The Liverpool heroes of the 2005 Istanbul final: where are they now?
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The Liverpool heroes of the 2005 Istanbul final: where are they now?

The 2005 Champions League final will go down in history as the greatest the competition has ever seen. A plucky Liverpool side came up against a superstar AC Milan squad. The Reds were 3-0 down at halftime but managed to level things at 3-3 before winning their 5th European Cup on penalties. We take a look at the Liverpool XI from the Istanbul final and ask: where are they now?

Where are the heroes of the Istanbul final now? (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper: Jerzy Dudek

Dudek had an unforgettable performance in the Liverpool net. The Big Pole in our Goal pulled off a logic defying double save from Andriy Shevchenko in extra time to keep the Reds level. He then went on to secure the win in the penalty shootout.

After four years at Real Madrid, the keeper retired and pivoted to motorsport. The former shot stopper began taking part in 24hr endurance races.

Right back: Steve Finnan

The Irish defender was solid as a rock for Liverpool during his career. After leaving the Reds in 2008 he had short spells with Espanyol and Portsmouth. Finnan then disappeared.

The Istanbul final hero vanished, he got out of the game and refused any limelight. A 10 year Istanbul reunion prompted the #FindSteveFinnan campaign and he turned up working at a property firm in London. His current occupation and whereabouts are a mystery.

Centre back: Jamie Carragher

737 appearances for Liverpool, the second highest in the club’s history. Carra is still very much around. The Mad Scouser is a regular feature on Sky Sports’ football coverage. In recent years he has formed a partnership for the ages with former nemesis Gary Neville.

Centre back: Sami Hyppia

Sami is one of Liverpool’s best ever signings. The Finnish defender is a Kop icon. After retiring from playing, Sami began managing. Sadly his coaching days were short lived after unsuccessful stints at Bayer Leverkusen and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Left back: Djimi Traore

Another player to deny Andriy Shevchenko in remarkable circumstances. Traore cleared off the line to keep out the Ukrainian striker. After retiring from playing the Frenchman became assistant manager at Seattle Sounders, a position he still holds and is enjoying success in – the Sounders have won two MLS Cups in four years.

Right midfield: Luis Garcia

He drinks sangria and he still loves Liverpool. The diminutive Spaniard has embarked on a career in television since his retirement. He is regularly seen on the Anfield touchline and in the LFCTV studio. We will never forget his ‘goal’ against Chelsea.

Centre midfield: Xabi Alonso

The best passer that Anfield has seen in decades. Xabi was forced out of the club and into the grasp of Real Madrid. He enjoyed success in Spain before moving to Bayern Munich and winning titles in Germany. The former midfield maestro is the current Real Sociedad B manager and has been linked with the vacant Munich job.

Centre midfield: Steven Gerrard

Captain Fantastic. The best Liverpool player that there ever was, Gerrard retired at LA Galaxy before taking up a coaching career. A brief spell managing in the Reds academy was ended when he took the top job at Rangers. His Ibrox side are currently tied on points with Celtic at the top of the SPL.

Left midfield: John Arne Riise

The most powerful striker of a ball that Anfield will ever see. After leaving Liverpool and returning to the country with Fulham, the Norwegian left back retired and took up a career as an agent. He is a regular in the Liverpool legends team.

Attacking midfield: Harry Kewell

The Australian never got going at Anfield due to a succession of injuries. After retiring from playing he took up a career in management. His most recent job was at Notts County where he was sacked after just 14 games in charge.

Striker: Milan Baros

What is Milan Baros up to now? Remarkably, he’s still playing. The striker is currently playing for Czech first division side Banik Ostrava.


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