Champions League: Where are Liverpool's heroes of Istanbul from 2005 now?

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

Liverpool return to Istanbul, scene of one of their greatest triumphs 14 years ago, for Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea.

Rafael Benitez’s side famously came from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties in the 2005 Champions League final.

Here, PA looks at what happened to the personnel involved for the Anfield club that night.

JERZY DUDEK

Dudek

Left Liverpool in 2007 to become Iker Casillas’ deputy at Real Madrid, where he spent four seasons before retiring in 2011.

STEVE FINNAN

Spent an injury-affected season at Espanyol after leaving Anfield in 2008 and then joined Portsmouth, retiring after their 2010 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea. Currently involved with London-based construction firm Finnan Developments.

DJIMI TRAORE

After spells at Charlton, Birmingham, Monaco and Marseille, the much-maligned Frenchman spent two years in the United States with the Seattle Sounders before retiring in 2014. He is now one of the assistant coaches with the Major League soccer club.

SAMI HYYPIA

After an emotional Anfield farewell in 2009, Hyypia headed to Bayer Leverkusen where he finished his playing career before becoming assistant manager and then manager.

After being sacked in April 2014 he became Brighton boss in June but lasted just six months. He spent the 2015/16 season in charge of Swiss side FC Zurich before being dismissed. He now has a keen interest in ice hockey and motocross.

JAMIE CARRAGHER

The centre-back retired in 2013 after 737 appearances for the club and has since become a pundit with Sky Sports.

JOHN ARNE RIISE

Riise spent three years with Roma after leaving Anfield in 2008 before returning to England with Fulham and went on to have spells with APOEL in Cyprus, Indian club Delhi Dynamos, Norwegian outfit Aalesund and Indian side Chennaiyin before hanging up his boots. He had a brief spell as technical director of Maltese club Birkirkara earlier this year before resigning due to personal reasons.

STEVEN GERRARD

Jamie_Steven

The final player from that night in Istanbul to depart Anfield, Gerrard left his boyhood club in 2015 to tackle a new challenge with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He spent a year in America before retiring in November 2016, and 18 months later was handed the managerial reins at Scottish club Rangers.

LUIS GARCIA

After his departure for Atletico Madrid in 2007, the Spaniard spent two seasons in the Spanish capital before spells at Racing Santander, Panathinaikos and Mexican sides Puebla Club and Universidad Nacional. Announced his retirement in January 2014 only to make a short-lived comeback for newly formed Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata, with another brief stint following in Australia with the Central Coast Mariners in 2016.

XABI ALONSO

Played a pivotal role for Real Madrid for five seasons after his Liverpool exit in 2009, culminating in the club’s 10th Champions League victory in 2014. Went on to spend three years patrolling Bayern Munich’s midfield. Returned to Madrid to coach Real’s under-14s in 2018 before moving last month back to his first professional club, Real Sociedad, to take charge of their youth team.

HARRY KEWELL

The Australian left Anfield for Galatasaray in 2008 for three seasons and returned home to play for Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart – either side of a short spell with Qatari’s Al-Gharafa – where he retired in March 2014. Has since taken his first steps in management with Watford’s youth team, Crawley and most recently Notts County.

MILAN BAROS

Left for Aston Villa immediately after the Istanbul win and later played for Lyon, Portsmouth and Galatasaray before three times rejoining Banik Ostrava – the club he originally left for Anfield – amid stints with Turkish side Antalyaspor and Czech outfits Mlada Boleslav and Slovan Liberec.

DIETMAR HAMANN

Hamann

Left for Manchester City after Liverpool’s 2006 FA Cup win, having initially agreed to join Bolton, before finishing his playing career in 2011 at Milton Keynes Dons where he was player-coach. Joined Leicester as first-team coach before a short, ill-fated spell as manager of newly relegated Conference Premier side Stockport. Now a media pundit.

VLADIMIR SMICER

His last Liverpool appearance was the final, in which he scored, and his career could never match up to those heights. He spent two seasons with Bordeaux before returning to his first professional club Slavia Prague and retiring in May 2010.

DJIBRIL CISSE

Enjoyed a nomadic existence after leaving Anfield in 2006, with stints at Marseille, Sunderland, Panathinaikos, Lazio, QPR, Al-Gharafa and Kuban Krasnodar before returning to his homeland with Bastia and then briefly Saint-Pierroise. Having announced his retirement due to injury in October 2015, he hoped to make a comeback but announced his retirement again in February 2017 and told Yahoo Sport, where he was set to work as a pundit: “I’m going to give myself body and soul to my career as a DJ, a producer, and as a pundit, as well as develop my line of clothing.” He came out of retirement again to play for Swiss side Yverdon two years ago and then Italian Serie D team AC Vicenza 1902 last year.

