Liverpool qualified for the Champions League final after beating Barcelona 4-0 in the 2nd leg
Divock Origi began the annihilation after only seven minutes after a neat move by Henderson was pushed towards him ter Stegen. Wijnaldum came on for an injured Robertson early in the second half and completely tore Barcelona apart with two super goals in two minutes. Origi got his second and Liverpool’s fourth of the night with a neat finish, following a cheeky corner from Alexander-Arnold. An impenetrable defence aided by a few crucial saves from Alisson kept Barcelona at bay. Here are five talking points from the electrifying game at Anfield.
#1 Liverpool know how to pull off a comeback
If anyone was about to pull off a comeback against Barcelona, it had to be Liverpool. The Liverpool faithful would have been reminiscing the 2005 Champions League finals, hoping that their current team could pull off something similar. And, boy, did they deliver ever so brilliantly. 3-0 down in the first leg, 4 past Barcelona without reply, in the second, Liverpool have pulled off another historic comeback leading them to their second Champions League finals in two years.
#2 Gini, the super sub
Georginio Wijnaldum started the second leg on the bench, following a not so impactful first leg in Barcelona. However, he was required to come on early in the second half for an injured Robertson as Klopp shook his head in dismay. His introduction could not have been timed better as within 10 minutes of being on the field he had already scored twice and brought Liverpool level on aggregate. He also played a big part in disrupting Barcelona’s game in the midfield. The Dutchman had an unbelievable game overall.
Gini Wijnaldum has the world of football on strings. pic.twitter.com/ElJzfxv8Y4— SH (@Sennesation) May 7, 2019
#3 The Kopites – paralleled by none
In a tie that Barcelona were expected to take home, it was the undying support from the enormous home side that gave Liverpool the push that they needed. From the beginning of the match, till the end, and going up a few notches in between as Liverpool hammered four goals, the intensity from the home crowd was ever present, and it played a huge role in tiring down Barcelona and motivating Liverpool to completely destroy their opponents.
#4 The ghosts of their past pay Barcelona a visit
For the second year in a row, Barcelona fall prey to an impressive turnaround by the home side. Last year Barcelona squandered a 4-1 lead in the first leg and lost by three goals to none away at Roma in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Barcelona would be well aware that a Liverpool comeback is nothing short of possible, and, well, the events that followed were exactly what they feared – an impressive and thoroughly deserved win for the home side.
April 10th 2018: Roma 3-0 Barcelona— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 7, 2019
May 7th 2019: Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona
Barcelona are the first team in Champions League history to surrender a 3+ goal advantage in a #UCL knockout tie twice. pic.twitter.com/AliSebAIZE
#5 Former Reds' flop on their return to Anfield
Luis Suarez, who scored the opening goal in the first leg, was eager to score on his return to his former club. But, for the entire first half, he did not cause any threat to the Liverpool defence, and the only person whom he kept busy, seemed to be the referee. He was quieter in the second half as Barcelona wasted their chances. Philippe Coutinho too failed to have any impact to the game against his ex-employers. Getting into good positions throughout the game, but creating nothing of it. Eventually, he was subbed off for Nelson Semedo, following a timid performance from the Brazilian.