A Liverpool hero who made his debut 18 years ago. After 186 games for club which included 78 clean sheets and multiple trophies means he left a legend.

Jerzy Dudek moved to the Reds from Feyenoord in 2001. He immediately gained favour with Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier who made the Polish shot-stopper his his first choice goalkeeper.

During his first season at the club he helped Liverpool win the League Cup. He also went on to add FA Cup and Community Shield winners’ medals to his collection during his six-season stint at the club.

Despite these amazing achievements, Dudek’s legend status hinges on one night in Istanbul.

 

From the jaws of defeat Liverpool rallied to draw level against AC Milan in a Champions League final that will remain etched in football history until the end of time.

Dudek was an immovable object that allowed the Reds to take it to a penalty shootout. His heroics continued during the shootout and we all know what happened next.

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Although Steven Gerrard may have been given man of the match on the night, it is Dudek who truly earned that honour.

A Liverpool legend now happily retired yet still impacting any goalkeeper who puts on the Liverpool shirt.  They can only hope to be  remembered half as fondly as Dudek.

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