The COVID-19 crisis is undeniably one of the most challenging in modern history.
It’s proving destructive for businesses, families and wellbeing but for us football fans, one of the main problems it’s providing is the lack of football.
With the Premier League suspended until at least April 30th and possibly beyond, close to two months without Liverpool is a tough reality.
It’s a necessary step though and with the clear importance of social distancing and many of us staying indoors, what better way to pass the time than watch classic Liverpool matches from time gone by?
Here’s 10 games we recommend to get you started:
10) 20 Minutes of Madness (Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal – 8th February 2014)
When top of the table Arsenal visited Anfield in February 2014, Liverpool were hoping to show supporters that their surge on the Champions League places was something to get excited about.
With the SAS tandem of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge proving devastating, an impressive Arsenal side appeared to be a real test of the team’s credentials.
To say we proved our worth would be an understatement. In one of the most breathtaking 20 minutes of football you’re likely to see, a Martin Skrtel brace and two fine finishes from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge put us 4-0 up, completely stunning Arsenal in the process.
And it could have easily been 6 or 7, with an insane Luis Suarez volley from 25 yards out smashing the post in what easily would have been one of the great Premier League goals.
The game may peter out a bit from there, but the first 20 minutes is Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool at their clinical best.
9) Klopp’s Broken Glasses (Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool – 23rd January 2016)
If there was one way to describe Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side during it’s very early stages, it would probably be uncontrolled chaos.
While often exciting going forward, Klopp’s failure to yet put a real stamp on the team as well as some of the personnel meant calling us a defensive liability would be putting it kindly.
This uncontrolled chaos couldn’t be more evidenced by the clash with Norwich City in January 2016.
Trailing 3-1 in the 50th minute, it looked to be an embarrassing afternoon against the relegation threatened outfit.
The first signs of those “Mentality Monsters” were clear though (coupled with Norwich’s atrocious defending) as goals from Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino and James Milner saw us gain a 4-3 lead. It all seemed to be in vain though as Sebastian Bassong levelled the score in the 90th minute, with it looking destined to be a frustrating day at Carrow Road.
That is until in the dying seconds of the game, Adam Lallana popped up to score the winner, queueing utter pandemonium and a broken pair of Klopp’s glasses thanks to Christian Benteke.
Steven Caulker acting as a target-man too? This one has it all.
8) Coutinho Rescues Us in Dramatic Title Clash (Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City – April 13th 2014)
You’re going to struggle to find a game that is more of an emotional rollercoaster than this one.
With the poignancy of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster in the air, Liverpool hosted their main title challengers Manchester City at Anfield as they chased an improbable first league title in 24 years.
Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel got us off to the perfect start and we seemed to be coasting to the three points, until 2 goals from Manchester City suggested the occasion had got to us.
But then late on, seemingly from nowhere, Philippe Coutinho capitalised on a Vincent Kompany error to put us ahead and a first Premier League title looked destined to come to fruition.
It may not have happened in the end, but this one is more than worth a watch for the sheer emotion.
7) Rafa’s Reds Run Rampant on Real Madrid (Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid – March 10th 2009)
When Fernando Torres was at his best for Liverpool, he was absolutely untouchable and his performance in this 4-0 rout against Real Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League was one of his finest displays in a Red shirt.
With his partnership with Steven Gerrard in full effect, Liverpool absolutely dismantled the Spanish giants; when Iker Casillas concedes four goals yet is still awarded Man of the Match, it speaks volumes.
With Torres, Gerrard and Andrea Dossena getting on the scoresheet, it was simply scintillating; with Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Pepe Reina, Dirk Kuyt and Jamie Carragher starring as well, this was Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool at their peak.
The fact this 2008/09 Liverpool side didn’t win any silverware remains criminal.
6) The Gerrard Final (Liverpool 3-3 West Ham – May 13th 2006)
Having finished 27 points ahead of West Ham when the two clashed in the FA Cup final at the Millenium Stadium, a second piece of silverware under Rafa Benitez seemed a mere formality for Liverpool.
As we know though, The Reds never do things the easy way; we found ourselves trailing to two goals within 30 minutes, with Alan Pardew’s West Ham side executing their game plan to perfection.
In moments like this, you often need a hero and who was the man for the occasion more than Steven Gerrard?
We’d manage to claw back 2 goals to equalise but when a Paul Konchesky cross floated over Pepe Reina in the 78th minute, the cup seemed to be heading to East London.
However, as he did time and time again, Steven Gerrard stepped up to be the saviour. Despite the searing pain of cramp in his leg, the skipper lashed a 35 yard strike past Shaka Hislop in the 90th minute to send the game to extra-time and an eventual win on penalties.
