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By Tom Rostance

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  1. 'Barcelona were inferior, scared and unable to find answers'

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg: 4-3)

    Guillem Balague

    Spanish football journalist on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Jurgen Klopp understood what happened in the first leg better than Ernesto Valverde. In that game Liverpool had a lot of chances and played a high tempo that Barcelona struggled with. Klopp said they didn't do much wrong in the first leg and they did not have to change much so they did the same again tonight.

    Over the two games, for three quarters of them Barcelona were inferior, scared and unable to find answers. For me, Messi was saying 'how do I influence the game?'. For the last hour where was he? Not many teams have ever done that to him.

    After the first leg, Messi warned the Barcelona players that that game was played at the pace Liverpool wanted, and he said they [Barcelona] were all exhausted and couldn't play at that pace again, but that's what has happened again.

    They fell for a trap. In the wide areas, two or three Liverpool players were always around them. Barcelona tried to look for that extra pass but couldn't find it and lost possession. Barcelona have not played a team like this in a long, long time.

  2. 'Sublime'

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg: 4-3)

    Alan Shearer

    Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Divock Origi grew in confidence by getting that first goal, he just had such a spring in his step and he knew he had that backline of Barcelona all over the place.

    The same with Sadio Mane and Barcelona didn't know whether to drop off or go close. That winning goal was so bright from Trent Alexander-Arnold, he looked up, he saw the Barcelona players had his back to him, but Origi was on the same wavelength.

    Even before Georginio Wijnaldum's goals, I picked him out and it's not easy when you come on but he picked up the pace straight away and was full of aggression. That header from the left was a sublime one, I would've been proud of that one.

    Like with Origi, Barcelona were scared stiff of Sadio Mane all night.

  3. 'We had to be cheeky'

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg: 4-3)

    Liverpool

    Divock Origi

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to BT Sport: "The whole game was too much. It was overwhelming. We played against maybe the best team in world. Winning is difficult but winning with a clean sheet, I don’t know they did it. It’s unbelievable.

    "I saw James Milner crying on the pitch after the game. It means so much to all of us. It’s the best phase of football. There are more important things in the world. But creating this emotional atmosphere together is so special. It’s all about the players.

    "The mix of potential and unbelievable heart is just a mix I never saw before. You have to be confident in a game like this. Divock and Shaq didn’t play a lot. Putting a performance in like that, it was so important. It shows what’s possible in football. It’s so nice. It’s really nice.

    "We had to be serious. But we needed to be cheeky as well. It was necessary. Barcelona defend predictable things well. But you need to be unpredictable at moments. I saw the ball flying in the goal, I didn’t see the corner. I didn’t see who took the corner. Ben Woodburn said ‘what happened?’"

  4. 'The heart in those players was incredible'

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg: 4-3)

    Pat Nevin

    Former Chelsea and Scotland winger on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Barcelona have fabulous players and like a bit of time but they didn't get any.

    Jurgen Klopp was brave enough to say 'I want you to play at this pace and play a high line. Not just for 20 minutes but the whole game'.

    Last night [Manchester City beating Leicester] would've been a crushing blow, but they managed to do it. The heart in those players was incredible. Milner, what a job he does.

    Robertson had to go off after Suarez did a sneaky one on him. But there were heroes everywhere you looked in a red shirt. Eight or nine Barcelona players switched off for that winning goal.

  5. Busquets says sorry...

    Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets: "I apologise to the fans because after the Rome thing, it happens again, it is very hard to fall like that with a good result in the first leg"

  6. 'I don't think I'll see or hear an atmosphere like this again'

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg: 4-3)

    Alan Shearer

    Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Liverpool

    How did they do it? Liverpool had belief, they had hunger, desire, attitude, they had a crowd that was willing them on from the very first second, who would've accepted defeat, but were going to go out fighting.

    Then they got the early goal and then they thought 'we like the taste of this'. They had to rely on their goalkeeper who made a number of saves but a lot of Liverpool players ran Barcelona ragged, they embarrassed them. Liverpool were too clever, it was just a staggering night.

    For me to be here and to sample the atmosphere, I don't think I'll see or hear an atmosphere like this again. The atmosphere was just something that took my breath away.

    What happened last night [Manchester City beating Leicester] would've been a kick in the teeth for Liverpool, but to put that behind them like this was incredible.

