The other major casualty in this defeat was Jordan Henderson, who could not play the final that fateful day due to fitness concerns. "They must play 30 or so meaningless matches per year waiting for Champions League matches".
'When they told me about the problems they had I thought 'OK, yeah, I am probably the really right manager for that club.
"We are Liverpool and we are not just a good team, this club has in its DNA that we can really go for the big things".
"It could have been different fans coming up to me and saying, 'Come to us" but 90 per cent of the supporters were Liverpool.
Christian Pulisic admits he once dreamed of playing in the Premier League but insists he is "very focused" on matters at Borussia Dortmund. "I believed (that I was capable of this form)".
"He looked at the bigger picture and the future, and he felt it could be a big moment in our careers to learn from the experience".
And I'm here because my boys gave me that chance again'.
Yet Liverpool's own attacking quality suggests the Olympic Stadium in the Ukrainian capital could be the scene of an unforgettable encounter.
Tampa Bay hurts, but not a failure
After a brilliant pass from John Carlson, Burakovsky scored on a breakaway under eight minutes later for the 3-0 lead. Kings in the first round and needed just five games each to polish off the San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets.
In terms of history alone, this is a dream final.
Liverpool are just one win away from adding a sixth Champions League trophy to the cabinets at Anfield.
"I wish Jurgen all the best from bottom of my heart that he can win this trophy", he said.
Trailing 3-0 at the break, Liverpool scored three times between the 54th and 60th minutes, and then relied on the heroics of goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, who memorably robbed Shevchenko, before stunning the Italians in the penalty shootout.
Jurgen Klopp is an intelligent man, and he has what appears to be a real affection for Liverpool.
Messi and Neymar's exploits made them the first duo to score 10+ goals for the same side in a Champions League campaign, demonstrating the greater balance to Barcelona's front three compared to the Ronaldo-dominated BBC the previous year. Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players ever.
Navas's case was not helped by high-profile errors to concede goals against Juventus as Madrid sneaked past the Italian champions in the quarter-finals, and in a first leg semi-final win at Bayern Munich.