Liverpool's 5 Greatest Comebacks - And Why They Need To Do Even Better To Beat Real Madrid
Liverpool’s 5 Greatest Comebacks – And Why They Need To Do Even Better To Beat Real Madrid

To upstage a 5-2 deficit is not an easy task against any team

Even for a club like Liverpool that are used to conjuring victory out of an improbable situation, the trip to Santiago Bernabeu seems like one fraught with gloom and hopelessness. They will need to chip off the deficit of three goals to move further in the Champions League, or else their journey will come to a halt against an opponent they always had a score to settle with. 


To upstage a 5-2 deficit is not an easy task against any team, let alone Real Madrid, the Champions league royalty who play this competition with just different intensity and cohesion. Moreover, Liverpool themselves are just a shadow of what they used to be, struggling on all fronts. But again, they have nothing to lose at Bernabeu, which makes them a dangerous prospect.

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We take a look at five of the biggest comebacks of Liverpool’s glorious history:


Liverpool 4 – 0 Barcelona Champions League 2019

Liverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the game, when they overcame a 3-0 defeat against Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, to score four and concede none in the return-leg at Anfield. They became only the third team in the history of the Champions League to overturn a three-goal deficit.

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Liverpool 3 – 3 AC Milan Champions League 2005

In a shocking start to the game, Liverpool conceded three times in the first half, and it looked all but over. It was their first Champions League final since 2005, and things turned awry pretty fast. Early in the second half, Steven Gerrard’s looping header to the far side made it 2-1, raising a semblance of hope amongst Liverpool’s supporters. Vladimír Šmicer and Xabi Alonso scored twice to force the game to extra time, which Liverpool clinched on a penalty shootout.  


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Liverpool 3-1 Olympiacos Champions League 2004

Sometimes, the scoreline doesn’t reveal much, as in this case. Unlike the first two comebacks which happened in knockout stages, this is from the group stage game against Olympiacos, where Liverpool needed to score at least two more goals than their opponents to qualify. Rivaldo’s 28th-minute strike meant Liverpool needed to score three, which they managed to do, thanks to a thunderous strike from Steven Gerrard.


Liverpool 3-1 Saint-Etienne European Cup 1977

This is from an era when Bob Paisley was managing the club. Liverpool’s journey seemed to have come to an end after the Saint-Etienne striker scored a much-needed away goal to hand a 2-1 deficit to Liverpool in the third round. Ray Kennedy and David Fairclough scored a goal each in the space of six minutes to turn the game in their favour, and the club went on to win their first European cup.

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Liverpool 3-2 Club Brugge UEFA Cup 1977

This is where it all started: the love story between Liverpool and Champions League nights. In the first leg of the UEFA Cup, Liverpool conceded two quick goals, within 15 minutes, and things looked bleak for them. However, they found the back of the net on three occasions in the second half to complete the turnaround.


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