Liverpool stun Barça to advance to final

Liverpool stun Barça to advance to final

Liverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history to beat Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday, overturning a three-goal first-leg deficit and advancing to their second successive final with a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Liverpool will play the victor of the other semi-final on Wednesday between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur, with the Dutch side leading 1-0 from the first leg in London.

Tottenham or Ajax await them in the final in Madrid on 1st June.

Robertson was just trying to rattle Messi, which a lot of players have tried down the years but not many have succeeded.

The Belgian forward, filling in for the injured Mohamed Salah, scored from close range after Jordan Henderson's initial shot was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

And he, along with every Liverpool fan at Anfield, witnessed a momentous night in the club's history. Wijnaldum came on to replace Robertson and his intervention ended up being crucial in the second half.

Liverpool were massive underdogs heading back to Anfield after a 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp last week.

Two more in a three-minute span from second half sub Georginio Wijnaldum leveled the total-goals series and stunned the visitors before Origi added the victor - his second in as many games - in a match that will go down as one of the greatest comebacks in the history of Europe's top club competition.

The goals from Wijnaldum were shocking to say the least, and gave Liverpool new life.

"They (Liverpool) did what they wanted to do, which was to score early".

At 19, debuts don't come much bigger than against Lionel Messi and Barcelona, but as Marcus Rashford proved on his debut for Manchester United - when he scored a brace in a Europa League win over FC Midtjylland in 2016 - if you're good enough, you're old enough.

Liverpool have reluctantly sold Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho to Barca in recent years, but Johnston feels the club should now be trying to lure the likes of Messi to Merseyside.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde on the other hand now has to face up to the second major European embarrassment of his time in charge.

"I think it was just instinctive", Alexander-Arnold told BT Sport. Many referees would have called play back to "manage the game better", but Cuneyt Cakir, the Turkish referee, allowed it and Liverpool punished the away side who should have also been more alert.

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