Liverpool created one of the best rebounds in Champions League history to beat Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday (May 7), upsetting a three-goal first-leg shortage and progressing to their second progressive last with a 4-3 total triumph.
Two goal each from remain in forward Divock Origi and halftime substitute Georginio Wijnaldum left Lionel Messi and Barcelona absolutely shell-stunned after a Liverpool exhibition loaded with enthusiasm, conviction and assurance.
Juergen Klopp’s side will play the champ of Wednesday’s other semi-last between Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur, with the Dutch side driving 1-0 from the principal leg in London.
“It was overpowering. I would state it’s inconceivable,” said Klopp, in the midst of wild festivals at the last whistle when his group remained before their acclaimed Kop remain to sing You’ll Never Walk Alone with fans.
“Playing against the best group on the planet. Winning with a spotless sheet, I don’t have the foggiest idea how the young men did it. It’s mind boggling,” included the German.
“I saw James Milner crying after the diversion on the pitch. It implies such a great amount to us all. There are progressively significant things on the planet however making this enthusiastic environment together is so extraordinary.”
Liverpool turned out to be just the third group ever of European Cup or Champions League to originate from three objectives down after the principal leg of a semi-last and advancement after Panathinaikos in 1970-71 and Barcelona themselves in 1985-86.
It was a night that will be recollected by Liverpool fans nearby their fifth European Cup win in Istanbul in 2005, when they returned from 3-0 down at halftime to win on punishments.
For Barca, who went out on away objectives to AS Roma in the quarter-finals a year ago, in the wake of winning the main leg 4-1, it was a severe event that will bring up numerous issues for mentor Ernesto Valverde.