£30.8m Chelsea flop recalls 'unbelievable' moment with Liverpool cult hero

Andriy Shevchenko has been speaking about his AC Milan career this week - including that night in Istanbul.

Andriy Shevchenko achieved many things throughout his illustrious career. He dominated Ukraine in his first spell at Dynamo Kiev, conquered Europe with AC Milan in 2003 and won the Ballon d’Or in 2004 - so it is certainly fair to say he was a player of quality and class.

Of course for us English football fans that feeling has always been a little warped. His time in England was not fruitful whatsoever. He arrived, seemingly without the approval of Jose Mourinho, for a whopping great fee of £30.8 million.

However he did not succeed at the club. He struggled for form from the off and scored just 22 goals in 77 appearances during his London stay.

But despite his time at Chelsea Shevchenko is perhaps more synonymous with another English club - Liverpool.

Eight and a half years ago his AC Milan side travelled to Istanbul to take on Liverpool in the Champions League final - in what proved to be one of the most memorable comebacks in European club football history.

Milan tore Liverpool apart for 45 minutes - and went into the second half with a 3-0 lead. But Liverpool fought back and took the game to extra time - before winning on penalties.

Shevchenko missed a crucial penalty in that shoot-out - but he has been speaking this week about his career, and a moment in extra-time of that game got a special mention.

From just yards out, Shevchenko, at the time perhaps the most feared striker in world football, just had to ripple the net and Milan were champions.

But somehow Dudek stopped it.

Shevchenko said of the moment:

"I still cannot believe that the ball does not enter into the net. But this is one of the many moments in the life of a footballer, to which this magnificent sport can give a lot, but also take away the same…”

So any Liverpool fans feeling the post- Christmas blues - here is that save for you...

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