Liverpool players gave their fans a night to remember at Anfield as they stunned Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday night to break into their second successive Champions League final
Although it seemed like an unachievable task for the Reds to overcome a three-goal deficit from the first leg, Jurgen Klopp’s men performed one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the competition.
Deprived of the services of Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, the Merseyside outfit was a big underdog in the return leg, but Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum propelled Liverpool to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
The Belgium striker opened the scoring in the 7th minute, and the Dutch midfielder completed the comeback in a two-minute sequence after replacing injured Andrew Robertson at the halftime.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold and Divock Origi react to one of the greatest nights in Liverpool's history.
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However, the moment that highlighted this massive showdown took place in the 79th minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s moment of brilliance to find the unmarked Origi from corner eventually sealed Liverpool’s place in the final.
The 20-year-old took advantage of Barca defense’s slow reaction to assist Origi and raise the roof at Anfield.
“Honestly I think it was just instinctive,” the England international commented on his superb assist after the game.
“It was just one of those moments where you just see the opportunity.
“It probably came at him [Origi] a bit fast, but he’s a top player, scored two goals for us tonight.
“It’s one of them where everyone will remember this moment.”
Meanwhile, the Catalans have failed to capitalize on a three-goal advantage from the first leg for the second year in a row.
Messi and Co. have lost 4-1 to AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico after beating them 3-0 in the first leg last season, but a loss to Liverpool must’ve been heartbreaking for the Blaugrana supporters.