EPL: Still hunted over 'ghost goal'

EPL: Still hunted over 'ghost goal'
ALWAYS A RED: Luis Garcia, who was with the Liverpool team in Thailand, has been an ambassador for the club.
PHOTO: David Mcmahon

Our writer catches up with former Liverpool winger LUIS GARCIA, who was in Bangkok with the Reds


The Kop still sing your song after so many years and that must make you feel special?

Garcia: My first season at Liverpool was very successful, we enjoyed a very good time and had a chance to play two finals.

I feel very proud to have the crowd sing my song. (See above).

Every time I watch the game (on TV), I can hear the song. It's something very special.

Liverpool treat us like family. That's what I felt from the first moment. I will keep supporting Liverpool.

Ten years on from that magical night in Istanbul, what do you recall from the game?

It was a special night for all the supporters around the world.

Not because we won the Champions League final, but because it was one of the best finals in the history of football. That probably won't happen again.

There were many new players. We were waiting for something very special.

You dream of something like that as a player. But you don't expect to arrive at a final, lose three goals in 45 minutes and still get that trophy. We will talk about this for many, many more years.

What went through your head during half-time (when Liverpool trailed AC Milan 3-0)?

Not many good things, really. We arrived there thinking that we had been working so hard the last few months and suddenly one minute, we conceded a goal. So, everything changed.

We were thinking, "okay what can we do now?", because what we didn't want was 45,000 or 50,000 people inside and outside the stadium feeling that they didn't deserve that.

Truly, it wasn't easy to get to the final.

We met big teams along the way like Juventus and Bayer Leverkusen, and at that moment, we didn't want to let the fans down.

We thought about going out to do our very best (in the second half) and to clean up what happened in the first 45 minutes.

So, really, was that a legitimate goal against Chelsea in the semi-finals of the 2004/05 Champions League?

It happens to me everywhere. Everywhere I go, the first thing people ask me is " was that a goal"? So yes, it was a goal, that's the first thing.

Can you tell us exactly how good Steven Gerrard is?

Not only as a player, but also for us on the pitch, we expect anything from him, any moment.

It doesn't matter what kind of game or what team. He was always giving 100 per cent.

At the end, you need that player, that captain to follow, and he was the leader all the time and our hero.

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