Rangers first-team coach Michael Beale and Teddy Bears defender Jon Flanagan have both congratulated former side Liverpool after the Reds produced one of the best comebacks in European football on Tuesday night.
A 3-0 loss to Barcelona in the first leg at the Nou Camp – inspired by Lionel Messi – saw the Spanish giants hold an enormous advantage going to Anfield. Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino were also missing through injury.
But a patched-up Liverpool side produced the unthinkable, with both Divock Origi and Gini Wijnaldum both scoring a brace for The Reds. Liverpool will now face either Ajax or Tottenham Hotspur in the final.
Beale spent four years at Liverpool, finishing up as the manager of the Under-23 side. Flanagan made 51 appearances for the Reds before leaving the club last summer, and both congratulated their old team.
An amazing night. A truly special football club that has a unique character. Anything is possible at @LFC 🔴
— Michael Beale (@MichaelBeale) May 7, 2019
Incredible get in 👌🏼🔥💃🏼❤️ #madrid19
— jon flanagan (@jon_flan93) May 7, 2019
Was the comeback on a par with that of Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan? More then definitely, and the atmosphere produced by Liverpool’s mind-blowing support showed just that.
With Rangers gaffer Steven Gerrard watching on, Liverpool made Barcelona look like a pub team. Martin Tyler described the clash, while Liverpool were leading, that it was men against boys at some points.
Barcelona are the best in the world, like Milan were in 2005. So to beat them 4-0 is a seriously astonishing achievement, and hats off to Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool players.