Well, no one could have said they saw it coming. After the first leg of the semi-final was very unkind to Liverpool with 3-0 for Barca, Liverpool’s expulsion from the finals seemed as certain as punters using Bet9ja promotion code – it just made sense. However, the Reds made up for everything and then some.
Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum – the Stars of the Show
It was 4-0 for the Reds at the end of it all and it all came down to two amazing players, Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum. Origi scored the first goal in the 7th minute, whereas Wijnaldum didn’t get to show off until after half-time when he was brought in as a replacement. It was then that he scored two goals, in minutes 54 and 56, before Barcelona had a chance to realize what was going on. The final goal was scored by Origi again, with 11 minutes to spare.
Lionel Messi and his teammates looked lost amid the hail of goals scored by Liverpool. Frantically, Barca tried to score just once more in order to get a tie, but it was, ultimately, no use – Liverpool went on to the finals.
Reportedly, Jürgen Klopp, the manager of the team, has urged the Reds to give them everything they had, despite the overwhelming odds. It certainly didn’t seem possible to achieve victory at first, but the remarkable players, the excellent coaching, and the unparalleled teamwork have made the Reds crush Barca on the pitch.
Reactions to the Results
While the Reds were receiving praise, as well they should be after such a feat, Barca was practically crucified by the Spanish press, who called the match a debacle, a shame, and numerous other epithets. The praise and scolding didn’t circumvent Jürgen Klopp and Ernesto Valverde, respectfully.
The Red’s forward and midfielder were hailed as heroes making history. It is, among other feats, because this was the third time in history that a football club was able to bounce back like this after losing the first leg so badly.
The Finals – What Do They Have In Store?
The Reds will go on to face the Spurs In the finals. The match will certainly be one to remember as, apparently, both Liverpool and Tottenham came from the brink of destruction to triumph in the semi-finals. There will be no underdogs here. Tottenham has managed to get one over on Liverpool before, but the last time that happened was in 2017. Still, the finals will be more than tricky to predict.
While Liverpool is elated with their latest win, one must not forget that Tottenham has Harry Kane, though his knee may prove troublesome. Kane hasn’t seen any action on the football pitch in two months, so it is uncertain whether he will open the game or not. We expect that it will be a very tight match indeed, with a possible spec of an advantage going over to Liverpool. It is anyone’s game at this point.