On this day in 1978 Liverpool faced off against Borussia Monchengladbach in the first leg of the European Cup semi final.

After beating ‘Gladbach in the final of the European Cup one year prior, the impressive German side were looking to take revenge on Liverpool for denying them glory in the 1976/77 campaign. Traveling to Rhenstadion, Paisley fielded a strong side including Phil Neal, Emlyn Hughes, Kenny Dalglish and Ian Callaghan, with Callaghan making his record 857th appearance for Liverpool on this night and what would prove to be his last game ever played for the Reds. 

The first half yielded little joy for the visitors as ‘Gladbach took the lead on 28 minutes thanks to a goal from Wilfred Hannes. For the majority of the second half the score remained 1-0 to the German outfit, however with two minutes left in normal time substitute David Johnson struck, making it one goal a piece. Though it wasn’t to be on the night for the Reds as just a minute after Monchengladbach took the lead again through Rainer Bonhof. Unfortunately there were no more goals left in the match for Paisley’s men and they would be forced to work against a 2-1 deficit going into the second leg at Anfield.