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Reds rout Barcelona, become Champions League legends

The Reds have done the unimaginable, coming from three goals down to smash Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate and advance to the Champions League final for the second year in a row.

A brace from Divock Origi and another two goals from substitute Georginio Wijnaldum sunk the mighty Spanish club at Anfield.

A Jurgen Klopp masterpiece.

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First out the gates

The Reds wasted no time in getting on the scoresheet. Origi slotted home from close range after Marc-Andre ter Stegen parried away Jordan Henderson’s initial shot.

Liverpool continued to dominate the game, creating more chances and barraging the Barca goal with an array of shots.

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For some reason the referee turned a blind eye to many a foul from Lionel Messi’s side. Yet he played right into the hands of cunning forward Luis Suarez, awarding free kicks for the most minute contact.

It didn’t matter. The Reds weren’t rattled and they weren’t going to take the foot of the accelerator either.

Shades of Istanbul

It was always going to be Liverpool wasn’t it? They were destined to win this game.

The second half could well be considered homage to that fateful night in Istanbul.

Andy Robertson was brought down after a snide Suarez challenge early in the half and Wijnaldum was brought on.

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Moments later, Trent Alexander-Arnold pressed high and won the ball back on the right flank. His cross was deflected into the path of trailing Wijnaldum and the Dutch international made no mistake. He beat ter Stegen with blistering power.

It wasn’t three minutes later when Wijnaldum pulled the aggregate score level.

Xherdan Shaqiri’s pinpoint cross found the substitute who rose above his defender to head the ball home.

Liverpool were running riot against arguably the best team in the world and doing it in style.

The Anfield faithful were on their feet. Their cheers and chants were received by the team on the field and it spurred them on.

Then almost 10 minutes from full time, Origi sent the entire stadium into euphoria.

Trent took a cheeky corner before Barcelona could organise themselves and found Origi all alone some mere yards from the goal.

It was over.

The stuff of legend

You won’t forget this night for the rest of your life. It was the same in 2005.

This is the stuff of legend.

One day, years from now, you’ll be telling your kids about the day Jurgen’s boys took on Barcelona at Anfield and demolished them.

But the journey isn’t over. The Reds are off to Madrid for their second consecutive Champions League final. It’s on!

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