Liverpool stun Barcelona to make Champions League final

Liverpool stun Barcelona to make Champions League final

Liverpool will play the victor of the other semi-final on Wednesday between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur, with the Dutch side leading 1-0 from the first leg in London.

Jurgen Klopp's men succumbed to a seemingly fatal defeat in Catalunya last week but Divock Origi's two goals either side of Georginio Wijnaldum's double secured an incredible comeback. "It was a classic Anfield glory night".

"When they scored the goal, when they were pressing so high, it was really hard". As the only one available of Liverpool's fabled front three - as well as his record of 24 goals and two assists this season - the PFA Player of the Year nominee is nailed on to start. "We didn't manage to get on the scoresheet and they rolled us over really", Valverde said.

Woodburn missed the action from the bench, as would some of Liverpool's fans if they had blinked.

We then see Mohamed Salah, who sat out the second leg following the head knock he sustained in the match at Newcastle on Saturday night, entering with a broad smile on his face.

Divock Origi's seventh minute rebound earned the hosts a 1-0 lead at the break.

What happened at half-time ended up being key in the game.


Robertson's injury meant he did not return to the pitch for the second half - Wijnaldum replaced the Scot and Milner moved to left-back. Before that, Ter Stegen had to deny Van Dijk from point blank range from a corner after the Dutchman shot with his foot.

Mourinho wasn't the only one to think Liverpool would not progress past Barcelona. They smelt blood and levelled the tie just two minutes later when Shaqiri's cross from the far side was headed into the goal by the super-sub Wijnaldum.

Salah, Liverpool's top scorer who missed the game as he followed protocols after a concussion, entered the stadium before kickoff wearing a T-shit bearing the message: "Never Give Up".

Origi would nearly certainly not have started had Salah and Firmino been fit.

"When you have a collapse of this nature", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said, "we will have a few frightful days ahead". The game was now going to extra-time.

Mane's claims for a penalty, having tumbled under pressure from Sergi Roberto on a scamper in from the left, were rejected and at the other end, Alisson Becker tipped over a Lionel Messi curler. Both teams were waiting for the opportunity to find the net, but Klopp's side still looked stronger.

From a corner, as Barcelona players turned away and went to prepare themselves, Alexander-Arnold and Origi were the only ones alert as the 20-year-old swiftly stroked the ball low into the box.

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