Believe it or not, Liverpool is in the UEFA Champions League final. Liverpool has succeeded in milking the hopes of Barca fans by trashing Barcelona by 4 goals to nothing in the second leg encounter. Liverpool has by this feet repeated their great performance in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final that saw them make a historic comeback to win the game.
Newsghana24.com was emphatic that the second leg encounter could turn out like this. In our article titled “Not over yet, Messi the genius football king”, we stated that per our analysis and history, Liverpool could stage a comeback.
However, history could repeat itself if Liverpool can repeat the magic and the historic comeback of the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final and turn the second leg into a great game.
This was exactly what they did on the day when it mattered most. Today Liverpool came to the party and Messi did not come to play. Liverpool got the needed early goal at just seven minutes via the effort of Divock Origi.
The host dominated the first half at their own back yard at Anfield playing with purpose and belief that they can turn it around. A half time substitute by Liverpool bringing on Wijnaldum and taking off Robertson meant Milner was to move to the left back. The substitutions on the day were spot on. It turned the game around for the Reds.
In the 54th minute, the hungry reds doubled their lead through Wijnaldum when he slammed home beautifully Alexander-Arnold’s low ball far and beyond the reach of Ter Stegen from almost 15 yards out. This goal electrified Anfield and the hopes of the millions of Liverpool fans across the world was kept alive.
Barcelona either went to sleep or was in a comma and lacked ideas on the night and in the space of two minutes, Liverpool got the crucial third goal and it was Wijnaldum again as he headed home Shaqiri’s cross beyond. It was now 3-3 on aggregate and an away goal by Barcelona could snatch it from Liverpool.
Incredible was the performance. Divock broke the hearts of Barca fans when he scored the fourth goal. It was all over for Barcelona and they knew it.
On the day two men were influential in the big win of Liverpool as two goals each from Origi and Wijnaldum put Liverpool ahead on the two-leg tie as they won by 4-3 on aggregate but on the night it was Liverpool 4- 0 Barcelona. Indeed, Messi’s statement “Not over yet” came to pass but against his team.