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Done it: Jordan Henderson salutes the fans at final whistle
Done it: Jordan Henderson salutes the fans at final whistle

By Carl Markham

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said he always believed his side could produce one of the greatest Champions League comebacks in history.

The Reds needed to overturn a three-goal first-leg deficit to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate and reach the final.

After Barcelona won the first leg 3-0 at the Nou Camp, few gave Liverpool a chance of scoring the goals they needed to progress, but Henderson refused to give up hope. "Unbelievable," he said. "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."

Two goals apiece from Divock Origi and game-changing half-time substitute Georginio Wijnaldum saw the Reds stun Lionel Messi and co.

Wijnaldum said: "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."

Origi hailed an astonishing team effort on a memorable night at Anfield.

"It was more about the team (than my goals)," he said.

"We did so well. We knew it would be a special night. We wanted to fight for the injured guys. We fought so hard."

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

"I think it was more about the team. We fought so hard. We fought until the end. It shows we have a good mix of talent and hard work. The passion from the fans is just special, you can feel it, you can hear it."

Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson wasn't bothered at being left injured by Luis Suarez.

"Who's going to the final? We are," he said.

"That's all that matters. Gini went on (for me) and scored two. I don't care right now."

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