Former AC Milan striker Hernan Crespo STILL can’t let his 2005 Champions League final heartbreak go as he begs Stefano Piolo’s side to ‘get revenge’ against Liverpool this year… despite the Rossoneri already beating the Reds in 2007
- Liverpool battled from 3-0 down to seal a comeback victory in the 2005 final
- Hernan Crespo scored twice in the first-half to hand AC Milan the lead
- The Rossoneri got revenge against Liverpool when they won two years later
- The two old rivals will face each other on September 15 in the group stage
Former AC Milan striker Hernan Crespo is still aching from his side’s 2005 Champions League final loss to Liverpool.
The Argentine has asked Stefano Pioli’s side to ‘get revenge’ for his heartbreak when the two teams meet at Anfield on September 15.
The Reds famously battled back from 3-0 down at half-time to seal their comeback victory hailed as the Miracle of Istanbul.
Former AC Milan man Hernan Crespo is still suffering from his 2005 final loss to Liverpool
The Argentine (left) hopes his former side can beat Jurgen Klopp’s (right) side this year
Captain Paolo Maldini gave Milan an early lead in the first minute before Crespo added another two to hand Carlo Ancelotti’s side a seemingly unassailable lead heading into the break.
However, Steven Gerrard inspired Liverpool to an uplifting second half display as he, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso levelled in a seven-minute spell, before the Reds ultimately pulled off a sensational penalty shootout victory.
The events of Istanbul clearly still haunt the former striker and he now hopes Milan can beat Liverpool in the group stages of this year’s Champions League campaign.
Crespo scored a first-half brace to hand AC Milan a comfortable lead before the break
Xabi Alonso scored one of Liverpool’s three second-half goals to take the game to penalties
‘It’s still an open wound for me,’ the 46-year-old told told La Gazzetta dello Sport via the Liverpool Echo.
‘Liverpool-Milan is the first game Champions League game this season, and you already know what it means to me.
‘I had scored a brace in the first half, I have never forgotten that night and even though Milan already beat Liverpool in the 2007 final, I’m asking Pioli’s men to beat them at Anfield, get the revenge for me and show who Milan are.’
AC Milan have already enacted revenge for their 2005 defeat. The Rossoneri won the coveted European crown for their seventh time in 2007 when they sealed a 2-1 victory against Liverpool.
The 46-year-old has asked AC Milan to ‘get revenge’ for his loss to Steven Gerrard (left) and co
The Rossoneri beat Liverpool two years later to secure their title as Champions of Europ
However, Crespo missed out on the silverware vengeance in Athens as he was loan at Inter at the time.
Liverpool and Milan face each other in the first game of their group stage as both sides begin their journey to Saint Petersburg.
The two rivals will battle Atletico Madrid and Porto to make it through to the round of last 16 this season.