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Carlo Ancelotti uses Liverpool's 'Istanbul' comeback as motivation for Everton players

Liverpool and Carlo Ancelotti have developed a notoriously well-known rivalry over the years. From AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Napoli and now Everton, the three-time Champions League-winning manager has proven a thorn in the side for Kopites for well over a decade.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Carlo Ancelotti, Manager of Everton reacts during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on January 21, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

However, Liverpool supporters will relish what the former PSG head coach had to say following Everton’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Tuesday evening.

The Blues threw away a two-goal lead deep into injury time last night as the Magpies dramatically fought back to salvage a point.

Central defender Florian Lejeune came off the bench for Steve Bruce’s side to score his first career brace – including a dramatic 95th-minute equaliser to strike misery on Merseyside.

To add salt to the already deep wounds of Everton fans, Ancelotti decided it necessary to bring back painful memories to one of the greatest nights in their local rivals’ 127-year history.

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The Premier League-winning manager brought back reminiscences to Liverpool’s Istanbul comeback after revealing in his press conference that he used his painful memories of the experience to console his players at full-time.

Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO, Ancelotti said: “The players are really sad for this moment. I said to them I lost the Champions League final after winning 3-0, these things happen.”

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard kisses the winner’s trophy at the presentation after his side beat AC Milan on penalties at the Champions League Final in the Ataturk Stadium on May 25th 2005 in Istanbul, Turkey (Photo by Tom Jenkins/Getty Images). An image from the book “In The Moment” published June 2012

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It’s fair to say this perhaps wasn’t the best way of winning both the players and fans’ support following such a crushing late blow.

I’m sure Everton supporters will agree that Liverpool are currently in no need of an ego boost following their status as runaway Premier League leaders and the world and European champions.

Losing a final to the club’s fiercest is maybe not the most effective analogy of how to deal with adversity.

Despite this, Liverpool supporters will take any opportunity possible to relive that famous night in 2005. So cheers, Carlo!

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