Jerzy Dudek reveals the penalty code that helped him win the Champions League for Liverpool
The Polish goalkeeper was part of the side that won the tournament in 200509:03 Friday 22 April 2016, 9:03 22 Apr 2016
Polish goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek is best remembered for his performance in the 2005 Champions League final, when he helped Liverpool defeat AC Milan in a penalty shoot-out.
Dudek's name entered Liverpool folklore when he saved two of Milan's five penalties as Liverpool won the shoot-out 3-1. Andriy Shevchenko's penalty was saved by the goalkeeper which won the title for the five-time winners.
The Liverpool Echo are this week serialising parts of Dudek's new book 'A Big Pole in Our Goal', and the 43-year-old has revealed the code that helped him save penalties from Andrea Pirlo and Shevchenko in Istanbul.
Dudek reveals he worked with Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez throughout the season on saving penalties in matches. The two men devised a system where the goal was split into six sections, each given a number corresponding to where players were most likely to shoot.
Substitute goalkeeper Scott Carson and goalkeeping coach Jose Ochotorena, Dudek revealed were both crucial components in his performance in the shoot-out.
"I’m not sure if many people noticed this, but it was actually Scott Carson who would raise his hands to signal which way I should dive. Ocho would look at his notes and tell him which arm to raise as each of their players walked down towards me."
Despite the code, Dudek also revealed he didn't pay attention to it for each penalty, like he was expected to do so. "I think I dived three times in the opposite direction than I should have done according to the signals that were being made on the touchline for me from Scott and Ocho."
Either way, Dudek's performance almost 11-years ago has kept him as a hero to Liverpool fans around the world.
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