Liverpool Storm to Victory
Liverpool Storm to Victory
Bookies all over the world are smiling this morning after the amazing Liverpool victory at the second leg of the Champion’s League Semi-Final as the underdogs, who all but the die-hard fans would not have bet on to win, smashed the competition and beat Barcelona 4-0 which left them 4-3 on aggregate and sent them flying through to the final and a chance to lift the silverware as freetips.com reports.
After their humiliating defeat in the first leg of the semi-final, no one really believed that Liverpool could do much more but perhaps a couple of goals in an effort to redeem themselves. No-one expected the outstanding 4-0 victory and commentators all over the place shouted excitedly into microphones as the play unfolded and it became clear that Liverpool had indeed pulled off the impossible. It must have come as a massive smack in the face to Barcelona who, and rightly so, would have assumed they were home and dry for their place in the final. Instead, their Champion’s League dreams are over for another year, and the Anfield crew will be headed to the final as the favourites to win.
So, what changed? After their abysmal defeat, there was much criticism of manager Klopp for not making the most of the players on offer, so perhaps he heard them. It is clear that the team wanted to win; they were hungry and had a belief in themselves that defied all the odds. The line up was strong with key players like Sergio Busquets, Luis Suarez, and Gerard Pique taking their place. Their early goal set the tone of the fight, and it was not as though Barcelona sat back and accepted their fate. However, Liverpool goalie Alisson was on fire and successfully knocked back several attempts on the home goal. It is one of those games that will hit the history books with a mixture of disbelief and awe at the performance of the team. The atmosphere at the stadium was electric, and the crowd were behind their team, driving them on at every possible moment.
Mark Lawrenson, the former Liverpool defender spoke after the match to BBC Sport. “I don't believe Liverpool could have pulled off their famous Champions League victory over Lionel Messi and Co without the help of their fans, who I know from experience are like a 12th man when you are out there on the pitch. As a Liverpool player, I learnt for myself what a difference that support makes - I would describe it as a feeling of 'whoosh', and ‘wow'. You might think you are tired, but then you run and chase the ball and make a tackle and the place goes mad. You are thinking 'how good is this' and you want some more of it. For the opposition, the opposite is true. The crowd unsettles and unnerves them, as much as it lifts and inspires the Liverpool players.” The final takes place on June 1st and will see Liverpool play either Ajax or Tottenham.