Liverpool reminded of ‘ghost goal’ ahead of Champions League return

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho recalls the ‘ghost goal’ against Liverpool in the Champions League back in 2005.

Liverpool are preparing for their first Champions League game in five years as they take on Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield in Group B on Tuesday.

Having finished second in the Premier League last season, the Reds got a straight pass to the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition.

It should be a winning return too, as Bulgarian champions Ludogorets are expected to be the whipping boys in the group that also comprises of Spanish giants Real Madrid and FC Basel.

Liverpool fans, though, have been reminded of one controversial incident back in 2005 against Premier League rivals Chelsea. reports Blues manager Jose Mourinho as telling TVI24: ‘Winning the Champions twice as coach has made my career a special one.

‘I've been in several semi-finals too and some defeats were especially hard to take, such as the goal that did not exist against Liverpool [during his first Chelsea spell] in 2005 or on penalties in 2012 when our first-choice penalty taker [Ronaldo] went up first and failed’.

Mourinho was (probably) not trying to take a dig at Liverpool (or Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo), but it seems that he still bears grievance for Liverpool being allowed the ‘ghost goal’ that took them through to the final of the 2004-05 Champions League campaign.

The first leg of the semi-final tie between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge had ended in a draw, and Luis Garcia’s fourth-minute strike at Anfield in the second leg saw the Reds go through.

Mourinho and Chelsea have always claimed that it was not a goal, but at the end of the 2004-05 season it was Liverpool who celebrated a Champions League triumph.

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