Liverpool favourite reveals bizarre fact behind Istanbul substitution

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Didi Hamann has revealed that Djimi Traore was all showered up for the second half of that UEFA Champions League final against AC Milan.

Liverpool are back in the Champions League this season after a hiatus from the competition since the 2009-10 campaign. They finished as runners-up to Manchester City last campaign meaning they qualified automatically for the group stage of the competition.

It is probably fair to say that Liverpool have been missed in European football's top competition. The Reds are one of the most successful clubs in the competitions history and in recent times have served up some of the more memorable games in European club football.

Of course, perhaps none more so, than the 2004-05 UEFA Champions League final. It is hard to believe that it is almost ten years since that famous night in Istanbul. In a year's time the club will be hoping to celebrate a decade anniversary with yet another European triumph.

And one man who featured in that game has been speaking about it today. Didi Hamann came on at half-time for Steven Finnan with Liverpool 3-0 down to AC Milan. Of course Liverpool went on to win the game on penalties in what is considered one of the greatest finals of all time.

But the former German international revealed something amusing about that substitution. He was never actually supposed to replace Finnan, it was in fact Djimi Traore he was supposed to swap with:

"It was funny when we came back out actually because I was warming up and I thought we were going to start with 12 men because Djimi Traore came out. He had gone into the shower when I was told I was coming on for him, but then I found out Steve Finnan was injured so Djimi was back out."

Traore was not fondly remembered for much at Anfield, but his second-half performance against Milan is perhaps one of the rarities. 

Maybe it was a nice refreshing shower that did the job.

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