Liverpool 2016 Europa League XI Vs 2005 Champions League winning side: Player vs Player RatingsPublished April 28, 2016
Liverpool head into their Europa League semi-final first leg tie against Villarreal on Thursday night, with an unforgettable quarter-final encounter against Borussia Dortmund still fresh on everyone’s mind.
Remarkable comebacks have long been part of the Anfield folklore and it was Liverpool’s most famous European revival – the UEFA Champions League triumph in Istanbul in 2005 – that Jürgen Klopp referenced during his half-time team talk on Merseyside two weeks ago.
With that in mind, we have decided to rate and compare the starting XI from Liverpool’s famous night in Istanbul to that of the starting XI who produced a miraculous comeback against Dortmund a fortnight ago.
Liverpool Istanbul 2005
Jerzy Dudek – 6.5
Will forever be an Istanbul hero, but he always seemed to have an error in him.
Steve Finnan – 7.5
Solid as a rock but not very dynamic going forward.
Sami Hyypia – 8
Endeared himself to the Anfield faithful with some extremely reliable performances.
Djimi Traore – 6.5
Despite making 100 appearances on Merseyside, the Malian full-back never truly made the grade.
Jamie Carragher – 9
MR Reliable. The iconic Anfield legend was an exceptional defender.
John Arne Riise –7.5
Was always a constant threat going forward during his time on Merseyside, and always had an eye for a stunning goal.
Steven Gerrard – 9.5
MR Liverpool – The former Liverpool captain will go down as one of the best midfielders of his generation.
Luis Garcia – 8
Possessed plenty of skill and was known for scoring exquisite goals.
Xabi Alonso – 8.5
The Spaniard possessed so much skill, trickery, and graceful technique for a ball winning midfielder.
Harry Kewell – 7
The Australian had bags of talent but an injury hit career disrupted any real progression at Anfield.
Milan Baros – 6.5
Worked hard, but ultimately failed to reach his full potential on Merseyside.
Liverpool XI v Dortmund 2016
Simon Mignolet – 7
Despite the occasional clanger, the Belgian is a decent shot stopper and has the potential to improve.
Alberto Moreno – 7.5
The Spaniard has bags of pace and is excellent going forward. Defensively a bit suspect.
Mamadou Sakho – 7.5
One day he’s brilliant and the next he’s totally inept, needs more consistency to take his game to another level.
Dejan Lovren – 7
The Croatian might be more steady than Sakho at times, but he does not have the potential to be as good as the Frenchman.
Nathaniel Clyne 8.5
Arguably Liverpool’s best defender. The England international is solid in defence and great going forward.
Emre Can – 8
A real workhorse in midfield. The German has the potential to be a vital player for both club and country for years to come.
James Milner – 7.5
Tireless midfielder, who always gives 100% for the cause. Absolute bargain for the Anfield side.
Adam Lallana – 7.5
Full of trickery and creativity, but is still yet to find any real consistency to his game. Bags of potential.
Philippe Coutinho – 8.5
The Brazilian magician has turned into a real talisman at Anfield. Creativity, trickery, pace, composure, he has it all.
Roberto Firmino – 7.5
Took time to settle on Merseyside but his form since the turn of the year makes him look like a real shrewd acquisition.
Divock Origi – 7
Finally looks like a player capable of fulfilling his potential. His strength and power make him a real asset.