YNWA: Ex-Liverpool stars relish Champions League win over AC Milan

By: PTI
(From left) Smicer, Hyypia, Garcia and Fowler at the LFC World launch in Mumbai on Thursday

Mumbai, December 7: Former Liverpool players Sami Hyypia, Robbie Fowler, Luis Garcia and Vladimir Smicer on Thursday (December 7) walked down the memory lane and recalled some of the finest moments associated with the club.

They kicked off the 'LFC World' at High Street Phoenix here, where they reminisced about the greatest night in Liverpool history, that miraculous comeback from 0-3 down against Italian giants AC Milan in the Champions League final in 2005 in Istanbul.

The Reds scored thrice in six minutes during the second half before wrapping up the Champions League final via penalty-shootout.

"We were 3-0 down in the final. We gave everything in the second half," recalled towering former centre-back Hyppia.

Smicer, who scored the second goal, added: "Once Stevie G (Steven Gerrard) scored, we were confident. After I scored we felt we had a chance. We started feeling the momentum.

"It was a miracle. In six minutes we scored three goals. And then the penalties. We deserved to win. No other team could come back and score thrice against AC Milan," Smicer said.

Smicer's last kick of the ball in a Liverpool jersey turned out to be the winning penalty in that match.

They added the current squad can add more European silverware to the Liverpool trophy cabinet soon. Their optimism was clearly stoked by Liverpool's 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow in Wednesday's Champions League group stage fixture.

Fowler, who was not part of the 2005 Liverpool squad, felt Jurgen Klopp's free-scoring Reds can challenge for the Premier League title. "It is an exciting time to be a Liverpool fan at the moment. We are scoring a lot. Defensively we look okay. Lads upfront are scoring at will," Fowler said.

Former midfield dynamo Smicer added: "We are very good offensively. We have a lot of power upfront. We can beat anybody. We have a good chance to win the trophy again."

Story first published: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 19:24 [IST]
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