Liverpool have been devastating and produced a number of incredible moments in the Champions League this season, but which moment was the best? Michael Baddeley gives you his top five moments.
Liverpool Football Club are 90 minutes away from possibly being crowned the champions of Europe for the 6th time in its illustrious history. How good does that sound? Just saying Liverpool will be playing in another Champions League final sounds amazing, but words can’t describe the feelings you get at the thought of possibly being the Kings of Europe yet again.
It’s been a crazy, crazy season for us in this prestigious tournament. An incredible 46 goals in 14 games, 9 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss. What makes it all that little bit more incredible is that up until the second leg of the semi-finals, Liverpool were the only unbeaten team in the tournament.
There has been some pinch yourself moments for sure. Blitzing Man City 5-1 over two legs, smashing five away goals past Porto in the first leg and ending the tie there and then, being 0-3 up at Sevilla inside 30 minutes before throwing it away and drawing 3-3 is another one – just not for the right reasons!
I could sit here and go through each game and probably pick out one incredible moment from each game if I could I would, but I think you would probably get bored and switch off so I’ll just go with my top five moments from throughout the tournament.
5. Five-star Reds in Portugal
Then we went to Portugal and twatted them 5-0!
What a night! We probably did get one of the easier ties at the stage of the tournament and we would have been expected to go through, but nobody expected the massacre that was about to happen.
Porto had only lost two games in all competitions prior to the game, but they couldn’t live with our unbelievable attacking play, we absolutely demolished them and inflicted their heaviest home European defeat.
For me, that was the night I realised we had a very good chance to make it to Kiev. In fact, I was actually very close to booking flights that night as they were only £300 but I didn’t want to get carried away with myself – and now I’m sat at home regretting not purchasing what would have been the biggest bargain of my life…
4. The demolition of City
Everyone had mocked us going into the tie, nobody gave us a chance at progressing. Sané and Sterling were going to tear our full-backs a new one, De Bruyne was gonna pass us off the park and they were going to get revenge for ending their unbeaten run.
City were confident of getting a result that would leave them in a decent position going into the second leg. But just like those before them, they underestimated the power of Anfield on a European night. The fans created one of the greatest European atmospheres Anfield has witnessed and the City players bottled it as a result.
After 31 minutes of football Liverpool were 3-0 up against the English champions to be, Trent Alexander-Arnold pocketed Leroy Sané and the boys left City feeling blue.
3. Henderson’s ear lashing at Roma
Things weren’t going very well in Liverpool’s semi-final first leg, it seemed like the occasion had got to the lads and they were letting the Italian outfit dominate the game in our own backyard.
I think it was about 20/25 minutes in and Liverpool had sloppy given the ball away again and invited more pressure onto their selves again. Luckily, Roma wasted the chance again but Jordan Henderson didn’t let this deter him, he stepped up and gave the boys the ear-lashing they deserved and for me, that was the game-changing moment!
The lads got their act together and from then on, the game was completely different.
The lads stepped up and the tide started to swing in our way. Mané wasted a few golden chances and Salah had one saved brilliantly by Alisson. Tails were up, we were relentless and devastating in our attacking efforts and now the rest is history!
2. Mo’s chip and the celebrations against City
Liverpool weathered an almighty storm in the first half of the second leg at the Etihad. Jesus opened the scoring in the first minute, Bernardo Silva struck the post and Sané had a goal ruled out that should have stood.
But that didn’t stop the Reds from turning up in the second half. They walked out on to that pitch, puffed their chests out, stood up to City, played their normal game and out-played them.
A scramble in the box with Mané led to the ball falling at the Egyptian King’s feet, he calmly took the ball on, ran a few yards, sat Otamendi down whilst chipping the ball over the Argentine and sent the traveling Kop crazy.
The scenes in front of and in the away end were something that will live in the memory forever, a deafening roar from the crowd, limbs everywhere and a show of passion from the boys in Red on the pitch.
That was the moment when the rest of Europe had to stand up and take notice, Jurgen’s Redmen were coming up the hill and were going to take something special to stop them.
1. The celebrations in Rome and the Sean Cox banner
The celebrations in Manchester were something, but the scenes after the final whistle in Rome were simply magnificent. It wasn’t a celebration, that was a show of unity.
The moment when Mané comes flying through the media section to celebrate and encourage the traveling supporters, the moment the rest of the players join him to start singing and clapping along with the famous ‘Allez, Allez, Allez’ chant are all fantastic scenes.
But nothing beats the incredibly touching and respectful moment where Henderson grabs the Sean Cox banner from the crowd and the players pose with it in front of the Liverpool faithful. That was sheer class by Hendo and the boys and they deserve all the praise in the world for it.
Nothing comes close to beating that moment for me, it’s the winner by a country mile. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great watching games where we demolish team, a score a wonderful goal or someone puts in a top-class solo performance.
But there was nothing better than seeing the players and fans come together as one to pay their respects to Sean Cox who was caught up in that horrific incident outside the ground in the first leg.