Well. That happened.
It felt impossible. It hasn’t sunk in yet. Football isn’t supposed to let things like that happen. Liverpool were supposed to be dead and buried at 3-0 down to Barcelona after the first leg. Divock Origi and Gini Wijnaldum scored two each. This ranks among the finest games in the history of Liverpool Football Club. The captain agrees.
“Unbelievable”, BBC Sport report Jordan Henderson as saying. “I don’t think many people gave us a chance. We knew it would be difficult but still possible.
“The belief we have in the changing room is amazing. We knew we could do something special at Anfield. Look at the fans and the lads – this is a special night. This is up there with the best.
“We wanted to start fast. We got an early goal which helped. It wasn’t just the goal, it was getting after them and putting them under pressure. We knew if we showed personality and heart then we’d have a chance.”
“Who’s going to the final?” Andy Robertson asked. “We are. That’s all that matters. Gini went on [for me] and scored two. I don’t care right now.
“I’ve said so many times this season but what a team. We believe. People wrote us off. But we believed if we got off to a good start we could do it.
“Alisson has pulled off some unbelievable saves. Fingers crossed. We go to Sunday full of energy. It’s out of our hands but we’ve seen stranger things happen. Especially tonight.”
Miracles can happen in football. Magic is real. Never give up. Come up with all the ridiculous cliches you like about that mad, wonderful, glorious ninety minutes of football. Liverpool were just that good tonight. Everything went right. One of those special European nights at Anfield is an astonishing understatement. Drink it in.