Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Marseille Midfielder Recalls Liverpool 'Nightmare'

Joey Barton has admitted that Liverpool's thrilling comeback victory against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final, was a real life "nightmare".

The 30-year-old midfielder, currently on loan with Ligue 1 giants Marseille from Queens Park Rangers, recently explained in an interview with his parent club's official website.

Les Phoceens fans have been keen to find out all they can about their newly inherited player, asking him a series of questions, including the best match he has ever seen.

"The best I've seen? The fans say Munich. It is hard to choose just one," said Barton, referring to the 1993 Champions League final, between Marseille and AC Milan, which his current employers won 1-0. "I love football and I watch a lot of it.

"The fans love to see goals, but I could pick other games because I like to watch tackling and the defence."

It was later suggested that Liverpool's turnaround against AC Milan, after coming from 3-0 down at half-time to draw 3-3 and win on penalties, might be a contender, but Barton insisted for him - a former trainee at Merseyside rivals Everton - it would not be.

"Oh no," he exclaimed. "I am an Everton supporter. So for me, it is a nightmare."

On that famous night in Istanbul, Rafa Benitez's Reds were spearheaded by inspirational skipper Steven Gerrard, who scored the first and won a penalty to set up the equalizing goal for Xabi Alonso, to ensure the European Cup returned to Anfield for the first time since 1984.

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