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Liverpool stun Barcelona with four star display

RED ALERT: Georginio Wijnaldum (centre) is mobbed by team-mates

LIVERPOOL MANAGER Jurgen Klopp lauded his players as they stunned Barcelona to reach the Champions League final after beating the Spanish giants 4-0 at Anfield to overturn a 3-0 deficit.

Pre-match it was seemingly a mission impossible for Klopp’s men but they put on a rousing display that left their much vaunted opponents with no answers.

Minutes after the final whistle, Klopp told the assembled media: “It’s a special night, very special. Winning against Barcelona is obviously one of the most difficult things in the world of football; winning against Barcelona when you are actually 3-0 down makes it not easier.

“We had to score four goals and were not allowed to concede pretty much. That made it, again, more difficult. So we didn’t really think about it, to be 100 per cent honest.

“We tried to build on the performance at Barcelona, all the good things we did there, and tried to win the game step by step. We have the ball, we attack with whatever we have – they have the ball, we defend with whatever we have. And that made it a really special game. It was really difficult to play against us tonight.”

Liverpool goals came via braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum.

A delighted Klopp added: “What the boys did – this mix, again, of big heart and football skills – is unbelievable.

“I have said it so often now, the thing that made it really possible – and I said to the boys before the game, ‘I don’t think it’s possible but because it’s you I think we have a chance’ – is because they are really mentality giants.

“It’s unbelievable after the season we’ve played, the games we’ve had, the injuries we have now in this moment.

“If you go out there and ask who bet a penny on us, I don’t think you’ll find a lot of people. And then going out there and putting a performance like this on the pitch is unbelievable.

“I’m really proud to be the manager of this team. What they did tonight is so special and I will remember it forever. I don’t know if it has happened before and I don’t know if it can happen again. The boys did it and it was brilliant.”

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