Liverpool’s Champions League Winning team 2005 – Where Are They Now?

Liverpool’s Champions League Winning team 2005 – Where Are They Now?
Jul 14, 2016

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Jerzy Dudek- 

Dudek began his career in his home country but went to Feyenoord and had a argueably has a successful time there, he got awarded Dutch Goalkeeper of the year in 199-200. Liverpool came calling in 2004 and it turned out to be an great signing under the Rafa era. He appeared 186 times for Liverpool in six seasons.

He went on to join Spainish giants Real Madrid where he’s spent four season in Madrid but spent his time as an back up keeper to Iker Casillas. He didn’t have an successful international career with Poland but featured 60 times and represented his national team in the 2002 World Cup.

Dudek now is a part-time pundit and features on LFCTV talking analysis all Liverpool, also appears on Fantasy Football Club on Sky Sports 1.

Steve Finnan- 

Finnan had a massive career in football with him transferring to eight different clubs. He scored 17 goals all together, Steve started his career at a winger but eventually, as his career went on he dropped back I’m his position and he has played right-back since. Fun fact that Finnan is the only player to have played in the World Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup in all three different levels of English league football. He capped 52 times for the Republic of Ireland while featured for Liverpool 145 times in 5 years.

Finnan now features on BBCSport and Liverpoolfc.tv as a pundit and commentator.

Steve Finnan once went missing in the 10 year anniversary of ‘That Night” in Istanbul. Everyone went to the gathering but Finnan. A few hours later, His Dad Dan spoke to Liverpool Echo and said that “Steve Finnan’s in London, enjoying life out of the limelight and not seeking any form of post-football fame or media work or anything like that. I believe he’s pretty contented and happy about that”. This caused a bit of uncertainty on why Steve wouldn’t go but he was a great defender when at Liverpool and gave everything.

Jamie Carragher- 

Jamie goes down as one of the best Liverpool players to ever wear the shirt, he showed desire and the passion he showed was fantastic. The fans loved him and words couldn’t describe the love between him and us.

He started his youth career at Liverpool and finished at Liverpool. He had many offers from lots of different high paid teams but stook to the team he loved. He got 737 appearances for Liverpool in all competions.

Jamie holds the record for the most Appearances in European competition for Liverpool with 150. This still goes down as a record. He represented England at the 2004 European Championship and 2006 World Cup along with Steven Gerrard, Jamie registered 38 senior English Caps on the highest level on the international stage. He eventually retired in 2007 but was a great servant, he was also vice captain to Beckham and Gerrard in that era.

Carragher won two FA Cups, three League Cups, Two Community Shields, One Champions League, One UEFA Cup, and two Super Cups. He had an really successful career

Jamie now has an £4m per year contract at Sky Sports as a pundit and commentator. Jamie also featured on Socder Aid this year with other legends in the game.

Sami Hyppia 

Sami Hyppia signed for Liverpool in 1999 as Liverpool were the team he supported as a child, in a deal worth £2.6 million. He quickly established himself in the first team and became Captian in the first month of coming to the club. He won many honours and spent 9 years at the club. He was apart of the 2004-05 team in the champions league final. He had a long relationship in he centre of defence with Jamie Carragher and always played an defensive role, proper defender.

Hyppia always captained the Finland national team and was chosen and selected at player of the year numerous times. He made his senior debut in 1992 and retired in May 2004, he made 104 caps.

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In 2011 he became Bayern Leverkusen’s first team coach. He started very slowly with his side ending 12th in his first season. In his second he had an very encouraging second season with Champions League football in his sights. In his third season, he stepped down with an terrible start with them being in the relegation zone for 3 months running with Champions League football.

He became Brighton & Hove Albion manger and finished mid table with Fans calling the era under Hyppia an ‘crisis’. He was sacked on mutual consent in 2014. He has been given and job in coaching for Swiss club, FC Zürich. He’s still here at this present time.

Xabi Alonso- 

Xabi Alonso joined Liverpool from Real Sociedad were he spent his young years as a teen there. He moved with Luis Garcia and the partnership worked as a treat in there first season. Xabi in his prime was known as the best midfielder in the world, along with former teammate Steven Gerrard in that era.

He made 114 caps for the Spainish national team with him winning the World Cup in 2010, he also won the European Championships in 2008. The Spainish team at the time played the best football that   was ever seen. The tiki-taka quick football player is now known as one of the most popular style of plays. He represented his country at Euro 2012 and 2004. Alonso retired international football in 2014, since then they haven’t played the same. Coincidence? I think not.

The fallout with Rafa, who was Liverpool manger at the time had an huge effect on what Alonso was going to do in the future, with the form of Xabi was integral to Real Madrid’s intrest. The capture of Ronaldo in the same year has to go down as the best summer in terms of best summer buys. Xabi completed the move in 2009 and Liverpool haven’t replaced him yet, till this date which is still embarrassing.

Xabi won the la Liga 4 times with the Spainish giants, was out of favour under Ancelotti in 2014 and moved to Bayern Munich and played under Guardiola. But now Ancelotti has moved to Bayern Munich after Guardiola left, things can turn awkward.

Steven Gerrard- 

Whats there more to say about Stevie, the best midfielder ever to play football, winning so many team honurs and indivuldal honurs. Mr Liverpool, Liverpool fans would call him, especially me. Without him we would’nt have won most of the trophies we have won that he was involve with. Certainly deserves the legend status not just for Liverpool Football club but for the whole sport.

He started his youth career at Liverpool and finished at Liverpool. He had many offers from lots of different high paid teams but stook to the team he loved. He got 621 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions.

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Luis Garcia- 

Luis Garcia joined Liverpool  from Valencia, on a double dead with Xabi Alonso. In the 2004/05 season in the Champions League, he scored vital goals against Juventus and Chelsea. The Ghost goal is the most rememberable in the season which was differently shouldn’t have been an goal. After the sucess in 2005-2006, Luis Garica left Anfield for Spain.

He now plays in China at the age of 39, he still has got the talent. He also does part-time punditry on radio shows around the world and talks football. He has seemed to be interested in a role at the academy, Klopp is open to the move so don’t seem surprised if that move happens soon.

John Arne Riise- 

John Arne Riise was an hit at Left-back, no one knew what he was like when joining from Monaco. It turned out to be a summer bargain at £5.6 million. He was a solid defender that turned into a winger in a part of his Liverpool career, he was a very versatile player. He chipped in with an few goals every season and was always an guaranteed starter.

John retired a couple of months ago and now stars in LFCTV with being an pundit and stars on many shows on there.

Harry Kewell- 

Kewell made an move from Leeds United too Liverpool In 2003. Harry Kewell was always known as an underrated player and played wherever the boss wants him to play, in the 2004 season, Kewell played left wing back because Riise was injured for half a season due to a suspected tear of an ligament. He favoured position was playing at CF while playing on the counter attacking.

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He made the move straight after the Champions League final win. He found an move to Galastasarsy in 2008.

Kewell is now an academy coach for the u21’s and is in talks for a new role into the first team as an coach.

By Jack Frankham @LFCJack__

 

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