Liverpool icon Sir Kenny Dalglish harked back to Luis Garcia’s notorious ‘ghost goal’ as he backed Liverpool to reach this season’s Champions League final at Chelsea’s expense.
The two Premier League sides have been drawn on the same side of the draw and will face off in the semis if they triumph in their respective quarter-final ties.
The Reds travel to Spain for their first leg with Real Madrid on Tuesday before Chelsea face off with Porto the following day.
The most infamous Champions League encounter between Liverpool and Chelsea was without doubt their 2005 clash, during which Garcia scored a controversial winner to send Rafa Benitez’s side to the final in Istanbul.
This season’s final will be played at the same ground – the Ataturk Stadium – and Dalglish is confident history can repeat itself.
“If they can beat Real Madrid they can go all the way to the final,” the Anfield legend told talkSPORT as he discussed Liverpool’s chances.
“The final just happens to be at one of the greatest moments in Liverpool’s history at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul.”
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Dalglish added: ” Chelsea came and beat us at Anfield [1-0 in March]. Thomas Tuchel’s done a great job with them. He’s been on a great run.
“We’ll beat them in the semi-final like before with Luis Garcia knocking it in!”
Although Liverpool sit seventh in the Premier League amid a dismal domestic season, Dalglish insists they “are still a threat” and have been drawn on the preferable side of the Champions League draw.
“They’re still a team to be proud of and that can go places,” said the Scot. “They are still in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
“When the draw came out, when have you ever been happy drawing Real Madrid?
“You were happy to draw Real Madrid because you’ve missed Bayern Munich and Man City. Those two get each other if they reach the semi-final.”
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