The Chalkboard: Jurgen Klopp has finally found the perfect midfield trio

There is something very special in the air at Anfield on a European night. The chants of You’ll Never Walk Alone are enough to give any football fan goosebumps, let alone the players out on the pitch.

Couple that with the Champions League anthem and the possibility of a final and you have quite the backdrop.

With that in mind, is it any surprise Liverpool came back from three goals down? Probably not. Their ability to pull off something special in this competition down the years is remarkable.

This was not the levels of Istanbul in 2005, but it certainly came close. However, with key men missing and their midfield under the microscope, Jurgen Klopp found an answer.

On the chalkboard

Liverpool’s midfield has been the one remaining problem Klopp’s needed to fix. They have plenty of options in that area of the pitch but it’s appeared difficult for a while to work out who the best trio is.

Naby Keita is improving but hasn’t had an outstanding season whilst there have still been questions at times of Jordan Henderson.

The latter is someone you simply cannot criticise after the win over Barcelona, though. The Reds’ skipper led the charge and was simply phenomenal.

The 28-year-old will never be Steven Gerrard, but this was as close as Henderson has come to replicating the huge performances the Anfield legend produced. The fact he popped up in the box to find himself involved in the first goal summed his display up.

But partnered alongside Gini Wijnaldum after half time and Fabinho, Liverpool’s midfield dominated one of the best passing teams on the planet.

It was a landmark performance and the display of Klopp’s midfield triumvirate has finally provided him with the missing piece of the jigsaw.

If there was one area to critique of Liverpool this season then it would be not finding a settled trio in that area of the pitch.

However, the display of those who played in the middle of the park during the second period against Barcelona made the Merseysiders look as good as they have all season.

With that being said, all three simply have to start in Madrid when Liverpool contest the final.