Three things we learned from Liverpool v Barcelona

Three things we learned from Liverpool v Barcelona

Three things we learned from Liverpool v Barcelona

In one of the most miraculous comebacks in football history, Jurgen Klopp's side swept Barcelona aside in a 4-0 win that overturned a seemingly mountainous three-goal first leg deficit.

"I don't often say this, but I'm so pleased for the younger generation and these poor kids that have been hearing about the good old days from their grandfathers and fathers like me and hearing relentlessly about the great nights at Anfield", he said.

"Unbelievable. I don't think many people gave us a chance", Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said.

Liverpool will now face either AFC Ajax or Premier League rivals Tottenham in the final.

With inspirational Egyptian Mohamed Salah and key Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino injured, Klopp had to play Belgian reserve Origi alongside Sadio Mane, with Swiss attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri also given a rare start.

It was a night that will be remembered by Liverpool fans alongside their fifth European Cup win in Istanbul in 2005, when they came back from 3-0 down at half-time to win on penalties.

But his replacement, Georginio Wijnaldum, scored twice in two minutes before the hour mark to leave the tie on a knife edge.

The Liverpool goalkeeper produced an even better stop soon after, as a Barcelona breakaway sprung three in the Spanish champions' luminous colours against two Reds defending the Kop.

Divock Origi scores Liverpool's decisive fourth goal. All games kickoff at 2am on Monday NZ time with man City set to be Champions if they beat Brighton away, while Liverpool can win it if they beat Wolves at Anfield and Man City fail to win. The English club lost last year's UCL decider 3-1 to Real Madrid.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks dejected during his team's loss to Liverpool on Tuesday.

It was Barcelona's second Champions League collapse in consecutive seasons. Ernesto Valverde must have been furious with his side.

Philippe Coutinho, a former Liverpool player like Suarez, was substituted for Nelson Semedo after an ineffective game - his tracking back left a lot to be desired - and Barca's game quickly improved, the team exerting more control.

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