Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri said several of his team-mates cried tears of joy in the dressing room after their incredible Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona.
Jurgen Klopp’s side staged one of the greatest fightbacks in Champions League history as they overturned a 3-0 first leg deficit with a remarkable 4-0 victory against Lionel Messi and company on Tuesday.
Shaqiri and his team-mates celebrated in front of Anfield’s famous Kop stand before returning to the sanctuary of the dressing room, where many of the players were overcome with emotion.
According to Swiss star Shaqiri, some could not hold back the tears as the reality of reaching Liverpool’s second successive Champions League final in such unexpected circumstances began to sink in.
“Crazy. Everyone was shocked, like they couldn’t believe it. We were celebrating, some of the guys were crying. Me? No! I am just so happy, so happy to have helped. We have achieved something special. The manager didn’t change things a lot. He just told us to perform, to keep going. We knew everyone had written us off because of what happened in the first leg. It was an incredible performance. If you believe, if you believe in life anything and everything can happen,” said Shaqiri, who was making his first start since January 30.
Paying tribute to Liverpool’s fans, who turned Anfield in a raucous sea of red, Shaqiri insisted his team’s triumph was the best the famous old stadium has ever seen.
“The fans, they pushed us to the end. They wouldn’t let us stop. It is so difficult to explain what happened in the game. We got what we deserved. What an unbelievable night, maybe the best night there has ever been here. We knew everything could happen and we are really proud of what we have achieved,” he said.
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