Liverpool will play the winner of Wednesday’s other semifinal between Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur.
Liverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history to beat Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday, overturning a three-goal first-leg deficit and advancing to the final with a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Liverpool will play the winner of Wednesday’s other semifinal between Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur with the Dutch side leading 1-0 from the first-leg in London.
Liverpool, without injured strikers Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, took a seventh-minute lead when a poor headed clearance from Jordi Alba fell at the feet of Jordan Henderson, who burst goalwards.
His low shot was parried out by Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen but straight to Divock Origi who slotted home.
The game took a remarkable turn following the introduction of Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum at the break.
The Dutchman drove home a low cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold, which Barca keeper Ter Stegen should have saved, to make it 2-0. Minutes later Wijnaldum rose to meet an Xherdan Shaqiri cross with a powerful header to make it 3-3 on aggregate.
Liverpool then grabbed an extraordinary fourth goal with a quickly-taken corner from Alexander-Arnold, catching the Barca defense asleep with a low ball that was turned in at the near post by Origi.
“A ridiculous goal conceded from a corner will be the epitaph of this team, which repeated the mistakes of Rome,” said the newspaper’s cover.
Barca’s Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets apologized to fans after the game, as did Valverde, and there is a feeling that the coach is unlikely to survive this latest European failure despite overseeing the team’s domestic dominance.
Liverpool (1) 4 Barcelona (0) 0
Aggregate: 4-3 Liverpool win
Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur (11pm)