By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00
Another special European night at Anfield saw Liverpool defy the odds by overturning the 3-0 deficit handed to them by Barcelona in the first leg. Gini Wijnaldum and Divock Origi both scored twice in the 4-0 win.
The team’s performance as a collective was incredible and every player is worth mentioning. Alexander-Arnold was once again superb, Jordan Henderson was a workhorse, Gini Wijnaldum scored twice in quick succession giving us memories of Istanbul and Joel Matip supressed the threat of Lionel Messi unbelievably well.
However, going into the game it was vital Klopp’s side kept a clean sheet if there was any chance of going through. They also needed to score four times, which is why Origi and Alisson were both the biggest standout players.
Divock Origi has popped up with some extremely important goals for Liverpool in the past and he did it again. The Belgian forward started the comeback and completed it.
For the first goal, Origi found himself in the right position as Jordan Henderson’s early effort was parried away by Marc-Andre ter Stegen – the ball was put on a platter for the striker who calmly slotted away his first ever goal in the Champions League.
For the fourth and final goal, Origi linked up with Trent Alexander-Arnold who produced a clever corner routine that caught the Barcelona players off guard. The No.27 reacted superbly and before any other, putting the ball past the Barcelona ‘keeper with precision and sending Anfield into utter pandemonium.
The 24-year-old scored from both the shots he took in the game as well as completing all three of his attempted dribbles. This was truly one of his best performances in a Liverpool shirt.
The heroic performance of Divock Origi would have meant nothing, however, if the La Liga champions scored on the night. Alisson made sure that didn’t happen. The Brazilian shot stopper has been incredible throughout the season and came up with yet another brilliant display.
The goalie made five saves, most of which were difficult and all of which vitally important. Of those five saves he collected two and parried three. The No.13 did however make sure his parried saves didn’t fall to the feet of the Barca forwards.
Alisson and Origi were both incredible and helped the team to create a special night under the Anfield’s lights. The team were written-off before the game even began, but pulled through to beat one of the best teams in Europe – a night no Liverpool fan will ever forget.
Jurgen Klopp and his side will now face either Dutch wildcards Ajax or fellow English club Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 1 to contest for the Champions League trophy.