On this day in 1973 Liverpool legend Jerzy Dudek was born.
Signing for Liverpool from Dutch side Feyenoord, “The big Pole in our goal” came to Anfield in 2001 on went on to become a colossus in the Liverpool goal. It was the 2004/05 season when Dudek cemented his place in Liverpool folklore as the Polish keeper put in a world class performance in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan.
After shipping three goals in the first half Dudek really stepped up his game, pulling off a gob-smacking double save against Andriy Shevchenko in extra time seeing the match through to penalties. His Bruce Grobbelaar-esque “wobbly legs” routine became iconic as he saved twice from five AC Milan spot kicks (2 scored, 2 saved, 1 missed), seeing Liverpool crowned as European champions.
After being replaced by Rafa Benitez’s compatriot, Pepe Reina, Dudek made the decision to move elsewhere, choosing Real Madrid as his next destination after making a total of 186 appearances for Liverpool. Dudek retired at Real Madrid in 2011 but will forever be remembered as a Liverpool legend.