With doubles from Origi and Wijnaldum, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side eliminates Barcelona and reaches the Champions League final in Madrid.
After the smashing 3-0 victory at Camp Nou during the first leg of this semifinal, the ghosts of FC Barcelona’s past came back to hunt them vs Liverpool.
The Catalan club really suffered at Anfield Road in front of a roaring stadium that never stopped believing the comeback was possible.
Barcelona fans were too confident after the 3-0 victory at Camp Nou, they trusted Lionel Messi to at least score one goal in England that secured them that ticket to the final.
Barcelona had everything going for them, the stats, the odds, even the predictions.
However, this is the Champions League and Anfield Road has a very specific type of atmosphere that any club that visits the stadium suffers.
The European competition is the most unpredictable that exists in world football, Liverpool took only a few minutes to make Barcelona realize they meant business.
Not having Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah wasn’t going to be a problem for Jurgen Klopp’s boys, who got ahead in the scoreline through striker Divock Origi.
The Belgian forward has been responding very well during the last few games that Firmino hasn’t played due to an injury.
It wasn’t even 10 minutes into the first half and Anfield was already thinking that the comeback was possible.
WHAT A SPECIAL NIGHT!!! WE'RE GOING TO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL!! https://t.co/p9JxS3cfZS
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 7, 2019
The first half ended with that 1-0 advantage for Liverpool, but the second half would prove to be a real nightmare for Barcelona.
Lionel Messi was completely absent throughout the whole match, the Argentine was well-marked by the whole defensive line.
Virgil van Dijk took revenge from the previous match, he didn’t let the Barcelona strikers breathe.
The key moment during the second half came when Klopp decided to let Georginio Wijnaldum come on the pitch from the very start of the second half.
The Dutch midfielder was the key to Liverpool’s historic comeback, it took him only 9 minutes to score Liverpool’s second goal.
Wijnaldum himself got a second goal only two minutes after his first.
This series was tied and Barcelona was starting to suffer from the ghosts of last year’s elimination in Rome.
Despite this massive effort from Liverpool, Barcelona still only needed one goal to qualify to the Champions League final.
But the Catalan club was too distracted by the Anfield avalanche, the fans were pushing the team like they never have before and the miracle was possible.
Jurgen Klopp was still keeping his cool despite the result, he knew that a goal could still eliminate them.
#Barcelona🇪🇸 se durmió en un corner y Alexander Arnold lo aprovechó para darle un pase a Origi, quien sentenció el resultado, la serie y le dio la clasificación al Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/T7MvOWZKpQ
— Todo Gol (@TodoGol2018) May 7, 2019
The proof that this Barcelona side is far from the dominant club from a decade ago, came during a corner kick with 10 minutes still left on the clock.
Trent Alexander-Arnold saw the opportunity to hurt Barcelona as all the defensive players were completely distracted during this moment, Divock Origi was completely alone in the heart of the box.
The English full-back was quick to send his cross straight to the Belgian striker, who only had to connect the ball to score Liverpool’s fourth goal.
Liverpool was doing the miracle without many of their best players, they just needed to hold the result and avoid Messi from coming close to the box.
This was the key moment for the Argentine to appear, the stage was set for him to prove he is still one of the best players in the world but this never happened.
Anfield was too much for Leo Messi, the fans and Jurgen Klopp’s genius made sure that Liverpool went through to their second consecutive final.
We just witnessed history in the making, another magical Champions League night that will remain in people’s memories for generations to come.
🔴🔴 ALLEZ, ALLEZ, ALLEZ 🔴🔴pic.twitter.com/r8TRL9vvTC
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 7, 2019
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