A look back on one of the events which marked 2009...
Certain football clubs, like Liverpool, are part of history. So, on this October evening of 2009, as they were about to step out on to the pitch at Anfield, and while « You’ll Never Walk Alone » was sung loudly, OL were getting ready to face one of the giants of European football.
Pulling back level and then winning is a real exploit.
Playing away to the Reds is already a difficult task. Pulling yourself back level and then winning the game after having been 1-0 down, is a veritable exploit. But, this is exactly what happened to Claude Puel’s players at this end to the year. Maxime Gonalons, all of 20 years of age (and reconverted as a centre back after the accident and concussion to Cris), and Cesar Delgado scored on an evening that would see one of the greatest European exploits of the club. All of this in front of around 2000 OL supporters who had travelled to discover the special atmosphere of Anfield and a surprised but remarkable English crowd.
Two weeks later, the two sides once again faced each other at the Stade Gerland. Without Steven Gerrard, but with Fernando Torres, Liverpool opened the scoring just seven minutes before the end of the match (through Babel). But, once again, OL managed to get back on level terms. We were almost into stoppage time when Lisandro Lopez equalised, the Argentinean propelling his side into the last 16 of the Champions League for the seventh season in a row. Rafael Benitez’s side would not manage to pick themselves back up after this double confrontation, which will go down in the history books of Olympique Lyonnais.