On this day in 2008, Liverpool beat Inter Milan 2-0 at Anfield in the 1st leg of the knockout stages in the Champions league. Goals from Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool a 2-0 lead going into the 2nd leg away at the San Siro.

Inter Milan arrived on Merseyside full of confidence after performing well in the league compared to Liverpool who in their previous game where knocked out of the FA Cup by Barnsley.

Liverpool should have been awarded a penalty in the 60th minute after Patrick Viera blocked a ball from Gerrard with two raised hands but the ref waved it away. It took until the 85th minute for Liverpool to break the deadlock after a Jermaine Pennant cross found Dirk Kuyt in the box, his shot hit Maicon and went up and over Julio Cesar and into the back of the net. What looked to be a solid 1-0 win for the Reds going into the away leg was double when in the last minute a remarkable shot by Gerrard from the right-hand corner of the penalty area sliced through the defence and ended up in the back of the net.

I was at this game after entering a competition in the local paper and being fortunate enough to win it and to be a mascot for the game, I got to walk out with Jamie Carragher and then sit in a box in the Main Stand and watch the triumphant win, and at the age of 8, it was probably one of the best moments of my life and to this day is still one of my favourite LFC games. Having not experienced Anfield on a Champions League night before and having only been to a handful of matches, it was amazing to hear  everyone start to sing You’ll Never Walk Alone at the top of their voices and to experience one of Anfield’s best European nights.

Liverpool went on to win 1-0 at the San Siro thanks to a goal from striker Fernando Torres in the 64th minute to put the score 3-0 on aggregate and send the Reds through to the next round.

The Reds then faced Arsenal in the quarter-finals and came out on top winning 5-3 on aggregate. It was another English opponent in the semi-finals in the form of Chelsea and unfortunately it was the end of the competition for Rafa Benitez’s men as Chelsea won 3-2 in extra time at Stamford Bridge, making it a 4-3 score on aggregate.

Article by Lauren Black

@LaurenBlack9

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