Highlights: Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona
Liverpool produced one of the biggest shocks in Champions League history as they came back from a 0-3 first leg deficit to eliminate Barcelona at the semi-finals with a 4-0 win at Anfield on Tuesday night.
The 2018-19 La Liga champions were firm favourites to score on English soil in the second leg, not just progress to next month’s final in Madrid.
However, Jürgen Klopp’s side took the game to them and lead from the seventh minute after Marc-André ter Stegen could only kindly parry the ball into the path of Divock Origi from Jordan Henderson’s effort. The Belgian striker was on hand to tap Liverpool in front from close range.
The only real threats Barcelona caused all came in the first half. First, Lionel Messi had an effort tipped over the bar, then Philippe Coutinho produced a tame effort that was easily saved by Alisson. The Brazilian came up trumps again in first half stoppage time when he denied Jordi Alba after Messi had put the left-back in.
Luis Suárez’s only effort of the game came shortly after the half-time break but it was tame and easy for the Liverpool goalkeeper to save.
The English Premier League side had to make a change at half-time as left-back Andy Robertson went off injured. He was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum, which saw James Milner move from central midfield to left-back.
Wijnaldum would prove to be one of the heroes of the night for the hosts as he first powered home a low cross to make it 2-0 on 54 minutes, and then found space inside Barcelona’s six-yard box to head home Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross at the near post.
Origi, who was starting in place of the injured Roberto Firmino, would prove to be the winner. The 24-year-old was quickest to react to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s quickly taken corner to slam home into the top corner. 4-0. The young Liverpool right-back had caught the Barcelona defence napping as they prepared to defend the set piece.
Barcelona offered little threat on Alisson’s goal after that as Liverpool saw out the game to book their place in next month’s final at Atlético Madrid’s new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
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