Liverpool in Champions League action is one of the most historical views in the world of football. No other team in Europe has the same relationship as the English giants. The nights at Anfield with every fan singing along to ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is one of the most famous sights in the world, which catches all the imaginations of all followers of the club, as well as striking fear into the visiting team. The Liverpool Champions League fixtures at Anfield are unique, and there is nothing else like it.
Liverpool Champions League tickets sell out within seconds, and the form the club save their best form of the season for this competition. This is evident by the fact that they have reached the final of the Champions League in each of the two seasons, while their dominant streak in the mid-70s is something that still hasn’t been surpassed. During that period, the club won the UEFA Cup and two European Cups. They have also reached a further three Champions League finals before being defeated in the one-off game.
The 2019/20 campaign will begin with Liverpool among the bookmakers’ favourites to win the competition for a second consecutive season, since the players that they possess and the way that they play suits how teams can win the competition. Their classic win over Barcelona at Anfield in the 2018-19 semi-final highlighted that. They came back from a 3-0 defeat in the first leg to win 4-0 at Anfield. The betting, including Liverpool bets, will be encouraged that this dominance over the European heavyweights will continue.
Liverpool Champions League History
- 1964-65: SF
- 1966-67: R2
- 1973-74: R2
- 1976-77: Winners
- 1977-78: Winners
- 1978-79: R1
- 1979-80: R1
- 1980-81: Winners
- 1981-82: QF
- 1982-83: QF
- 1983-84: Winners
- 1984-85: Runners-up
- 2001-02: QF
- 2002-03: Grp
- 2004-05: Winners
- 2005-06: R16
- 2006-07: Runners-up
- 2007-08: SF
- 2008-09: QF
- 2009-10: Grp
- 2014-15: Grp
- 2017-18: Runners-up
- 2018-19: Winners
Liverpool Champions League Winner
Liverpool in Champions League 1976-77
The very first success that Liverpool achieved in the European Cup era came in the 1976-77 season. This Liverpool Champions League win marked the beginning of an era of dominance of English teams in the competition; as the winner was from England in each of the next six seasons; an achievement that has never been matched since, with Liverpool reaching five finals in nine years. This specific season the Reds overcame fierce competition by narrowly beating Trabzonspor and Saint Ettiene to reach the semi-final.
At that stage, the club showcased one of their best performances of all-time to hammer FC Zurich 6-1 on aggregate. In the final, they effortless beat Bayern Monchengladbach. The goals in the final were scored by Terry McDermott, Tommy Smith and Phil Neal.
Liverpool in Champions League 1977-78
Hot on the heels from their first success the club reached their second consecutive Champions League final. It was an era that was unlike any for the club as they would win their fourth European honour in three seasons. They had begun this era of dominance with a win in the UEFA Cup final and sandwiched in between their European Cup wins was a Super Cup win. However, this performance in the 1978 final was a more controlled one from Liverpool in a Champions League final.
The Reds beat Dynamo Dresden and Benfica to set up a mouth-watering semi-final against the season previous final opponents in Monchengladbach. Liverpool were effective in their work this time around once again. The bookmakers had Liverpool as the heavy favourites for the tie as no other team had conceded less and scored more goals than the Reds. Those odds were vindicated as Liverpool ran out 4-2 winners over the two legs. The final that season was played at Wembley and saw Liverpool go head to head with Club Brugge.
The Belgium side were rank outsiders to lift the famous trophy after unexpectedly reaching this stage. Bookmakers were offering prices as high as 5/1 for the Brugge win. However, it was once again to be Liverpool Champions League winning team. It was a hard-fought matchup between the sides, and there was only one goal separating the rivals. Kenny Dalglish scored the only goal of the game after 64 minutes, in front of 92,000 fans. It also marked the first of six finals in a row that would finish 1-0.
Liverpool in Champions League Stats
Liverpool Champions League trophies – 6
Liverpool Champions League finals – 9
Liverpool in Champions League 1980-81
After surprisingly being knocked out in the first round of the following two Champions League seasons; the Reds once again returned to the summit in the 1981 final. It was a consistent era during the Champions League as the same four teams won the competition between the space of 11 years. The other teams that got winners medals in this era included Ajax, Bayern Munich, and Nottingham Forest. Liverpool Champions League group was a robust process, but they safely got through, before beating Aberdeen and CSKA Sofia to set up a clash with Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.
It was a tense evening at Anfield which ended in a goalless draw before a 1-1 draw in Munich saw that Liverpool progressed to the final by virtue of the away goals rule. This result ensured that the final would be competed between two powerhouses of the European game. Real Madrid met Liverpool in Champions League final at the Parc des Princes. It was a tight matchup between two teams that were difficult to separate in the betting markets, but eventually, an Alan Kennedy goal five minutes from the end made sure of a third European success for the Anfield club.
