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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Liverpool stun Barcelona to overcome deficit and reach UCL final

"Liverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks in Champions"League history to beat Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday, overturning a three-goal first-leg deficit and advancing to their second successive final with a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Liverpool stun Barcelona to overcome deficit and reach UCL final

Two goals each from stand-in forward Divock Origi and halftime substitute Georginio Wijnaldum left Lionel Messi and Barcelona utterly shell-shocked by a Liverpool performance full of passion, belief and determination.

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Jurgen Klopp's side will play the winner of Wednesday's other semifinal between Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur, with the Dutch side leading 1-0 from the first leg in London.

"Unbelievable. I don't think many people gave us a chance," Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said.

"Before the game we knew that it would be difficult but it was still possible, of course. It's amazing. We knew that at Anfield we could do something special."

Liverpool become only the third team in the history of the European Cup or Champions League to come from three goals down after the first leg of a semifinal and progress after Panathinaikos in 1970-71 and Barcelona themselves in 1985-86.

Liverpool, without two-thirds of their strike force with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino injured, took a seventh-minute lead when a poorly headed clearance from Jordi Alba fell at the feet of Henderson, who burst goalward.

His low shot was parried out by Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen but straight to Origi, who slotted home.

Barca had openings in the first half, but when Messi twice got space around the box he fired wide of the target, and when Jordi Alba burst goalward just before halftime, Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker was out quickly to nullify the danger.

Yet the game took a remarkable turn following the introduction of Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum for the injured left back Andy Robertson at the break.

The Dutchman drove home a low cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold, which Barca keeper Ter Stegen should have saved, to make it 2-0 in the 54th minute.

That sent Anfield wild, but then Klopp's side suddenly found themselves needing to switch mindset and defend a lead as Barca slipped, belatedly, into their trademark possession game.

Yet with Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip outstanding in the centre of defence and Brazilian Fabinho making some crucial interventions in midfield, Liverpool held on for one of their most famous wins.

Klopp's side, who lost to Real Madrid in last year's final in Kiev, remain in with a chance of a double triumph as they head into Sunday's final round of Premier League games trailing leaders Manchester City by just a point.

 Liverpool vs Barcelona player ratings.?

Liverpool are through to the Champions League final after stunning Barcelona to win 4-3 on aggregate.

Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum scored doubles in the semi-final second leg at Anfield to pull off the miraculous result.

Here are talkSPORT.com’s player ratings
Liverpool:
ALISSON BECKER Reacted smartly when called upon, making important saves at key moments. 8 (out of 10)

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD: Played a vital part in this memorable win. He did well for the second and the speed of thought for the fourth was outstanding. Back-to-back finals and he’s still just 20. 9

VIRGIL VAN DIJK: The PFA Player of the Year repelled ball after ball into the box and was confident enough to step or launch passes that would make other defenders dizzy. 8

JOEL MATIP: Strong in the air and on the ground, the centre-back has stepped up a level alongside Van Dijk. 8

ANDY ROBERTSON: Showed he was up for the fight when pushing Lionel Messi in the head inside the opening minutes. Not afraid to shoot and in the right place at the right time defensively, his evening came to a premature end after being hurt by Luis Suarez. 7

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JAMES MILNER: An intelligent, experienced presence in midfield asked to fill in at left-back after Robertson’s half-time withdrawal. Did that job as well as you would expect. 8

FABINHO: Booked for a heavy challenge on Suarez just 11 minutes in, he walked the tightrope with aplomb during a superb performance. 8

JORDAN HENDERSON: Brilliant play brought the opener and a hurt knee looked to end his match but he battled on and led by example. 8

SADIO MANE: Smart to read play and win ball in build up to the first goal, his movement was brilliant and unsettling. 8

XHERDAN SHAQIRI: First start since January and proved a handful, buzzing around and sending in a fine cross for the third. 7

DIVOCK ORIGI: Without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino through injury, he netted a brace on a night that will long in the memory. An unlikely star. 9

SUBSTITUTIONS:

GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM (for Robertson, 46): Another unlikely hero. His presence and confidence helped bring two goals in quick succession that gave Liverpool momentum. Changed the game. 9

JOE GOMEZ (for Origi, 85): Brought onto settle things as wave upon wave of Barcelona attacks rained down. 7
DANIEL STURRIDGE (for Shaqiri, 90): Helped kill time. 6

Barcelona.

SERGI ROBERTO: The versatile Barca man made a few important interceptions before wilting. 5
Liverpool stun Barcelona to overcome deficit and reach UCL final
Liverpool stun Barcelona to overcome deficit and reach UCL final

GERARD PIQUE: The former Manchester United man looked to holding his nerve in the opening period but should have done better with the third and led better. 5
CLEMENT LENGLET: Looked a little fortunate not to get pulled up for edging Mane off the ball when trying to run through and could do little to stem the Red tide. 5

JORDI ALBA: Gifted possession to Liverpool for the opener and the marauding left-back tried his utmost to provide an attacking option. 6

ARTURO VIDAL: A defence-minded option used to help kibosh Liverpool’s midfield intent, he did well enough during his time on the field. 6

SERGIO BUSQUETS: Booked late in the first half for clattering challenge and was unable to provide his normal impact. 5

LIONEL MESSI: Had an early tiff with Robertson and went close on a few occasions. This was not to be another masterclass, though. 6

PHILIPPE COUTINHO: Should have done better with 18th minute shot at Anfield, where the home faithful enjoyed waving him off their former star after 60 ineffective minutes. 5

LUIS SUAREZ: Received a hostile reception throughout at Anfield, where he made one shot and few new friends. 5

SUBSTITUTIONS: NELSON SEMEDO (for Coutinho, 60): Had an initial positive impact on a night to forget for Barcelona. 6

ARTHUR (for Vidal, 75): Brought on to add another dimension to Barca’s build-up but could not provide a game-changing moment. 5

MALCOM (for Rakitic, 80): Wasted a crossing chance and failed to make a telling impact after his late introduction. 5

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