Reserves Helped Liverpool Made History in the Anfield
Very few could comprehend beforehand what are going to happen next? Such is the tale of the match between the Liverpool and Barcelona facing their 2nd leg of the UEFA champions league semifinal 2019. Considering the odds, that was heavily tilted towards Barcelona. Liverpool’s attention was divided between EPL and Champions League, whereas Barcelona made sure of their La Liga title. Liverpool just played a major game against Newcastle, a hard-fought win courtesy of a late goal of their substitute player Origi to keep up the hope of their EPL title, a little doubtful now as Manchester City didn’t mess up their encounter with Leicester. So, Liverpool’s attention divided into EPL and Champions League, they are 3-0 down in their first match against Barcelona and finally a major blow their key play Mo Salah sustained a head injury during their match against Newcastle and Barcelona currently possess one of the world’s best player Lionel Messi. So much in favor of Barcelona, to get past the semifinal Liverpool had to pull through a miracle, quantitatively they had to score 4 more than Barcelona, 3 to equalize the aggregate and one to get ahead of Barcelona and a miracle did happen, they did just what needed to be done.
Salah and Roberto Firmino’s absence wasn’t felt during the course of the match, Liverpool’s absence of a couple of key players was filled out by two remarkable substitutes, Origi on for since the Newcastle match for Salah and Wijnaldum for Andy Robertson. And what a lucky injury of Robertson’s was, upon entering the pitch, WIjnaldum score two quick goals and then Barcelona’s fate sealed by Origi, scoring at the 79th minute. Barcelona did play remarkably well, but their effort didn’t seem to convert into goals, Messi missed quite a few, shooting wide, as it seemed Barcelona’s luck ran out. Like this season they also blew their chances of reaching final in the previous season in a similar fashion, when their 4-1 lead in the 1st leg against Roma was blown away similarly, by 0-3 and Roma advanced to the semifinal on most away goal scored basis.
As you know, the goals were scored all by the Liverpool, at the ninth minute Jordan Henderson’s shot was blocked by the Barca goalkeeper, but unable to stop scoring the Divock Origi of the rebounding ball. On the very first minute of the second half injured Andy Robertson was replaced by Gini Wijnaldum, Who After a short while Upon coming on the pitch scored two quick goals, on 54th and its 2 minutes 21 second later the second one. His first one was converting a low cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold and the second was Miler’s floating cross headed into the net. Trent Alexander-Arnold was also been involved in another goal, in the 79th minute, when his sudden kick from the corner flag was converted by Divock Origi overwhelming the unprepared Barcelona players.
A shorter match statistics:
Liverpool vs. Barcelona:
Possession: 42% vs. 58%
Shots: 13 vs. 8
Fouls: 12 vs. 9
Yellow cards : 2 vs. 3
Corners: 7 vs. 6