Jurgen Klopp and Alisson Becker have revealed that the two goalkeepers – albeit from different sides – stand out from Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League win over AC Milan.
The Reds return to the premier European stage for the first time this season on Wednesday. They play Milan, with the sides most famously clashing in the 2005 final. Milan were strong favourites, amid a team of superstars.
Indeed, they had Kaka, Andrea Pirlo and Paolo Maldini, among others.
However, Liverpool fought back from three goals down at half time to win on penalties in Istanbul.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was a young coach back then, while Alisson was only 12 and on his way to becoming a professional.
Indeed, his fellow Brazilian stopper Dida was in net for Milan in 2005 and enjoyed a strong evening.
“Dida was an influence for me and other Brazilian goalkeepers,” Alisson told a press conference (via Twitter). “That game was unbelievable.
“I had the luck to meet them and learn from them – that game was something amazing to see.
“Even now, it brings back memories. Those Liverpool players are an inspiration for me and all my team-mates.”
Earlier in the press conference, Klopp revealed that the Reds’ Polish goalkeeper, Jerzy Dudek, stood out. He made a spectacular double save in extra time.
“Obviously that night I was not thinking about watching the second half because apart from the Liverpool dressing room, everyone thought the game was decided,” Klopp said.
“I remember the saves from Dudek. Incredible.
“After 3-0, Milan looked like they had decided it and then it became one of the biggest football sensations ever.”
Alisson reflects on Liverpool winner
Liverpool’s route to this season’s Champions League was a tricky one. They looked down and out in eighth place with 10 games to go of the 2020/21 Premier League season.
However, an unbeaten run thereafter – including a sensational last-minute winner from Alisson at West Brom – helped the Reds finish third.
“That was good, eh?” the goalkeeper said. “It was a good feeling. Everyone had a good feeling, even if you weren’t a Liverpool supporter.
“It was really important for the team. I said after the game it would be even more important if we qualified for the Champions League.”
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