Liverpool, the only English club worthy of the title of European Royalty*, have not played in the Champions League since December 2009. An entire generation of Liverpool supporters will watch their Captain lead the Reds onto the pitch to the tune of the iconic Champions anthem for the very first time.
10 (!!!) years ago this summer, the four time European Champions were embarking on a similarly exciting project with a new, forward thinking manager and a new-feel team with hope in their hearts and a daunting task ahead of them. Having lost their star striker to Real Madrid in a cloud of treacherous drama and financial disappointment, and with Djibril Cissé as their biggest new signing, in the eyes of any sane football pundit, Liverpool were little more than a bunch of talented but unproven youngsters captained by a 23-year old with a penchant for self-doubt.
Underdogs. Misfits. Long shots.
The Champions League final in Istanbul was 9 months and a million light years away…
[Obligatory Istanbul Soundtrack; pictures by: (X) please don’t sue me, I’m poor. edited by captain-stevie]