1977-1978

1977-78

2nd Round
After receiving a first round bye, Liverpool were drawn against German opponents Dynamo Dresden, a side they had brushed aside 18 months earlier on their way to UEFA Cup success.

A five goal blast showed the rest of Europe that the Reds meant business and were intent on retaining the crown they had won in Rome's Olympic Stadium months earlier.

Liverpool 5 v 1 Dynamo Dresden
October 19th 1977

Clemence, Neal, Jones, Hansen, Kennedy, Hughes, Dalglish, Case, Heighway, Toshack, Callaghan

Goals
Hansen (14)
Case (21, 57)
Neal (44 pen)
Kennedy (66)

Attendance
39,835

A 6-3 aggregate victory was completed without fuss in a low key affair in Dresden and Liverpool were into the last eight.
Dynamo Dresden 2 v 1 Liverpool
November 2nd 1977

Clemence, Neal, Jones, Hansen, Kennedy, Hughes, Dalglish, Case, Heighway, McDermott (Fairclough), Callaghan

Goals
Heighway (67)

Attendance
33,000

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3rd Round
Benfica, twice winners of the tournament, were sporting an incredible unbeaten run of 46 games at the Stadium of Light when Liverpool arrived. Within minutes of the kick off they were in front and being roared on by a 70,000 crowd.

However, the Reds soon gained the upper hand in the torrential rain and a Jimmy Case equaliser took the sides in level at half time. Emlyn Hughes scored the winner in the 72nd minute to complete a memorable victory. Benfica 1 v 2 Liverpool
March 1st 1978

Clemence, Neal, Smith, Thompson (Hansen), Kennedy, Hughes, Dalglish, Case, Heighway, McDermott, Callaghan

Goals
Case (37)
Hughes (72)

Attendance
70,000

After the heoics of the first leg, Liverpool were in no mood to let things slip in the second, slamming four more goals past hapless Portuguese keeper Bento.

New Kop hero Kenny Dalglish scored his first European goal for Liverpool in the first half.

Liverpool 4 v 1 Benfica
March 16th 1977

Clemence, Neal, Smith, Thompson, Kennedy, Hughes, Dalglish, Case, Heighway, McDermott, Callaghan

Goals
Callaghan (6)
Dalglish (17)
McDermott (78)
Neal (88)

Attendance
48,364

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Semi Final
After defeating the Germans in the 1973 UEFA Cup final and in the 1977 European Cup final, was it to be a case of third time unlucky for Liverpool? After the first leg tie the answer was a resounding 'maybe'.

A late David Johnson away goal seemed to have secured a 1-1 draw for the Reds but Borussia managed a last gasp winner to keep the tie intriguingly poised for the Anfield leg. This was also the match in which new signing Graeme Souness made his European bow.

Borussia Moenchengladbach 2
Liverpool 1
March 29th 1978

Clemence, Neal, Smith, Thompson, Kennedy, Hughes, Dalglish, Case, Heighway (Souness), McDermott ( ohnson), Callaghan

Goals
Johnson (88)

Attendance
66,000

Borussia were simply outclassed at Anfield. An early Ray Kennedy goal settled the nerves and levelled the aggregate scores (with the Reds having the all important away goal).

Second half goals from Dalglish and Case then eased Liverpool through. Remarkably, this was the first of only two ever European occasions in which the magnificent midfield quartet of Case, McDermott, Souness and Kennedy played a full 90 minutes.

Liverpool 3
Borussia Moenchengladbach 0
April 12th 1978

Clemence, Neal, Smith, Thompson, Kennedy, Hughes, Dalglish, Case, Heighway, McDermott, Souness

Goals
Kennedy (6)
Dalglish (35)
Case (56)

Attendance
51,500

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Final
Not a classic by any means but Liverpool set new records with this win by becoming the first English/British side to win the European Cup twice. Emlyn Hughes became the first English captain to lift two European Cups, a feat that still remains to be emulated over two decades on.

FC Bruges had been Liverpool's opponents in the 1976 UEFA Cup final and their side showed only a few changes of personnel. Liverpool on the other hand had 'lost' Smith, Jones, Keegan, Heighway and Callaghan from the glorious Rome side.

The most memorable event of a relatively tame 90 minutes was the sublimely chipped goal by Dalglish, put through clinically by fellow Scot Souness, on 65 minutes. It was his 30th of a remarkable debut season for the Reds.

FC Bruges 0
Liverpool 1
May 10th 1978

Clemence, Neal, Thompson, Hansen, Kennedy, Hughes, Dalglish, Case (Heighway), Fairclough, McDermott, Souness

Goals
Dalglish (65)

Attendance
92,500

Sir Bob quote

"Whenever anyone ever starts on about just how good any manager is or was, I always get slightly frustrated, then I realise it doesn’t really matter too much. Because I know the truth. I watched it happen. As someone who isn’t a scouser, was never really a fan of Liverpool as a kid, even when Shankly was about. What I saw, unfolding right before my eyes, so that even I could grasp was the sight of someone moulding and forming the best set of teams ever to grace the game. He altered all of it; from the way the players physically became slimmer and lither than the past, to their astounding fitness levels, to the tactics he employed. I’ve seen the lot in my time: all the great teams; all the great players. All of them. And not one manager could make great team after great team like Bob Paisley could. Look at his record.

So let others go on about Sir Alex and everyone else they want to hold up as an example. It doesn’t really matter. Because like the jockey who rode the amazing Secretariat said once, ‘Personally, I never get involved when people start talking about greatness. Because none of them who ever talk about it, ever rode this horse. I did. I know‘ And that’s how I feel still. I’m nearly 60 now and I’m not likely to see a football manager again who could hold a candle to Bob Paisley. Let others yak on and talk. I know he was the best I’ll ever see in my life. I know.“

Liverpool fan Chris Hayes

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