Former Liverpool goalkeeper Dudek: I dreamt we lost in Istanbul

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Former Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek says he had no inkling that Liverpool would win the 2005 Champions League final in such dramatic circumstances.

Jerzy Dudek ensured he would go down in Liverpool folklore with his penalty shootout heroics and surprising save to prevent the prolific Andriy Shevchenko from scoring in the last moments of extra-time in Instanbul.

The Polish goalkeeper insists he had no premonition that he would play such a key part in of the most dramatic football stories of all-time in the build up to the clash with Serie A giants AC Milan.

"I actually had a nightmare where I dreamt we lost that game," Dudek told the official Liverpool website.

"Then I woke up and realised we hand't played the game yet. And I felt relieved.

"But, looking back, I actually can't even remember whether that nightmare was before or after we played the game!"

Liverpool came back from a 3-0 deficit in the Champions League final that year and Dudek's efforts between the sticks kept Milan at bay. Little did anyone in Instanbul at the time know he would contribute in handing Rafael Benitez's team the all-important trophy.

Dudek, who is renowned for his superstitious ways, hinted that his pre-match ritual may have played a part in the history win. After all, without his save from Shevchenko's spot-kick, Liverpool would not have claimed victory in the manner they did.

"Every goalkeeper has [rituals]. Personally, I like to meditate as it helps me to feel calm.

"I go into the dressing room before each game, warm up and stretch then find a quiet corner.

"Then I put my left glove on first, then the left shinpad, the left sock, left boot, then the right glove, the right shinpad, the right sock, the right boot.

"While leaving one glove off to shake hands with people. And I also put my socks on the opposite way.

"If I didn't do it, my day might go a little bit crazy!"

Dudek left Liverpool two years after the European triumph in a transfer that saw him move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Despite his heroics in goal against AC Milan, Benitez signed Pepe Reina months after the final and made him number one.

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