Hartson compares Barcelona comeback to Liverpool v AC Milan, chooses greatest ever
By Will Butcher
John Hartson believes Liverpool’s Champions League Final comeback against AC Milan in 2005 tops Barcelona’s remarkable effort on Wednesday night.
Barcelona came back from a 4-0 first-leg defeat to French giants Paris Saint-Germain, with a 95th-minute winner through Sergi Roberto in the second leg to earn a 6-1 win on the night.
That 6-5 aggregate victory for Barcelona has sparked comparisons with Liverpool’s comeback against AC Milan 12 years ago, as the Reds came from three goals down to lift the trophy.
Posting on his personal Twitter account, former Celtic striker Hartson described Barca’s result as “unbelievable” but believes Liverpool’s effort was the “greatest ever”.
Unbelievable fight back from Barcelona last night but Liverpool 3 down at half time v Ac Milan CL Final has to be the greatest ever! #lfc
— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) March 9, 2017
Goals from Roberto, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, an own goal from Layvin Kurzawa and a brace from Neymar saw Barca progress, despite Edinson Cavani’s away goal.
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However, Hartson is adamant that Liverpool’s comeback in Istanbul is a greater achievement, after going into the break three goals down before winning on penalties.
A Steven Gerrard header gave Rafa Benitez’s side hope in the second half, before goals from Vladmir Smicer and Xabi Alonso brought the tie level.
Heroics from Polish goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek stopped the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko in the penalty shootout, to complete a sensational turnaround.
Fast forward 12 years, and Liverpool play host to Sean Dyche’s Burnley as they look to consolidate their Champions League place with their rivals playing in the FA Cup.
If Jurgen Klopp’s men can exact revenge on the Clarets after losing 2-0 earlier in the season at Turf Moor, then the Reds will leapfrog Manchester City into third place.
In other Liverpool news, Sadio Mane has revealed what his side must do to secure a top-four finish.