Lionel Messi left at Anfield by Barcelona bus after Liverpool defeat

Liverpool now face either Ajax or Tottenham in the final at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on June 1. Winning against Barcelona is obviously one of the most hard things in the world of football.

"I don't know why but I had a feeling they could go through, even after the game in Barcelona", Houllier told talkSPORT.

"In the first half, we had options to score".

Last night was a disaster for the Catalan players as they failed to uphold a 3-goal lead against Liverpool.

"Before the game we knew that it would be hard but it was still possible, of course".

Interestingly, Messi netted a brace in the first leg of semi-finals, but was well checked by Liverpool defenders in the return leg. "I think the people from outside doubted us and thought that we couldn't do it, but once again we showed that anything is possible", he added.

Liverpool team pose before the UEFA Champions league semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on May 7, 2019.

It was Cannonier who spotted that the Barca players were in a world of their own, and it was he who rolled the ball quickly over the Alexander-Arnold, before the 20-year-old drilled a low and accurate corner onto the foot of Divock Origi.

Neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo will play in the Champions League final for the first time since 2013, but Mario Balotelli does not believe they should be criticised.

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Wijnaldum, who replaced Robertson, made an nearly instant impact, making it 2-0 by sweeping home a low cross from Alexander-Arnold.

His pass from the corner found a wide-open Origi, who steered a shot into the top corner with his first touch.

Their heroic victory came despite having forward duo Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino as well as Naby Keita sidelined due to injury and many experts dismissing their chances of reaching the final.

The Liverpool players responded, taking the game to Barca and then grabbing a seventh-minute lead when a poor headed clearance from Jordi Alba fell at the feet of Jordan Henderson, who burst goalwards.


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