It’s fair to say that Liverpool’s comeback against Barcelona was astonishing. Faced with the daunting prospect of overturning a three-goal deficit without Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, it didn’t look like they had a prayer.
But Anfield is a special place that’s played host to a number of memorable nights. Therefore, it would have been wrong to write off the possibility altogether.
And the Champions League final now awaits them. However, there was something that would have made last Tuesday nights victory far sweeter for Liverpool fans.
That reasoning is, of course, the fact that Luis Suarez was on the opposing team. He returned to the club where he almost won a league title with. How he might now be wishing he’d stayed.
There was an irony to Suarez’s night. The Uruguayan controversially celebrated when he scored in the Camp Nou last week in the first leg, before admitting he wouldn’t do so in the return fixture.
As Barcelona crashed out of Europe, Suarez never even had a chance to contemplate a celebration. Instead, he stood dejected, cutting an empty and lonely character as his former teammates celebrated in front of his very eyes.
For a man who was once an adored figure in the hearts and minds of Liverpool supporters, he is now merely a player of days gone by. Jurgen Klopp’s side have come so far without him.
A picture of Jordan Henderson running towards him rather sums the forward’s night up. The Liverpool skipper was sensational, Suarez was anything but.