🏟πŸ”₯ Throwback: Agony & ecstasy on an unforgettable night at Anfield
🏟πŸ”₯ Throwback: Agony & ecstasy on an unforgettable night at Anfield
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🏟πŸ”₯ Throwback: Agony & ecstasy on an unforgettable night at Anfield

Liverpool produced one of the most memorable comebacks of all time to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit on a stunning night at an electric Anfield.

It was the first time since 1986 - when Barcelona knocked out Gothenburg in the old European Cup - that a team had recovered a three-goal first-leg deficit to win a semifinal in Europe's elite competition. Unbridled joy and delirious celebrations accompanied the final whistle on the pitch and in the stands, where the Reds supporters contributed to an unforgettable comeback by a club that's not a stranger to rising from the ashes.

Liverpool won this competition for the fifth time in Istanbul in 2005 after trailing 3-0 at halftime to AC Milan, but this was arguably an even bigger mountain that they managed to ascend against all the odds and a dejected Lionel Messi. 

Barcelona was sickened by a renewed sense of deja vu, having being beaten 3-0 by Roma in the quarter-finals the previous season after winning the first leg 4-1. Throwing away a three-goal first-leg lead meant that Barcelona would again fail to make the Champions League final, their last appearance in the showpiece event was in 2015.

Substitute Gini Wijnaldum turned the match and the tie on its head when he came off the bench and scored twice inside 122 seconds to take the wind out of Barcelona's sails. He became the first Liverpool player to score twice from the bench in a Champions League game since Ryan Babel against Besiktas in 2007.

Then 20-year-old Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold provided 14 assists in all competitions in 2018/2019, more than any other player at the club. His infamously cheeky corner that resulted in Divock Origi's goal and Liverpool's 4th will go down in Liverpool folklore as he helped seal a famous victory 11 minutes from time. 

What a night.

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