The mental strength that Liverpool displayed during their crazy 4-0 win over Barcelona was more important than how well their reserve players played.
When it was confirmed by Jurgen Klopp that Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah would miss the Champions League second leg at Anfield, supporters were dismayed.
Their chances of beating the Spanish outfit were greatly reduced but Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri did a wonderful job as they filled in for their injured teammates.
Origi was particularly impressive as he scored a brace including the winner but Shaqiri’s assist for Wijnaldum’s second goal was hugely important as it set Liverpool up for a strong push to score the fourth and decisive goal.
The Dutchman came from the bench to help his side win the game and proved that despite the lack of squad depth at Klopp’s disposal in comparison to Manchester City’s embarrassment of riches, the German has plenty of game winners in his squad.
And yet despite the squad depth that Liverpool displayed against Barcelona, the mental strength that the Reds displayed was the most impressive aspect of the game.
Klopp has called his side “mentality monsters” several times in recent weeks as his players have rallied in several difficult games to come through with three points.
This was on show against Barcelona more than it has ever been as the players refused to give up despite going into the game needing to win by four clear goals.
It’s difficult enough to score four goals in a single semifinal second leg when the team you’re playing is Barcelona and to do it without conceding a single goal highlights a mental strength that you simply can’t buy.
Liverpool will need to maintain this mental fortitude for the next few weeks as they look to win the Champions League when they face Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano next month.
The North London outfit might not be as talented as the Merseysiders but they will also have a lot of belief heading into the final after coming through two dramatic ties against Manchester City and Ajax.