He told The Sun: "Mr Abramovich getting the trophy in Russia . . . it's got a dream ending written all over it.
"Not too many people would say Liverpool have been a better side than Chelsea over the past few years but they've done it on the big nights and got their tactics right. We should have wrapped it up in the first leg at Stamford Bridge and though they were the better side at Anfield, they were definitely helped in the build-up.
"Chelsea were still involved in the title race at the time so we had to play a full-strength team for our game against Bolton in between the two legs of the semi.