From Firmino's late winner to miracle of Anfield - James Pearce on Liverpool's road to Madrid


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It's getting close now. But before the build-up to Saturday's Champions League final really kicks in, we've taken the chance to step back and reflect for our latest podcast on the Blood Red channel - on how Jurgen Klopp's superb side have made it to Madrid. And who better to do that than our Liverpool FC correspondent James Pearce? He has been with the Reds every step of the way to the Wanda Metropolitano and he joins Paul Wheelock in the ECHO studio to tell the inside story of what, for the second season running, has been a campaign to remember in the number one club competition in European football. From Roberto Firmino's last-gasp winner versus Paris Saint-Germain, to the hell of Red Star Belgrade, and to the night that Alisson Becker underlined why he has made the crucial difference, James recounts how Liverpool made it through a very difficult group stage before putting Bayern Munich and Porto to the sword in the opening knock-out rounds. Understandably, a large part of the podcast is dedicated to the astonishing semi-final second-leg success over Barcelona, which James believes proved the power of Anfield is real and which he calls the greatest night of his eight-and-a-half-years reporting on the Reds. Which, of course, could be surpassed if Number Six is achieved this weekend. Fingers crossed - and enjoy!

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