Former AC Milan striker Hernan Crespo STILL can’t let go of his heartbreak in the 2005 Champions League final as he begs Stefano Piolo’s side to ‘take revenge’ against Liverpool this year… despite the Rossoneri already beating the Reds in 2007
- Liverpool battled down 3-0 to seal a comeback win in the 2005 final
- Hernan Crespo scored twice in the first half to give AC Milan the lead
- The Rossoneri took revenge against Liverpool when they won two years later
- The two longtime rivals will face each other in the group stage on September 15
Former AC Milan striker Hernan Crespo is still hurt by his side’s loss to Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final.
The Argentine has asked Stefano Pioli’s side to ‘take revenge’ for his heartbreak when the two teams meet at Anfield on September 15.
The Reds famously fought back from 3-0 behind halftime to seal their comeback win, hailed as the Miracle of Istanbul.
Former AC Milan player Hernan Crespo is still suffering from his last loss to Liverpool in 2005
The Argentinian (left) hopes his former squad can beat Jurgen Klopp’s (right) side this year
Captain Paolo Maldini gave Milan an early lead in the first minute before Crespo added two more to give Carlo Ancelotti’s side a seemingly unassailable lead en route to halftime.
Steven Gerrard, however, inspired Liverpool to an uplifting game in the second half as he, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso tied the score in seven minutes, before the Reds finally took a sensational victory on penalties.
Events in Istanbul clearly still haunt the former striker and he now hopes Milan can beat Liverpool in the group stage of this year’s Champions League campaign.
Crespo scored a brace in the first half to give AC Milan a comfortable lead before half-time
Xabi Alonso scored one of three goals in Liverpool’s second half to lead the game to penalties
“It’s still an open wound for me,” the 46-year-old told La Gazzetta dello Sport via the Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool-Milan is the first game in the Champions League this season and you already know what it means to me.
“I had scored a brace in the first half, I’ll never forget that night and although Milan already beat Liverpool in the 2007 final, I’m asking Pioli’s men to beat them at Anfield, take revenge for me and let it go.” see who Milan are.’
AC Milan have already taken revenge for their defeat in 2005. The Rossoneri won the coveted European crown for the seventh time in 2007 when they took a 2-1 win against Liverpool.
The 46-year-old has asked AC Milan to take ‘revenge’ for his loss to Steven Gerrard (left) and co
The Rossoneri defeated Liverpool two years later to secure their title as Champions of Europe
However, Crespo missed the vengeance of the silverware in Athens, as he was loaned out to Inter at the time.
Liverpool and Milan face each other in the first game of their group stage as both sides begin their journey to St Petersburg.
The two rivals will face Atletico Madrid and Porto to make it to the round of the last 16 this season.