As football takes a break from its typically ferocious and unforgiving lifestyle, it's a time for fans to reflect and re-live their clubs' most exciting and joyful times. Football might not actually be more important than life and death, but we really do miss it. 

Liverpool supporters have been fortunate enough to witness some of the best moments in world football. Those European nights under the Anfield lights, unthinkable comebacks in cup finals, Merseyside derby thrashings and dominating the European elite. 

Here's nine of the best Liverpool games in modern times for all you Reds to enjoy while you're at home carefully following Government guidelines.

AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool (2005)

Liverpool's Polish goalkeeper Jerzy Dude

Surely you didn't think this was going to start anywhere else? It really shouldn't have happened, many are still convinced it didn't. Paolo Maldini v Luis Garcia, Hernan Crespo v Steve Finnan, Andrea Pirlo v Harry Kewell. A first-minute Maldini volley and a Crespo brace just before the half-time whistle, 3-0 down to that team in a Champions League final, it was dead and buried already. 

It's almost as if Liverpool transported to an alternate timeline in that dressing room. A Steven Gerrard header in the 54th minute and it was on. Six minutes, a Vladimir Smicer and a Xabi Alonso goal later and the Reds were level. Immortals can't be destroyed.

Jerzy Dudek pulled off the most incredible double, close-range, reaction save with three minutes left of extra time and it was then Liverpool knew this was theirs, their fifth European Cup, theirs to keep. 

An Andriy Shevchenko penalty saved by the big left hand of Dudek decided what is the best European Cup final of all time. The opening line of the ​Liverpool Echo's match report was "When you get homesick, nothing will stop you returning to the arms of those you love." Football is brilliant. 

Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid (2009)

Fernando Torres

An ardent Anfield crowd was at its unrivalled best in one of the most memorable European nights as Liverpool eased past Real Madrid in the last 16.

Remember how good 2009 Fernando Torres was? Off-white tape halfway up his leg, distinguishable long sleeves – Henry style – and luscious blonde hair. Well the rout got underway when El Nino tormented his old rivals and slotted home from close range on 16 minutes. 

A Gerrard penalty sent Liverpool 2-0 up before half time and truth be told, Madrid were being utterly ripped apart. Gerrard netted another in front of the Kop just after the break to seal the result, and the icing was put on cake for the Reds when unlikely scorer Andrea Dossena finished off a flowing move.

This performance reverberated around Europe and sent warning signs that Liverpool will be, once again, force to be reckoned with. 

Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool (2009)

Manchester United supporters leave the g

Just four days after Liverpool knocked four past Real Madrid, they turned up to Old Trafford with a deserved chip on their shoulder and embarrassed Manchester United with four goals. Maybe four is the magic number?

Cristiano Ronaldo put away a penalty halfway through the first half and it looked like business as usual for Ferguson's Red Devils. But of course, Torres was Nemanja Vidic's kryptonite so Liverpool had other ideas when Vidic face-planted the grass and El Nino slammed the ball past Edwin van der Saar. Gerrard got his third against United that season and celebrated with the renowned kissing-the-camera celebration.

The inevitable Vidic red card (his second against Liverpool that season) came in last 15 minutes, and a Fabio Aurelio free kick top bins followed. In what was probably Dossena's best week of his life, he lifted the ball over the keeper like a natural finisher and made it 4-1.

What. A. Week.

Liverpool 3-3 West Ham (2006)

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates af

Liverpool just love doing things the hard way, and the FA Cup final in 2006 was no different. The Gerrard Final. When the 125th final of the world's oldest football knockout competition gets named after the winning captain, it must have been some game. 

28 minutes on the clock and the Reds were 2-0 down, was history repeating itself? Time for another comeback. A Dijbril Cisse first time finish - 2-1. The high-tempo rollercoaster continued into the second half and Gerrard burst the roof of the net with a superb finish - 2-2. 

12 minutes later and Liverpool did a Liverpool and Paul Konchesky floated a cross straight into the back of the net - 3-2. Step up Steven Gerrard. 30 yards out and only actually shooting because of the crippling cramp in his legs. You know what happened – it flew into the bottom corner and the Liverpool end erupted. The Reds would go on to win 3-1 on penalties and secure their seventh FA Cup.

Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (2019)

Liverpool v Barcelona

Football fans spend a lot of time bemoaning the art of a short corner, and quite rightly too. Every once in a while though, things that don't work? They 

No coincidence it'ss another famous European Anfield night, 3-0 down from the semi-final first leg and with it all to do. Divock Origi started the unlikely revival in the first half, and substitute Georgino Wijnaldum rattled Barcelona with two goals in 122 seconds to out the tie right back in the balance.

Then – of course – a shell-shocked Barça side were caught off guard by Trent Alexander-Arnold's short corner, which Origi calmly slotted home in front of the Kop.

The first time since 1986 that a team have recovered a three-goal first-leg deficit to win a semi-final in the competition. Wow. 

Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool (2015)


New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gave Liverpool fans a preview of what was to become the norm when they cruised to victory at the Etihad Stadium, stopping Manchester City from returning to the top of the table on the way.

Klopp's side danced and dazzled their way through the City defence with an incredible first half, as an Eliaquim Mangala own goal plus cool finishes from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino gave them a 3-0 lead going into the break. 

quintessential Sergio Aguero goal gave City some hope but Martin Skrtel scored at the right end to finish it off for the Reds. An emphatic victory which kickstarted Klopp's career on Merseyside. 

Everton 2-3 Liverpool (2001)

Everton v Liverpool

Five goals, two controversial penalties, 12 bookings, a sending off, and 44-yard winner. Ah, the Merseyside derby. 

It was the treble-winning (UEFA Cup, League Cup, FA Cup) year for Liverpool and everything Gerard Houllier touched seemed to go right. Emile Heskey opened the scoring after the usual nervous start, but the ever-so-boisterous Duncan Ferguson crashed home before half time. German defender Markus Babbel nudged Liverpool back in front but after God (in his earthly guise as Robbie Fowler) smashed the post from a penalty, the Ev went up the other end and scored from a penalty of their own.

Amongst the maelstrom, Igor Biscan was sent for an early bath before 35-year-old Gary McAllister absolutely nailed a 44-yard free kick in the 94th minute to clinch it for the Reds. 

Now that's how you want to win a derby.

Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle United (1996)

Roy Evans

The most exciting game of football in Premier League history. This is why we live and breathe football.

The game was end-to-end from the start, Fowler heading Liverpool ahead in just the second minute. Shortly after, Les Ferdinand and David Ginola swung the game in the Magpies' favour only for Fowler to get his second 10 minutes into the second half.

Tino Asprilla fired home only two minutes later to level the score via a sublime assist from Rob Lee, but that piece of brilliance was cancelled out by Stan Collymore with time left to play. 

Into the added time, and Martin Tyler's description of "Collymore closing in" was followed by the Kop almost literally shaking from its foundations. Kevin Keegan slumped over the advertising hoardings was certainly a picture. 

Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal (2004)

Neil Mellor

Neil Mellor, eh? 

1-1 at Anfield against the previous season's Invincibles, 92 minutes on the clock, 30 yards out in front of the Kop and the ball dropped ever so kindly for Neil Mellor. 

The 22-year-old academy graduate leathered the ball so hard that time appeared to stop. It flew just outside the reach of Jens Lehmann and into the net. Remember as a kid, when you used to smash a fly-away as hard as you could and it swerved and dipped like a fighter jet? Well that, except at Anfield, in the Premier League.