In a final that has rightly been coined “The Gerrard Final”, this is a performance of monumental proportions from Stevie. An absolute classic.
5) Torres Humiliates United at Old Trafford (Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool – March 14th 2009)
It looked like being a dour afternoon at Old Trafford when Liverpool found themselves 1-0 down to their fiercest rivals during this top-of-the-table clash back in 2009.
Yet, in typical fashion, Fernando Torres managed to get the better of foe Nemanja Vidic to equalise and change the tide of the game completely.
Gerrard converted a penalty, Vidic got sent off, Fabio Aurelio scored a beautiful free-kick and Andrea Dossena lobbed Edwin Van der Sar to compound United and Alex Ferguson’s humiliation.
Torres’ “5 time” salute and Gerrard’s kiss of the camera have become something of Liverpool fable; wins at Old Trafford are rare and they never come as sweet as this.
4) Blistering Liverpool Shock the Centurions (Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City – January 14th 2018)
Man City visited Anfield in January 2018 cruising to the Premier League title and hoping to match Arsenal’s unbeaten season; even so, they knew this would be a test.
They couldn’t have prepared for this though. Fresh off losing Philippe Coutinho in a record £142m sale to Barcelona, Liverpool were relentless, with an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain strike putting us ahead early on.
Then came the 9 minutes of unprecedented madness in the second-half. Roberto Firmino first outmuscled John Stones to put us ahead; a minute later Sadio Mane put a rocket past Ederson; then, from miles out, Mo Salah continued his stunning season to capitalise on Ederson’s poor clearance and put us 4-1 up.
Guardiola’s side were stunned. A late fightback was in vain as the Reds ended City’s invincibility and showed exactly what this team was capable of.
The whole world was on notice.
3) Lovren Seals Unbelievable Dortmund Comeback (Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund – April 14th 2016)
It might have become cliché, but there is nothing quite like Anfield on a European night.
When the whistle blows, something changes at Anfield and no matter the circumstances, anything seems possible. There was no clearer indication of this than the Europa League comeback against Borussia Dortmund.
With Jurgen Klopp facing an emotional first reunion with his former side less than a year after his departure, it seemed set to be a miserable one as goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the Bundesliga outfit 3-1 up on aggregate and silenced the Anfield crowd.
Divock Origi’s glimmer of hope seemed fruitless when Marco Reus added a third and an exit from Europe seemed inevitable.
But then Anfield did what it did best. With less than half an hour remaining, Coutinho got a second, Mamadou Sakho headed in a third and with just minutes left, Dejan Lovren headed home a winner to become the unlikeliest of heroes and send Anfield into bedlam.
Jurgen Klopp told them to “create a night to tell the grandchildren about”. It was that and then some.
2) “Corner Taken Quickly, Origi! (Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona – May 7th 2019)
Speaking of Anfield comebacks, there are none greater than this. Trailing 3-0 in the Champions League semi-final following a clinical display by Barcelona in the first-leg, a place in the final looked virtually impossible. Liverpool had to overcome a three goal deficit without conceding to a side with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Oh, and this was without the injured pair of Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah as well.
Anfield on European nights though? Never count us out.
With an insane atmosphere behind them, an early Divock Origi goal unsettled the Catalans, with their shock furthered when Gini Wijnaldum emerged from the bench to fire two in and equalise off the bench in the space of two minutes.
In what has become stuff of legend already, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s quick-thinking bellied his years as he put in a corner to catch Barcelona off guard which Origi prodded home in front of the Kop to send us to Madrid.
The goosebumps that the post-match “You’ll Never Walk Alone” will generate are completely unparalleled; we know you’ve seen the highlights 1000 times now, but go and watch it in it’s entirety.
1) The Miracle of Istanbul (Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan – May 25th 2005)
Was it seriously going to be anything else at number one?
Liverpool’s hotly anticipated return to the grandest stage in European football in over 20 years looked set to climax in humiliation at half-time. Trailing 3-0 down to one of the greatest sides ever; an AC Milan team boasting the likes of Paolo Maldini, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko, the gulf in class was more than apparent.
Then, in a comeback that still baffles to this day, Liverpool managed to equalise within 9 stunning second-half minutes, sending the game to extra-time, where Jerzy Dudek produced an unbelievable double save then penalty heroics to send a fifth European Cup back to Merseyside.
It is without question the greatest comeback in Champions League, if not football history, and it is no surprise it is still talked about in such glowing terms almost 15 years later.