Liverpool have reached a Champions League final for the first time in a decade after beating AS Roma over two legs in a thrilling 13 goal semi-final which ended 7-6 in the Reds’ favour on aggregate.
The Merseyside club will face Real Madrid in the final at the Olympic Stadium on May 26th in a replica of the 1981 final, where Alan Kennedy’s goal separated the sides.
Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino inspired the team in the first leg at Anfield, with Sadio Mane also on the scoresheet to earn a 5-2 victory which put them in a strong position.
In Rome, goals from Mane and Georgino Wijnaldum, his first away from home since 17th May 2015, were enough to see them through. It was still nervy for the travelling Liverpool faithful though, as Radja Nainggolan struck twice in the last five minutes, including a questionable penalty, to put the Italians only a goal away from extra-time for the final few seconds.
In the final, Liverpool will face back to back champions Real Madrid, who beat Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain on their way to Kiev. That said, the Spanish side have struggled for form domestically and looked more defensively vulnerable than in the past, perhaps giving Liverpool fans hope.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:
Fans are already excited for their trip to Kiev…
YYEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!! Kiev here we come!!! ??? pic.twitter.com/NIVKjLHCiy
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 2, 2018
Time to book my tickets to Kiev
— Darren (@MegaD3ltaUK) May 2, 2018
— Evan Watson (@WattoCools) May 2, 2018
Many were keen to praise the coach…
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) May 2, 2018
Never believed in miracles, but Jürgen Klopp has convinced me that they do indeed exist. That man is the true definition of a genius. What he has done here, with this squad, is as fairytale-esque as it gets.
— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) May 2, 2018
Jurgen Klopp 2015: 'I will turn you from doubters into believers' pic.twitter.com/65PeL2Ap6N
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) May 2, 2018
And their European success is in stark contrast to other Premier League clubs…
Mad, Liverpool have reached as many European Cup finals as Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal combined.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) May 2, 2018
And some of the omens are in their favour…
1958 : Real Madrid
1968 : Manchester United
1978 : Liverpool
— Cyrille Chroniqueur Sportif (@CCSPARIS) May 2, 2018
?? 1981: Royal wedding, the European Cup semi-finals contained teams from England, Germany, Italy and Spain, the final was Real Madrid vs Liverpool – and Liverpool lifted the trophy.
?? 2018: pic.twitter.com/A6vHWdZohp
— bet365 (@bet365) May 2, 2018
Their squad may not be the best…
Lovren trying to stop Ronaldo in the final…pic.twitter.com/tlj4RoIfGd
— World Cup 18 (@WorldCupStuff18) May 2, 2018
Liverpool don’t have a big squad and neither do they have a ‘world class’ squad, but we have one of the best managers, fans and unbelievable work rate. Roll on Kiev, back were we belong?
— ' (@GerrardsPrime) May 2, 2018
That Liverpool squad is pathetic. No midfield, no depth. That bench wouldn't be good enough for West Ham. #ROMLIV
— LE CHIFFRE (@Deepsleeper8) May 2, 2018
This time last year Robertson was relegated with Hull City, Alexander-Arnold was playing U23 football, Milner looked past it, Karius was deemed one of the flops of the season while Henderson & Lovren were laughing stocks. Now they’re on their way to Kiev. Klopp in incredible.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) May 2, 2018
If Ronaldo or Benz can’t get the better of Lovren in a Champions League final I’m finding another sport.
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) May 2, 2018
And spare a thought for poor old Philippe Coutinho…
??If Liverpool win the Champions League against Real Madrid, Philippe Coutinho could still receive a medal which means he could win the treble. Coutinho played 5 games and scored 5 goals [md]
— FC Barcelona Fl ? (@FCBarcelonaFl) May 2, 2018
— Rob – Homeles Penguin (@HomelesPenguin) May 2, 2018
Got to wonder how Coutinho feels right now #ROMLFC
— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) May 2, 2018