Champions League: Liverpool’s Incredible Comeback

Liverpool beat Barcelona in the Semi Finals of the Champions League

They reversed the trend and made their way to face Tottenham or Ajax in the final of the Champions League, after their loss in the first leg, Liverpool overturned Barcelona on 7th  May 2019.

The miracle took place: without their top scorer Mohamed Salah , the fantastic Liverpool has spent four goals against Barcelona giants Lionel Messi in the semi-final return (4-0) to qualify for his second consecutive Champions League final on Tuesday 7 May 2019.

Winners 3-0 in Catalonia in the first semifinal, the “Pulga” and his band have cracked Anfield, yielding on a doubled Divock Origi and another of Georginio Wijnaldum. In Madrid, the Reds will find Tottenham or Ajax Amsterdam, who face Wednesday in the other semifinal.

There will be no hat-trick for Barcelona this season. A shipwreck that is reminiscent of the incredible scenario of his elimination last season in the quarterfinals: Barça had sank by wasting three goals in advance against AS Roma (4-1, 0-3).

For Messi, it’s a stop. Reaching the Champions League final once again for the fifth trophy of his career, the sixth in the club’s history, would probably have opened the door for a sixth Golden Ball.

No Salah, no problem

He may have five left, while he had done everything to go to eliminate the “Reds” and return to the final for the first time since 2015. At Camp Nou, while Barcelona was struggling, the little striker had come up to register a double and give a net advantage of three goals to the Catalans.

But a molten Anfield and an overheated Liverpool decided otherwise.

Without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, both injured, Sadio Mané felt a bit lonely at the kickoff. Finally, it was the English collective that overthrew the ogre … to afford a second chance after his defeat against Real Madrid in the final last spring.

The only survivor of the “Fab Three”, helped by Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri on Tuesday, was the first goal, before letting his comrades do the rest.

Liverpool first gave hope in the seventh minute and blew a shot at Anfield for the first time. Mané threw himself on a rough back pass, serving Henderson who sank into the defense before shooting. Ter Stegen pushed back, but Origi was running to open the scoring.

If Barcelona remained threatening, like this shot of Messi diverted for a corner by Alisson (14), this strike Coutinho finally not framed (17) or this counter-attack poorly negotiated by Jordi Alba (45). +4), he never converted.

The joy of the Liverpool players after the 3rd goal scored by Georginio Wijnaldum (c) Anfield, May 7 in Champions League
The joy of the Liverpool players after the 3rd goal scored by Georginio Wijnaldum (c) Anfield, May 7, 2019 (© AFP / Oli SCARFF)

Wijnaldum super-sub

In fact, once the storm passed, the Catalans have even settled in the ease, sometimes just to turn the ball a little.

And it was finally on a good shot from Jürgen Klopp that Liverpool won. At half-time, the German technician pulled out his Robertson side to bring in a midfielder, Wijnaldum.

The Dutchman tipped the match and Anfield in two minutes. First, on a center Alexander-Arnold, he sent a heavy shot to the bottom of the nets (54), before heading in the skylight of Ter Stegen (56). Unbelievable!

The Barcelonians then died a bit, as if they had begun to gloom, memories of Roma full head.

A little disconcerted, the Spaniards did not watch Alexander Arnold on a corner played quickly. The English side slipped the ball to Origi who took over the skylight of Ter Stegen to explode Anfield (79).

It only remained to hold, and in front of this shaken Barca, the Reds did, before communing with an Anfield in full delirium.

Still in the race for the national crown, Liverpool will quickly reconcentrate. Sunday, they still have a small chance to overtake Manchester City on the wire during the final day of the Premier League. We will still have to hope for a miracle.

But miracles, the Reds are specialists.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored Liverpool's third goal, a double, against Barça in the Champions League semifinal on May 7, 2019 in Anfield
Georginio Wijnaldum scored Liverpool’s third goal, a double, against Barça in the Champions League semifinal on May 7, 2019 in Anfield (© AFP / Oli SCARFF)

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