Liverpool's biggest European wins - five years on from Madrid mauling

The thumping of a pedigree outfit in the Champions League showed what Liverpool can do on such occasions and here are some other high-scoring affairs.

Today marks five years since Liverpool's stunning 4-0 thrashing over Real Madrid at Anfield, a result which sent shockwaves reverberating around Europe.

The result saw the Reds overwhelm one of the Champions League's fallen giants but who were still able to boast the likes of Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Gonzalo Higuain.

Madrid were put to the sword by a man who once lined up against them for their adversaries - Atletico Madrid - in Fernando Torres, who scored and played a major part in helping to add to the one-goal lead they had established in the Spanish capital.

A brace from captain Steven Gerrard and one from Andrea Dossena would cap a famous European night at Anfield but they would not be able to mount a run akin to their 2005 and 2007 efforts of reaching the final, as Chelsea won through at the quarter-final stage 7-5 on aggregate.

Nonetheless, the result will rightly go down in Reds folklore and, five years to the day since Madrid were humbled on Merseyside, here are five other high-scoring European wins for the five-time winners...

1) Liverpool 8-0 Besiktas (Champions League group stage - 6 Nov 2007)

Yossi Benayoun was the catalyst behind Liverpool's rout of the Turkish outfit to seal the biggest-ever win in the European Cup's current Champions League format.

The Israeli added to goals from Peter Crouch (2), Gerrard and Ryan Babel as Rafa Benitez's side ran riot to help ensure progression from the group stage.

2) Liverpool 5-0 Spartak Moscow (Champions League group stage - 2 Oct 2002)

An Emile Heskey brace inspired the Reds to a comprehensive success over the Russian minnows who ultimately finished bottom of the group without a whimper.

Further goals from Bruno Cheyrou, Sami Hyypiä and Salif Diao added some gloss to the scoreline but it proved in vain as Gerard Houllier's charges exited the tournament at the first hurdle.

3) FC Haka 0-5 Liverpool (Champions League third qualifying round, first leg - 8 Aug 2001)

Michael Owen stole the show with a hat-trick for the Reds against the Finnish side, who proved no match for the UEFA Cup winners.

Heskey and Hyypiä rounded off the comfortable win in the first leg, with Houllier's side finishing the job off with a 4-1 win at Anfield.

4) Liverpool 5-0 Odense (European Cup first round, second leg - 28 Sept 1983)

Strikers Michael Robinson and a certain Kenny Dalglish traded braces as the Reds comfortably swept aside the Danish outfit when the trophy was known as the European Cup, en route to their fourth success in the competition.

Dalglish had already handed his side a first-leg advantage but the four goals - plus an own-goal from defender Frank Clausen - sealed the win in style.

5) Liverpool 5-0 HJK Helsinki (European Cup second round, second leg - 2 Nov 1982)

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg in Finland, Liverpool had it all to do in the second leg as they desperately went in search of their fourth crown.

But goals courtesy of Dalglish, Craig Johnston, Phil Neal and two from Alan Kennedy dispelled any idea the Reds may be about to leave the competition earlier than expected.

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