Liverpool’s Champions League winning 2005 team: Where are they now?

Where are Liverpool's 2005 Champions league winning team now?

A picture of Anfield with a banner by Tommy Lister
Liverpool fans showing their support. By Tommy Lister

After failing to win the league on the final day of the Premier League campaign, Liverpool will now look to ahead to Paris where they will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Jurgen Klopp and his team will want to create another memorable moment in the final but hope they will do it in easier fashion than the 2005 Milan final.

That Liverpool squad became heroes for their part to play in the club’s history, but where are they now?

Jerzy Dudek

Now living back in his homeland of Poland, at Krakow. The Polish international has stated his intentions to start a football academy in Poland with his brother.

In 2014 Dudek competed in his first full season in the Volkswagen Castrol Cup, a racing championship based in Eastern Europe during the summer months.

Steve Finnan

Finnan made 145 appearances for the Reds, and was a key figure at right-back for both Liverpool and the Republic of Ireland national team.

The 46-year-old has been involved in his fair share of controversy over the years, having been arrested for running a man over whilst speeding and most recently being accused of racial abuse towards Patrice Evra. Finnan has since been cleared of the claims.

The Irishman is now living in London, working in property development.

Jamie Carragher

Carragher was one of the most recognisable figures in a Liverpool jersey, making over 500 appearances for the club.

The centre-half has one everything there is to win in the English game, bar the Premier League, and is fan favourite around Anfield.

He hasn’t been quiet in his retirement either, Carragher is one of Sky Sports’ top pundits and is infamous for his role in their show Monday night football, where he partners former rival Gary Neville.

Sami Hyypia

Another memorable figure in the Liverpool defence, Hyypia made 318 appearances for Liverpool and 105 for the Finnish national team, making him the country’s second most capped player.

Continuing on from his Finnish importance, Hyypia set up a charity in his home nation to help fund young promising athletes.

Since his retirement, Hyypia has had an interesting coaching career, going from Finland’s assistant manager to Bayern Leverkusen, Brighton and Hove Albion, FC Zurich. He is now the assistant manager at FC Haka.

Djimi Traore

The Mali born defender played 88 times for Liverpool, despite almost leaving the club for rivals Everton in 2004.

Traore is well known for his own goal in an FA Cup game against Burnley in 2004/05 season, which ending up knocking Liverpool out of the tournament.

He finished his playing career at Seattle Sounders where he later went on to be the club’s assistant manager.

Xabi Alonso  

Arguably one of the best midfielders in the league at the time, Alonso has had a stellar career that saw him play for Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Liverpool, where he played 143 times.

The midfielder has won countless honours, including the Bundesliga, La Liga and World Cup titles as well as a second Champions League with Real Madrid.

Like many of his fellow players he has gone into coaching, starting at Real Madrid’s U14s before moving on to Real Sociedad’s B team. He has been there since 2019.

Luis Garcia

Garcia started his career at Barcelona before moving around Spain for several spells. He enjoyed his best and most fruitful spell at Liverpool where he made over 100 appearances.

It would be the best spell of his career as he then went on a journeyman venture through Europe, South America and Australia.

Garcia has been quiet in his retirement but featured as a pundit for beIN sports for their UEFA Euro 2016 coverage.

Steven Gerrard  

Mr. Liverpool himself, Gerrard has made himself an icon for scousers, making over 500 appearances, scoring 120 goals.

As a member of England’s ‘golden generation’ he was widely regarded one of the greatest of his generation. He has been honoured for his career by being inducted into the premier League 2021 Hall of Fame.

Gerrard is another member of his generation in management and is currently manager of Aston Villa. He previously managed Rangers where he won the Scottish Premiership, putting an end to Celtic’s ten in a row target.

John Arne Riise

Riise made 234 appearances for Liverpool, playing as both a left-back and left winger. Bought for £4m pound Riise became a fan favourite for his toughness and passion.

The Norwegian also made over 100 appearances for the national team.

He is another one now in management, where he currently manages Norwegian club Avaldsnes on a two-year contract.

Harry Kewell

Australian footballer Kewell played 93 games for Liverpool and also played 181 times for Leeds United.

Kewell is a key figure in Australian football and fashion. In 2008 he became the face of men’s fashion brand Politix.

However, he has stayed in football and started a coaching career in England where he has managed Crawley Town, Notts County, Oldham Athletic and most recently Barnet.

Milan Baros

Czech international Baros made 68 appearances for the Reds, making his debut against Barcelona in the Champions League.

Possibly, Baros’ most memorable moment at Liverpool was in the club’s tie against Blackburn Rovers in September where he broke his ankle in the same game Carragher broke his leg.

Baros is the only member on this list still playing. He is now playing for amateur Czech side FK Vigantice after a bouncing around clubs in Czech Republic since 2014.