MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 10:  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrate their sides first goal scored by Mohamed Salah during the Quarter Final Second Leg match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on April 10, 2018 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images,)

Red Magic: 5 Times When Liverpool Completely Defied Logic & Won in Europe

Whatever your allegiances, you can't accuse Liverpool of being predictable. The Reds have an illustrious record of upsetting the odds in Europe.


Actually, no - that's putting it far too mildly. Making a total mockery of conventional football wisdom would be nearer to the mark.


Some of the greatest managers in recent football history have fallen victim to the magic of the Reds. Carlo Ancelotti, José Mourinho and - most recently - Pep Guardiola, to name but three.


Here are five memorable European ties in which Liverpool completely defied football logic.

5. vs Real Madrid - Champions League Round of 16 (2009)

Ok so, Los Blancos were very much a club in transition when this tie was played, while Liverpool actually finished second in the Premier League in 2009.


But still: they beat Real Madrid 5-0 on aggregate.


In case you missed that, LIVERPOOL BEAT REAL MADRID BY FIVE GOALS TO NIL. And Madrid didn't even play especially badly over the two legs.


As if that weren't bizarre enough, that towering colossus, Israeli international Yossi Benayoun  - all five feet and seven inches of him - headed home the only goal in the first leg at the Bernabeu.

4. vs Borussia Dortmund - Europa League Quarter-Final (2016)

Spare a thought for poor Thomas Tuchel, Jürgen Klopp's successor as Borussia Dortmund manager.


With less than half an hour remaining in the Europa League quarter final second leg, Tuchel's side were 3-1 up on the night (and 4-2 on aggregate). They'd run rings round Klopp's Liverpool all night, as the Reds simply couldn't cope with the technical brilliance or dynamism of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus.


Then... well, something strange happened.


First, Philippe Coutinho scored in the 66th minute. Then Mamadou Sakho equalised on the night, leaving the Reds within one goal of an unlikely aggregate victory with 13 minutes left to play.


Then, as the match went into injury time, Daniel Sturridge and James Milner combined on the right to set up that renowned marksman, Dejan Lovren, who headed unerringly home.


Delirious celebrations ensued, leaving Tuchel as bemused as everyone else that Dortmund had somehow contrived to lose the tie.

3. vs Chelsea - Champions League Semi-Final (2005)

Argentina World Cup legend Jorge Valdano once accurately described Anfield as 'this passionate, crazy stadium'.


Sometimes, its infectious atmosphere gets so passionate and crazy that even the laws of association football can't stand in the way of a Liverpool victory.


That's why Liverpool's Luis Garcia was credited with a goal against Chelsea in the second leg of the all-English Champions League semi final of 2005 - even though there is much debate about whether his shot actually crossed the goal line.


In 2005, Mourinho's Chelsea were sweeping all before them in the Premier League, and their manager had actually won the Champions League the previous year with an un-fancied Porto.


Rafael Benitez's Liverpool, on the other hand, didn't even make it into the top four that year, finishing a whopping 37 points behind Chelsea.


But on one gloriously implausible European night at Anfield, none of that mattered.


Of course, Mourinho was typically magnanimous in defeat claiming, "the best team lost."

2. vs Manchester City - Champions League Quarter-Final (2018)

If this enthralling Champions League quarter-final had gone the same way as the two Premier League matches between Manchester City and Liverpool this season, City would have cruised into the second round 8-4 on aggregate.


Yet it was the Reds who won by four goals overall, demolishing City at Anfield before soaking up the pressure, riding their luck and hitting Pep Guardiola's side on the break at the Etihad.


Well, from a City point of view, riding their luck is something of an understatement. There were incidents over the two legs where fortune favoured the Reds. Still, it would be churlish not to give Liverpool credit for a first leg performance of tremendous verve and utter ruthlessness in front of goal, and a tactically astute counter-attacking display in the second leg.


Yet even this victory against the odds was positively humdrum compared with the number one tie on this list...

1. vs AC Milan - Champions League Final (2005)

Forget David Lynch's films. Forget the Möbius strip. Even Donald Trump's most rambling and incoherent speech is a paragon of logic compared with this match.


Some call it the Miracle of Istanbul. Let's just say it was just stark, raving bonkers. And I mean that in the nicest possible way.


For about 80 minutes of normal time and most of extra time in the 2005 Champions League final, AC Milan dominated Liverpool, with Brazilian maestro Kaká playing a sumptuous through ball to Argentina striker Hernán Crespo for the pick of Milan's three goals, all scored in the first half.


Liverpool, on the other hand, outplayed Milan for about 10 minutes or so early in the second half - and also scored three goals, in one of the most extraordinary comebacks in the history of football.


Yet arguably the moment that epitomised this wonderfully deranged football match was not Steven Gerrard's towering header to reduce the deficit to 3-1, or Jerzy Dudek's brilliant point-blank save from Andriy Shevchenko. It wasn't even Dudek's spaghetti legs routine in the penalty shootout, as the Pole channelled the spirit of Bruce Grobbelaar to thwart Shevchenko once again and send Liverpool into raptures.


No, it was the moment when full back Djimi Traoré made a brilliant acrobatic clearance to prevent a goal.


That might just have been the moment when Milan realised it wasn't going to be their night.