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Rio Ferdinand reveals ‘respect’ for Liverpool after ‘breathtaking’ win over Barcelona

Rio Ferdinand has revealed his ‘respect’ for Liverpool Football Club and their fans after yet another spectacular Champions League night under the Anfield floodlights.

Trailing 3-0 from last weeks first-leg in the Nou Camp, the odds were firmly stacked against Liverpool and their hopes of securing a place in a second successive Champions League final.

However, Divock Origi’s seventh-minute opener gave the Anfield faithful hope that they could be in for a special night, and two goals in three second-half minutes from substitute Gini Wijnaldum gave the tie parity.

It was an incredible atmosphere under the Merseyside lights, and the decibel levels were cranked up to maximum in the 79th minute when Origi netted his second of the game from an audacious and creative corner routine, and despite his allegiances to Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand was left impressed by the Anfield atmosphere.

“I played for a rival but you cannot fail to have respect for this club and these fans on nights like this. We came here looking at Messi in the final,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“Liverpool took it out of their hands – their spirit, their fight. What Liverpool produced here is breathtaking. It’s fantastic and the scenes in the stadium – the tears, the emotion – it’s amazing. It’s only really football that does this to you.”

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