Liverpool player criticise manager who made him a UCL star

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The number of unsung heroes that Liverpool incredible Champions League victory in Istanbul in 2005 created is one of its most enduringly fascinating elements.

Many people will always remember the Reds’ incredible comeback from three goals down to win the European Cup and bring it back to Anfield permanently because of captain Steven Gerrard’s inspirational leadership, which allowed him to play in three different positions throughout the game, goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek’s game-winning saves that confounded the doubting Italians, and manager Rafa Benitez’s tactical substitutions that helped turn a humiliating loss into an unforgettable victory.

It might be argued that every person who participated in the most astounding victory in Liverpool illustrious history deserves a spot in the pantheon of glory at Anfield, but there are several individuals that will always stand out .

Dietmar Hamann overcame his disappointment at substituted at halftime. He changed the game and score a penalty in the shootout despite having a broken foot. Jamie Carragher summoned every last ounce of energy in extra time. And battled through crippling cramping spells to fend off Milan’s attacks.

Two minutes after Steven Gerrard’s goal, Vladimir Smicer, unexpectedly introduced from the bench. In what he knew would be his final game for the club, scored his final goal for Liverpool. That truly boost confidence that an impossible comeback was conceivable.

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One of Smicer’s Czech Republic teammates also wore the red shirt of Liverpool for the last time that memorable night on the boundary of Europe and Asia, having made his own significant contributions, particularly towards the campaign’s finish.

Nicolas Anelka’s loan move from Paris Saint-Germain also reported in late December 2001. The news of Milan Baros’ transfer to Liverpool first somewhat overshadowed.

After making a sensational debut for Arsenal as a teenager. And contributing significantly to the club’s 1997–98 Premier League and FA Cup double victory. The 22-year-old Frenchman’s “Enfant Terrible” reputation already well-established. His allegedly “moody” reputation, subsequent moves to Real Madrid. And back to his hometown of Paris made sure that his arrival at Anfield was big news as Liverpool – under the temporary management of caretaker manager Phil Thompson while Gérard Houllier recovered from his potentially fatal heart condition – looked to build on the Treble cup victory of the previous season.

Following a loan with Portsmouth in the Premier League, where he won the FA Cup in 2008. Baros spent five years in Turkey with Galatasaray, where he won the Super Lig title in 2012. He then finished his career back in the Czech Republic with former club Banik Ostrava, Mlada Boleslav, and Slovan Liberec.

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