Liverpool made the impossible possible against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.
Losing the first leg 3-0 gave Jurgen Klopp’s men a mountain to climb in the second – and that’s an understatement.
But spurred on by 50,000-something Liverpool fans at Anfield, they beat Lionel Messi and co. 4-0 to complete an unthinkable comeback and book their place in the final.
Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum grabbed the goals on a night that saw new heroes made at Liverpool.
Fabinho was superb in central midfield, while Jordan Henderson put in a captain’s performance akin to what Steven Gerrard used to produce in the Champions League.
Henderson could barely walk at half-time after a challenge from Clement Lenglet, but such was his determination to stay on the pitch that he took painkillers.
His passion and drive was shared by his Liverpool teammates as they blew away Barcelona, who also had themselves to blame with some woeful defending.
“From start to finish I thought the lads were amazing,” the England international said afterwards. “I think a lot of people would have written us off but we have a belief in this team.
“We knew that if we gave everything, you never know what can happen in football. I think we proved quite a few people wrong.
“We showed that if you never give up and you keep trying you can produce special things and create a special night.”
It was Origi’s seventh-minute goal that sparked the comeback against Barcelona and unknowingly to Henderson, he replicated Steven Gerrard’s reaction against AC Milan 14 years ago.
Liverpool were 3-0 down when Gerrard scored in the 2005 Champions League final and he ran straight back to his own half throwing his arms in the air, trying to motivate Liverpool’s fans.
And that’s exactly what Henderson did when Origi made it 3-1 as he grabbed the ball, sprinted back to the half-way line and threw his arms in the air. Even the timing was the same.
Henderson has grown into the captain’s role since inheriting the armband from Gerrard and after years of being criticised, he’s finally being appreciated by football fans.
And rightly so. Henderson does a fantastic job for Liverpool protecting the defence and retaining the ball, and there’s no denying he’s a source of inspiration for his teammates.