On this day in 2001 Liverpool reached to UEFA Cup final in Dortmund after beating Barcelona 1-0.

Following the first leg of the UEFA Cup semi final Liverpool came into the second leg of the tie all square following a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp. The progression of Gerard Houllier’s Reds to the final of the UEFA Cup would see them be in contention for their first European trophy since the 1984 European Cup triumph over AS Roma in Rome.

Coming up against Llorenc Serra Ferrer’s Barcelona side was nothing less than a daunting task, with the Catalonian outfit packed with quality in every department, fielding a side featuring the likes of Frank de Boer, Carles Puyol, Pep Guardiola, Rivaldo et al. However on the night Liverpool were up for the task and were gifted a penalty in the 44th minute following a Patrick Kluivert hand ball. Gary McAllister converted against a young Pepe Reina from 12 yards, scoring the solitary goal of the match to see Liverpool through to their first European final in 16 years after winning the tie 1-0 against Barca.