- Liverpool vs Barcelona saw the Reds reach the UCL final after completing a spectacular comeback
- Divock Origi netted Liverpool's opener after seven minutes into the match, with substitute Georginio Wijnaldum adding two goals under five minutes to make it 3-0
- Fast thinking by Trent Alexander-Arnold set up an unmarked Origi to net the fourth off a corner-kick to seal Liverpool's place for the June 1 final at Wanda Metropolitano
Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum netted a brace each as Liverpool thrashed Barcelona 4-0 in the reverse tie of their UCL semi-final clash on Tuesday night, May 7, at Anfield to book a place in the final on 4-3 aggregate.
The encounter saw Liverpool without the duo of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, as Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri made the starting XI
Origi netted the opening goal after seven minutes from close range after Jordan Henderson's initial strike was saved.
The away side were not bothered as the pair of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi started coming into game going forward.
Barca created two quick openings at the heart of Liverpool goal, with Messi and Luis Suarez, but Alisson Becker was up to the task as he saved both chances.
Before the break, the Brazilian shot-stopper ensured Liverpool went into the break without conceding after producing a top class save to stop Jordi Alba from netting.
At the start of the second half, Jurgen Klopp was forced to replace Andy Robertson with Georginio Wijnaldum after the former suffered a knock.
And few minutes later, Wijnaldum doubled Liverpool’s lead on the night, after turning home a decent cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Five minutes later, an unmarked Wijnaldum nodded home a superb cross from Shaqiri to make it 3-0 on the night as the home-ide leveled scores on aggregate.
In the 60th minute, Barca replaced Philippe Coutinho with Nelson Semedo before withdrawing Arturo Vidal for Arthur in the 70th minute.
But with 12 minutes to the end of the match, fast- thinking Alexander-Arnold asited Origi from the corner-kick to fire home the winner from close range after Barca were caught ball watching.
Barcelona pushed more players forward in search of a vital away goal, but Liverpool held their own to win 4-0 on the night, and progress to the UCL final on a 4-3 aggregate win.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that ex-Man United boss Jose Mourinho predicted the result of tonight’s UCL semi-final reverse leg tie between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield.
According to The Mirror, the Portuguese tactician, who is still out of work since quitting Old Trafford mid-December, believes Mohamed Salah's late miss during the clash at Camp Nou could end Jurgen Klopp's side quest to play in back-to-back UCL final next month.
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