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Ranking Liverpool's Previous European Cup Winning Sides & How the Current Crop Compare

Liverpool's current team has blown the Champions League to smithereens this year, breaking records all over the place on their way to setting up a final against Real Madrid - even James Milner has set a new assists record along the way.


The Reds are Britain's most successful team in European football and have won the Champions League (or European Cup) an incredible five times.


Here is a ranking of the five winning teams of the past, and how the current crop compares to those legendary lineups.



6. 2005 UEFA Champions League Winners

Although it may be Liverpool's most memorable and dramatic triumph in the competition, any team with Djimi Traore in it has got to be questioned. 


However, despite some weak links, the 2005 crop remains underrated with many focussing on the individual heroics of Steven Gerrard and Rafa Benitez's tactical genius.


There is no denying though that this was a talented Liverpool team with the likes of Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher, Sami Hyypia, Didi Hamann (and of course Stevie G) all in their primes.


The incredible second-half comeback from three goals down was a testament to the strength of this Liverpool side. However, domestically that season the Reds weren't great finishing fifth and a long way off winners Chelsea, who they also lost to in the League Cup final.

5. 2018 Champions League Finalists

Football is a different spectacle nowadays to generations gone by. 


Not only is the current Liverpool side lacking in bonafide 'club legends' and long term servants, but it is always easier to look back on past triumphs with a greater level of sentimentality and appreciation.


However, the front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have been stupidly good in this season's competition and it is not unfair to regard them on the same level as the partnership of Rush and Dalglish in 1984.


Even if the likes of Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson hardly compare to Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness, and the Reds have again failed to challenge domestically, this year's Liverpool side will no doubt go down in history if they can pull off an incredible upset and win the Champions League when they face Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26.

4. 1981 European Cup Winners

The 1981 and 1978 sides are almost impossible to split. The two teams were almost identical, with just three different players in the final team sheets.


The 1981 team sheet was a whose who of Liverpool legends, including the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness. 


Sammy Lee and David Johnson were two of the players who only featured in the 1981 final, but were incredible players none the less and are widely regarded as Liverpool legends. 


Left-back Alan Kennedy (pictured above) is also worth mentioning. His brilliant late run down the left wing led to him scoring the goal that gave Liverpool their third European Cup win in five years.

3. 1978 European Cup Winners

As stated above, the 1978 European Cup winning side were very similar to the 1981 side but there were a few key men in the 70s vintage that arguably gave them the edge.


The legendary Jimmy Case was part of this side and most notably, the captain was Emlyn 'Crazy Horse' Hughes. The no-nonsense defender earned his nickname for his robust challenges and was pivotal in Liverpool retaining their European crown. 


King Kenny scored the famous goal that won the Reds the game against Club Brugge in the final held at Wembley - magical night at the home of English football.

2. 1977 European Cup Winners

Many see the 1977 side as the best Liverpool ever fielded, and they are most certainly up there. 


It was an inevitably similar side to that of the 1978 triumph, but with a few additional legends of the Kop.


Tommy Smith, who made almost 500 appearances for Liverpool played at centre back and scored in the 3-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach and on top of this, the 1977 triumph was Kevin Keegan's only European Cup at the club.


Seen by many as one of the greatest players of his generation, Keegan was pivotal in Liverpool's dominance that year and won the penalty that Phil Neal converted to secure the club's first European Cup win.

1. 1984 European Cup Winners

Although you could make a case for the 1977 side earning top spot, it is hard to look past the Liverpool team that claimed European success in 1984, which was jam packed full of Kop idols. 


The likes of Hansen, Souness, Dalglish and Mark Lawrenson formed the spine of a team that scored 15 goals in the four rounds before the final and conceded just two. 


Not only that, but there is also a certain Ian Rush to be considered. The Wales international is the Reds top goalscorer of all time with a truly incredible 346 goals in 660 appearances. 


His place in this team is almost enough on it's own to mark it as the greatest Liverpool European Cup winning side of all time.