It’s been 34 years since these two teams last faced off against each other at finals level, in the last match of the 1984 Champions League in Rome. Liverpool, of course, came out on top and to keep the club in with a chance at the finals they need a repeat of the success they saw in the early eighties.
We’ve taken a quick look back at Liverpool’s history with the Champions League, and if the past is anything to go by the future looks rosy for The Red’s as they come up against old foes from over the water.
1977 – Liverpool vs Borussia Mönchengladbach
Final Score: 3-1
Ground: Stadio Olimpico
When these two finalists came together their journeys couldn’t have been more different. Liverpool’s wins had come to the team fairly easily, with one or two close calls, Borussia Mönchengladbach, on the other hand, had just scraped through. The ’77 final game took place in Rome only four days after Liverpool had lost the FA Cup to Manchester United at Wembley.
Liverpool’s win against Borussia Mönchengladbach was the first time the club became European Champions and gave them the chance to play for the Super Cup which they also won this year.
Had it not been for Manchester United, Liverpool would have been the first team to win a Treble, a feat that United achieved themselves 22 years later.
1978 – Liverpool vs Club Brugge
Final Score: 1-0
Returning to the competition as reigning champions, Liverpool faced off against first-timers Club Brugge, a team they had defeated in the UEFA Cup Final in ’76.
The final match at Wembley was goalless for the first half and Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish scored the one and only goal of the game in the second half. A goal that became known as one of the greatest in the history of football.
Liverpool won the game 1-0 and became the first team in history to retain the European champs title but sadly lost the Super Cup this year to another Belgian team Anderlecht.
1981 – Liverpool vs Real Madrid
Final Score: 1-0
Ground: Parc des Prince
Liverpool faced off in their third final against previous six-time winners, Real Madrid. With both teams most prominent players facing injury time, the results could not be predicted.
A goalless game was changed in the 81st minute when Alan Kennedy found the back of the net, the lead was held until the final whistle and Liverpool won their third European Cup and became the very first British club to do so.
Manager Bob Paisley also became the first manager to win three consecutive European cups with one team.
One goal secured Liverpool and manager Paisley’s third European Cup.
1984 – Liverpool vs Roma
Final Score: 5-1
Grounds: Stadio Olimpico
The fourth European cup final match for Liverpool and only the first for Roma, Liverpool were seasoned European Champions by this point.
Both teams had faced off other teams for the chance to appear in the final and even though Liverpool’s journey was comfortable there were struggles for Roma and a rumour that the team bribed the referee in the semi-finals against Dundee United.
Despite Liverpool’s past performances, Roma were the favourites to win and they put up a good fight holding 1-1 score from the first half through to full and extra time.
The finals of ’84 ended in a penalty shoot-out which Liverpool won 4-2, earning them their first Treble for the season and the match that Bruce Grobbelaar perfected the famous “Grobbelaar Legs”.
2005 – Liverpool vs Milan
Final Score: 6-5 (penalties)
Ground: Atatürk Stadium
Off to a rocky start in 2005 Liverpool barely scraped through into the knock out rounds of the 2004/5 Champions League.
After seeing off European competition in the knock out stages, Liverpool faced Chelsea in the semi-finals and scored what was dubbed as a “ghost goal” by Chelsea manager José Mourinho, a goal which gave Liverpool the 1-0 lead which they held to take them through to their sixth finals match.
They would be facing six-time European Cup Champions Milan, who were favourites to win and were quickly leading the match at 3-0 before halftime.
Liverpool pulled off one of their extraordinary comebacks in this all-important match-up and went onto score 3 goals in under six minutes.
The three all tie took the teams to penalties where Liverpool triumphed thanks to a save from goalkeeper Dudek against talented striker Shevchenko.
The game was nicknamed “The Miracle of Istanbul” and stays strong in the memory of many Reds fans to date as one of the best matches they’ve ever witnessed and because this was the 5th time Liverpool had won the Champions League, Liverpool can now keep the trophy.
We Were the Champions
After all this success Liverpool scraped into the Champions League in 2005 and was defeated in the knockout rounds. They went on to face Milan again in 2006/7 finals but lost.
Old opponents Chelsea took Liverpool out of the running in both 2008 and 2009 and then in 2010 Liverpool failed to qualify for European competition in for the first time since 1999.
It wasn’t until 2015/16 that the team managed to get back on top and reached the semi-finals against Villarreal. The match was another amazing comeback game that saw Liverpool fight back from 1-0 down to a win of 3-1 on aggregate. After this win, Liverpool had once again made it into the final and went up against Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park in Basel and but lost 3-1.
Back in the Semi-finals 2018
Facing off against an old foe can Liverpool overcome Roma like they did in ’84?
It seems the fans of Roma have not forgotten the past and are itching to face The Reds on the 24th of April in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The first leg takes place in Anfield with the second following up eight days later at Stadio Olimpico where Roma faced defeat in the finals of the 1984 European Cup match over 30 years ago.
Fingers crossed for a victory against the Italian side and predictions are already in that Liverpool will be coming up against Real Madrid in the finals.
Let’s hope things go Liverpool’s way against Roma to be in with a chance of reliving the same success as they did in the eighties.
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