On a night to rank alongside the finest in Anfield history Liverpool sensationally secured their place in the knockout phase of the Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Olympiacos.
Second half goals from Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Neil Mellor and Steven Gerrard cancelled out a first half free-kick by Rivaldo to complete an incredible comeback and raise the roof off an ecstatic Kop.
With a win by two clear goals required, Gerrard struck the all-important goal just four minutes from time to spark unbridled scenes of delirium.
The pre-match talk had centred on the welcome return of Milan Baros who had missed the previous five games with a hamstring injury. The Czech striker replaced Neil Mellor in the lone attacking role, while the only other change from Saturday's starting line-up saw Djimi Traore come in for the suspended Didi Hamann.
With such high rewards at stake the atmosphere was electric as the two teams entered the field. The banners were once again out in force on the Kop, while at the opposite end an impressive 3,000 strong army of away fans were colourful and vociferous.
The drama began immediately. Straight from the kick-off Liverpool forced three corners in quick succession and from the third Baros almost headed home a sensational early opener. Rising high to meet Gerrard's set-piece his effort was headed off the line by a Greek defender but when the referee signalled the majority of Anfield thought he'd indicated the ball had crossed the line. Unfortunately, he had blown up for a foul.
Gerrard then saw a shot deflected behind for another corner, from which Hyypia headed into the side-netting, much to the embarrassment of the fans in the Kemlyn Road, who thought he'd scored.
Only three minutes had passed. The pace was fast and the tempo high.
Rivaldo attempted to redress the balance with a speculative long-range free-kick that sailed high into the Kop but from a similar position soon afterwards he caused Kopites hearts to flutter when Gerrard had to deflect his effort narrowly over the bar.
As usual, the Reds skipper was involved all over the pitch and on 20 minutes he saw a hopeful back-flick inside a crowded area bounce agonisingly back off the foot of the post.
At this point Liverpool were well on top and seemingly in the driving seat but Anfield was rocked when Rivaldo broke the deadlock six minutes later.
Baros lost possession on the edge of the Olympiacos box and was made to pay the ultimate penalty. The ball fell to the feet of Rivaldo, who then proceeded to shrug off the challenge of Alonso and run half the length of the field before being brought down by Hyypia as he threatened to run clear through on goal.
The resultant free-kick should have caused no problem but Nunez stepped out of line and the ball flew straight in past a grounded Kirkland.
It was a killer-blow. And with Monaco running riot in La Coruna it meant the Reds now needed to score three to progress.
The fans did their best to lift the players' spirits with a rousing rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone as the second half commenced and it seemed to work.
Rafa's men began the second period as they did the first and Pongolle, a half-time substitute for Traore, made an immediate impact. Kewell cut in from the left and centred to Pongolle who made no mistake converting from close-range.
It changed the mood around Anfield in an instant. Suddenly there was hope but as the decibels grew louder so too did Liverpool's anxiety to get another goal.
Gerrard's frustration boiled over in the 55th minute when he fouled Stoltidis when attempting to launch an attack from his own half. It earned him a yellow card and one-game suspension.
There was further frustration for the skipper seven minutes later when his speculative volley from 30-yards squirmed under the Greek keeper and into the net, only for him to then discover that the ref had already blown for an earlier infringement.
Liverpool continued to press forward but when an unmarked Kewell headed into the arms of the keeper 15 minutes from time you sensed it was not going to be our night.
But not one player in a red shirt gave up the fight and when Mellor came off the bench and made it 2-1 on 80 minutes Anfield exploded.
The Greeks were visibly shaken and the red tide surged forward. Time continued to tick away and as the clock moved onto 86 minutes Gerrard unleashed a 30-yard screamer that whistled into the far corner of the net.
It's debatable whether this famous old ground has ever known scenes like the ones that followed and with a place in the last 16 of Europe's premier cup competition secured, let's hope more will follow.
We've heard all about the legendary European occasions of the past against Inter Milan and St Etienne.