De Futebol Liverpool makes to their ninth Champions League Final!

Liverpool has made to their ninth Champions League finals. This is more than the combined finals appearances of Man U, Chelsea, and Arsenal according to the Daily Mail.

“As if going further than any of their Premier League rivals in Europe this season wasn’t enough, Liverpool’s aggregate win over Roma on Wednesday night means they have now reached as many Champions League/European Cup finals as Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal put together.

The May 26 showpiece against Real Madrid in Kiev will see Liverpool bid for a sixth European crown and will be the eighth final that they have played in.

That draws them alongside Barcelona (8) with only Juventus (9), Bayern Munich (10), AC Milan (11) and Real Madrid (16) ahead of them in the European pecking order of appearances.

Alongside their famous victories in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005, Liverpool also lost finals in 1985 and 2007.

Liverpool’s nearest domestic rivals in terms of finals reached are Manchester United, who have competed in five in total, lifting the trophy in 1968, 1999 and 2008.

That 2008 final saw United beat Chelsea on penalties in the only all-English final to date. But the Stamford Bridge club would go on to win the Champions League four years later in their second and only other final appearance.

Also on two final appearances – and with a 100 per cent record after beating Malmo in 1979 and Hamburg in 1980 – are Nottingham Forest, who haven’t competed in England’s top flight since 1999.

Forest’s European Cup double came in a period where English clubs won the competition a remarkable six times in a row. The final year in that sequence, coming after Liverpool’s third triumph in five years, was Aston Villa’s win over Bayern Munich in 1982.

Villa join Arsenal and Leeds United on one European Cup final appearance, with the Gunners losing to Barcelona in 2006 and Leeds to Bayern Munich in 1975.