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Five Anfield comebacks: Former Liverpool stars recall European classics

Five Anfield comebacks: As Liverpool aim for another famous night against Napoli, former stars including Steven Gerrard recall their roles in classics

  • Liverpool are hoping for another famous night under the lights at Anfield
  • They have launched some incredible European comebacks over the years
  • Napoli could join the likes of St Etienne, Olympiacos and Chelsea on Tuesday

Liverpool will be hoping for another famous night under the lights at Anfield on Tuesday night as their Champions League hopes stand on a knife edge.

Victory for Jurgen Klopp‘s side could see Napoli join the likes of St Etienne, Olympiacos and Chelsea in the pantheon of the club’s great European comebacks.

Here the former Liverpool stars who witnessed them look back… 

Joey Jones – St Etienne, 1977

European Cup quarter-final – First leg: 0-1; Second leg: 3-1

It was real pressure and the supporters played their part. 

I’ve watched the game on TV several times recently and I admit that if it were played today, I’d have been sent off for some of my tackles! 

We knew it was going to be special in the morning when we heard crowds were already gathering at Anfield. It was the greatest atmosphere I ever played in.

David Fairclough celebrates scoring Liverpool’s winner against St Etienne in 1977

Jan Molby – Auxerre, 1991

UEFA CUP second round – First leg: 0-2; Second leg: 3-0

There were only 23,000 inside the stadium that night but it felt like 50,000. We hadn’t been playing well but it all came together for us. 

I scored an early penalty and it set us up nicely. Mike Marsh scored the second and then Mark Walters finished it off late on. 

I barely played in Europe for Liverpool, so it is a game I remember with huge affection.

Jan Molby scored an early penalty as Liverpool came back to beat Auxerre in 1991

Jan Molby scored an early penalty as Liverpool came back to beat Auxerre in 1991

Steven Gerrard – Olympiacos, 2004

Champions League group – needed a two-goal win, won 3-1

My crucial late goal is one of my favourites – and one of my best – because of what we went on to achieve. 

If we’d gone out, it would never have been mentioned again. Instead, it became very important.

That goal was the reason I wanted Olympiacos to play in my testimonial.

Steven Gerrard set Liverpool en route to Istanbul with a famous late goal against Olympiacos

Steven Gerrard set Liverpool en route to Istanbul with a famous late goal against Olympiacos

Peter Crouch – Chelsea, 2007

Champions League semi-final – First leg: 0-1; Second Leg: 1-0, won on penalties

The noise stays with me. Everybody talked about the clubs’ first meeting two years before but this was another level to anything I’d experienced. 

We tore at them from the start and Daniel Agger levelled. We had late chances to win but needed penalties. 

The celebrations were incredible. We ended up at a party with Jude Law!

Liverpool overcame Chelsea in a second Champions League semi-final in three years in 2007

Liverpool overcame Chelsea in a second Champions League semi-final in three years in 2007

Jordan Henderson – Borussia Dortmund, 2016

Europa League quarter-final – First leg: 1-1; Second leg: 4-3

I was injured and watched from the stand as we came back from 2-0 and 3-1 down in the second leg. 

I went through the emotions the fans do. 

When Phil Coutinho made it 3-2, we went for it and when Dejan Lovren scored the winner, I raced down the stairs – well, hobbled – on my crutches to join the celebrations.

Dejan Lovren scored a dramatic late winner as Liverpool beat Borussia Dortmund in 2016

Dejan Lovren scored a dramatic late winner as Liverpool beat Borussia Dortmund in 2016

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