Wenger: Anfield is ‘the most heated stadium in Europe’

Date published: Wednesday 8th May 2019 8:01 - Joe Williams

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Arsene Wenger has called Anfield “the most heated stadium in Europe in a return game” after Liverpool’s stunning Champions League comeback against Barcelona.

The five-time European champions will take on Ajax or Tottenham in Madrid on June 1 after digging deep to overturn last week’s 3-0 first-leg defeat at the Nou Camp.

Divock Origi put Liverpool ahead after just seven minutes and the hosts kicked on in the second half as Anfield witnessed a night that will live long in the memory.

Georginio Wijnaldum came off the bench to score a quickfire brace, before Origi turned home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s smart corner to seal a 4-0 win and progress 4-3 on aggregate.

“In Europe they do well. Why? Anfield,” Wenger told beIN Sport.

“[For a] home game, this is the most heated stadium in Europe in a return game. It is the only place you don’t want to go.

“The atmosphere – everything – is special there.”

Asked where this remarkable victory ranks, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said with a smile: “Top three. “It’s a special night, very special. Winning against Barcelona is obviously one of the most difficult things in the world of football.

“Winning against Barcelona when you’re 3-0 down, makes it not easier.

“We had to score four goals and was not allowed to concede pretty much.

“We made it more difficult, so we didn’t really think about it to be 100 per cent honest.”

 

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