Busquets issues apology to Barcelona fans following Champions League exit

Lionel Messi’s stunning free-kick goes over the Liverpool wall en route to the net to put Barca three

Good evening and welcome to our live text coverage as Liverpool host Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final second leg this evening.

Barcelona have won both of their previous Champions League visits to Anfield against Liverpool, winning 3-1 in November 2001 and 1-0 in March 2007.

It was all too much for the always passionate Klopp as the German let his emotions run wild in an entertaining post-match interview.

"It's 10.10pm and the children are probably in bed so I'm sorry about the language but can I say these boys are fucking talented giants".

"We don't want any player to be injured".

He told the club's official website: "It doesn't feel the best at the minute but I'll get a scan tomorrow".

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, out with a groin injury, nervously watched the final from home but had to be extra careful celebrating the big win.

"Winning is already hard but winning with a clean sheet?"




Klopp was full of praise for the lucid thinking of Alexander-Arnold, the youngest player on the Liverpool team. I really don't know.

"It's the best phase of football".

"The mix of potential and unbelievable heart is just a mix I never saw before". They faced fatigue from a grueling Premier League title race and the absence of two of the team's key forwards, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Suarez and co. took a 3-0 lead into the second-leg and were expected to ease to Madrid but remarkably lost 4-0 thanks to braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum.

"So, and then going out there and putting a performance like this on the pitch is unbelievable". But once again we showed everything is possible in football.

In 1984, Liverpool beat Dinamo Bucharest in Bucharest in the second leg of their European Cup semi-final.

Facing a three-goal deficit, even the most optimistic of Liverpool fans probably didn't give their side much of a chance.

With the tie level and the game seemingly heading towards extra time, the 20-year-old full-back displayed impressive intelligence and speed of thought to take a quick corner, catching out the Barcelona defence and allowing an unmarked Divock Origi to sweep home the victor. "It was necessary", Klopp added. Alexander-Arnold takes a corner quick and there is Origi to turn it in!

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