Liverpool stage sensational comeback to defeat Barcelona to reach Champions League final


On a frenetic, nerve-shredding night at Anfield, Liverpool completed one of the great Champions League comebacks to knock out Barcelona and reach a second consecutive final.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg and without two of its star strikers, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, few had given Liverpool even a glimmer of hope.

But at Anfield, and especially in Europe, never count Liverpool out.

Jordi Abla’s error gifted the home side the opening goal inside 10 minutes, as Divock Origi — Salah’s replacement — tapped home after Marc-André ter Stegen had saved from Jordan Henderson.

Then two goals in 10 minutes at the start of the second half, both from half-time substitute Georginio Wijnaldum, put Liverpool level in the tie for the first time since the 26th minute of the first leg.

With 10 minutes remaining, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s clever corner caught all of Barcelona’s defense napping and Origi was on hand to score his second of the game and complete the unlikeliest of comebacks.



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