Champions League: Liverpool Stun Barca With Historic Comeback To Reach Finals

Liverpool are into their second successive Champions League final after overcoming Barcelona with a stunning second-leg fightback on an epic night at Anfield.

The Reds not only had a mountain to climb on the scoreboard, but were deprived of two of their most potent attacking weapons in Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino due to injury.

However, Divock Origi and substitute Georginio Wijnaldum were the unlikely heroes as Barca surrendered a three-goal first-leg lead to exit the Champions League for the second straight season after blowing a 4-1 advantage against Roma in the quarterfinals last year.

Origi started the comeback when he tapped home from close range after seven minutes then Wijnaldum scored twice in the space of 122 seconds after the break that swung the tie in Liverpool’s favour.

Barcelona were rattled, and even Lionel Messi was unable to steady the ship before Origi struck again with a goal 11 minutes from time that would decide the tie on aggregate, after Trent Alexander-Arnold caught the visitors’ defence napping from a corner.

By now Anfield was rocking and the home fans stayed on their feet to cheer their side home in the closing minutes, with a shell-shocked Barca side unable to fashion any serious response.

Liverpool have managed famous European fightbacks before, notably when they won this competition for the fifth time in Istanbul in 2005, but this was arguably the greatest in their glittering history.

They will go for a sixth triumph in Madrid on 1 June, where they will meet either Ajax or Tottenham in the final.

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