Ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry believes clubs like Liverpool and Real Madrid have a better understanding of how to win games in Europe than other teams.
Speaking after Real progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League last night, despite being distinctly second-best to Chelsea over two legs, Henry claimed the club’s affinity with the competition does play a role:
“The stadium, the history. It does things to you. That’s why Liverpool back in the day and even now, when the cup comes and the games are under the light at Anfield, the Bernabeu, they understand those moments. They will make it happen. Chelsea beat them (Real Madrid) last year, but not at the Bernabeu.”
It’s an interesting take by Henry, and it is demonstrably true that Liverpool have been able to step up their game on European nights at Anfield over the years. Going back to 2005, they clearly had a team that should have been nowhere close to lifting the European Cup but they still managed it.
Coming from 3-0 down to win 4-3 on aggregate against Barcelona in 2019, though, is probably the best moment of them all. Special things simply happen in front of the Kop, and Klopp’s side will be hoping for a few more of them to reach another Champions League final this season.