Liverpool in Champions League 1983-84
The Reds quickly added a fourth European crown three years later as they faced off against AS Roma in the Stadio Olimpico. It was a rare occasion where the team in the final were actually playing in their home stadium; although that didn’t play as big of a part in the final as first feared by Liverpool fans. Liverpool heavily beat Benfica in the quarterfinals, before beating Dinamo Bucuresti 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-final. The final against Roma was an epic fixture between two titans, and the betting markets made Liverpool the outsiders since it was being played in Rome.
However, Liverpool upset all the odds after being tested by a fluid and expansive Roma side. Phillip Neal opened the scoring after 13 minutes before Roberto Pruzzo levelled the scored just before half time. The match went to penalties, and two misses from Roma players handed the Reds the chance to cement another European crown. Kennedy stepped up and calmly slotted past the Roma goalkeeper.
Liverpool in Champions League 1984-85
The following season Liverpool were back again to try and secure consecutive Champions League titles. However, they lost 1-0 after a Michel Platini penalty. The final will forever go down as one of the worst disasters to occur in a football stadium, as 39 people died and a further 600 people were injured following Liverpool fans pressing against the wall in the Heysel Stadium. The consequences from this meant that the English teams were banned from European competition for five years, with Liverpool banned for an additional year.
It ended an era of dominance for the club, and they wouldn’t get their hands on the famous trophy for the next 20 years.
Liverpool Champions League Records
- Most appearances in European competition: Jamie Carragher, 150
- Most goals in European competition: Steven Gerrard, 41
- Most yellow cards in European competition: Steven Gerrard, 10
- Most red cards in European competition: Lazar Markovic, 1
- Most assists in European competition: Steven Gerrard, 14
- First European match: Liverpool 6-0 Knattspyrnufelag, 17th August 1964
- Biggest win: Liverpool 11-0 Stromsgodset, 17th September 1974
- Biggest defeat: Liverpool 1-5 Ajax, 7th December 1966
Liverpool in Champions League 2004-05
The most famous Liverpool season in the Champions League came in the 2004-05 season. It was a gripping campaign by the club, which was nearly ended in group stage as they needed a last-minute Steven Gerrard goal at Anfield to avoid being knocked out at the hands of Greek side Olympiacos. Fortunately for the Reds, they were handed a comfortable tie against Bayern Leverkusen in the next round. They progressed passed them, before then knocking out another German side in Bayern Munich.
Liverpool were handed another piece of luck in their semi-final clash against Chelsea. The first leg ended 0-0 at Stamford Bridge, but the game turned on a strange decision by the officials to award a goal for a shot that never crossed the line. Chelsea were unable to reply to this knockback, and the Reds were on their way to face AC Milan in Istanbul.
The final will be forever remembered as one of the best sporting comebacks of all time. The heavy favourites in the betting, AC Milan took a comfortable 3-0 lead into half-time, but Liverpool refused to give up. Within 15 minutes of the second half, they were back on level terms after goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso. The game entered a nervy period of extra time which ended with neither side scoring. AC Milan missed three of their five spot-kicks; with the deciding moment coming when Andriy Shevchenko firing his penalty straight at the legs of Jerzy Dudek. It was a fifth European Cup for Liverpool.
Liverpool Champions League 2018
Following that night in Istanbul, Liverpool went onto lose successive Champions League finals. The first came in 2007 as AC Milan gained retribution with a 2-1 win. The most recent defeat came at the hands of Real Madrid in 2018, in a fixture where Liverpool went into the game as the narrow outsiders. Mohamed Salah was pulled out of them after 15 minutes with an elbow injury, and that ruined any chance the Reds had of winning the title.
Karim Benzema scored just after the break before Sadio Mane replied three minutes later. However, the game was turned on its head with the introduction of Gareth Bale. Within minutes he scored an unbelievable overhead kick that flew past the Liverpool goalkeeper. Bale would add a third later in the game, but the damage was done when Salah was forced off.
Liverpool in Champions League 2018-19
The Reds didn’t have to wait much longer to get their hands on a sixth triumph. Twelve months after their defeat in the final at the hands of Madrid, the Reds were back in the final once again. This time they faced off against fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the second all-English Champions League final.
The fixture itself was a less than entertaining occasion, but the favourites in the betting reigned supreme. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring from the spot inside two minutes before Divock Origi made sure of the win ten minutes from time. The win ensured that Jurgen Klopp became just the fourth manager to win the Champions League with Liverpool.
Liverpool in Champions League 2019-20
The new season will begin with Liverpool among the leading contenders to retain their crown. The bookmakers will be smart to do this as the forward line that the club has in Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino would be enough to trouble any of the best defences in Europe. Meanwhile, Liverpool are also defensively solid and shown their ability to keep the best players quality in the Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona at Anfield. In Virgil van Dijk they have the best central defender in the world, and Allison is among the best goalkeepers in the world. Punters could do a lot worse than betting on Liverpool to win the Champions League in 2019-20.
You can read more about Liverpool’s Europa League history here.