Manager: RAFAEL BENITEZ

Disagreements with the owners and failing results resulted in the Spaniard leaving Anfield in 2010. A similar scenario saw him get sacked after just six months in charge at Inter Milan. Resurfaced as Chelsea interim manager, succeeding Roberto Di Matteo, and despite being deeply unpopular at Stamford Bridge because of his Liverpool connections led them to Europa League glory. Joined Napoli in the summer of 2013, winning the Coppa Italia in his first season, and guiding them to within one goal of the 2015 Europa League final. Named Real Madrid boss in June 2015 but lasted little over six months, before in March 2016 being handed the Newcastle reins. Could not save the Magpies from relegation but guided them straight back up, before stepping down when his contract expired in June this year. Named manager of Chinese side Dalian Yifang last month.

Copy provided by Press Association Sport

Most popular

Roma close in on Liverpool defender as Reds look to clear pathway for youngsters

David Cooper 13/08/2019
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren is set to leave Liverpool with Roma closing in on a £15 million move for the centre-back, according to Goal.

Lovren has fallen way down the pecking order and is considered the fourth-choice centre-back behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

The 30-year-old is also standing in the way of Liverpool’s next generation as Ki-Jana Hoever and summer recruit Sepp van den Berg will be given a clear pathway to the first team if the Croatian departs.

Lovren joined the Reds in a £20m deal back in 2014 but injury and inconsistent form has blighted his career on Merseyside.

He was left out of the squad for Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich and has not travelled to Istanbul for the Super Cup clash with Chelsea on Wednesday.

According to the report, Lovren is seeking more first-team action and the club are willing to see his needs met, providing the right offer arrives.

There is cover at centre-back for Liverpool with Fabinho capable of filling in while the two 17-year-old defenders, Hoever and Van den Berg, continue their development.

Most popular

Jurgen Klopp does not want to dwell on Liverpool's Champions League success

Ian Parke 10/08/2019
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Jurgen Klopp is determined to put last season’s Champions League success to bed and focus on the challenges to come, even as his side look forward to a week full of reminders ahead of Wednesday’s European Super Cup against Chelsea.

Liverpool boss Klopp looked bemused after Friday’s 4-1 victory over Norwich in their Premier League opener when asked why the team had not paraded the European Cup prior to kick off.

“Nobody told me I had to,” Klopp said. “I touched the European Cup on the match day and the day after, and since then, no.

“I didn’t have a reason to. I know how it feels, and people know how it looks. If somebody expected (something before kick-off) they should have told me, and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have done it because we are now in the new season.”

Liverpool now travel to Istanbul to face Europa League winners Chelsea in Wednesday’s Super Cup, so Klopp will no doubt face plenty more questions relating to his side’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid on June 1.

The Kop were loud and proud about their status as six-time European Champions on Friday night, but Klopp says he has moved on.

“Enough celebrations,” he said. “Nobody has to congratulate me anymore, even though still they are doing it.

“I’m really fine with everything I heard about it. Now let’s play the new season.”

Liverpool certainly did not look like a side dwelling on their successes as they tore into Norwich, capitalising on the gift of Grant Hanley’s seventh-minute own goal to score four times in the first half with Mo Salah, Virgil Van Dijk and Divock Origi also on the scoresheet.

It was the sort of performance which suggests they are ready to once again push title favourites Manchester City to the wire after missing out by a single point last campaign.

But the intensity did not continue in the second half as a couple of chances went begging before Norwich began to assert themselves, pulling a goal back through Teemu Pukki.

“We are early in the season and some mistakes happen that will not happen during the season,” Klopp said.

“But it’s all good. If somebody would have told me before the game we would win 4-1, I would have taken it easily.

“If somebody would have told me we’d play the first 60 minutes like we played tonight, I’d say, ‘OK, I take it’.”

However, there was a significant setback on the night with goalkeeper Alisson Becker limping off before the break with a calf injury, forcing Adrian into making his debut just four days after signing as a free agent, and leaving Klopp with a potential headache at the back.

Norwich had plenty of headaches in the first 45 minutes as Liverpool punished the slightest mistake at the back but manager Daniel Farke said he could only be proud of his players and their attacking intent as they had 12 shots, five of which were on target.

“We showed great character to come out and win the second half after being 4-0 down at Anfield,” he said.

“We caused them many, many problems and I’ve been told no team had as many shots on goal last season at Anfield as we had. I can’t criticise my lads too much.

“I’m in love with this team, and in love with this club, and in love with these fans. Although we lost this game, we showed today why we are so special.”

Provided by Press Association Sports

Most popular