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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 May, 2005, 23:30 GMT 00:30 UK
Liverpool write historic chapter
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer

Liverpool completed a remarkable comeback to beat AC Milan 3-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw, in their return to the final of Europe's premier club competition for the first time in 20 years.

They had won the European Cup on four other occasions, the previous time coming against AS Roma on their own ground in Rome 21 years ago.

And their last appearance in the final came a year later in the ill-fated clash with Juventus at the Heysel Stadium.

The game ended in a 1-0 defeat, but the game is now only remembered for the deaths of 39 fans in the aftermath of rioting in the crumbling Brussels arena.

Here, BBC Sport takes a look back at Liverpool's other appearances in the final after they claimed their fifth triumph to put the most famous trophy in European football on permanent display at Anfield.

1977 - LIVERPOOL 3-1 BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH

Liverpool claimed their first European Cup just four days after the agony of losing the FA Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley.

Terry McDermott finished off a flowing move to give Liverpool a first-half lead, but Allan Simonsen equalised for the Germans shortly after the break.

Liverpool rallied and after 64 minutes, veteran defender Tommy Smith scored a rare headed goal.

Phil Neal added a third from the spot after Kevin Keegan, playing his final game for the club before a 500,000 move to Hamburg, was fouled by Berti Vogts, who he had tormented throughout the game.

Liverpool: Clemence, Neal, Jones, Smith, Kennedy, Hughes, Keegan, Case, Heighway, McDermott, Callaghan.

1978 - LIVERPOOL 1-0 FC BRUGES

Liverpool retained the European Cup after a tight and tense final at Wembley against a dogged Bruges side seemingly intent on forcing a penalty shoot-out.

Kenny Dalglish scored the winner after 65 minutes, chipping home after a delightful Graeme Souness pass.

Dalglish had replaced Kevin Keegan, who had left for Hamburg, and it was his 30th goal of an outstanding season.

It meant Emlyn Hughes became the first English captain to lift the famous old trophy in successive seasons.

Liverpool: Clemence, Neal, Thompson, Hansen, Kennedy, Hughes, Dalglish, Case (Heighway), Fairclough, McDermott, Souness

1981 - LIVERPOOL 1-0 REAL MADRID

Liverpool won a war of attrition against a Real Madrid side that could not be counted alongside their greats.

Bob Paisley's team had several players carrying injuries at the Parc de Princes in Paris, but their grit and determination wore Real down.

Graeme Souness won a gruelling midfield battle with German hard man Uli Stielike and Liverpool grabbed the winner with nine minutes left.

Alan Kennedy latched on to a throw-in from namesake Ray, and raced into the area to score from a tight angle.

Liverpool: Clemence, Neal, A Kennedy, Thompson, R Kennedy, Hansen, Dalglish (Case), Lee, Johnson, McDermott, Souness.

1984 - AS ROMA 1-1 LIVERPOOL (LIVERPOOL WON 4-2 ON PENALTIES)

Liverpool won a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Roma after the game ended level after 90 minutes.

Phil Neal put Liverpool ahead on their opponents' home ground after 14 minutes with a close-range finish after he arrived unmarked in the penalty area.

Roberto Pruzzo levelled just before half-time and a tight game finished in stalemate.

After Steve Nicol was off target with Liverpool's opening kick, Bruce Grobbelaar's antics prompted a miss from Graziani and defender Alan Kennedy was the match-winning hero again with the winning penalty.

Liverpool: Grobbelaar, Neal, Kennedy, Lawrenson, Whelan, Hansen, Dalglish (Robinson), Lee, Rush, Johnston (Nicol), Souness.

1985 - JUVENTUS 1-0 LIVERPOOL

This European Cup final is remembered for the death of 39 fans following crowd violence at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels rather than Juventus' victory.

A wall collapsed in the delapidated stadium after supporters' rioted, and Uefa officials decided the game should go ahead to avoid further trouble.

The game itself was a low-key affair, which was settled by Michel Platini's controversial second-half penalty.

Juve's celebrations were muted and English clubs were banned from Europe.

Liverpool: Grobbelaar, Neal, Beglin, Lawrenson (Gillespie), Nicol, Hansen, Dalglish, Whelan, Rush, Walsh (Johnston), Wark.




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