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Down 3-0 after the first leg of their Champions League semifinal against Barcelona, Liverpool looked down and out, need to win by 4 goals in the second leg.

It is sometimes said that a player is only as good as his last game and that very much seems to be the case with Messi in the social media aftermath of his side's crushing 4-0 defeat to Jurgen Klopp's team.

"Winning is hard but winning with a clean sheet, I don't know they did it".

Liverpool will face either Ajax or Tottenham in the final on June 1 in Madrid and the Reds' stunning victory brought back memories of when they last lifted the trophy in 2005 after overturning a 3-0 half-time deficit in the final against AC Milan in Istanbul.

The victor of the Ajax-Tottenham tie will face Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano next month. Divock and [Xherdan] Shaqiri didn't play a lot.

Belgian striker Origi, deputising for the injured Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, pounced after captain Jordan Henderson's shot was parried by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

And he, along with every Liverpool fan at Anfield, witnessed a momentous night in the club's history.

Liverpool's Fabinho (left) and Divock Origi after Origi scored the fourth goal to secure Liverpool's place in the Champions League final.

The goals from Wijnaldum were shocking to say the least, and gave Liverpool new life. "They are really mentality giants", Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said.

For Barcelona, it was the second year in a row that it let a three-goal lead slip, having beaten Roma 4-1 at home in the quarterfinals in 2018 before losing the return leg 3-0 to go out.

On a night of high drama at Anfield, Liverpool produced a comeback for the ages to reach a second successive European Cup final, the club's ninth.

The Reds are in the Champions League final - again.

Liverpool risked finishing the season without a trophy with Manchester City leading the Premier League title race with one game to go and Barcelona heavy favourites to advance to the final after a commanding win at the Nou Camp.

"When you have a collapse of this nature", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said, "we will have a few terrible days ahead".

For Barca, who went out on away goals to AS Roma in the quarter-finals previous year, after winning the first-leg 4-1, it was a bitter occasion that will raise many questions for coach Ernesto Valverde.


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