Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona LIVE: Incredible Origi and Wijnaldum braces propel Reds to final
LIVERPOOL vs BARCELONA – LIVE! Follow all the action from Anfield as Liverpool seek to topple Barcelona and overturn a 3-0 deficit to make the Champions League final.
FT: LIVERPOOL 4-0 BARCELONA
- Liverpool complete incredible comeback to make Champions League final
- Origi scores tie-clinching goal after quick-thinking corner from Alexander-Arnold
- Wijnaldum quickfire double after the break sent Anfield wild
- Second year in a row Barcelona have let slip a three-goal first-leg lead
10.06pm: Alan Shearer, looking on, believes this night is one for the ages. “We’ve spoken about Liverpool performances from 20, 30, 40 years ago, but remember Tuesday the seventh of May 2019 because this has been one hell of a night,” he said.
Andy Robertson is asked how he feels about being “kicked out of the game” by Luis Suarez. His reply? “Who’s going to the final?”
This is really special. The crowd are belting out ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and the players are standing in front of the Kop, soaking in the noise.
FULL-TIME: Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona – Liverpool reach the Champions League final
90: Five minutes added time. Good grief, it’s all getting a bit much.
87: Liverpool are understandably not resting on their laurels but Barcelona are beginning to pile on the pressure. Alisson collects a cross from wide to diffuse anxious boos. For now.
79: OH MY WORD! LIVERPOOL 4-0! ORIGI! Alexander-Arnold smartly earns a corner and is about to let Shaqiri take it but then spots Origi unmarked by the six-yard box. He quickly whips a ball into the Frenchman who sweeps it home into the top corner.
72: Liverpool are still hassling Barcelona despite the ground they have made all throughout the match. Incredible energy levels from Klopp’s men, who really believe they can do this now. Barcelona know one goal puts the emphasis massively on Liverpool, though, and are by all means hunting for it.
67: Free-kick to Barcelona 25 yards out. Messi steps up. Deja vu. Hearts in mouths. Straight off the wall. Pressure relieved.
64: Everyone has just about caught their breath. What an incredible few minutes. Wow. Damn. Wow. Liverpool with their tails up on a Champions League night at Anfield just yields mad moments. Liverpool have kept coming forward in the ensuing minutes but to no avail.
56: HE’S DONE IT AGAIN! Wow. Wow. Wow. Shaqiri crosses from the left flank and Wijnaldum rises like a salmon to powerfully head home past a rooted Ter Stegen. Absolute bedlam inside Anfield.
54: 2-0 LIVERPOOL! WIJNALDUM! The substitute gets onto the end of Alexander-Arnold’s driven cross to steer under Ter Stegen from 15 yards.
50: CLOSE! Finally, a decent corner. Van Dijk sticks out a hopeful boot behind him and steers it towards goal, with Ter Stegem reacting quickly to save.
46: We are back underway for the second half! Robertson could not continue and Milner has switched to left-back and Wijnaldum comes on.
Alisson probably Liverpool’s best player so far, with two really important saves and smart parries which have evaded on-rushing attackers. Liverpool will be delighted as it stands, but the attackers cannot be so wasteful in attack. Barcelona are committing players forward and leaving spaces for Jurgen Klopp’s side to expose.
HALF-TIME: Liverpool 1-0 Barcelona
45+3: Messi tests Alisson again with an effort from 20 yards after Shaqiri concedes possession. The Brazilian shot-stopper has shown how well he knows his sticks and lets it slide ever so narrowly wide. Jordi Alba is wonderfully threaded through by Messi as the whistle looms but, again, Alisson brilliantly thwarts.
45: Petering out as we approach half-time. Liverpool have lacked a bit of bite on the break after the goal, with Barcelona instilling fear into the crowd with each attack. Busquets harshy booked just before the break for a strong aerial challenge on Fabinho. Four minutes added on.
40: Speaking of Robertson, he’s moving very gingerly. And… hmm, is it because of Suarez? Robertson was tracking the attacker’s run and Suarez seemingly over-extends his stride to catch his marker, who falls to the floor. He’ staying on but doesn’t look right.
