Liverpool Comes Alive for Champions League

Matthew SchiffmanAnalyst IApril 15, 2008

For some reason it seems to happen every year.

Liverpool plays a solid season in the English Premier League, winning most games they’re supposed to win and usually losing the ones they’re supposed to lose.

But in the middle of all that is Champions League play. And that is when Liverpool makes their presence known.

On April 22nd Liverpool will be making another appearance in the UEFA Champions League semi final when they host Premier League rival Chelsea in the first leg.

Liverpool haven’t beaten Chelsea in Premier League play this year, recording a 1-1 draw at home early in the season, drawing 0-0 at Chelsea and also losing 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup.   

But that won’t deter the Liverpool side who ousted Chelsea in the semi final round last year on penalty kicks before losing in the final of the Champions League 2-1 to Italian powerhouse AC Milan.

Liverpool currently sits fourth in the Premier League standings behind Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal.

But in the Champions League it has been a different story, with Liverpool tearing through the competition. On the way, they have recorded impressive victories with wins over Marseille, Porto, and an 8-0 drumming of Turkish squad Besiktas. 

In the quarter finals Liverpool got a key 1-1 draw at Anfield and then scored two late goals at home in the second leg to win 4-2 and send home a different English rival, Arsenal.

If Chelsea hope to conquer Liverpool then they will be fighting history. Liverpool’s Champions League resume is undeniable and Chelsea is fully aware of it.

One thing that Chelsea hope to change is Liverpool’s claim as the English club that has most recently hoisted the UEFA Champions League trophy.

Three years ago Liverpool overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit against AC Milan to send the game to penalty kicks. There, the English side prevailed.

But Chelsea will not be alone in their quest to rewrite history. Currently Premier League leader, Manchester United, sits on the opposite side of the draw, facing Barcelona in the other semi final match up.

Manchester United is red-hot heading into the final stretch of Champions League play. 

Cristiano Ronaldo, with 27 goals in all competitions on the season, leads the Reds’ unstoppable offense. Manchester United has recorded 70 goals in 33 Premier League games, making them far and away the most prolific offensive club in England.

And with England sending three of the four final teams into Europe’s most renowned club tournament, that is saying something. That’s why many soccer experts are picking Manchester United to win the cup for the first time since 1999.

But, it is Champions League and anything can happen.

Especially when Liverpool is entered into the equation.


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