In an unbelievable turn of events, Liverpool managed to overturn a 3-0 first leg defeat against the Spanish champions Barcelona to win 4-0 in an unforgettable night at Anfield.
Even the most passionate of Liverpool fans went into the second leg in pessimistic mood. A 3-0 deficit seemed like an almost impossible scoreline to overturn against this talented Barcelona side.
But Liverpool outplayed, outfought and outbattled Barcelona and produced perhaps the greatest ever European comeback to book their place in the Champions League final in Madrid. That just goes to show why we love football – anything can happen.
Liverpool v Barcelona
From the very first minute, Liverpool were quick out of the blocks with a hunger and desire which their opponents simply couldn’t match. Divock Origi’s early goal gave Liverpool hope and that hope never faded.
In the second half, two quick goals from Georginio Wijnaldum stunned Barcelona. Trent Alexander Arnold delivered some fabulous ingenuity by taking a quick corner directly into the path of Origi, who smashed home to make it 4-0.
What makes the victory even more remarkable is the fact that start player Mo Salah and key player Roberto Firmino were both out injured.
Were Barcelona complacent? Quite possibly. Whilst Liverpool goalkeeper Allison pulled off a string of fine saves, Barcelona just didn’t have the same zing, flair and invention at Anfield as they did in the first leg.
Though none of their players will admit it, they probably did think they had the tie in the bag and with a 3-0 advantage going into the second leg, who can blame them for thinking that?
But Liverpool had other ideas. It was a performance which showcased the hunger and energy of this brilliant Liverpool side.
Can Liverpool Go All the Way?
In our opinion, Liverpool are now favourites to lift the famous European trophy for the sixth time in the club’s history.
At the time of writing, we still don’t know who Liverpool will face, but they have showed all season that they are currently one of the elite teams in European football.
Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson could all be fit for the final too which will aid their cause even further.
Liverpool will go into the final in the highest of spirits after their astonishing turnaround in the semi-final against one of the best teams in Europe. Their confidence couldn’t be any higher.
Liverpool’s relentless energy, enthusiasm and desire is likely to be too much for whoever they face in the final. Very few teams have been able to cope with Liverpool’s attacking play and incisive football, and we predict that they will have too much for their Champions League final opponents.
Liverpool’s success has been built on a solid backline which includes PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk and attacking full backs Alexander Arnold and Robertson. And with Alison between the sticks, Liverpool finally have a goalkeeper they can rely on.
Liverpool will be hungrier than ever for victory in the final. The Merseyside club will be desperate to dispel some of the heartache which they have endured in the past three seasons, which has included three final defeats, one of which was in last season’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
It’s also worth pointing out that Liverpool have amassed 94 points at the time of writing in the Premiership, which, in most other Premier League seasons, would be enough to win the Premier League. This goes to show just how good Liverpool have been this season.
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The Champions League final will take place on Saturday 1st June. Make sure you tune-in!