Posting on his Instagram story after Barca's 4-0 defeat at Anfield, which resulted in a 4-3 aggregate defeat, Balotelli wrote: "Messi is an alien, despite the bad and very hard match". The last-gasp 3-1 win over Olympiakos, sealed by Steven Gerrard's late long-range goal, in the 2004-05 group stage also lingers long in the memory.
As a Liverpool player, I learnt for myself what a difference that support makes - I would describe it as a feeling of "whoosh", and "wow".
Barca had openings in the first half but when Messi twice got space around the box he fired wide of the target and when Jordi Alba burst through just before half-time, Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker was out quickly to nullify the danger.
"It doesn't feel the best at the minute but I'll get a scan tomorrow", the Scot, who has made 46 appearances for Liverpool this season, told the club's website after celebrating the win in front of a euphoric crowd at Anfield.
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Many were visibly moved by the experience and some could not hold back once they had reached the sanctuary of the dressing room, especially after suffering heartbreak in a freaky final against Real Madrid in Kiev nearly 12 months ago. Messi then was involved in an angry confrontation with a group of Barcelona supporters when he arrived at the airport. Fabinho followed that up with a crunching tackle on Luis Suarez, who was jeered relentlessly by Liverpool fans at the ground he graced for 3 1/2 years. "It shows we have a good mix of talent and hard work".
Among all the great moments in Liverpool's glittering history, Wijnaldum's was among the most unexpected, but his dynamic display was about far more than his crucial goals as he drove Barca to distraction with his pressing. Two minutes later, the Dutch midfielder made another run into the area and met a cross from Xherdan Shaqiri with a firm header into the corner past a flat-footed Ter Stegen.
Origi paid tribute to his team-mates and also the fans who created the atmosphere on which Liverpool thrived.
It is the second straight season that Liverpool will participate in the final, which is set to take place on June 1 in Madrid, Spain.
Only Deportivo La Coruna in 2004, Barcelona in 2017 and Roma in 2018 had overturned a three-goal first leg deficit to win Champions League knockout ties.