I’ve pulled the old videos and made some YouTube videos. Some of these are so familiar. I like the simple rhythm of Barry Davies’s McDermott commentary. And Clive’s are all good. Your favorites?
1977 Liverpool 3-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
“How cute. That’s McDermott. And that’s a goal!”
“Oh yes. And what a delighted goalscorer. It’s Tommy Smith!”
“Neal vs. Kneib…. and with such simplicity, he will surely win the European Cup”. – Barry Davies
1978 Liverpool 1-0 Club Brugge
“Now Dalglish. Crossing the face of the goal. It’s there, Dalglish. -Brian Moore.
1981 Liverpool 1-0 Real Madrid
“Alan Kennedy… and he goes on… and scores!”. -Barry Davis.
1984 Liverpool 1-1 Roma – won on penalties
“Liverpool are European champions. What joy. Alan Kennedy’s penalty goal leaves Roma distraught and Merseyside jubilant”. -Brian Moore.
2005 Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan – won on penalties
Get up. Uploaded by Kafu. In the direction of Gerrard! Hello! Hello! Here we go. Steven Gerrard puts a shred of doubt in the back of Milan’s minds.
Hit by Smicer. Is within! Is within! Vladimir Smicer! Two goals in two minutes for Liverpool. Miracles are possible.”
“Oh, saved by Dida, Xabi Alonso! The impossible is accomplished! Liverpool were down 3-0 five minutes ago… and now look at that scoreboard!”
“There will be no second chances if Shevchenko fails… he has saved him! The European Cup returns to England and Anfield! Liverpool are European champions again!” –Clive Tyldesley
2019 Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham
”Salah against Lloris. And write down. And Liverpool makes the perfect start for the Champions League final.
”Origin with the opportunity. And surely that wins Liverpool. Original Divock. The hero of the semi-final against Barcelona is the hero of Liverpool’s final against Tottenham.” -Darren Fletcher
Some more photos of Paris…
And I write all that nonsense below while being a huge fan of Harrison.. But, in terms of status these days, I think it’s fair to think of it as the Beatles’ FA Cup.
I’ve been trying to figure out how Liverpool’s season should be assessed if they a) win, b) don’t win the Champions League.. And I think I understood it this way…
Imagine it’s the 1970s and you learn that The Beatles could reform. The story just won’t go away and on the verge of their comeback concert in Paris there is a very real thought that this is going to happen. Amazing.
A week before, John Lennon retires. Dammit. It’s not the full Fab Four, but this could still be special. So if you’re still following me, here are the two remaining possibilities.
1/ Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr perform in Paris. Sure, the quad would have been nice but what a gig with three of them!
2/ Macca also retires. George and Ringo do some songs. It’s good, but there’s a sense of what could have been.
Just to (Maxwell’s Silver) drive home the point:
John = Premier League
paul = champions league
George = FA Cup
Ringo = Carabao Cup
My feeling is that Liverpool need a Paul or a John to make this season memorable. Otherwise it is a small disappointment.
Continuing with the theme of the left backs, here are the Champions League final thoughts from one of the best – Philipp Lahm.
The German defender, who won the trophy with Bayern Munich, gives us the lowdown in his exclusive column here.
Of a clean-shaven man with glasses and lots of teeth to a bearded man without glasses and many whiter teeth. Great article here from Sachin Nakrani, who breaks down Jürgen Klopp’s reign at Liverpool season by season.
The two players at the 15.45 BST Liverpool press conference with Jurgen Klopp will be Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
This is all building towards current Reds left-back Robertson scoring the game-winner in Paris, isn’t it? Unless FA Cup final hero Kostas Tsimikas scores the decisive penalty again in a shootout, something Alan Kennedy did in the 1984 European Cup final in Rome.
Emails from Richard Beniston: “Is it just me or is there a nun enjoying a drink in that photo? [10:58am] at The Kop bar? I wonder if she is there to support James Milnun and Virgin Mary Van Dyke? Nun puns. That is a habit that we have to get out of.
Speaking of scoring goals in the European Cup/Champions League final in Paris, former Reds left-back Alan Kennedy It’s been a busy man down memory lane this week. Despite being told by Bob Paisley that “the wrong Kennedy was shot” after a poor debut, old Barney Rubble was something of a magical presence for Liverpool in the finals and, of course, scored the winner against Real Madrid in 1981.
A couple of things to keep in mind. First, Liverpool didn’t have a throw-in manager in those days, but surely this is a candidate for one of the best goals scored by one. Kudos to Ray Kennedy for his quick thinking.
Second, that fresh blow from the Madrid defender! Rafael García Cortés was his name. Presumably, he didn’t have a flag that said ‘Spain. Golf. Madrid.” What was the 36 handicap thinking? The repetition behind the goal makes it look 20 times worse.
Former Liverpool and Real Madrid star Steve McManaman has one foot on both sides and get your talk here with Louise Taylor.
He also knows a thing or two about scoring a Champions League last goal in Paris. This was a beauty: his 67th-minute jump volley that put Real Madrid 2-0 up and on the way to a 3-0 victory over Valencia in 2000.
Toni Kroos (the German, not the Colombian dog), Luka Modric and Casemiro will be the starters in midfield of Real Madrid in Paris.
That means Eduardo Camavinga will be back on the bench, but Jonathan Liew says Liverpool must be very careful with Madrid’s super substitute, who has played a key role in their run to the final.
Fans are already gathering in Paris. This was yesterday. Take your time, friend.
The new star of Liverpool, Luis Díaz, was formed and forged in the streets of Barrancas and his mark on the town is evident. This is a wonderful piece about Iñigo Alexander’s Colombian past. The images are also fabulous.
And, can this really be true, the Diaz family dog is named Toni Kroos!
UEFA has been criticized by groups of disabled fans on the number of accessible spaces for wheelchairs in Saturdays Champions League final.
Paul MacInnes reports that there will be 76 wheelchair positions available for Liverpool and Real Madrid fans at the Stade de France, despite the stadium having 550 wheelchair accessible spaces.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has made 50 saves in the Champions League this season, more than any other goalkeeper. Liverpool’s Alisson is 13th with 14 saves. Of course, you can interpret that in two ways.
Without a doubt, Courtois has been worth his weight in gold during Madrid’s crazy road to the final.
Our man in Madrid, Sid Lowe, watches the impact of the Belgian stopper.
Liverpool’s squad selection should be straightforward: pick Ibrahima Konaté and 10 others. Why? The Frenchman has played 28 times for the Reds since he joined RB Leipzig last summer and has never lost. Andy Hunter interviews the central defender, who grew up in a gated community less than 10km from the Stade de France.
Karen Carney anticipates the Champions League final and says that Luis Díaz has to start at Liverpool. He also has praise for two other stars on display in Paris.
Liverpool’s forwards have impressed all season, but their most important player is Virgil van Dijk. He is your most valuable asset. Salah, Mané and Thiago rightfully get a lot of applause, but if I had to pick one player from the Liverpool team, it would be Van Dijk. He will need to be at his best because Liverpool will have to keep Karim Benzema quiet. when I saw Real Madrid at Chelsea, it was a one-man show by Benzema. He is the best player I have seen live in 18 months.