37: What got lost amid all the madness early on was Robertson’s shove on Messi’s head. As the Scot made his way forward he shoved the head of Messi, who was sitting on the turf.
33: Looked as if Henderson was about to go off injured there as the Liverpool skipper laid on the turf after a short dribble. He looked in real pain and Wijnaldum got stripped on the touchline, but was re-dressing himself soon after as Henderson gingerly got back to his feet. Seems all good.
30: Game has quietened down somewhat as Barcelona grow into it, not to say they don’t look susceptible to pace at the back.
23: Suarez said before the game he expected cheers as opposed to boos from the Liverpool crowd but he’s not doing much to endear himself to the Anfield faithful. And, after his latest antics against Van Dijk (falling over under barely any pressure in an aerial duel) he has begun to receive jeers when in possession.
18: Couple moments of panic for Liverpool as Barcelona begin to threaten on the counter. First, Messi is laid on the ball at the edge of the box, but intercepted brilliantly by Matip. Moments later, Coutinho spearheads a 3-on-2 attack but his effort is tame and palmed smartly by Alisson.
14: CLOSE! Barcelona break forward and the ball is pulled back to Messi at the edge of the box. The Argentine sweeps an effort which is heading towards the roof of the net, but Alisson jumps well and tips it over the bar. Closest the visitors have come.
09: Mane has a penalty shout turned down after feeling the pressure of Lenglet behind him. Sandwiching that was a little feud between Suarez and Fabinho, ignited by Suarez’s kidology. Fabinho has nibbled and gone right into a sliding challenge, taking out the Uruguayan and then shouting at him as he laid on the floor. Yellow card for Fabinho.
07: 1-0 LIVERPOOL! DIVOCK ORIGI! Henderson goes on a mazy dribble which you think for the life of you will be halted by a Barcelona defender. But it isn’t. The Englishman gets off a weak shot, parried by Ter Stegen into the path of Origi, who passes home into the empty net!
06: Liverpool settling into the game and having most of the ball so far. Klopp’s men are absolutely crowding the six-yard box at corners, trying to take advantage of their diminutive opponents. Delivery has not been great so far, however.
02: Straight into the thick of it! Henderson almost latches onto a skewed shot from Shaqiri at the back post but Alba turns it around for a corner. Barca see it out and the referee has a word with Messi and Robertson, who seemingly had an early scuffle.
01: We are underway wth Barcelona kicking from left to right, attacking the Kop. Let’s do this.
7.50pm: ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is being belted out by the Anfield faithful. They love it, don’t they. They just love bloody love it. Does have the feel of a special night – particularly which way it’ll go, who knows.
7.45pm: Amid all the Suarez furore, it’s somewhat been forgotten that Philippe Coutinho is also making his first bow back in Merseyside following his departure last January. The pair were pictured together by the Liverpool badge yesterday, which fans were not at all happy about.
7.40pm: Steve McManaman is confident heading into tonight. “I think Liverpool will score first, I think Liverpool will win the game,” he says. The Reds are, in fact, the narrowest of favourites for this match, but the tie is a different matter.
7.30pm: Jordan Henderson leads his Liverpool side out for the warm-up. To think he could be lifting the Premier League and Champions League trophies if a miracle happens… Seriously, think about that.
Jurgen Klopp has done his usual trick of watching the opposition warm up on the turf.
7.15pm: Just 45 minutes until kick-off now. As much as this is a huge night for Liverpool – Barcelona have not reached the final since 2015, which feels like twice the time for any normal club.
Ernesto Valverde’s side let a 4-1 lead slip last season against Roma, and the Spanish tactician is adamant the same won’t happen tonight. “It’s an experience to learn from, but the good thing about football is you always get another chance,” Valverde said yesterday when asked the Roma game.
“Nothing in football is written, you have to go out there and do it. PSG [in the last 16 in 2017] – people said if they scored it was over but we went out there and scored six.
