Liverpool's top UEFA Cup moments

By sean_bradbury on Nov 22, 12 02:44 PM in

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AHEAD of the Reds' match against Young Boys Bern in the Europa League at Anfield this evening, MICHAEL SLATTERY looks back at Liverpool's top five moments in the old UEFA Cup...

1-. RECORD FOR BIGGEST VICTORY

It was Bob Paisley's first season after Bill Shankly's retirement. In that 1974-75 season there were no trophies for the Reds as we finished second in the First Division, behind Derby County.

Even though it was a tropyless season for the Reds, there was a historical moment in it. It happened during the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup.

Liverpool were facing Norweigan side Stromsgodset on the 17th of September and beat them by a record 11 goal difference.

Within 3 minutes, Alec Lindsay scored the first of many in what would be a historical Liverpool night. Phil Thompson, Stevie Heighway and Boersma twice made it 5 by half time.

After a very impressive display from Paisley's side, the Reds showed no mercy in the second half. Peter Cormack scored after the interval, and so did Hughes and Phil Thompson.

Tommy Smith, Ian Callaghan and Ray Kennedy scored in the last 5 minutes. 11 goals and 9 different goalscorers in a historical night for Liverpool FC.

2-. 2001 UEFA CUP FINAL (LIVERPOOL V ALAVES)

On the 16th of May of 2001 in Dortmund, Liverpool and Spanish side Alaves produced one of the craziest games ever. It was a match full of emotion which had a happy ending for the Reds.

After beating top clubs like Oporto, Rome and Barcelona, Liverpool had a big chance of winning their third UEFA cup and completing a treble with both League Cup and FA cup victories.

After a quarter of an hour, Liverpool were leading after Markus Babel's early header and Steven Gerrard's goal. Alaves scored and were just a goal away from levelling the game but McAllister scored a penalty before half time.

Spanish striker Javi Moreno scored twice to level the match. Robbie Fowler managed to hit the back of the net with a quarter of an hour remaining for the end of the game.

With a minute to go Jordi Cruyff scored the equaliser which meant extra time. With the match heading to penalty shoot out, Alaves defender Delfi Geli scored an own goal.

This own goal made Liverpool win by the golden goal rule and achieve their 3rd UEFA cup victory.

3-. 1976 UEFA CUP FINAL (LIVERPOOL V CLUB BRUGGE)

Liverpool were facing Belgium side Club Brugge to reach to the second UEFA cup final ever. First leg was on April 1976 were Liverpool came back a two goal defeat to win 3-2 at Anfield.

This amazing comeback was thanks to Ray Kennedy, Jimmy Case and Kevin Keegan goals in seven minutes to turn the game around.

Liverpool entered the second leg with a one goal lead, although Brugge just needed a goal to lift the trophy because of the away goal rule. The Belgium side scored a penalty after 11 minutes.

Brugge's happiness after their goal didn't last long because Liverpool equalised only 4 minutes later. Kevin Keegan scored the goal to give the reds a 4-3 aggregate lead.

The second-leg draw meant Liverpool won the tie, to win their second UEFA Cup after their first victory in 1973.

4-. 1973 UEFA CUP FINAL (LIVERPOOL V BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH)

Liverpool faced West Germany giants Borussia Monchengladbach to reach our first ever UEFA cup final ever.

First leg was at Anfield on May of 1973 and Liverpool had a comfortable win. Kevin Keegan's double before half time secured Liverpool an easier second half.

Larry Lloyd scored another goal which meant the Reds won the fist leg by 3-0. Liverpool had to avoid losing by three clear goals to win the competition.

Second leg was in Germany and saw Jupp Heynckes score a double in the first half. Borussia were unable to score again which meant Liverpool won the tie.

The tie ended 3-2 thanks to the first leg victory and Liverpool won the first European trophy.

5-. (LIVERPOOL-AUXERRE) FIRST EUROPEAN TIE AFTER HEYSEL BAN

Liverpool played French side Auxerre on the 23rd of October of 1991. It was the first European tie after Heysel disater ban.

There was big expectation for this game after such a long miss from European football.

The Reds lost 2-0 in France with goals from Ferreri and Kovacs in what was a disappointing night for Liverpool.

A couple of weeks later Auxerre had to visit Anfield. This game is remebered as one of the great Liverpool European comebacks ever.

Jan Molby scored a penalty within the first 5 minutes. Mike Marsh made it two before half time. After 45 minutes in Anfield Liverpool had already equalised the tie.

Mark Walters scored in the last 10 minutes to secure Liverpool a victory and go through to the next round.

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