Barcelona defence looked like schoolboys against Liverpool - Luis Suarez

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold

"I am really proud to be manager of this team", Klopp, 51, said.

With Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah out injured, few would have given the Reds much chance of keeping a clean sheet and scoring the required goals to dump Barcelona out of Europe.

The Reds are into the Champions League final after defeating Barca 4-0 on Tuesday night and 4-3 on aggregate.

They will play the victor of Wednesday's other semi-final between Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool reached the Champions League final for the second year in a row after another classic European night at Anfield. Ajax or Tottenham will be the opponents and a win would take the Merseyside club to six titles, clear of Barcelona and Bayern, behind only AC Milan (7) and Real Madrid (13).

"Klopp knows Barcelona can't be allowed to dominate the ball, so he might play a 3-5-2 with [Divock] Origi and [Sadio] Mane up front".

The Liverpool goalkeeper produced an even better stop soon after, as a Barcelona breakaway sprung three in the Spanish champions' luminous colours against two Reds defending the Kop.

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Origi struck in the seventh minute, before strikes two minutes apart in the second half from Wijnaldum (54', 56'), who came on at half-time after an injury to Andy Robertson.

Origi scored a dramatic late victor in Liverpool's 3-2 Premier League win at Newcastle United on Saturday night, as he headed in an expertly-placed free-kick from fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri.

The game was all Liverpool and just like last season when they lost the second leg in Italy 3-0 to go out on away goals after a 4-1 win, they had lost their three goal lead in the second leg.

Once again the Catalan giants, who last won the Champions League in 2015, wilted when the stakes were highest.

"When you have a collapse of this nature", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said, "we will have a few terrible days ahead".

Explaining the fourth goal, Alexander-Arnold told BT Sport: "I think it was just instinctive".

Messi, whose two goals in the first leg had given his team a seemingly comfortable advantage, was unable to influence the game with an away goal that would have been decisive.

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