1 AC Milan shouldn’t have been in the competition to begin with – they were initially kicked out for their part in the Italian match-fixing scandal. 2 The referee promised a minimum of three minutes injury time. He played 2mins 40secs, including a lengthy Milan substitution.
The gang at RetroFootballTshirts have a fine array of Liverpool-related retro t-shirts while we are in full Scouse swing ahead of the Champions League final. They include a series of quote t-shirts from the oh-so-quoteable Anfield bosses of yesteryear. This one from Bob Paisley proclaims: “If you don’t know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we’ll discuss the options later.” Sound advice as the Reds ahead of their big night in Athens. Click here to buy it.
AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti has accused Steven Gerrard of talking ‘bollocks’ ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League final in Athens. Gerrard famously claimed Milan prematurely celebrated victory at half-time in the 2005 final when they led Liverpool 3-0.
The next installment of our mini-series of Classic FA Cup Final Moments. Brand spanking new Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez pulls of one of the great Cup Final shocks as his flicked header defeats Liverpool.
With ‘God’ on his way out of Anfield once again, it is probably as good a time as any for Liverpool fans to invest in this tribute to the one and only Robert Fowler. A fitting, and only slightly blasphemous, tribute to an Anfield legend. It is available from TShirts365 for Â£14.99 if you click in the general vicinity of this hyperlink.
Robbie Fowler applauds the Anfield crowd after making his final appearance for the club, for Liverpool against Charlton (the game ended 2-2). The man known on the Kop as ‘God’ didn’t score but that didn’t stop fans giving him a standing ovation when he was substituted.
With the news that Robbie Fowler will not be offered a new contract at Liverpool at the end of the season, Pies has tracked down pictures of the veteran striker storming out of Anfield at a steady pace!
This classic goalkeeping howler sees Blackburn Rovers keeper Tim Flowers being undone by his own vandalism. Stan Collymore’s daisy-cutter hits the stud marks Flowers has put on the pitch to help him with his angles.
To all Liverpool fans who have argued that they’d rather win the Champions League than the Premiership (and I’ve read more than a few such arguments in the last couple of days), that’s fair enough if you genuinely believe that, but don’t for a minute think that you’re suddenly a better side than Man Utd or Chelsea: you’re not. No way.
Ahead of this month’s Champions League final, Milan dynamo Rino Gattuso has taken a pop at Liverpool’s long-ball dinosaurs: ‘All Liverpool try to do is defend together, with everybody behind the ball and just one strikerâ€¦ All they do is play long balls â€” every ball is a long ball. It is very different to Manchester, who are a real footballing team.’
Many thanks to regular Pies reader Cole for this tremendous spot. They could be brothers, albeit brothers where Hercules got all the looks and Dirk got the, er, ability to run around enthusiastically for 90 minutes without actually offering much of a goal threat.
The 2007 Champions League final is to be almost a carbon copy of the 2005 final: AC Milan v Liverpool in a eastern Europe capital city. Here is a reminder of what happened last time round (in case you were in a coma at the time or something).
While Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina was successfully defending his goal against Chelsea last night there was sadly nobody to guard his house. The Spaniard returned from celebrating his match-winning shoot-out saves at 12.45am to find that his home in Woolton, Liverpool, had been raided.
Watching Javier Mascherano put in a man-of-the-match performance in a Liverpool shirt last night was a treat (I love Maschy, mostly because he’s so bloody good in Pro Evolution Soccer) but also made me very angry with English football.
Dear Uefa, please can you fix it for me so that Liverpool and Chelsea never play each other in Europe ever again? I don’t really want to endure any more ultra-cautious, ultra-defensive, ultra-professional football. It’s no fun.
Daniel Agger is mobbed by team-mates (l to r: Steven Gerrard, Bodo Zenden, Jon Arne Riise, Dirk Kuyt and Peter Crouch) after scoring the opening goal for Liverpool against Chelsea in last night’s Champions League semi final second leg at Anfield. Liverpool went on to win the game on penalties. [Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images]