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Khabib Expresses Admiration For Liverpool’s 2005 Istanbul Heroics

Khabib Nurmagomedov has expressed his love for football and his admiration for the Liverpool side who managed to pull off an incredible comeback to win the Champions League final against Milan in Istanbul back in 2005.

The lightweight champion was pretty knowledgable as far as football was concerned upon being asked for his take on the sport as a whole.

Citing Liverpool’s 2005 heroics in Istanbul as a real high point of his love of football, Nurmagomedov explained how much he enjoyed watching that team overturn such a massive deficit in order to pull off the comeback to end all comebacks and shock AC Milan in Turkey.

Speaking during a recent interview with BT Sport, Khabib spoke fondly of his memories of watching that Liverpool side in particular and how the English Premier League, in his estimation, is the greatest league in the world.

“I think I am not only a fan, I think I know [football] history. English Premier League, for me, is the best league in the world. I follow everything.”

“I remember when I was a kid in 2005 when I watched Liverpool versus Milan, in Dagestan. We had a big screen TV on the beach, thousands of people [were] watching this match.

“And when they were losing after the first half 3-0, and I really believed, ‘They have to come back, they have to come back’ because I liked the team.

“It was Milan Baros, [Vladimir] Smicer, [John Arne] Riise, [Sami] Hyypia. I remember this. Stevie Gerrard! It was a very good team, but right now they have a very good team too. I watch all the Champions League matches and Liverpool. But I’m a big fan of Real Madrid.”

“But I like English Premier League, even if the worst teams are playing, they have the best games.” (via

Watch Khabib’s interview in full below:

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