English giants reach the final for the second year in a row as they beat Barcelona to win 4-3 on aggregate.
A thrilling 4-0 victory at Anfield sent Liverpool back to the Champions League final, and Lionel Messi off to wonder how it all went so wrong.
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Barcelona led, 3-0, after the first leg at Camp Nou, with Messi scoring twice, including once on a majestic, bending free kick. On Tuesday, he made a few dangerous runs through swarms of defenders, but was not able to lift his side this time.
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.
That is some honour for Jürgen Klopp and his players when you think of all the occasions here that have helped to shape Liverpool’s reputation. They have won this trophy five times and now, for a second successive year, they will be going to another final with the chance to make it six.
"Here is one thing everyone inside Anfield knows, including our opponents. This Liverpool never stops. This Liverpool never quits. This Liverpool gives everything at all times." ❤️ pic.twitter.com/0ELb61N8Ab
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 7, 2019
That was all Klopp’s team needed.
“Unbelievable. I don’t think many people gave us a chance,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said. “Before the game we knew that it would be difficult, but it was still possible, of course. It’s amazing. We knew that at Anfield we could do something special.”
Not even Messi could save Barça and Liverpool, on this evidence, will take some stopping when they face either Ajax or Tottenham at the Wanda Metroplitano in Madrid on 1 June.