It was the first part of the second leg champions league semifinals and a much-awaited fixture between the two giants in this competition. Liverpool who were already written off as the underdogs after their first leg 3 nil deficit at the Camp Nou, hosted the mighty Barcelona who were already 1 leg into the finals, for a chance to reincarnate the Istanbul memories and pull off the unthinkable. It was a night that will forever be in the minds of the Liverpool supporters, a game that the whole world witnessed yet another unbelievable comebacks in a champions league night.
Liverpool who have been in remarkable form, for the most part, this season couldn’t believe their eyes as they finally overturned the tie at home by winning 4-3 on aggregate. They were disappointed to be in a position where the premier league title will most likely not be theirs, but every disappointment have been wiped out with this incredible and heroic victory against all odds. It will remain as the greatest champions league nights at Anfield and will always be in the minds of all the Liverpool faithful.
Barcelona have been in superb form this season, winning the La Liga title with some games to spare and doing really well in this competition up to this point. It was a fixture were all the needed to do is avoid defeat as they were going into the game with confidence from having the upper hand and also as favorites to not only make it to the finals but also to win the competition. Nevertheless, everything they planned and hoped for were all wiped away into thin air at Anfield, a ground that has produced so many remarkable memories.
Brief Post-Match Analyses
It was one of the greatest champions league night atmosphere at Anfield, the whole Liverpool supporters were showing their support and faith to the team, hoping for them to pull off the unbelievable.
Liverpool lineup in a 4-3-3 formation, while Barcelona lineup in their usual 4-4-2 formation. The game began and Liverpool immediately started showing that they have only one target in mind, going all-out attack and trying to force things to happen. Their attacking efforts and determination were finally rewarded with an early goal, before going on to not only pull off the unthinkable but also create history as one of the greatest champions league comebacks at Anfield.
Origi who scored the winning goal in Liverpool’s victory against Newcastle at the weekend, scored the crucial first goal for in this fixture just 7th minutes into the game, tapping in from close range. A goal that increased their optimism and belief in the minds of some of the Liverpool faithful.
Wijnaldum who came on as a sub, joined as the heroes of the night as he doubled the lead in the 54th minute, hitting a wonderful low powerful strike close to the box to further increase the roar by the Liverpool supporters at Anfield.
Wijnaldum leveled the tie on aggregate 2 minutes later with a powerful header from a perfect cross. A goal that made the whole stadium go wild and the chants and anthems at the ground grew even louder and deafening.
Origi got the winning goal for the second time in the row in the 79th minute, being at the right place, at the right time to firing in from very clever thinking by Arnold from a corner kick. A goal that finally sent everyone at the stadium wild and completely aroused the emotions of every single person at the stadium, both for good and for bad. A goal that will always be remembered not only by the player but by everyone that was able to witness one of the greatest champions league comebacks at this stage against one of the greatest teams in world football.
It was a heroic performance by Liverpool and amazing support from the fans. Pulling off something like that when the odds were greatly against them was spectacular and a night that will always be remembered at Anfield. The team and all the supporters will always remain proud of this moment. Doing the unthinkable and defying the odds, has gone on to become the greatest nights Anfield has witnessed.