‘That 2001 team was better than the team that won the Champions League’: Dietmar Hamann claims Liverpool’s treble winners were superior to team that pulled off the Miracle of Istanbul
- Dietar Hamann said the Liverpool 2001 treble winning side was best he played in
- Hamann was also part of the 2005 Champions League final winning team
- The Reds won FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup with Gerard Houllier in 2001
- Hamann said the 2001 side had more ‘strength in depth’ than 2005 side
Former Liverpool player Dietmar Hamann claimed the Liverpool side that won the treble in 2001 was better than the 2005 Champions League winning side.
Hamann joined the Reds in 1999 for £8million from Newcastle United as new manager Gerard Houllier wanted to spruce up their squad. Hamann was the most notable signing made, alongside Sami Hyypia, Stephane Henchoz and Vladimir Smicer.
He quickly made himself an integral part of the Liverpool midfield and went on to win the treble of the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in 2001.
Dietar Hamann has revealed the best Liverpool team he played in was the 2001 treble winners
Hamann won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup with Liverpool under Gerard Houllier
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Hamann said: ‘It was a special time. When I joined in 1999 I think I was one of six or seven players and they were all foreigners so I think Gerard Houllier took a big chance.
‘We had some great English talent coming through so it was a gamble. Myself and Stephane [Henchoz] played in England already but you never know how long it will take for these players to adapt.’
Four years later, the German played another huge part in one of the club’s most famous nights in Istanbul.
In the Champions League final against a formidable AC Milan, Liverpool came back from a 3-0 deficit at half-time to take the match to penalties. Hamann tucked away a penalty in the shoot-out as Liverpool pulled off one of the greatest ever comebacks under Rafa Benitez.
Hamann also played in Liverpool’s incredible 2005 Champions League final win vs AC Milan
However, the midfielder believed the 2001 side had better ‘strength in depth’ than 2005 team
However, Hamann believes the treble-winning side of 2001 were the strongest Liverpool team he ever played for.
‘I don’t think anyone expected us that  season to go and win trophies so quickly but it just showed how quickly we gelled and how much talent we really had,’ he added.
‘I saw a picture this week on Twitter, that team when we played Barcelona in the UEFA Cup semi-final in 2001, it was a proper team.
‘I would say it was the best squad I played with in my time. Looking at the strength in depth, it was better than the 2005 team that won the Champions League.’
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