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Where are they now? Liverpool's 2007 Champions League final starting XI vs AC Milan

Liverpool were narrowly beaten 2-1 by AC Milan in Athens.
narrowly beaten 2-1 by AC Milan in Athens
Divesh Merani
Modified 22 May 2018, 16:39 IST
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Liverpool have reached the final of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in more than a decade. 2007 was the last time they played in the biggest match in club football, and they lost. AC Milan claimed revenge for Liverpool's incredible victory in 2005 when they beat the Reds 2-1 in Athens.

The core of Liverpool's team made it easy to see why this five-year spell under Rafa Benitez was very successful for the Reds in Europe. The team was solid from back to front and they proved it over the course of the 2006-07 Champions League season.

The Reds had some memorable performances against the likes of FC Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Chelsea en route to their last Champions League final. This is the last group of players to start a Champions League final for Liverpool, let us see what they are up to these days.


Pepe Reina

Reina has some interesting associations.
Reina has some interesting associations.

The Spanish goalkeeper was a key figure at Anfield for many years after 2007, winning his second of three consecutive Golden Glove awards that year. He was sent on loan to Napoli by Brendan Rodgers in 2013.

Reina returned to Napoli in 2015, after spending a year at Bayern Munich. After a total of four years at Napoli, he left them for AC Milan on a Bosman transfer in this window. He is currently in the news for the wrong reasons, though, because of his association with people linked to a mafia.



Steve Finnan

Finnan has decided to keep a very low-profile after retiring.
Finnan has decided to keep a very low-profile after retiring.

Steve Finnan left Liverpool for Espanyol in 2008 and retired from the game in 2010 after a stint at Portsmouth. After retirement, he spent some charitable time in The Gambia. He is currently keeping a very low profile and living in London, running a property development company with his brother.

In 2015, a ten-year anniversary event for the 2005 Champions League win in Istanbul was planned. The organisers were locating and contacting all the former players from that famous triumph. They tracked everybody down fairly easily, except for Finnan. He was eventually found, but his low profile kept everyone concerned for his safety and well-being.

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Published 22 May 2018, 16:39 IST
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