Memorable Liverpool comebacks as Reds look to overturn Real Madrid deficit

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Liverpool need another famous comeback to progress in the Champions League on Wednesday after their 3-1 quarter-final first leg defeat to Real Madrid.

Here, the PA news agency examines other classic comebacks for the Anfield club.

Liverpool 3 AC Milan 3 (Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties, Champions League final, Istanbul, May 2005)

Soccer – UEFA Champions League – Final – AC Milan v Liverpool – Ataturk Olympic Stadium
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard lifts the Champions League trophy after an astonishing win (Phil Noble/PA)

Paolo Maldini gave Milan a first-minute lead, and two goals from Hernan Crespo put the Italian giants in a seemingly unassailable position at the interval.

Reds captain Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool hope, and Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso levelled in a seven-minute spell. Jerzy Dudek then saved from Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko in the shoot-out to clinch a stunning

Liverpool 3 West Ham 3 (Liverpool won 3-1 on penalties, FA Cup final, Cardiff, May 2006)

Steven Gerrard inspired a dramatic comeback victory against West Ham (David Davies/PA Images)
Gerrard inspired the Reds’ comeback against West Ham (David Davies/PA)

The Reds captain’s second goal salvaged a 3-3 draw at the last, after West Ham had thrown away a 2-0 first-half lead. Jamie Carragher’s own goal and Dean Ashton’s finish had the Hammers in control, before Djibril Cisse cut the deficit before the break.

Gerrard levelled the tie at 2-2 before Paul Konchesky struck to edge the Londoners into that 3-2 lead which the Liverpool skipper cruelly snatched away at the death. Liverpool then prevailed 3-1 on penalties, only Teddy Sheringham finding the net from West Ham’s four efforts, with John Arne Riise firing the decisive spot-kick.

Liverpool 3 Olympiacos 1 (Champions League Group Stage, Anfield, December 2004)

Steven Gerrard also inspired their win over Olympiacos (Phil Noble/PA Images)
Gerrard also inspired Liverpool’s win over Olympiacos (Phil Noble/PA)

Florent Sinama Pongolle put the Reds back on terms after the break, before Neil Mellor edged Liverpool into the 2-1 lead with nine minutes to play. And then up popped Gerrard, firing home from 20 yards to secure that two-goal victory margin, with just four minutes of normal time remaining.

Liverpool 4 Newcastle 3 (Premier League, Anfield, April 1996)

Stan Collymore's finish sealed a 4-3 win over Newcastle (David Kendall/PA Images)
Stan Collymore’s finish sealed a 4-3 win over Newcastle (David Kendall/PA)

Robbie Fowler struck for Liverpool after just two minutes, before Les Ferdinand and David Ginola had Newcastle leading 2-1 inside quarter-hour. Fowler equalised after the break, only for Faustino Asprilla to put Newcastle 3-2 ahead before the hour-mark.

Stan Collymore grabbed his first goal with little more than 20 minutes to play to tie the game at 3-3. And just when Newcastle thought they could escape Anfield with a point the former Nottingham Forest striker slotted home Liverpool’s winner. Footage of Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan slumped over in
the dugout still encapsulate a breathless night.

Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 3 (Europa League, Anfield, April 2016)

Dejan Lovren headed in late on against Dortmund at Anfield (Peter Byrne/PA Images)
Dejan Lovren headed in late on against Dortmund at Anfield (Peter Byrne/PA Images)

A finish from Divock Origi was all the hosts had to show for their efforts on an evening when Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus gave an impressively strong Dortmund team a convincing lead.

With 25 minutes remaining they still required three goals, but Philippe Coutinho’s low shot and then Mamadou Sakho’s header put them on course for so unlikely a victory.

Dejan Lovren’s stoppage-time header, from James Milner’s cross, secured exactly that. Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel said after the match: “If I could explain it then something logical would have happened. You can’t explain it.”

Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Champions League, Anfield, May 2019)

Liverpool v Barcelona – UEFA Champions League – Semi Final – Second Leg – Anfield
Liverpool’s Divock Origi scored the crucial fourth against Barcelona (Peter Byrne/PA)

Divock Origi started the comeback when he opened the scoring after seven minutes and Georginio Wijnaldum netted twice in 122 seconds to turn the tie.

Origi’s second 11 minutes from time, after Trent Alexander-Arnold caught out Barcelona with a quick corner, sent Jurgen Klopp’s side into the final – where they would beat Tottenham 2-0.

It was the first time since 1986 – when Barcelona knocked out IFK Gothenburg – that a team had overturned a three-goal first-leg deficit to win a semi-final in the competition.

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