Liverpool reach the Champions League final after sensational comeback against Barcelona

Liverpool reached the Champions League final for the second year in a row after another classic European night at Anfield.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg at the Nou Camp and missing a number of star players through injury, the odds were heavily stacked against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

However, a dramatic 4-3 aggregate win sends the Merseysiders to Madrid where they will face either Ajax or Tottenham Hotspur.

The Reds couldn’t have asked for a better start, taking the lead through Divock Origi after just six minutes.

Belgian striker Origi, deputising for the injured Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, pounced after captain Jordan Henderson’s shot was parried by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Just two minutes later, Sadio Mane burst into the box and went down under pressure from Sergi Roberto but referee Cuneyt Cakir waved away his appeal.

As Barcelona settled into the game, the two sides exchanged chances but neither side could find another breakthrough before half time.

Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's third goal  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's third goal (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Almost immediately after the break, however, Georginio Wijnaldum took centre stage.

Just seven minutes after replacing the injured Andrew Robertson at the interval, the Dutchman made a late run into the box and fired home from a Trent Alexander Arnold cross from the right-hand side.

Less than two minutes later, Wijnaldum sent Anfield into raptures, heading past Ter Stegen from Xherdan Shaqiri’s pinpoint cross.

Klopp’s team were in the ascendancy and there was a feeling of inevitability about their winning goal.

It eventually came with just 12 minutes left on the clock, when Barca were caught napping from Alexander Arnold’s quick corner and Origi smashed home his second of the night in front of the Kop.

The result means that Liverpool head to the final for the chance to win their sixth European crown.

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