Liverpool defied the odds on the European stage in emphatic fashion last night. Trailing Barcelona 3-0 from the first leg, the Reds put in one of their finest performances in history to win 4-0.
The Reds left Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez flabbergasted at the full-time whistle, progressing to their second successive Champions League final at the Spanish outfit’s expense.
With the scoreline just 1-0 at half-time last night, the odds still looked firmly stacked against Jurgen Klopp’s team. The introduction of Gini Wijnaldum at the break proved decisive, however. Within 12 minutes of the restart, the Reds were level on aggregate and the Dutchman had scored twice.
The all-important fourth goal came courtesy of some highly intelligent play from Trent Alexander-Arnold. As he strutted over to take a corner in front of The Kop, the England man spotted Divock Origi waiting on the edge of the six-yard box. He opted for the quick corner and with Barca snoozing Divock Origi lifted the Anfield roof.
The superb improvisation from the 20-year-old has drawn vast praise. An interesting former Barcelona legend was quick to tweet his admiration of the youngster:
Alexander-Arnold, 20 years old. People will tell me it’s bad defending, I’m telling you it’s pure intelligence and vision.
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) May 7, 2019
Cesc Fabregas played 151 times for the Catalan club, scoring 42 goals and contributing 52 assists. Despite Liverpool knocking out a club he holds dear to his heart, he was full of praise for the Reds’ impressive right-back.
Some Liverpool fans were quick to pay tribute to the former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder for his sincerity:
great recognises great.
— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) May 7, 2019
Spot on, he’s soo good
— M. (@CIaudioGomes) May 7, 2019
Love you Cesc. You said nice things about us after the first leg too. I will never forget that 🙌👍
— Julian💨 (@Julian_01m) May 7, 2019
Totally agree… @trentaa98 is a 20 year old genius. We love him and liverpool.
— Fartun A (@fartun_a) May 7, 2019
True that! Future Liverpool captain in the making
— Redpool (@trendryttaren) May 7, 2019
Some more cynical football supporters weren’t in agreement that Liverpool’s decisive goal was good vision and intelligence, citing bad defending instead:
And it's horrendous defending Cesc
— Gaz Hall 🔴⚪ (@GazHall8) May 7, 2019
It's both, Barca completely fell asleep
— James Stacey (@James__1410) May 7, 2019
Intelligence- yes, vision – yes. But it wasn’t exactly great defending.
— kayem photography (@KayemPhoto) May 7, 2019
All of that….. And the defence sleeping
— Tee My Guest (@TeeMyGuest) May 7, 2019