A week ago, Barcelona dismantled Liverpool in a 3-0 win in Spain to take a commanding lead in their Champions League semifinal, boosted by a pair of goals from Lionel Messi, including a late free kick that seemed to all but seal a trip to the Final against either Tottenham or Ajax.
On Tuesday, the two sides met at Anfield. While getting the best of the Reds at Anfield is as hard of a thing to accomplish as there is in soccer, few thought there was a chance of a Liverpool comeback, much less one completed in regulation.
And then, lightning struck early and often. Liverpool unleashed an attacking onslaught that began with a Divock Origi goal off a rebound chance that sparked intrigue. The second goal came from Liverpool’s first sub of the game, as Georginio Wijnaldum found space in the box and powered home a goal to bring real life into the proceedings early in the second half.
Wijnaldum found the back of the net for a second time to tie things up on aggregate shortly after his first, burying a header into the top corner to send Anfield into a full on frenzy.
Then, the most improbable goal of them all came to make it 4-0, as Trent Alexander-Arnold found Origi all alone in the box. Barcelona was lulled to sleep before a Liverpool corner, and the Reds made them pay.