Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona: Reds legend Phil Thompson says Champions League semi-final was ‘most astonishing match I’ve ever seen at Anfield’

8 May

Liverpool legends Phil Thompson and Gary McAllister believe the Reds’ amazing Champions League comeback against Barcelona was the greatest ever night under the lights at Anfield.

Three-time European Cup winner Thompson said it was ‘the most astonishing match’ he has ever seen, as Liverpool overcame incredible odds to beat Barca and seal their place in another final.

Few gave Jurgen Klopp’s men much hope, as they were tasked with fighting back from 3-0 down after their first-leg defeat in Spain.

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring for Liverpool

But they stunned all their doubters with a thrilling performance against the Spanish champions, with Gini Wijnaldum and Divock Origi each scoring twice to seal a 4-0 victory – Liverpool progressing to the final 4-3 on aggregate.

‘The Miracle of Merseyside’ has been hailed as one of Liverpool’s greatest ever European wins, but Thompson believes it could be the greatest ever victory at Anfield.

“It was the most astonishing match I’ve seen at Anfield,” the former defender told talkSPORT host Jim White.

“Yes, we’ve had some wonderful ones, Olympiakos and Saint-Etienne and people will always remember them, but they were nothing compared to this one because of who they were actually playing against.

“This Barcelona side are just absolutely incredible, so to beat them after being 3-0 down…

A dejected Lionel Messi

“If we go on and win this, it will have been the greatest night Anfield had ever witnessed.”

Former midfielder McAllister was similarly stunned, saying Barcelona were left ‘in shock’ by the pressure they were put under by Klopp’s side and the atmosphere created by the buzzing supporters.

And the Scot believes Liverpool now deserve to lift the trophy after their semi-final heroics.

“Before the game, as much as my heart was saying Liverpool can do it, I just thought Barcelona would score,” he told talkSPORT.

“To watch the game unfold, it was just incredible, I couldn’t believe what I was watching.

Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Liverpool’s breathtaking victory over Barcelona

“I just thought Barcelona were in shock. I don’t think they can cope with the pressure, the players and the fans. It was incredible, incredible watching it.

“Having been in the final last season and what they’ve done this season, with the way they’ve performed in the league as well, I think Liverpool deserve to the trophy.”

Listen back to Phil Thompson and Gary McAllister on talkSPORT above

Liverpool players slammed by club legend Phil Thompson after Champions League defeat to Red Star Belgrade – ‘Their attitude was wrong’

7 Nov

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson was ‘very disappointed’ with the Reds’ attitude as they suffered a shock defeat to Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were woeful in the first half as they conceded twice and though they improved after the break, the Serbian hosts defended brilliantly as they closed out the 2-0 win.

James Milner applauds the travelling Liverpool fans after the defeat in Serbia

The result is a blow to Liverpool’s hopes of progressing out of the Champions League group stages, with two games against Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain to come.

And Thompson believes Klopp would have torn into his side at the half-time break over their sluggish display.

“I’m very disappointed,” the three-time European Cup winner told talkSPORT host Jim White after the game.

“I’m disappointed in the performance and the attitude, certainly in the first half.

Jurgen Klopp was not happy about his team’s performance against Red Star

“It’s great tying to step it up in the second half, but with the crowd behind red star, it made it extremely difficult.

“The first-half just never got going and it’s something we have to learn from.

“I would image Jurgen Klopp probably tore them off a strip at half-time, and we were better in the second-half, but we were two goals too late by then.”

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