Liverpool Vs AC Milan is one of the most iconic fixtures in football history. These 2 sides have met each other only thrice before but all the games have been memorable ones. The 2 teams played one of the most iconic UEFA Champions League Finals of all time in 2005 where Liverpool emerged victorious.
Both the teams met in the finals once again in 2007 but AC Milan proved to be victorious the second time around, beating Liverpool 2-1.
The Reds and the Rossoneri met again in 2021 in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League where Liverpool came out as 3-2 winners in a thrilling attacking contest.
Players with most appearances in this fixture:
-Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Steven Gerrard has been a vital figure in transforming Liverpool into the European giants they are right now. The former Liverpool captain played an important in the history of this fixture and the history of the club. Steven Gerrard id the first player that comes to any football fan’s mind while talking about Liverpool.
The ex-Liverpool player captained the team against the Italian team in 2005 and was crucial in scoring an important goal in their charge towards the 4th European Cup. He was an inspiring figure on the pitch in that game and was also awarded the Man Of the Match after helping his team win the final out of nowhere.
He also has the joint most appearances in this fixture with 2 to his name, in the UEFA Champions League Finals in 2005 and 2007 respectively.
-Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
Often regarded as the best defender to ever play the game, Paolo Maldini was also one of the best players to play in this fixture. The Italian legend captained the all-star AC Milan team in 2005 where they shockingly lost to a much inferior Liverpool side in the UEFA Champions League Final.
However, the Rossoneri legend was also the captain of the team in 2007 where they again faced Liverpool in the final and eventually won the game 2-1. He scored an important goal in the 2005 final to give his team a chance of winning the cup.
Maldini has won the UEFA Champions League 5 times in his career but the defeat against Liverpool in 2005 is what people remember him for when it comes to European games.
Paolo Maldini also has 2 appearances to his name in this famous fixture.
-Kaka (AC Milan)
Kaka is one of the most iconic names in Brazilian football history. He was considered as a modern day legend of the game. He was the last person to win the famous Ballon D’or in 2007 before the Messi-Ronaldo era began.
The 39 year old won the UEFA Champions League only once in his career and that was in 2007 by defeating Liverpool. He played an important part in that game and was one of the contenders for the Man Of The Match too.
However, Kaka was also present on the pitch when Liverpool came from 3-0 down to win the game on penalty shootouts. Kaka was one of the players who had missed his penalty kick too in that game.
Kaka has 2 appearances to his name in the fixture.
-Hernan Crespo (AC Milan)
Hernan Crespo was an Argentinian striker who played a vital role for AC Milan during his time at the club. He has scored over 300 goals in his career and was considered as one of the most prolific strikers of his time.
During his time at AC Milan, Crespo played for the club only 50 times in the Serie A and the UEFA Champions League. He scored 23 goals in those 50 games. However, his most important goals for the club were in the 2005 final where he scored 2 and was still on the losing side.
Crespo was also the part of the 2007 AC Milan team that went on to beat Liverpool in the Champions League final. He made 2 appearances against the Reds and scored 2 goals against them.
-Jerzy Dudek (Liverpool)
The Liverpool keeper was one the most important players in the 2005 final. He was outstanding throughout the game and made some crucial games. It was because of this game that he got a legend status at Liverpool after he left the club.
The Polish keeper saved 3 penalties in that final and made a world-class save too to keep the scores level on 3-3 in extra time. He certainly stood out and many thought that he produced pne of the best performances by a keeper in a UEFA Champions League Final.
Dudek made 2 appearances against AC Milan. He won the cup once in 2005 and lost the final in 2007 against the same team.