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Players were crying after triumph: Shaqiri

By Robert Jones

Xherdan Shaqiri revealed tears were shed in the dressing room as the achievement of overcoming Barcelona to reach a second successive Champions League final dawned on Liverpool's players.

On a highly charged and emotional night at Anfield, the squad - players and backroom staff -celebrated as one with fans in front of the Kop after overturning a 3-0 first-leg deficit to win 4-3.

Many were visibly moved by the experience and some could not hold back once they had reached the sanctuary of the dressing room, especially after suffering heartbreak in a bizarre final against Real Madrid in Kiev almost 12 months ago.

"Crazy. Everyone was shocked, like they couldn't believe it. We were celebrating, some of the guys were crying. Me? No! I am just so happy, so happy to have helped," said the Switzerland international, making his first start since January 30.

"We have achieved something special. The manager didn't change things a lot. He just told us to perform, to keep going.

"We knew everyone had written us off because of what happened in the first leg. If you believe - if you believe in life - anything and everything can happen. The fans, they pushed us to the end. They wouldn't let us stop."

Shaqiri has already won the Champions League with Bayern Munich but desperately wants to lift his first piece of silverware at Anfield. And he said neither him nor his team-mates had given up hope of a twist on the final day of the Premier League season, which could yet deliver a first title since 1990.

"We want to finish the season well. Man City have the lead; they have to lose or draw and we have to win.

"We are happy to be in the final. If we don't win the Premier League, at least we have a chance to win the Champions League."

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