Liverpool recorded one of their biggest-ever wins in the Champions League when they thrashed Rangers 7-1 on Wednesday night. Here’s a look at the Reds’ other biggest wins in the competition.
Liverpool’s record-ever win in European competition remains the 11-0 win against Stromsgodset in 1974 – indeed, that’s the club’s biggest-ever win in any competition.
Behind that is a 10-0 against Dundalk in 1969 and a 10-1 against Oulun Palloseura in 1980.
A couple of teams feature more than once here!
8-0 vs. Bestikas (H) – 2007
This remains the now joint-highest win in Champions League history, following Real Madrid’s win of the same scoreline vs. Malmo in 2015.
In 2007 Rafa Benitez’s side ran riot at Anfield against Besiktas, scoring six in the second half.
Yossi Benayoun hit a hat trick, Peter Crouch bagged two, Steven Gerrard smashed one in after a superb backheel assist from Andriy Voronin, and Ryan Babel scored with a backheel flick too! Liquid football.
7-0 vs. Spartak Moscow (H) – 2017
A season that ended with the Reds in their first European Cup final in 11 years, three of the wins featured here arrived in the 2017/18 season.
This one, at home to Spartak Moscow, saw the captain on the night, Philippe Coutinho, bag a hat-trick.
7-0 vs. Maribor (A) – 2017
This was a team about to hit their prime, with an average of 25 years.
7-1 vs. Rangers (A) – 2022
The Egyptian only had nine touches from the bench, scoring three times.
5-0 vs. Spartak Moscow (H) – 2002
Liverpool have played Spartak Moscow six times in their history and two of those six games have resulted in the Reds’ biggest wins in the Champions League.
This one, in 2002, saw Emile Heskey grab a brace for Gerard Houllier’s side who exited the competition at the first group stage and went into the UEFA Cup.
Bruno Cheyrou, Salif Diao and Sami Hyypia were the other scorers for the Reds.
5-0 vs. FC Haka (A) – 2001
Liverpool’s first hat-trick in the Champions League arrived in their first ever game in the competition, in 2001. Not a bad start!
It was scored by Michael Owen in the year he won the Ballon d’Or.
Heskey and Hyypia added the others in what was an exciting Liverpool line up brimming with potential after lifting the UEFA Cup the previous season as part of a cup treble.
5-0 vs. Atalanta (A) – 2020
A game played during the pandemic, behind closed doors, saw Diogo Jota join the illustrious list of Liverpool players scoring a treble in Europe.
The Portuguese was on the scoresheet alongside Salah and Mane.
5-0 vs. FC Porto (A) – 2018
Having won 7-0 twice in the 2017/18 group stage, Liverpool began the knockout stages with a 5-0 thrasing of Porto in 2018.
The Estadio da Dragao has been a happy hunting ground for Klopp’s side, with Mane bagging a hat-trick on this occasion, plus Salah and Firmino with one each. Liverpool’s famed front three were at their absolute best here.
5-1 vs. FC Porto (A) – 2021
Liverpool returned to Estadio da Dragao in 2021, having won 5-0 in 2018 and 4-1 in 2019.
And so another rout ensued and again Liverpool’s front three shared the goals: this time Salah and Firmino with two each and Mane with one.
The Reds have won big in Porto in each of the last three seasons that they’ve reached the Champions League final.
And the rest…
By the same margin of win, there’s also been 4-0 wins against Toulouse (2007), Marseille (2007), Real Madrid (2009), Red Star Belgrade (2019), and Barcelona (2019).
Some of them are pretty memorable, eh!