso forced extra-time. Jerzy Dudek was the hero in the penalty shoot-out, saving Andriy Shevchenko’s spot-kick to ensure victory.

Team: Dudek, Finnan (Hamann), Traore, Hyypia, Carragher, Riise, Gerrard, Luis Garcia, Alonso, Kewell (Smicer), Baros (Cisse).

2007 – AC Milan 2 Liverpool 1

Liverpool players are dejected after the final whistle
Liverpool players are dejected after the final whistle (Martin Rickett/PA)

Liverpool’s dream of a sixth European Cup triumph was destroyed by a goal in each half by Filippo Inzaghi. The Italians had their revenge for what happened against the Reds in Istanbul two years ago previously. Liverpool had fallen behind to an Inzaghi deflection seconds before the break having had the better chances in the first period. Inzaghi scored again with eight minutes and a late goal from Dirk Kuyt was all Liverpool could manage.

Team: Reina, Finnan (Arbeloa), Riise, Agger, Carragher, Mascherano (Crouch), Alonso, Pennant, Zenden (Kewell), Gerrard, Kuyt.

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