European Glory awaited Liverpool in 2001 on this day. The Reds went up against Alaves in the UEFA Cup final, the Europa League now, in Dortmund. A game that ended 5-4 to the Reds after Extra Time where a Golden Goal decided the outcome of the game. 

The Red went 2-0 up within 16 mins of the game as Markus Babbel and a young Steven Gerrard put Liverpool in the ascendency early on. Alaves responded with Ivan Alonso, fresh as a substitute, scored in the 26th min just 4 mins after coming on. A Gary McAllister penalty gave Liverpool a 3-1 buffer zone going into Half Time but the game was 3-3 within 6 mins of the second half as Javi Moreno bagged a quick brace. Fowler restored Liverpool’s lead which looked to be the winner but Jordi Cruyff, son of legend Johan Cruyff, equalised in the 89th min which pushed the game into Extra Time. The Reds found their winner via an own goal by Delfi Geli in the 117th minute as Liverpool reigned over Europe as Champions. 

-YM