Liverpool Beat Barcelona 4 - 0 To Qualify For Champions League Final

Liverpool FC has mounted a remarkable comeback to beat Barcelona 4 -3 on aggregate to qualify for the Champions League final in Madrid.

Needing to overturn a 3 - 0 deficit from the first leg, the Reds managed to score four goals to see off their opponents, whose ranks included such luminaries of the modern game as Lionel Messi and former Liverpool star Luis Suarez.

They started brightly, scoring after a matter of minutes through striker Divock Origi. Despite Barcelona having chances, through some stunning work from goalkeeper Allison Becker, they stayed in the tie to the half.

Manager Jurgen Klopp was forced into a substitution that turned into a masterstroke after half time when that replacement, Georginio Wijnaldum scored Liverpool's second in the 54th minute.

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He then took a second chance to thrash a brilliant header past Barca 'keeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen just two minutes later.

That goal levelled the tie at 3 - 3 over the course of the two legs, but it was some quick thinking from young full back Trent Alexander Arnold that saw them take the lead over the whole piece.

The Liverpudlian 20-year-old spotted that the Barca defenders had switched off at a Liverpool corner and chipped the ball into the box after the referee's whistle blew for Origi to batter home a clever finish whilst the opposition defenders stood watching.

Roared on by a raucous Anfield crowd the Kopites then turned their attention to seeing out the tie. Barcelona knocked at the door, but - in truth - failed to make an impact on a red wall that seldom looked like being breached barring some early scares.

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When the referee's whistle blew, Anfield rose as one to congratulate their heroes on a comeback for the ages, the likes of which are rarely seen at any level of the game.

But before that they were made to wait as the assistant referee added on a tense five minutes of added time.

Despite that, the men in red hung on and will now turn their attentions to Wolverhampton Wanders, who they face this weekend still in with a chance of winning the Premier League.

Whether that comes off is still in the balance, but what is for certain is that they will now travel to Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1 for a chance to win a sixth European title against one of either Tottenham Hotspur or Ajax.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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