Reds dump out Barca with amazing 4-0 victory

Liverpool win 4-3 on aggregate

Liverpool have been slashed from 22-1 to 4-9 to win the Champions League after dumping Barcelona out of the competition with an astonishing 4-0 victory at Anfield.

The Premier League side trailed 3-0 after the first leg at Camp Nou and were 20-1 to reach the final but rose to the occasion with Divock Origi and Gini Wijnaldum helping themselves to two goals each.

Origi got his chance due to the absence of injured strikers Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah and was on the scoresheet after just seven minutes.

Liverpool suffered another injury blow when Andy Robertson had to be substituted at half-time but his replacement, Wijnaldum, turned the tie on its head with two goals inside the space of just three second-half minutes.

Barca cleared their heads for a while but bedlam ensued in the 79th minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold's clever corner picked out Origi, who swept Liverpool into a 4-3 aggregate lead.

Jurgen Klopp's side saw out the game with intelligence and determination to book a place in the final for the second successive season.

For Barca, just 1-50 to qualify in the pre-match prices, it was a similar scenario to last season's quarter-final when they won the home leg 4-1 against Roma before losing 3-0 in the Italian capital.

Despite their history of heavy away defeats (they also lost 4-0 to Paris St-Germain in 2017) the odds on a 4-0 loss on Merseyside were 66-1.

Liverpool's first chance to win a trophy comes on Sunday with the conclusion of the Premier League.

The Reds are 13-2 to win the title although they could have a threadbare squad for Sunday's match at home to Wolves.

Robertson has joined Firmino and Salah in the Reds treatment room and it remains to be seen what part the trio can play in the rest of the season.

Match in Focus

15:00 Sa 25May SKY

Newport Co v Tranmere

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Newport are unbeaten in 12 matches.
Expert verdict
Michael Flynn’s Newport headed into the playoffs as the fourth tier’s form side, securing seventh spot by finishing the season ten games unbeaten. Tranmere will know all too well about County’s disciplined defensive, having failed to score in both league meetings with them and, even with James Norwood leading the line, they look vulnerable.

 

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