Liverpool has done something that only their fans believed they could. Bet makers had them at 1% to progress to finals and that was enough for them. In Barcelona’s defence when you play at Anfield in a European night you are one man down. Anyone who says crowd don’t make any difference, they have never witnessed Anfield nights. Like Arsene Wenger said before the game,” Anfield is the only place you don’t want to go for the second leg”
This definitely goes down as the greatest come back in the history of Champions League. Liverpool did this without Salah, Firmino and Keita, Robertson for the second half. They had two teenagers on the bench as their attacking alternatives.
Alisson (GK) – 8.5
Brazilian made five saves according to WhoScored.com. He made three parried saves as well. His important save to deny Alba saved the game for Liverpool
Alexander-Arnold (RB) – 9
What a presence of mind for that corner. He left the whole Barcelona team embarrassed with that work of genius. One assist and two key passes. Alba and Coutinho struggled whole game on his side.
Matip (CB) – 9.5
Matip was rock solid at the back. Two tackles, two interceptions and three clearances. What a defensive performance from the ex-Schalke man.
van Dijk (CB) – 9.5
Is someone still out there, who believes he’s not the best centre-back in the world? He made two tackles, two clearances and five interceptions. Even managed to almost sneak in a goal.
Robertson (LB) – 7.5
Does this guy ever stop running? Into the last week of the season and he produced a class performance. One tackle, three clearances and one interception.
Henderson (CM) – 9
He put in a captain’s performance today. He is not Steven Gerrard but he was the best player on the field in the first half and kept pressing till the last minute. Four tackles and one clearance, along with an assist and endless running.
Fabinho (CM) – 9
He has turned into a gem for Jurgen Klopp. Four tackles, one clearance and one interception. He also had a 90% pass success rate.
Milner (CM) – 8
He doesn’t perform like a 33-year old, does he? Relentless pressing and always putting his body on the line. 85% pass success rate and two key passes.
Shaqiri (RW) – 7
Probably the worst player on the field in the first half. But he turned it around with his deliveries in the second. One assist and one key pass.
Origi (CF) – 9.5
He has delivered every time this season when he was asked to. Played his best game in a Liverpool shirt. Scored two goals and pressed whole night long. Three successful dribbles as well.
Mane (LW) – 8.5
When two of the famous three were out injured, he took his game to another level. Barcelona has struggled against him for a complete 180 minutes. Four successful dribbles and never stopped running.
Wijnaldum (CM) – 9.5
He just turned it around in the second half. Scored two goals in space of two minutes and had a 93% success rate. One tackle and one clearance along with that attacking performance.
Gomez(LB) – Late sub
Sturridge (CF) -Late sub
ter Stegen (GK) – 5
He did his best between the sticks when he could. Can’t blame him much but could have done better for the second goal. Made three saves and one claim.
Roberto (RB) – 5.5
The second half went past him. Was only visible in the last 10 minutes of the second half. Made three tackles, one clearance and one interception.
Pique (CB) – 6.5
He put in a good performance that might go missing in that scoreline. Made nine clearances and four interceptions won three aerials as well.
Lenglet (CB) – 5
Put in poor performance. Origi never struggled against him. Four clearances and one tackle.
Alba (LB) – 5
Probably his worst performance in the last couple of years. Just couldn’t cope with the press of Liverpool. Four clearances and three interceptions.
Rakitic (CM) – 5
He was completely dominated by the Liverpool midfielders. Made one tackle, two clearances and one interception.
Busquets (DM) – 6.5
He had a good game considering the performance by his fellow teammates. Made 4 tackles, one interception and one clearance. Also had 88% pass success rate.
Vidal (CM) – 6
He put in a nice shift as well. Kept running hard as long as he was on the field. Made seven tackles and two interceptions.
Messi (RW) – 6
He went missing in the most important game of the season for Barcelona. Made four dribbles and three key passes. Had five shots and was dispossessed most number of times in the game, five.
Suarez (CF) – 4
Let’s just say his worst performance in the Barcelona shirt. He returned to the ground where he made his name and struggled whole evening long. Never troubled Matip or van Dijk.
Coutinho (LW) – 5
Another former Liverpool player who struggled hard on his return to Anfield. Had a horrible game. Managed one shot on goal.
Semedo (RB) – 6
A better match for Mane rather than Roberto. Has speed to match Mane’s. Made one tackle and one interception. Almost created a chance for his team in the end.
Arthur (CM) – Late sub
Malcolm – (RW) – Late sub
Second Champions League final in a row for the Reds.
*All the stats from WhoScored.com