Liverpool’s team for the Champions League final against Spurs is better than the side that Rafa Benitez selected to face AC Milan in Istanbul back in 2005.

It’s almost been 15 years since the Reds defied the odds to beat arguably the best club side in history and win their fifth European Cup.

Despite that stretch of time, that final is still remembered by supporters and is still the greatest European Cup final ever and will likely remain that way for a long, long time.

Steven Gerrard.

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One thing that is debatable, however, is whether or not that Liverpool side is better than the one currently plying its trade at Anfield.

For me, the team that Klopp has created is better than the 2005 side by a big margin in spite of that group of players’ incredible feat at the Ataturk Stadium.


Klopp has put together a side that is so wonderfully talented and balanced that it’s difficult to name a Liverpool team over the last few decades that is as good.

Alisson Becker, Jurgen Klopp and Fabinho.

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With Alisson, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Salah, Firmino and Mane, the German boss has a world class spine that still has several years of improving to do.

Of course, Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso were world class for Liverpool too but if you look around them, there wasn’t as much quality as surrounds the likes of Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Reds should be able to overcome Tottenham on Saturday with relative ease but need to avoid suffering a fate that AC Milan’s great side of the 2000s suffered at Liverpool’s hands in Istanbul.

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