by Tim Stannard
Liverpool's super-subs cause chaos in Barcelona ranks to commence calls for the end of Ernesto Valverde at the Camp Nou
Until Saturday, Divock Origi had played a fairly peripheral figure at Liverpool and in the world of football.
The Belgian striker had been occasional substitute for the Anfield club when Jurgen Klopp was feeling generous. However, a concussion for Mohamed Salah against Newcastle United last Saturday saw Origi coming onto the pitch to score a winning goal that kept Liverpool in the Premier League title race until the final day.
The same concussion saw Salah ruled out of Tuesday's Champions League clash against Barcelona and put Origi in the right place at the right time to score Liverpool's winner in an incredible game for the ages.
That single strike that put Liverpool into an ultimately triumphant 4-0 lead has forever changed the destinies of both clubs, more than anything Lionel Messi might have conjured up.
"Barcelona is a ghost city tonight."— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) May 7, 2019
Our @eastonjamie checks in from the streets of Barcelona where there was no joy after @LFC dumped @FCBarcelona from the @ChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/ZUvmCbIbUQ
The goal instantly sends Barcelona into chaos and turmoil with the players suffering from shock and awe, the fans fervently furious and Ernesto Valverde realizing that he could well be sacked having suffered a second Champions League comeback humiliation in a row, in a competition that was the number one target this season according to Messi himself.
A triumphant finale to the season for Barca which could have ended with a Treble will now be very uncomfortable indeed with a La Liga title and possible Copa del Rey win simply not enough to cover up a historically awful night in Anfield.
The Sports Burst live show will try and make sense of it all at 12PM ET / 9AM PT on our beIN SPORTS USA Facebook page.
Pochettino sees Champions League exit door from Spurs
Amidst the glorious hullabaloo at Anfield on Tuesday it is easy to overlook that there is another Champions League tie taking place today. Ajax and Tottenham doth do battle in the second semifinal to see which team will be trying to cause pain and misery for Liverpool in the final for a second year in a row.
While the result of Tuesday's game was always going to be fairly cataclysmic for both teams, for the pair involved in Amsterdam on Wednesday reaching the Champions League final is more of a "that's nice" vibe while elimination is "oh well, that was a good run."
Having seen Liverpool overturn a 3-0 deficit to Barcelona, Mauricio Pochettino might be thinking that clawing back a 1-0 loss from the first leg will be easy-peasy. Indeed, in a comment that got a little lost in the fog of mad stuff going on yesterday, beating Ajax and then Liverpool might see Poche moving on to pastures new.
"Winning the Champions League. It should be fantastic no? Close the five-year chapter and go home," opined the Argentinean who said that he was not joking with his possible intentions to make Manchester United's bosses sigh that they might have been a little too hasty with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's permanent appointment after all.
Post to Post: The Soccer Show will be up and running at 5:30PM ET / 2:30PM ET on our beIN SPORTS USA Facebook page with a look back at Ajax v Spurs.
Big talk about Mbappe and gremlins for Gremio
So, France Football has gone big this week with a story that should be blasting out from Sports Burst's headlines but really does sound like that it was generated by a click-making computer.
The report predicts that Real Madrid will make a $300 million offer to PSG for Kylian Mbappe that will both be rejected by the French club and probably hurt the feelings of the former Madrid target, Neymar.
The 2017 winners, Gremio, could be out of the competition today with a defeat to Universidad Catolica. That game is live from 6PM ET / 3PM PT and is followed by the giants of Penarol and Flamengo. Although the two teams are first and second in their group, a defeat for either and victory for LDU Quito in the group's second game will send one of these big-hitters out.