  7. Post update

    This year's Champions League final will be the first without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo since 2013.

  8. Get Involved

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    Nearly everyone enjoyed that...

    SMS Message: I'm not a Liverpool supporter... but I have to say they have been involved in some of the most phenomenal games of football I've seen... the West Ham FA Cup win, the Newcastle 4-3 games, the 5-4 Uefa Cup win against Alaves... and of course 3 down (sounds familiar) in the champions league final... hats off to 'em all from Ian, Harpenden
    Ian, Harpenden
    SMS Message: I am a United fan of 44 years...and have to say well done Liverpool. They play like United of old and whilst they will not win the league even with a stupid number of points, they deserve this. from Shaun
    Shaun
    SMS Message: Wow. Chelsea man here, so you know our normal response to anything Scouse, but I will bow to your wonderful display tonight I actually cheered when you scored the winner. Good luck you all you deserve it
  9. 'I was angry to be on the bench'

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg: 4-3)

    Liverpool

    Gini Wijnaldum

    Liverpool goalscorer Georginio Wijnaldum on BT Sport: "Unbelievable. After the game in Spain we were confident we could score four and win 4-0. People outside doubted us and thought we couldn't do it. But once again we showed everything is possible in football.

    "I was really angry that the manager put me on the bench. I just tried to help my team, I’m happy I could do that with two goals."

  10. Post update

    Agreed, Rio.

    Jurgen Klopp is almost catatonic in his interview. What has he just been through there?

  11. 'Only football does this to you'

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg 4-3)

    Former Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand on BT Sport: "I played for a rival but you cannot fail to have respect for this club and these fans on nights like this. We came here looking at Messi in the final.

    "Liverpool took it out of their hands - their spirit, their fight. What Liverpool produced here is breathtaking. It's fantastic and the scenes in the stadium - the tears, the emotion - it's amazing. It's only really football that does this to you."

  12. Post update

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg 4-3)

    Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen on BT Sport: "It's up there with the best, if not the best [European nights at Anfield]. Liverpool are virtually unbeatable at this stadium in Europe."

  13. Post update

    Divock Origi. Late-season heroics, best night of his career, terribly dull quotes.

    Don't drag out the 'it doesn't matter who scores' rubbish!

  14. "We fought so hard"

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg: 4-3)

    Liverpool

    Divock Origi

    Liverpool hero Divock Origi on BT Sport: "It was more about the team [than my goals]. We did so well. We knew it would be a special night. We wanted to fight for the injured guys. We fought so hard."

  15. Post update

    Anybody speak Spanish?

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    That's the top story on AS.com...

  16. 'It was instinct'

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg: 4-3)

    Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander Arnold on his quick assist for Divock Origi: "It was just instinct. You see the opportunity. Gini is a top player, he scored two goals. Everyone will remember this moment."

  17. 'Who's going to the final?'

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg: 4-3)

    Luis Suarez

    Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson on being injured by Luis Suarez on BT Sport: "Who’s going to the final? We are. That’s all that matters. Gini went on [for me] and scored two. I don’t care right now.

    "I’ve said so many times this season but what a team. We believe. People wrote us off. But we believed if we got off to a good start we could do it.

    "Alisson has pulled off some unbelievable saves. Fingers crossed. We go to Sunday full of energy. It’s out of our hands but we’ve seen stranger things happen. Especially tonight."

  18. Post update

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg: 4-3)

    How about the Barcelona post-mortem? That's two years in a row they've blown a three-goal advantage in the Champions League.

    Liverpool were brilliant but equally, Barca were awful in that second half.

  19. "We knew we had a chance"

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg: 4-3)

    Liverpool

    Jordan henderson

    Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson: "Unbelievable. I don’t think many people gave us a chance. We knew it would be difficult but still possible.

    "The belief we have in the changing room is amazing. We knew we could do something special at Anfield. Look at the fans and the lads – this is a special night. This is up there with the best.

    "We wanted to start fast. We got an early goal which helped. It wasn’t just the goal, it was getting after them and putting them under pressure. We knew if we showed personality and heart then we’d have a chance."

  20. Remember the date

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg: 4-3)

    Alan Shearer

    Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 Live

    We've spoken about Liverpool performances from 20, 30, 40 years ago, but remember Tuesday the seventh of May 2019 because this has been one hell of a night.