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banner Wednesday, 16 May, 2001, 22:12 GMT 23:12 UK
Houllier acclaims Euro triumph
Gary McAllister celebrates Liverpool's third
Gary McAllister celebrates Liverpool's third
Manager Gerard Houllier paid tribute to Liverpool's players and fans after the club made history in Dortmund.

The Anfield side became the first English club to win three knockout competitons in one season after beating Alaves with a golden goal four minutes from the end of extra-time.

"This is a historic day," said an ecstatic Houllier afterwards.

"I am just so happy for the fans and very proud of them and the players.

We conceded a silly goal at the end, but I thought we would win it
  Geard Houllier

"It was a thriller, a great game of football. To me this is more important than the FA Cup.

"I am so pleased for the boys. We never let our heads go down.

"Just where do the players get their energy from? All the credit goes to them.

"Even when we were equalised twice we held our nerve.

"We let them back in but you have to understand we played Saturday in the heat.

"We conceded a silly goal at the end, but I thought we would win it.

"Robbie Fowler nearly did it and then we did it on the free-kick at the end."

But Houllier ruled out any big celebrations for his triumphant squad.

"The Charlton game on Saturday is too massive for us," he said.

"We need to make sure we do the right thing and recover from the fatigue."

Man of the match Gary McAllister was still pinching himself as the Liverpool supporters celebrated in the streets of Dortmund.

"It is amazing. I can't believe it," he said.

"It will be the summer holidays before I sit down and realise what has happened.

"I am feeling numb. I don't know what I feel right now.

The tingle was going down my spine when I heard the fans singing at the end
  Steven Gerrard
"We were cruising but Alaves made it an unbelievable game.

McAllister, saluting the treble, added: "The future of Liverpool is not me. There are a lot of good young guys ahead of me.

"This is a great start for some of these guys. To experience this at a young age must be brilliant."

Skipper Sami Hyypia, who lifted the trophy with Robbie Fowler, was disappointed with the side's defensive performance.

"They came back well but we shouldn't have let them score four goals," he said.

"It's been a great season, especially in the cups.

'Best game'

"It's the third one we've won and it's great."

Steven Gerrard also thanked the fans after taking his third cup winner's medal in three months.

"That was the best game I've ever played in," he said.

"We made hard work of it but we've saved it at the end.

"The tingle was going down my spine when I heard the fans singing at the end.

"It was very emotional, but we have to stay cool.

"We have a massive game on Saturday and have to qualify for the Champions League."

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