It’s crazy to think a year ago Liverpool were in their first Champions League semi-final in nearly a decade. 12 months later the Reds have repeated the feat, yet this time it feels different.
Last season the prospect of Liverpool making a Champions League final was the only thing fans could talk about, whereas the mood this time around is a lot different.
Liverpool kick-off their quest for a second consecutive European final against Barcelona on Wednesday, and although fans are hyped for the match and are excited about the prospect of Lionel Messi playing at Anfield, the Reds are heading into this game as the firm underdogs.
This isn’t the first time this season Liverpool will be heading into a Champions League game not the favourites, though. The Reds were expected to be trounced by both Napoli and PSG in the group stages, whereas the round of 16 saw Jurgen Klopp’s side eliminate Bayern Munich on their own pitch in comfortable fashion, and these underdog results are why the club should be going all out for European glory.
The main focus for the fans, players and Klopp this season is and always has been the league, but barring a miracle from Manchester City slipping up in either of their two remaining games it is unlikely Liverpool will be lifting the Premier League trophy come the 12th May, which is why the Reds must be making the Champions League as much as a priority.
Knocking out Barca will set Liverpool up with a final against Tottenham or Ajax, two teams the Reds can realistically beat, and claiming a sixth Champions League trophy will be something fans remember for years to come.
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