Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today.

Our main image this week shows Liverpool footballers and staff at Speke Airport ready to fly out to Belgium to play Anderlecht in the European Cup. It is December 1964.

Among those ready to board the plane are Liverpool regulars Ian Callaghan, far left, and Ian St John at the foot of the steps. Tommy Smith and Roger Hunt are further up the gantry.

Future manager Bob Paisley can be seen back on the ground between goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence and the towering figure of defender Ron Yeats.

Liverpool’s trip was fruitful as they beat the Belgian side 1-0 with a goal from Roger Hunt. They’d already won the tie’s home leg at Anfield 3-0. Hunt was again on the score sheet along with Ian St John and Ron Yeats.

Liverpool FC Speke Airport 1964
Liverpool FC Speke Airport 2019
Unfortunately the Reds went out in the semi-final against Inter Milan 4-3 on aggregate. But they had the consolation of winning the FA Cup, beating Leeds United 2-1 at Wembley after extra time.

Our modern image shows the Reds returning to Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport in June last year, this time as European champions. Manager Jurgen Klopp and skipper Jordan Henderson are proudly holding the UEFA Champions League trophy between them.

The Reds beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid in the all-English final with goals from Mo Salah and Divock Origi.

Liverpool’s Speke Airport was renamed in honour of Beatle John Lennon in 2001.

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