Liverpool Football Club's European supremacy began in 1972, when they defeated the german side Borussia Mönchengladbach three-two on aggregate, to win the UEFA cup (Europa League), and won it again in 1976 with a four-three win against then Belgian champions Club Brugge.
Their European cup success began in the following season in 1977 with a three-one win against their 1972 UEFA cup final opposition, Borussia Mönchengladbach.
The final was played to fifty-two-thousand fans in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, where club captain Emlyn Hughes lifted the iconic trophy for all the travelling fans to witness.
Their 1977/78 season was another successful one for Liverpool, with a rematch against their 1976 UEFA cup opponents Club Brugge with a one-nil win, with future club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish scoring the only goal to over ninety-two-thousand spectators packed into London's Wembley Stadium.
The Merseyside club had to wait until 1981 for their next taste of european success, but it was worth the wait as they saw off the Spanish giants Real Madrid with a one-nil win in Paris. Liverpool's victory meant that Bob Paisley became the first manager to win the European cup three times.
In 1984, the Reds returned to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, and took on Italian side A.S Roma in dramatic fashion. A one-all draw in normal time took the game to penalties.
Liverpool won the shootout by four goals to two, and took home the European cup home for the fourth time.
In 1985, Liverpool again reached another European cup final, however, this final was tragically less about the football.
Known as the Heysel Disaster, thirty-nine fans lost their lives in a crush an hour before kickoff. This disaster resulted in all English football clubs being placed under an indefinite ban by UEFA from all European competitions (lifted in 1990–91).
Liverpool then had a sixteen-year interval between European finals, and eventually returned to their winning ways.
A five-four win against Spanish side Alavés meant Liverpool had completed the treble of the Football League Cup, The FA Cup, and the UEFA Cup.
Then, four years later, the miracle of Istanbul cemented the legacy of Liverpool’s underdog status.
Now affectionately known as the Champions League, Liverpool met Italian giants A.C Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final.
After trailing three-nil down in the first half, Rafa Benitez’s red-men went into the dressing room with little-to-no hope of a fifth champions league trophy.
That was until the traveling army of supporters delivered a loud rendition of the club classic ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, after that, Liverpool were back in the driving seat.
Three goals came in quick succession from Steven Gerrard, Vladímr Šmicer, and Xabi Alonso took the game into extra time, and then penalties.
In one of the most dramatic finishes in European history, Liverpool’s goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek saved A.C Milan Andriy Shevchenko’s penalty to win the game, and the Champions League for Liverpool.
Liverpool Football Club won their sixth European Cup last weekend with a two-nil win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, making the Reds the third most successful club in the history of the European tournament.
They sit below A.C Milan and Real Madrid, who have seven and thirteen times respectively.