Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0 to reach Champions League final

May 7, 2020

Liverpool’s incredible 4-0 win over Barcelona, which overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit and booked their place in the 2019 Champions League final.

Luis Garcia ‘ghost goal’ win against Chelsea, victory over Olympiakos that led them into the Champions League group stage that same season, and a roaring comeback against Borussia Dortmund in 2016’s Europa League quarter-finals.

Having lost the opening leg of their semi-final 3-0 to Barcelona at the Nou Camp, meant that Liverpool will not get a chance of reaching a second successive Champions League final.

The Reds achieved the seemingly impossible was the absence of both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino through injury. That meant the very much second-string Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri joined Sadio Mane up front.

Liverpool led 1-0 at half-time having totally dominated a lacklustre Barcelona, and their task was made even harder when Andy Robertson failed to return for the second half.

James Milner moved out of midfield to fill in as a makeshift left-back, within 10 minutes of the restart his replacement Georginio Wijnaldum had scored twice to level the tie at 3-3.

Wijnaldum’s impact left the tie in the balance, but Liverpool had all the momentum – step forward Origi.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s feigned to take a corner before quickly firing it into the six-yard box.

Origi swept the ball home to seal one of football’s most unlikely comebacks, and probably clinch top spot in the Anfield chart of European drama.

For Barcelona it was simply a repeat of what had happened to them against Roma in the quarter-finals 12 months previously.

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