A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in nearly three years.
"We were in a League Cup final, we didn't win it. People don't tell me in the street since then: "Thank you for bringing us to the final". "I am playing for a great club and we have great players, so qualifying to the final came with great team work, that I can not do it alone". "I think 80 per cent of their team played all these finals".
"We are deserved finalists 100 percent", said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp. But we will be really on fire, you can imagine.
It seems unusual to select a defender who was part of a team that conceded six goals in just two matches, but without Van Dijk it could have been much worse for Liverpool against Roma. That is, first of all, the job to do.
Those decisions prompted Roma's American owner, James Pallotta, to say VAR must be introduced in the Champions League. He's been sensational. And it will be fantastic to see him and the whole Liverpool team go head to head with Real Madrid in the Champions League final, an incredible moment for those players, the fans and everyone involved.
Speaking after the match, via the Liverpool Echo, the Dutch worldwide claimed: "We already had an agreement a few games ago that I would run to him (Kornmayer) if I scored". We have to get three points.
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Klopp described the game as "wild", adding: "It was a little bit exciting - more exciting than I actually wanted".
As well as the brilliance of Salah in attack, for me, there's no way Liverpool would be in this healthy position if they hadn't signed Virgil van Dijk.
"It is the biggest club competition and we want to be part of it, that is why we do it".
The Merseysiders could be denied Champions League football next season by a combination of finishing outside the top four and losing to Real in the final.
Liverpool were in control at 2-1 up, but Roma scored three times after the interval, although their last goal came with virtually the final kick of a record-breaking tie. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming. "We don't have it", he said.
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He's still finding his legs after returning from injury-but it's only a matter of time before he is clicking on all cylinders. New Orleans seemed to benefit from being back at home and looked to be the more comfortable team shooting from the outset.