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11 Quick Conclusions As Liverpool Do The Unthinkable To Reach CL Final

Liverpool completed the most remarkable of comebacks to beat Barcelona by 4-0 at Anfield and reach their second Champions League final in as many years.

Klopp’s men, knowing they needed at least three goals on the night, started in incredibly bright fashion as Divock Origi gave them the lead, tapping home after Jordan Henderson’s shot was saved by Andre Ter Stegen.

The home side pushed for another goal as Barcelona began to settle into the game keeping the deficit to two goals as the first half came to a close.

Ten minutes into the second half Gini Wijnaldum grabbed their second with a sweet strike from the edge of the area before quickly levelling the tie rising above the Barcelona defence to head past Ter Stegen as Anfield came unglued.

After a conservative 20 minutes, Liverpool took the lead in incredible circumstances, as some quick thinking from Trent Alexander-Arnold found Origi in the box for his second and the Reds’ fourth.

Here are 11 quickfire conclusions as Liverpool do the unthinkable at Anfield.

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1) This game started as most would have expected, at 100mph. Liverpool needing at least three goals meant that Klopp’s side had no other option but to push early. There’s no question that the Anfield crowd gave them something extra from the off also.

2) The early pressure was too much for Barcelona to handle and individual errors were aplenty as Jordi Alba’s header found its way to Jordan Henderson, whose strike was well saved by Ter Stegen before Divock Origi’s follow up resulted in the opener. A stray backpass then almost allowed the Belgian in again.

3) As Liverpool attacked though, they inevitably left themselves open to the counter-attack, with Messi, Coutinho and Suarez all causing trouble and creating chances as the Reds looked stretched at times in the first half.

4) Suarez was a constant thorn in Liverpool’s side in the first half and although Reds fans may feel he went down rather easily and made a meal of every single challenge, he’s the exact type of player you’d love to have at your football club but absolutely hate to play against. A master of the dark arts.

5) The Robertson incident though was disappointing. It looked very much like Suarez meant the kick out at Liverpool’s fullback which caused him to leave the field at half-time. A definite blow for Klopp’s side.

6) In the absence of Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool desperately needed their rather makeshift front three to step up and Origi especially looked very dangerous and took his two goals excellently at a time when they required him the most.

7) It was obvious that Barcelona would get chances in this game and credit has to be given to Alisson for the string on excellent saves he pulled off to keep Liverpool in the game.

8) Klopp certainly won’t have wanted to take Andy Robertson off but the introduction of Gini Wijnaldum proved to be an absolute masterstroke. The Dutch midfielder popped up with two excellent goals in the space of five minutes to invoke Istanbul like scenes at Anfield.

9) The third goal seemed to cause Liverpool to abandon their reckless endeavour for the next twenty minutes or so, but my goodness what a goal the fourth was. Some incredibly quick thinking from Alexander Arnold and Origi very much deserved to be the winner.

10) For Barcelona, it’s a crippling defeat. They completely and utterly crumbled at Anfield in a tie that seemed impossible for them to lose.

11) For Jurgen Klopp’s side to lose two of their finest players and still put on a performance like this while challenging for the Premier League title and the same time is a truly incredible feat. This has been a special season on Merseyside regardless of how it ends now.

About Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here oisin@punditarena.com