The fatal mistake teams make against Liverpool
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The fatal mistake teams make against Liverpool

Liverpool have been continuously underestimated over the last two seasons and the Reds will hope this continues for as long as possible.

All that supporters can think about is the Champions League final and the insane way that they beat Barcelona to book their flights to Madrid.

It was done in the most unlikely fashion with the most unlikely characters involved.

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Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum were the goalscorers on the night, with both scoring braces to ensure that Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0, sending Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho back to Spain empty-handed.

One of the major reasons for Jurgen Klopp’s success on Tuesday and in the last 12 months is the fact that opposing sides have regularly underestimated his team.

When the German first took over as Liverpool manager, he had no choice but to set his side up as a counter-attacking unit as his team lacked the natural ball players to boss the big games.

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Klopp used Coutinho’s stunning passing abilities and the pace of Sadio Mane to set his side up as a counter-attacking side in the big games while they looked to dominate the smaller teams.

This worked to great effect and helped the Reds secure Champions League qualification by finishing in the top four in back to back campaigns.

Over the last 12 months, however, Liverpool have transformed into one of the best possession-based sides in the world and this has a lot to do with the arrival of Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and Fabinho.

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The defensive trio is good on the ball and provides a great base for the Reds’ fullbacks to bomb forward and add two extra bodies in attack, with Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold assisting a combined 27 goals this season.

As Barcelona showed at Anfield, they were not prepared for Liverpool’s ability to boss the biggest games on the biggest stage and allowed Anfield to overwhelm them.

Liverpool achieved mission impossible by coming back from 3-0 down to win the semi final and progress to the final of the Champions League.

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Spurs will know what to expect from Liverpool and so Klopp won’t be able to expect any favours from Mauricio Pochettino.

That said, he and his players have shown this season that they can get the job done on their own and will be fully confident heading into the final in Madrid on June 1.

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