How can one not love Liverpool FC?
When very few people in the world believed they could make it, they did.
Liverpool completed a miracle comeback with a 4-0 sweep over Barcelona this morning and won it 4-3 for a second consecutive entry to the UEFA Champions League final.
Now it seems not even the amazing AFC Ajax, or Tottenham Hotspurs, could stop them for the championship, much like in 2005 when they won over AC Milan despite trailing 0-3 in the first half of the final game.
Liverpool do make miracles, even when in the face of the formidable Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez. Rest assured there was no match-fixing here: the Spanish team had a higher possession ratio and made five goal attempts – and any of these could have changed the result.
At the end of the day, it was the team that never gave up that prevailed. Despite the absence of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum stepped up and each contributed two goals.
A most exhilarating, if brilliant, part of the game was the goal by Wijnaldum in the 79th minute. Probably still hurting from being benched in the previous game, he rightly channeled his anger to the task at hand and scored on a devious corner kick from teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold Alexander who caught the defense by surprise.
And that made a 34-year comeback for a team that fell behind three goals in the first leg. Interestingly, it was Barcelona who overcame a 3-0 deficit in 1985-86 and Panathinaikos who pulled the first miracle in 1970-71.
So, never count Liverpool out. Hopes are high that they could continue their lucky streak and win against the Wolves at Anfield and last-ranked Brighton could stop defending champion Manchester City. Hope springs eternal, indeed.
And as Liverpool owner John Henry so rightly tweeted: “Nothing like this anywhere in the world.”
Miracles do happen. That’s why we were still up in the middle of the night to see Liverpool make one.
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