After being knocked out of the Champions League twice in semi-finals by Liverpool, we eventually beat them at that stage in 2008 and an own goal played a big part in that. Liverpool were leading 1-0 at Anfield in the first leg and then John Arne Riise scored in his own net in front of the Kop right at the end.
Obviously it’s a bit unlucky for the opposition player but it was a huge goal for us as it knocked them down little and you could feel the whole atmosphere drop as well.
We completed the job at home and that game is most remembered for Frank Lampard scoring a penalty in his first game back after he lost his mother. It was obviously very emotional and a difficult and special moment for him, and it showed how strong Frank is as well. He took the responsibility and converted it, and it was a very important goal in the tie. You always knew he was ready to take the responsibility and to be honest, I had no doubt he would score it.
After that, the wins over Liverpool kept coming. Branislav Ivanovic headed in his first two Chelsea goals and Alex scored a free-kick rocket many remember. To beat Pepe Reina from that distance you need to really hit it hard, and he did just that.
Branislav had been with us for some time before he got regular games so for him to go to Anfield and do that was great. Iva is a beast, a big guy, always a threat in the box. Every time we had a set play in that period we were a real threat. We had JT, Iva and then later on Gary Cahill and David Luiz. We had other big guys like Alex and Michael Ballack who was brilliant with his head.