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Sunday 17 December 2017

Liverpool's heroes of Istanbul - Where are they now?

10 years on from their Champions League victory, here is a look at where the Kop stars from that memorable night are now

Liverpool players (1st row, L-R) Stephen Finnan, Milan Baros, Luis Garcia, Steven Gerrard, John Arne Risse; (2nd row, L-R) Djimi Traore, Xabi Alonso, Sami Hyypia, Jerzy Dudek, Jamie Carragher, Harry Kewell
Liverpool players (1st row, L-R) Stephen Finnan, Milan Baros, Luis Garcia, Steven Gerrard, John Arne Risse; (2nd row, L-R) Djimi Traore, Xabi Alonso, Sami Hyypia, Jerzy Dudek, Jamie Carragher, Harry Kewell
Liverpool's victory in Istanbul in the 2005 Champions League final

Ten years on from Liverpool's Champions League win over AC Milan in Istanbul, we look at what happened to the players involved on that famous night.


Left Liverpool in 2007 to become Iker Casillas's deputy at Real Madrid, where he spent four seasons before retiring in 2011.



Spent an injury-affected season at Espanyol after leaving Anfield in 2008 and then joined Portsmouth, retiring after their 2010 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea. Currently involved with London-based construction firm Finnan Developments.


After spells at Charlton, Birmingham, Monaco and Marseille the much-maligned Frenchman spent two years in Major League Soccer with Seattle Sounders before retiring.


An emotional Anfield farewell in 2009 Hyypia headed to Bayer Leverkusen where he finished his playing career before becoming assistant manager and then manager. After being sacked in April 2014 he became Brighton boss in June but lasted just six months.



The centre-back retired in 2013 after 737 appearances for the club and has since become a respected pundit with Sky Sports.


Riise spent three years with Roma after leaving Anfield in 2008 before returning to England with Fulham and is currently playing for APOEL in Cyprus.


The only player from that night in Istanbul still at Anfield but preparing for his final match for his boyhood club this weekend before tackling a new challenge in Major League Soccer with Los Angeles Galaxy.



After his departure for Atletico Madrid in 2007 the Spaniard spent two seasons back in his homeland before spells at Racing Santander, Panathinaikos and Mexican sides Puebla Club Universidad Nacional in 2010. Announced his retirement in January 2014 only to make a brief comeback for newly formed Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata.


Played a pivotal role for Real Madrid for five seasons after his Liverpool exit in 2009, culminating in the club's 10th Champions League victory last summer. Now patrolling Bayern Munich's midfield.


The Australian left Anfield for Galatasaray in 2008 for three seasons and returned home to play for Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart - either side of a short spell with Qatari's Al-Gharafa - where he retired in March 2014.



Left for Aston Villa immediately after their Istanbul win and later played for Lyon, Portsmouth and Galatasaray before twice rejoining Banik Ostrava, the club he originally left for Anfield, either side of a stint with Turkish side Antalyaspor.


Left for Manchester City after Liverpool's 2006 FA Cup win, having initially agreed to join Bolton, before finishing his playing career in 2011 at Milton Keynes Dons where he was player-coach. Joined Leicester as first-team coach before a short ill-fated spell as manager of newly-relegated Conference Premier side Stockport. Now a media pundit.


His last Liverpool appearance was the final, in which he scored, and his career could never match up to those heights. He spent two seasons with Bordeaux before returning to first professional club Slavia Prague before retiring in May 2010.



Enjoyed something of a nomadic existence after leaving Anfield in 2006, with stints at Marseille, Sunderland, Panathinaikos, Lazio, Al-Gharafa and Kuban Krasnodar before returning to his homeland with Bastia where he is currently still playing.


Disagreements with the owners and failing results resulted in the Spaniard leaving Anfield in 2010. A similar scenario saw him get sacked after just six months in charge at Inter Milan. Resurfaced as Chelsea interim manager, succeeding Roberto di Matteo, and despite being deeply unpopular at Stamford Bridge because of his Liverpool connections led them to Europa League glory. Joined Napoli in the summer of 2013, winning the Coppa Italia in his first season, and guiding them to within one goal of this season's Europa League final.

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