You can dare to expect any astonishing result when Liverpool plays like that to make sure till the last moment that you’ll never walk alone. It reminded me of that fateful night at Istanbul’s Ata Turk Stadium back in 2005 Champions League final when the Merseyside team came back sensationally from three goals down at half-time, leveled the score and beat AC Milan in penalty shootouts.
Despite of being a chilly night, we could witness the stadium simmering with passion. Enthusiastic Kopites at the edge of their seats seemed desperate for an early goal. And it didn’t take too long to see Origi sealing the first blood on Spanish giants. Still it was a massive trail on aggregate against a team like Barcelona. Messi’s side had their chances in the first half but they were not able to capitalize on them. Liverpool defense remained intact and the keeper was stalwart enough to be beaten this time.
The Reds, were all out to finish as survivors, like gladiators pursuing a final lifeline to win the battle. They were destined, determined and infatuated with self belief infused by none other than the favorite man, Jurgen Klopp.
Within the first fifteen minutes of the second half Wijnaldum netted two consecutive goals to level the scoreline and took the spirit of exhilaration at phenomenal heights. Anfield erupted with jubilations. Barcelona was now stunned, sensing humiliation and disappointment of great degree. Liverpool has come up against them with crushing power. Coutinho and Suarez remained perplexed and ineffective throughout. Only Messi was the man who could penetrate Liverpool defense anytime but that did not happen too.
Ultimately the moment arrived in 79th minute when Alexander-Arnold’s shrewdness made the decisive difference. He spotted the unattended Origi and precisely passed on to him a low cross from corner. That particular goal has now been recorded as part of Liverpool’s nonpareil piece of glory.
Simply it can only be called an incredible night that will never be forgotten. Liverpool now will play the Champions League final on 1st of June against the winner between Ajax and Spurs tonight.