There really is something about those European nights at Anfield…
After losing 3-0 at the Nou Camp in the first leg, very few, if any, believed Liverpool would be able to pull off a comeback against the tournament favourites in Barcelona to see their second Champions League final in two years.
Equally, however, it would have been ultimately ignorant to completely rule out the Reds. Given everything.
And boy was that the case on the night.
It took just under 7 minutes for the home side to get on the score-sheet, thanks to a Divock Origi goal from a Jordi Alba mistake, sending Anfield into absolutely frenzy in the hope that they could pull off another miraculous European comeback.
The game continued in a similar fashion, with Liverpool always the better side – though Barcelona were able to hold out until the break, still with a 2-goal advantage thanks to that first leg.
But the second-half was different gravy from Klopp’s men. Andy Robertson was forced off the pitch in favour of Georginio Wijnaldum – which proved to be the unintentional substitution of the night. The entire season, in fact.
The Dutchman scored his first, and Liverpool’s second, at around the 53rd minute mark – and it never looked like that was going to be the last goal of the game.
And that it wasn’t – with Wijnaldum finding the back of the net again shortly after!
As they say, absolute scenes followed…
But the best scenes were kept till very late on, with Origi bagging his second and Liverpool’s fourth – the decider – with just over 10 minutes to go.
They’ve done it again. Liverpool, on a European night at Anfield, have pulled off an incredible, scintillating comeback.
Betfred had Liverpool 18/1 to win the Champions League before tonight’s tie, and they’ve now been cut to 2/5!
Ajax can be backed at 3/1, while Tottenham are available at 8/1.
Football, bloody hell!