Player Ratings: Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona
Liverpool pulled off arguably the greatest comeback in UEFA Champions League history as they overturned a 0-3 first leg deficit to beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield this evening to progress to next month’s final.
Divock Origi opened the scoring after just seven minutes shortly after Jordi Alba had carelessly conceded possession just outside his own penalty area. Alisson was called into action to deny Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho in the following 10 minutes. The Brazilian had little else to do all night.
Half-time substiute Georginio Wijnaldum powered home a second eight minutes into the second half before the Dutch midfielder was free inside the six-yard box to make it 3-0 less than five minutes later.
Liverpool completed the incredible comeback 12 minutes from time when Trent Alexander-Arnold took a quick corner to pick out Origi inside the penalty area to finish into the top corner as the Barcelona defence were caught napping.
Here are how the players fared:
Alisson 7 – Made a couple of smart saves but Barcelona never caused the Liverpool goalkeeper many problems at all.
Trent Alexander-Arnold 10 – The young Liverpool right-back was phenomenal. From keeping Philippe Coutinho quiet, to his quick-thinking corner to set up the winner and that Trent Alexander-Arnold covered both halves of the right-hand side and put a lot of crosses into the box.
Joël Matip 9 – Aside from a yellow card, Joël Matip kept Lionel Messi quiet for most of the night as the Reds kept a clean sheet against the 2018-19 La Liga winners.
Virgil van Dijk 8 – A calming performance at the back. Virgil van Dijk was a good leader of his fellow defenders and played a couple of decent long balls to try start attacks. Aside from one one-one-one opportunity, Luis Suárez didn’t see a sight on goal.
Andrew Robertson 7 – Good performance in the first half, bombing off down the left, but was taken off at the break with an injury. Worked out to be a blessing for Jürgen Klopp’s side as Georginio Wijnaldum replaced Andy Robertson to great effect.
Fabinho 9 – Got stuck in time and time again to win the ball back for his side or slow down the Barcelona attack by conceding free kicks. Fabinho was excellent in front of the back four to prevent much supply getting to Lionel Messi and co.
James Milner 8 – Tireless performance from James Milner who played in both centre midfield and at left-back, seeing a lot of the ball and working well defensively.
Jordan Henderson 8 – Played the full 90 minutes and continued to get stuck in despite appearing to pick up a knee injury in the first half. It was Jordan Henderson’s parried effort in the seventh minute that fell into the path of Divock Origi to get the ball rolling for Liverpool.
Xherdan Shaqiri 6 – Picked out an unmarked Wijnaldum for Liverpool’s third but otherwise not the best of contributions from Xherdan Shaqiri who was particularly quiet in the first half.
Divock Origi 9 – The unlikely hero, Divock Origi was in the right place at the right time to score Liverpool’s first and fourth goals this evening. A good finish for the winner in particular.
Sadio Mané 7 – His pace caused the Barcelona some real problems but Sadio Mané wasn’t directly involved in any of Liverpool’s four goals. Certainly stretched the visitors’ defence though.
Georginio Wijnaldum (45 mins) 8 – Two vital goals within the first 15 minutes of being introduced at half-time.
Joe Gomez (7 mins) N/A – Defensive replacement for Origi to help see out the victory.
Daniel Sturridge (2 mins) N/A – A late introduction to help run the clock out, which included five minutes of stoppage time.
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