“Looking at this full press conference and all the tickets that have been sold, I don’t think there is any danger of that [complacency] happening. But Liverpool are a good team, so who knows what could happen.
7pm: What do we make of those teams then? Klopp’s hand has been forced with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita sidelined.
It has to be said their bench is looking threadbare, although promising young striker Rhian Brewster is named on the bench – will he get a shot?
Barcelona, meanwhile, are unchanged and looking strong as ever. Ernesto Valverde rested all 11 starters on the weekend as Barca lost 2-0 to Celta Vigo.
6.45pm: STARTING LINE-UPS!
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Milner, Henderson; Mane, Shaqiri, Origi.
Subs – Mignolet, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Gomez, Sturridge, Brewster, Woodburn.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho.
Subs – Cillessen, Semedo, Arthur, Malcom, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Aleñá.
6.40pm: There should be fireworks tonight – but there literally some fireworks going off next to the Barcelona team hotel last night, in hope of disrupting the players’ sleep. Not particularly welcoming from the Liverpudlians, it’s fair to say… And Merseyside Police aren’t having any of it.
“We can confirm a report was received of fireworks being set off at Chavasse Park in Liverpool city centre shortly after 4am today (Tuesday 7 May 2019),” a statement read.
“It is against the law to carry or use adult fireworks if you are under 18, and illegal for people of any age to let off or throw a firework in a public place.”
Shouldn’t bother Messi, mind, because science has not yet proved if that biological anomaly does in fact sleeps.
6.35pm: Fighting talk from Jurgen Klopp in tonight’s matchday programme.
“Here is one thing everyone inside Anfield knows, including our opponents. This Liverpool never stops. This Liverpool never quits. This Liverpool gives everything at all times.
“Whatever happens this Liverpool leaves it all on the pitch and nothing left for regrets. We don’t do ‘if only’.”
6.30pm: Feeling a bit parched in the stats department? Don’t worry, here’s a jugful of Opta’s finest.
- Barcelona have won both of their previous two turnouts at Anfield in the Champions League – in 2001 and 2007
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 19 home matches
- Liverpool have not conceded in the competition since Kylian Mbappe’s strike for PSG on matchday one
- Barcelona have won just five of their last 18 away Champions League knockout ties, but four of those five victories have come in England
- Lionel Messi has 12 Champions League goals for Barcelona this season, just two shy of his best ever tally in a single season
6.15pm: Virgil van Dijk has been absolutely key to Liverpool’s improvement this season but there have been murmurs the Dutchman is not fully fit for tonight’s game after he was not seen training with the first team yesterday.
He has, in fact, been struggling with a slight foot problem over the last few weeks, which led to his absence from the training session, according to a club spokesperson.
They suggested Van Dijk only missed Monday’s open training because he was instead undergoing an individual, tailored session to aid his fitness so that he could still start tonight.
It is believed the same can be said of returning midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
6pm: Luis Suarez is returning to Anfield tonight for the first time since leaving Liverpool in 2014.
He celebrated upon opening the scoring in the first leg, but has vowed not to do the same at Anfield. Why? I’ll leave it to the man himself…
“I have all the respect in the world for the Liverpool fans,” the Uruguayan said. “Because I scored and celebrated with my fans I say sorry.
“I am very thankful to Liverpool to the fans and the club and obviously it is clear that if I score a goal against Liverpool here I won’t celebrate it in the same way I didn’t celebrate in Holland when I scored.
“I am thankful to the club, I think there will be more applause than whistles.”
5.30pm: Welcome, young and all, to tonight’s live coverage of the Champions League semi-final second leg between Liverpool and Barcelona. It’ll be a cracker.
In Barcelona, we have a side who will be on the brink of their third treble should they get through tonight, and in hosts Liverpool, a side who will truly state their claim of being the best English team to not win a trophy if they go out respectfully this evening.
Yeah, kick-off is not for another two-and-a-half-hours, but that’s only because of the glorious build-up coming your way, including Virgil Van Dijk’s fitness, Luis Suarez’s return and the all-important team news. Stay tuned.