Champions League Liverpool
Liverpool Football Club is the most successful club in English football history in terms of European competition. First the European Cup, latterly the Champions League Liverpool lifted the trophy on no less than 5 occasions. Steeped in tradition, watching live champions league action from Anfield is always something special and you can see Liverpool live right here on Live Sport Network.
Liverpool In Europe
Any team that boasts 5 European Cups in it’s trophy cabinet deserves respect from all quarters. Liverpool undoubtedly receive this wherever they travel in Europe. When Bob Paisley took the helm in 1974, filling the shoes of Bill Shankly probably seemed a daunting task. Yet within 3 seasons, Paisley led Liverpool to their first European Cup with a 3-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach, the same team that had given them their first ever European trophy - the UEFA Cup - some 4 years previous. The victory in Rome was sealed thanks to goals from Terry McDermott, Tommy Smith and Phil Neal, and Emlyn Hughes became the first Liverpool skipper to lift the most prized piece of silverware in European club football.
They retained their title by beating Club Brugge by a goal to nil the following season. The final is remembered not only because it was held at Wembley but due to the scorer of the winner, a certain Kenny Dalglish, signed to replace Kop favourite Kevin Keegan and until then unproven in a red shirt.
1981 saw a third European Cup enter the now-bulging trophy room on the red side of Stanley Park as victory in Paris over Real Madrid courtesy of an Alan Kennedy strike gave captain Phil Thompson his chance to be first to raise the cup.
By 1984, Paisley had departed and his assistant Joe Fagan, another of the ‘boot room boys’ was in charge. At the end of very successful season, Liverpool returned to the Stadio Olimpico, scene of their first triumph and home to their opponents, AS Roma. After a 1-1 draw, the game went to penalties. The shoot-out was dominated by the antics of goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar whose blatant gamesmanship was enough to put off the Roma players and Liverpool won 4-2 on penalties to secure title number 4.
A year later, the Heysel Stadium hosted Liverpool yet again in a European Cup Final. But a 1-0 defeat to Juventus was immaterial as a crowd disturbance led to the deaths of 39 fans and football was put firmly into perspective. This led to a lengthy ban for both Liverpool and all English clubs and the wounds created by the enforced break from European competition took a long time to heal.
It was a full two decades later before Liverpool once more reached the pinnacle of European club football. This time it was Rafa Benitez in charge and once again there was drama. 3-0 down at half time to Italian giants AC Milan, Liverpool fought back to 3-3 and following an unbelievable save from much-maligned keeper Jerzy Dudek in the dying seconds, the match went to penalties. It was almost predictable that Dudek should have the final say and his save made Liverpool Champions League winners and 5-times European Champions. Watching Champions League live doesn’t get much better than that.
Two years later, they once again graced the Champions League final but Milan had their revenge winning 2-1.
Live Champions League football for Liverpool in 2008/9 started in the third qualifying round against Standard Liege. After a 0-0 away from home, it took extra time and a last minute Kuyt goal to secure a place in the group stages. A tough looking draw against three strong opponents led to Liverpool FC fans wondering whether their dreams of witnessing yet another glorious Champions League night in Rome would remain a dream with Marseille, Atletico Madrid and PSV Eindhoven in their way.
However, with a record of four wins and two draws from six matches, Liverpool won their group and progressed through to the last 32, setting up a classic European tie against the mighty Real Madrid. Not even the most die-hard Red could have predicted what followed. A memorable 1-0 victory at the Bernabau was followed up by possibly one of the greatest European nights in Anfield history as a rampant Liverpool hammered Real 4-0. This victory resulted in yet another Liverpool-Chelsea tie.
Unfortunately, a 3-1 reverse at home was a hurdle too far and despite another amazing live Champions League night, this time at Stamford Bridge, a 4-4 draw sent Chelsea through and Liverpool back home to dream of 2009/10. Thankfully, one of their best premier League performances in years ensured another shot at the Champions League and Liverpool start in the group stages of the competition this year.
Watching Champions League Liverpool games can be as entertaining and as frustrating as watching Liverpool in the Premiership. You can catch all the live Champions League online games right here on Live Sports Network. Our dedicated member’s area will show both home and away games throughout the course of the season.
Tags: Liverpool, Champions League Liverpool, UEFA Champions League, European Cup, Wembley, Bruce Grobbelaar, Rafa Benitez, Liverpool Champions League, Champions League live, Live Champions League, Champions League online, Champions League