Speaking of Istanbul…
Jerzy Dudek had been a Liverpool player for four years by the time the Reds reached the 2005 Champions League Final, and he took his place in goal in the Turkish capital having competed with Chris Kirkland and Scott Carson to don the gloves all season.
The Pole had had an up-and-down Reds career, with high profile errors and moments to remember such as the man-of-the-match performance in the 2003 League Cup Final win over Manchester United.
He was powerless to prevent AC Milan cutting the Reds to ribbons in the first half in Istanbul, but just as Milan’s red and black ribbons were being put on the famous European Cup trophy, Liverpool amazingly stormed back.
Having taken the match to extra-time, Liverpool then had Dudek to thank for an astonishing, physics-defying save from Andriy Shevchenko in the dying moments, before the goalkeeper called upon the spirit of Bruce Grobbelaar and his "wobbly legs"—a tactic used by the goalkeeper when the Reds won the trophy on penalties against Roma in Rome in 1984—to put off the Milan penalty takers in the shootout.
Dudek saved from Andrea Pirlo and then Shevchenko to secure the most remarkable European Cup Final win of all time, with the Pole etching himself into both Liverpool and football history.
He stayed at the club for another two years, but the arrival of Pepe Reina—which had been all but secured before Istanbul—saw him shunted to the sidelines, but never to be forgotten.