Benitez: Istanbul comeback is still the best

Rafa Benitez insists Liverpool’s comeback in the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul is still the best comeback in the history of the competition with some statistics alongside to back up the claims.

Rafa masterminded the miracle of Istanbul where Liverpool overturned a three-goal lead to win the 2005 Champions League against Milan via Penalties.

Klopp’s men emulated that feat when they overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate on Tuesday night to reach the final in Madrid.

But when asked about which comeback was better, the Newcastle boss said there’s a clear winner – referencing the recent Sky Sports’ poll.

“You know the maths,” Benitez said. “I’ve seen your poll on Sky. Who won? You know. Come on. Who won?

“I ask you, who won the poll you did on Sky. It was me, yeah. You know that. Listen, 45 mins and three goals compared to Tuesday.

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“I had a person visiting from Turkey last week and still they’re talking about this game.

“I have 33 per cent, it’s very clear. Check the numbers again.”

Benitez, equally said he has already personally congratulated Klopp for his side’s triumph.

“I wasn’t surprised by Liverpool, was more surprised by Barca’s lack of intensity. Messi was there and thought it would be different.

“They didn’t react when Liverpool pushed for more goals. I’ve congratulated Jurgen.”

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