Great Games: Liverpool vs Alaves

Gerard Houllier may not be the most popular of football managers at this current time, but in 2001 when in charge of Liverpool, he became a legend amongst the Anfield faithful.

In search of an historic treble, Liverpool played Alaves in the Uefa Cup final. What was to follow no one could have predicted; especially for a side labelled ‘boring’ throughout the whole season.

Inspired by a majestic Gary McAllister in midfield and a rock in Sami Hyypia at the back, the Mersey-side club won their first European title since 1984 in the most dramatic of circumstances.

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Nine goals were scored and two were sent off but Liverpool were back to where they belonged – winning major trophies. They didn’t have it all their own way, though. Leading at the break by three goals to one, many thought the game was over as a contest. What was to unfold will remain in the memory of football fans everywhere…

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