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Unforgettable Games from the 2018/19 Season

If you pick five matchday programmes from the last nine months that would turn out to be worth a fortune 50 years from now, which would you choose? It's been a stunning season in both the Champions League, Premier League and football league, but what were the pivotal moments that will be remembered years from now? Here are some of the best:

Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona

This could be one of the ultimate 'I was there' moment for Liverpool fans, certainly since the miracle of Istanbul over a decade ago. It might be an unfashionable opinion, but Liverpool's amazing comeback victory might have been just slightly tainted by the fact Barcelona were truly abject at Anfield. Still, take nothing away from Jurgen Klopp's men - this is football at its best.

Aston Villa 5-5 Nottingham Forest

A world away from the bright lights of the Champions League, this game had everything, including four goals for Tammy Abraham, a sending off, penalty and late dramatic equaliser from Forest. It was really a great advertisement for the Championship.

Paris Saint Germain 1-3 Manchester United

Manchester United have had a terrible season by their standards, and, as a consequence, betting sites have pushed them out as far as 10/1 (888sport) to win the Premier League next season. Yet, during one special night in Paris, the fans believed again. Those final few moments when Marcus Rashford was waiting to take that penalty were spine-tingling.

Man City 1-0 Leicester City

This is the game that won Man City the title. Of course, for large parts it was pretty boring. Yet, it showed that football was sometimes about moments. Who better than Vincent Kompany to come up with a captain's goal when it mattered - and what a goal! City are now 4/6 favourites to win three titles in a row. That few seconds on a Monday night show how tight these things can be.

West Ham 4-3 Huddersfield

By a distance, one of the best games the Hammers have been involved in for years. 3-1 down with 15 minutes to go? No problem. Angelo Agbonna got the Hammers back in it on 75 minutes, then Javier Hernandez bagged two in the final six minutes to send the fans into ecstasy.

Ajax 2-3 Spurs

People will be debating for years whether Spurs or Liverpool's Champions League semi-final comeback was better. Who cares? They were both excellent. However, a special mention should be made for hat-trick man Lucas Moura, who was once seen as surplus to requirements at PSG. His tears at the end said it all.

Sunderland 4-5 Coventry City

This is the game that arguably derailed Sunderland's chances of automatic promotion, although they are still rated as 7/4 chances to win the League One Playoffs. Regardless, what a game this was, with young Coventry striker Conor Chaplin popping up with the winner on 78 minutes.

Barcelona 3-4 Real Betis

It's a fair assumption that Jurgen Klopp would have watched the video of this match before tackling Barcelona in the Champions League. Betis are 'one of those teams', capable of both the sublime and the ridiculous. Unfortunately, it's mostly the latter. Yet, they were scintillating in this early season fixture at the Camp Nou. It's not often that Lionel Messi bags a brace and Barcelona don't win, but Betis pummelled them at were deserved winners.

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