Liverpool FC: 6 Years on from Istanbul, How Does Today's Team Compare to 2005?

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Liverpool FC: 6 Years on from Istanbul, How Does Today's Team Compare to 2005?
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OK, I was meant to do this on the 25th, but exam revision meant I wasn't able to. So whilst reading this, please pretend it is still the 25th. It will feel much more nostalgic then.

Six years ago, Liverpool had their fairytale ending in what was their greatest triumph since the last league title. Nobody fancied the Reds, falling behind in the league and rarely having any input in the title race. The treble of 2001 was a turning point, but May 25th, 2005, was the day the red half of Merseyside started to believe again.

Many times during the campaign, Liverpool looked down and out but somehow managed to conjure up a moment of magic which left us all believing. From being 1-0 down against Olympiakos at Anfield needing three goals to go through to the knockout stages. Two of those came from unlikely sources, but Captain Fantastic, Steven Gerrard, fired home that goal that sent the Kop wild.

Further successes against Bayer Leverkusen and a phenomenal display at Juventus set up the English semifinal between Liverpool and that seasons Premier League champions, Chelsea. A Luis Garcia goal early on in the horrifically tense second leg set up a final with AC Milan at the Ataturk Stadium in what was their first final since 1985.

Now I really shouldn't have to explain the rest: 3-0 down, six-minute comeback, Jerzy Dudek double save, penalty kick heroics. But how do those players who won the 2005 Champions League compare to the team that finished this seasons Premier League sixth and without European football for 2011/2012?

This will be done in the 4-5-1 formation that is used regularly today and was used at kick off of the Champions League Final. Stats courtesy of 

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