“Anfield is the most difficult place in Europe to play football,” were Pep Guardiola’s words last season. The mythical stadium was built in 1884 and for eight years it was the home of Everton, However, an economic disagreement caused him to leave the stage and Liverpool was born.
Its stands near the field and the romantic history with You’ll Never Walk Alone (You will never walk alone), makes it a very tough stadium for rivals. Few Colombian players have been able to shine when they face Liverpool. Faustino Asprilla did it with Newcastle, James Rodríguez with Real Madrid and David Ospina with Napoli.
Now, three more Colombians will visit Anfield. This time without one of his greatest strengths, the public. Johan Mojica, Luis Muriel and Duván Zapata hope to withstand the hard pressure from Liverpool that in Bergamo he thrashed them 0-5. Defeat that makes them seek a good result to continue fighting for a place in the second round.
Gian Piero Gasperini pointed out after Liverpool’s win that, “tWe have to reflect. We lost by a landslide in Manchester last season but We were sure that we could change a few things and make a big difference. However, today there was a big gap“.
Asprilla’s goal at Anfield
In their first meeting at Anfield, Tino shone and complicated Liverpool. It was April 3, 1996 for the 33rd date of the Premier League. Newcastle was fighting the title with Manchester United. The game was very English style. When the match was 2-2, the Colombian appeared. Long pass behind the defenders, the goalkeeper came out to cut and Asprilla with a touch sent her over to score the 2-3. In the end, the locals reacted and came back 4-3.
Great game and assist from James
It was James’s first season with Real Madrid. In the 2014/15 Champions League they were in group B with Liverpool. The Colombian was one of the most prominent in that match that Madrid won 0-3.
James gave a masterful assist to Cristiano Ronaldo in the 23rd minute. The Portuguese looked for the wall with the Colombian, who bit it and left the attacker hand in hand with Mignolet.
New visit from James
The Colombian played with Bayern Munich and returned to Anfield to face Liverpool for the knockout stages of the 18/19 Champions League. It finished 0-0 with a great defensive work from James. In that meeting he traveled 10.8 km.
David Ospina avoids a win
In the group stage of the 18/19 Champions League, David Ospina’s Napoli met Liverpool at Anfield. The Neapolitans lost 1-0 with a goal from Mohamed Salah, but the goalkeeper avoided a win. He got three clear goal options. Two were stopped by the Egyptian striker and one by Sadio Mané.