Liverpool’s thrilling semi-final victory over Barcelona showed that Jürgen Klopp boasts a squad like no other in world football.
Two goals each from Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi saw Liverpool overturn a 3-0 deficit to reach the Champions League final.
The performance and win were made even more incredible by the injuries to key men Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Andrew Robertson, who’s also been so dependable and effective for Liverpool, had to withdraw at half time with injury.
These injuries saw the introduction of Origi and Shaqiri from the start, with Milner deputising at left-back for Robertson.
All three of these players contributed hugely on a night of biblical proportions, with Milner putting in a monumental shift.
He put his body on the line, made tough tackles, sacrificed himself for the team to play left-back.
What’s more, it was another brilliant performance from Liverpool’s oldest squad member on a night when his experience proved key.
Shaqiri also contributed heavily, providing an inch-perfect cross for Wijnaldum to head home Liverpool’s third goal.
It was perhaps an underwhelming first half from Shaqiri, but his work-rate and overall contribution proved pivotal to the result.
He is showing that he is worthy of his place in Klopp’s squad and can be counted upon when needed.
Then we come to Divock Origi, who enjoyed another night which further adds to his growing Anfield legend.
The big Belgian striker scored two goals, an easy first followed by a clinical second which sealed the result.
This comes in the same week that he scored a crucial late winner in the 3-2 win over Newcastle.
Combine this with his 96th minute winner in the Merseyside derby and you can see why he’s become a cult hero.
Origi has provided some huge moments for Liverpool this season, despite looking like being sold last summer.
He’s justified Klopp’s faith in him and has most likely earned himself a new Liverpool contract in the process.
He always tries hard, runs hard, hassles and pesters opposition defences, and he did just that against Barcelona.
Then there is the ‘angry’ Wijnaldum, who joked that he was frustrated to be left out of the starting XI.
However, he proved his point by scoring twice within 10 minutes of coming on to really swing the tie.
Gini’s performance was about so much more than his goals, as he added more dynamism and energy into the midfield.
He helped Liverpool keep the ball, broke up Barcelona’s attacks and added stability at a time when it was needed.
All in all, these players that may not all be guaranteed starters proved that Liverpool’s squad is one to be feared.
Every player fights for their place and puts themselves on the line for the Liverpool cause.
They all come on and make an impact and add something to the game and are willing to do everything.
It’s very rare that you find an entire squad this determined and pulling in the same direction in football.
The squad is harmonious and determined, and there’s not another like it in the world.