Liverpool have a knack of beating Barcelona in European semi-finals as on April 19, 2001 they booked their spot in the UEFA Cup final with a 1-0 victory over the Spanish side.
Here, the PA news agency takes a closer look at the Reds’ cup successes of 2000/01.
Edging Barca out
Goalfest in Germany
If the semi-final was lacking thrill, then the final against Alaves certainly made up for it as Liverpool got their hands on the UEFA Cup for the first time since 1976. It should have been a routine evening in Dortmund as the Reds surged into a 3-1 half-time lead thanks to goals from Markus Babbel, Steven Gerrard and McAllister. But the Spanish side hit back early in the second half and, after Robbie Fowler had restored Liverpool’s advantage, former Manchester United winger Jordi Cruyff scored a leveller at the death to send it into extra time. Alaves capitulated, though, and had two men sent off in extra-time, with Liverpool claiming glory thanks to a 117th-minute golden goal as Delfi Geli headed into his own net.