Anfield 8 May, 2019: A thrilling 4-0 victory at Anfield sent Liverpool back to the Champions League final, and Lionel Messi off to wonder how it all went so wrong.
The Winning stream of Barcelona was finally ended with a 4-0 by Liverpool in the Champions League Semifinal. Barcelona who had an advantage of 3-0 aggregate over Liverpool in the first Leg of Semifinal was totally sublimed by Liverpool in the 2nd Leg of Semifinal.
Liverpool had also been weakened by the absence of a trio of key players through injury — Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita. That meant Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp turned to players like Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, who for much of the season have been confined to the substitutes bench.
Roared on relentlessly by their fans, the Reds produced an incredible all-action display to claw back and then ultimately overturn their 3-0 deficit from the Nou Camp with an unanswered four-goal salvo in thrilling style.
It is the first time since 1986 – when Barcelona knocked out Gothenburg in the old European Cup – that a team have recovered a three-goal first-leg deficit to win a semi-final in this competition.
Liverpool Manger Klopp says: “We believed in this chance. We didn’t compare it with Istanbul or anything. We want to create our own history. I know what people say about me losing finals and that’s OK, but we’re in another one now. After last year, we said we can’t let it stand like this and now we get a chance to go back. What the boys did tonight … this club touches you like crazy.”
He Added “I thought we were really difficult to play tonight. I can’t really talk about Barcelona. I thought we were better than the 3-0 at Barcelona and they were probably better than the 4-0 here.” He goes on to praise Trent Alexander-Arnold’s moment of inspiration at the corner that led to the winner, saying that he turned around and saw the ball going into the net, but had no idea how if got there. He says he has since seen what Alexander-Arnold and Origi did and his reaction was “wow”.